06-25-2011, 09:59 PM
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Originally Posted by DKRST
I have a problem with my 10 gallon quarantine tank pH getting really low (so low the API test won't read it). I purchased a bag of the pH buffered cichlid sand and put some in a couple of filter media bags that had very fine mesh. Over the course of a couple of weeks, my tank pH moved from below 6.2 to stable at 7.0. The nice thing about using the mesh bags is I can remove the buffered sand at any time. The buffered sand wasn't cheap (about $23 at Petsmart) and I'll probably never use the entire bag!
There are other options that are cheaper, and already were mentioned by folks here. The point is, if you add something, make sure you can remove it from the tank or you may have too high a pH once your driftwood stops leaching!
Good call. that's why I'm not crazy about pH buffered sands ... because then you have to remove it ...ughh .. I can only imagine removing sand if the media bag rips. Crushed corals in media bags, along with limestone rocks you can get at home depot serve the same purpose, just easier to remove.