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post #11 of 14 Old 01-19-2014, 05:07 PM
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Austin, ... as you say that, that has me thinking

plant roots are in the substrate, and the substrate does have a tendancy to gain a more acidic pH, which would release any iron

i was concerned about nutrients an what to do about it in my tank till one day i had a curiosity and idea to solve, ... instead of looking at nutrients, it might just be pH

in my case, just my personal experience, ... and i hope it's not my imagination.

since getting the pH buffer the leaves are greener, which was the issue i was concerned about (pale leaves)
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post #12 of 14 Old 01-19-2014, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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I do have a crypt in there that isn't doing as badly as the hygros, and the java ferns have been in there for 5 months with no issues. Water KH sits between 5-7 - is that alright?
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post #13 of 14 Old 01-19-2014, 08:47 PM
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[quote=LithiumKitten;3760481]How would I go about lowering the pH? I've tried adding driftwood but I don't like messing around with the pH up and down.




did the driftwood not work?you can add a bit of peat moss to your filter.this should bring your ph down slightly.i would avoid store bought buffers. they do not keep a stable ph. it is always better to go natural.your ph really is not that bad though.it is best to go with your naturally occurring ph,and study the plants ph requirements before you buy them.

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did the driftwood not work?you can add a bit of peat moss to your filter.this should bring your ph down slightly.i would avoid store bought buffers. they do not keep a stable ph. it is always better to go natural.your ph really is not that bad though.it is best to go with your naturally occurring ph,and study the plants ph requirements before you buy them.
It didn't, unfortunately. I have two pieces in there too.

Thank you, I think that's what I'm going to do. I do know people with higher pH readings and their tanks are fine, so I'm going to research my plants more carefully.

I will probably also change to sand, so that will hopefully help as well.
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