really no substrates that will lower pH. Simply use natural gravel or sand and use filter media such as peat moss to lower the pH level, but be aware that peat will produce tannins that will make your water tea colored. Crushed coral or coral sand will actually raise your ph. There are products available to add to the water that will lower your pH. Years ago I used to raise Discus and there were pH tabs you could add to the water that would automatically set the pH at 6.5 and buffer the water to keep it there. You may want to go online like typing pH lowering media and seeing if there are any products that you can add to your filter other than peat moss to lower your pH levels.fishlover001 said:
It took an entire 10 liter bag to cover the bottom of my 10 gallon with an inch of substrate.fishlover001 said:
You could always cut your tap with distilled/RO water, that's the easiest and cheapest solution. Aquasoils are expensive and intended for heavily planted setups or for keeping sensitive shrimp.fishlover001 said:hmmmm, any other suggestions on a substrate, The cheapest I can get is $30.00, and I only have $25.00 to spend
Your pH is a non-issue in my opinion, but if nothing else just get several jugs of distilled water. They're like $0.89 each at my local Walmart.fishlover001 said:
If you have incredibly hard water like mine, you can just add some dechlorinated tap to the RO water to buff it.TexasDomer said:
That may or may not lower your pH. Peat, driftwood, and leaves don't lower my pH of 8.2 because the KH is really high. That's why I was asking about your KH and GH.fishlover001 said:
If your family goes grocery shopping weekly, most places have RO water you can buy by the gallon.fishlover001 said:yeah, I have very hard water. I don't have a feasible way to access RO water, unfortunately.