I've been running my 10-gallon tank for about 6 months now. I do regular water changes and test water parameters regularly. Now before we go any further, I am testing at the moment with test strips. I do realize that I need to upgrade to a liquid test kit, which I plan to do.
Now for the problem: My water alkalinity has bottomed out and my pH is falling.
Here are the results of my latest test (on 3/9/2008).
Nitrate: about 10
Water Hardness (GH): about 25
Water Alkalinity (KH): 40ish
pH: around 6.2
I am using regular aquarium gravel, one watersprite plant, plastic breeding grass, java moss tied to a rock purchased from Petco, 2 java ferns tied to small rocks (looks like driveway slag).
I have even used Bullseye 7.0 to try and level out the pH, but to no avail.
What is causing these problems and what can I do to level it out and keep it leveled?
My water has also became cloudy. I have noticed for the last 3-4 water changes, I cannot keep my water clear. For the first 3-4 months I had this tank, the water was crystal clear. Now, it is cloudy all the time. It's more of a "whitish" cloudy than a "greenish" cloudy.
There has to be something I'm overlooking or not doing. I want to keep my tank looking as nice as possible, so any help would greatly be appreciated.
Also, one other thing
I added a piece of driftwood (about 8" long) to my 29-gallon tank for my clown plecos. I read somewhere this will lower my pH. Is this true? I definitely don't want anything lowering my pH (I have a snail in this tank).
Sorry for the long post, and thanks for any and all help or info.