01-09-2009, 07:50 PM
| || | Ditch pH down. It's snake oil chemical. If your water is really hard, then you need RO water mixed with a portion of tapwater to keep most of the minerals and use peat to get to the desired pH level. This is a very tedious process though. Tannins have beneficial effects such a minimizing bacterial infections. Blackwater extract is basically tannins leached from Indian almond leaves, peat, etc. Oak leaves are your cheaper alternatives.
Originally Posted by catfishtabbi
hi lupin, i can still choose to swutch to peat. I'm located in s.florida, we have very hard water i'll be using peat or black water extract to soften, help lower ph and slightly tint the water. Any opinion on which one might be best? My tap ph is 8.9,i use nova aqua plus and ph down acid buffer i'm not sure what ph these guys are in yet, i'll know monday.Does one have any antibacterial effects?do you know where to get the almond leaves? thanks lupin , i'll stand by