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post #11 of 17 Old 05-13-2008, 07:59 AM Thread Starter
if you look in the picture, I have a fair amount of locally-found (chesapeake bay, maryland) driftwood that is residing in the tank, yet the pH is still rather high.

I do all my water "treatment" testing outside the tank with samples to see its effects before adding anything to the tank.


I would like to try the peat, where could I pick some up? Is this the same peat used in gardening?
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I would like to try the peat, where could I pick some up? Is this the same peat used in gardening?
We don't use the ones for horticultural purposes. There is the possibility of pesticide contamination. Use one for aquarium purposes. They are often for sale in pet stores.

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I wouldn't worry in the least about your pH. Mine is about there and I don't have problems with any of my fish (except for my puffer, but I have co2 which lowers ph in that tank).

You could also use a DIY co2 setup to lower your ph. This would be especially beneficial if you have (or want) a planted tank, as this is generally added to help plant growth. I'm not sure if you'd run into algae problems if you didn't have any live plants in the tank.
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post #14 of 17 Old 05-14-2008, 08:20 AM Thread Starter
alright, got my 10gal brackish tank "setup".

I finally took my HOB filter off the 30 gal and stuck it on the 10g. I feel the newish sump has had adequate time to cycle -- HOB was left on to prevent a near full-out cycle with a replacement filter system.

Drained about 7-8gallons of water from the 30g into my 10g, and stuck the HOB filter on the 10g.

Will measure all the parameters in the next few days with the crabs in there to see how everything is going.


I've started replacing the brackish water taken with fresh, treated, tap water.








Question, How should I go about aerating my tank? Should I put the sump return slightly above the water level to create slight (bubbly) turbulance?
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Question, How should I go about aerating my tank? Should I put the sump return slightly above the water level to create slight (bubbly) turbulance?
Hmm..I don't see why it would be a problem.

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Question, How should I go about aerating my tank? Should I put the sump return slightly above the water level to create slight (bubbly) turbulance?
Hmm..I don't see why it would be a problem.


Right now, it's slightly below the surface, so, no (visable) air bubbles are really introduced throughout the system.

Would loaches and/or platies prefer a more calm current, or good steady cirrculation?
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As the currents are at the surface, both fish should be fine. Kuhlis prefer not having currents around their area but your situation is clearly different as there is nothing here that says you'll have currents at the bottom.

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