How Many Almond Leaves Should I Use?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants' started by LuniqueKero, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. LuniqueKeroValued MemberMember

    I have a 55Gal aquarium, the PH around here is at 7.8, I bought some Almond leaves and I was wondering how many do I need to put in to have a noticeable effect to lower the ph to 7?

  2. 75g Discus TankFishlore VIPMember

    How high is your gH?

  3. LuniqueKeroValued MemberMember

    whats gh?

    109 - 124

  4. 75g Discus TankFishlore VIPMember

    General hardness.

    Basically, it kinda corresponds with the oH and how easily it will change.

    Why do you want to lower your pH?
  5. -Mak-Fishlore VIPMember

    It'll be KH you need to know to alter ph.

    GH is general hardness and is decided by mostly dissolved calcium, magnesium, and other minerals
    KH is carbonate hardness and is a measurement of the calcium carbonate in the water. The KH buffers the ph, so unless you have a very low KH it'll be close to impossible to alter ph that much.
  6. LuniqueKeroValued MemberMember

    I have a bit of an algea problem on some of my plants and I was told that these type of algae like higher ph, so I should try lowering the ph of the water with a few almond leaves to see if it works
  7. 75g Discus TankFishlore VIPMember

    Oh! I mixed them up! Oops!

    Sorry about that @LuniqueKero!

    @-Mak- is correct.
  8. -Mak-Fishlore VIPMember

    Algae doesn't really care about ph. Algae is usually caused by too much light and/or tank imbalance
  9. LuniqueKeroValued MemberMember


    What's odd is that its only that one plant that's covred in algae, the rest of my aquarium, aside from a bit of algae on my glass is quite clean!
  10. -Mak-Fishlore VIPMember

    Is that an alternanthera species?
    Red plants are harder grow and like better lighting, ferts, and CO2, so this one's just not doing so well without. When plants aren't growing well, algae swoops in and takes over the plant. Healthy plants are the best algae prevention
  11. LuniqueKeroValued MemberMember

    I got stronger lights when I started my tank and I add 1 cap of potassium, half a cap of iron, 2 push of tropica premium and 1 push of tropia specialized nutrition everyday, I dont have CO2 though, way too expensive

    The plant seem to be doing pretty well though, it went from a tiny little bush to a plant that grew all the way to the surface
  12. SeasoldierWell Known MemberMember

    I would be wary about messing with Ph levels, next to ammonia & nitrite Ph swings are the next in line for sending fish into shock & killing them. Algae like two things to thrive, excess light & a food source so to keep the algae under control it's best to reduce the time lights are on (no more than 8 hours a day) & watch how much food you put in the tank (including plant food). Do you have anything in the tank that likes to snack on algae? I had a bit of a problem with brown algae a while back & put 6 Amano shrimp in, a short time later algae was gone & has never come back.
  13. LuniqueKeroValued MemberMember

    I do, I have shrimps, snails and siamese algae eaters. The lights are on 7:40 per day, 2H in the morning, 5:40 in the evening and I do my best to not overfeed ,I do a water change every week.

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