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Blaxicanlatino 01-12-2009 10:21 AM

Substrate that raise pH
Im currently using standard gravel but I wish to raise my pH (currently about 6.5) because I have malaysian trumpet snails in the tank. What kind of substrate do you suggest? I was thinking crushed coral maybe? I would like something fine but not to fine to where it gets sucked up in the gravel vac. Thanks a bunch :)

ps... should I even worry about pH by adding substrate?

Kellsindell 01-12-2009 04:02 PM

If your PH is that low for a SW tank... then you're going to have issues with stuff dying. If you are wanting to raise the PH, then you're going to want to increase the calcium, Magnesium, and alk. With you change these they will affect the PH and bring it up.

You don't want to use a substrate like crushed coral is not good for a SW tank. You will want a fine grate substrate and the gravel vac isn't something that's used in the SW community.

Blaxicanlatino 01-12-2009 04:32 PM

oh sorry . I didnt mean to post in saltwater aquariums 0_0 sorry. But thanks for replying :D

Lupin 01-12-2009 06:06 PM

You have MTS. MTS can absorb calcium quicker than anything else to thicken their shells so the water has to be replenished for constant buffering source. Get marble chips, limestone or plaster of Paris blocks and put them in your filter. Try dolomite for substrate.

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