Opinion on high pH: To treat chemically or not?

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Rocksor replied the topic: Opinion on high pH: To treat chemically or not?

The tannins from the driftwood is lowering your other tanks PH. Mopani lasts the longest.

The best bet is to get peat moss (no fertilizers or other additives)
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Liz-Louise replied the topic: Opinion on high pH: To treat chemically or not?

Rocksor wrote: The tannins from the driftwood is lowering your other tanks PH. Mopani lasts the longest.

The best bet is to get peat moss (no fertilizers or other additives)


So I'd just get some regular garden centre plain peat moss and put it in some thing like a Seachem Bag? I have a spare of those kicking about. But not much room left in my canister now the matrix and Purigen are in-situ.
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Rocksor replied the topic: Opinion on high pH: To treat chemically or not?

Put it in the aquarium near the intake filter. You want water to flow through the bag.
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Rocksor wrote: Put it in the aquarium near the intake filter. You want water to flow through the bag.


Okay. But is there a more aesthetic way to lower the pH on a more permanent basis? And will it be the hardness of our water be the reason it's so hard to lower the pH and keep it there?
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Rocksor replied the topic: Opinion on high pH: To treat chemically or not?

Reverse Osmosis and build the water up from scratch.

The buffering in your tap water is preventing the hardness from going down.
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