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What do you use to buffer your aquarium water ?

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What do you use to buffer your aquarium water ?

Post by alexmtl on Mon May 30, 2016 6:15 pm

What do you use to buffer your aquarium water ?

I have been using cuttlefish bones that I purchase for $1 at the local bulk dog/cat food store. However I find that it probably raises the nitrogen levels if you do not adequately age it. What are you using and where do you get the carbonate ?

Do you use tums, crushed shells, baking soda or leave it to your local water supply?
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Re: What do you use to buffer your aquarium water ?

Post by l_l_l on Tue May 31, 2016 8:35 am

I've seen people using aragonite as substrate and all of them seem to really like it. This is coming from a couple of African cichlid keepers.
It's supposed to buffer at around 7.7. This is NOT based on experience tho so you can't take my word for this! lol

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Re: What do you use to buffer your aquarium water ?

Post by Fores41 on Tue May 31, 2016 9:50 am

My water is hard enough already at about 31 degrees hardness or 540 tds and ph of 7.5 tap water is good enough unless I need it softer then I mix with bottle water.
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Re: What do you use to buffer your aquarium water ?

Post by Biulu on Tue May 31, 2016 10:22 pm

I know that Gary adds Epsom salts after each water change for his high tds livebearers.

Personally I am way too happy having water that is not so hard after all those years in Mexico!
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Re: What do you use to buffer your aquarium water ?

Post by Suprd71 on Wed Jun 01, 2016 3:24 pm

South and Central cichlids are my thing, my tap water is very neutral on all counts, so adequate for both species of fish. I have kept Malawi Mbuna a couple of times over the years and used both Aragonite sand and crushed coral to make water more friendly to them. Either substrate raised Ph to 8 even from 7 even.
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