Help with a 2215
Almost too embarrassed to ask, but...
I have a 2215. It has the mechanical donut things in bottom, and the bacterial "balls" in the second layer. I just took my charcoal pad out based on 2 weeks of use.
I want to either get some floss or some peat to put in filter, maybe both. How does that work?
The peat is in granules. Do I buy a little mesh bag, fill the bag, and put in filter where charcoal used to be?
Or can I put the granules in the filter directly, and put a floss pad on top to hold them down?
Thanks for responses. I seem to be able to find every question about filters on the internet, but the one I am looking for!!!
Not a direct answer to your question, but I heard that peat can change the ph of you water significantly. Would be nice to know if that is true or not.
It does, I think "significantly" depends on just how much you add.
Im pretty sure youre gonna want to put it in a bag. I was planning on using it in mine and I was gonna put it under the top pad over the cocoa puffs.
I do want to try to lower my pH a bit, and I hope it works, though from a lot of reading it is a) a bit tricky and b) transitory.
yeah I think it can cause a lot of problems if things get out of hand. Most people suggest keeping a tank at the same ph as the water you add to it (assume from tap) Good luck with it, I hope it all works out well!
I forgot about that part, I read somewhere that itll take like a week to affect the ph so when doing water changes get the water ready a week in advance with some peat soaking in it to match the ph.
I'd think if your tank is big enough and/or you dont do big water changes im sure a slight difference wont be that bad, but thats just my opinion.
It really depends on the fish you have and their ph range. a gradual change in ph is fine until it is too high or too low for the fish to exist in stress free.
Just curious, whats your tank size and current ph/target ph?
I expect pH is constant but I have a heck of time reading the colors in the API kit.
Nice, Ive got a 75g and my ph is right around there and is is pretty hard to tell the colors apart lol.
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