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What doesthis mean when it says ph netural?
Volcanit is a pH-neutral aquarium gravel of volcanic origin. Its fine pore structure encourages bacterial activity that triggers the release of nutrients from within the gravel, resulting in superb plant growth. Dramatic black and red colors of Volcanit enhance the beauty of aquarium plants and the colors of fish. Made with 5% Ferrolit, a zeolite-bound, long-term concentrated iron. 15 pounds.
long story short im reserching for a new tank (55 gallon planted
 

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I'm not sure, but I suppose it means that it is inert, pH-wise. In other words: that it does not alter your water's pH (which is a good thing). I don't think the article is trying to say that the gravel "keeps the pH neutral" in your water. However, you may want to wait for someone who knows about these things to confirm whether I am right (or wrong, lol).
 
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that was from
 

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I think Isabella is right on. I also think it means it won't alter your ph.
 

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Your going to get a 55 gallon, SWEET ;D
 
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yep hopefully i need to get the money first
 

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That could take a while
 
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so far my estimate is $500.00 w/o a stand
 

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total? whatsafish got his 40long and everything for about 200-250$. Ebay
 
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I'm including fish and plant price as well
 
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and i cant use ebay parents dont like it
 

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2watts per gallon no CO2 not sure on reflectors yet and Eco-compleat and sand
 

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I am not sure but in chemistry and they consider in nature in general "neutral" is a ph of 7.0. Anything above 7.0 is considered Alkaline or Basic, anything below 7.0 is considered Acidic. Maybe what they are saying is the composition is neither Alkaline or Acidic.

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I might just lose the sand, make sure you get lots of plants and you might want to consider ferts too.
 
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im still thinking i have time to think it all threw
 

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Volcanit isn't sand and it contains nutrients so extra fertilizer isn't needed. As it says in the article, it also provides more porous areas for beneficial bacteria to grow, and since we all know that the gravel in an aquarium is one of the prime growth media for the bacteria, it sounds like a really good idea.

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i know i was thinking of putting sand on top of it if i got it
 

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if you do put sand on top you are inviting air pockets to gather underneath and be potentially very dangerous for your fish. It would also negate the benefits of the bacteria growth on the gravel.

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