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Driftwood in cichlids tank

Discussion in 'Old World' started by rob3rtphan, Jun 4, 2012.

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    So I been having trouble with my Ph staying around 7ish. I have had a driftwood in it for quite some time now. Could this had been the reason? The driftwood has sunk to the bottom since 8 months ago. But with 60 pd of crush coral sand, 20 pd of coral Sand, 20 pds of cichlids sand in the filter, 50 pds of white rocks and 30 pds of holey rocks Ph is still low.

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    Yes, the driftwood will bring the pH down in the tank, but not drastically. What is you pH out of the tap?
     
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    It's 7, but shouldn't my coral, sand and rocks raise the ph

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    They do, but at a far, far slower rate. Driftwood is soft and wears quickly compared to rocks and coral. The main reason for adding driftwood to a tank is to lower the pH and add tannins. If this is not the effect you are after remove the driftwood.
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    My driftwood is only in my tank to support the BN plecos. I was lucky to get some that had been soaking for several years in someone else's tank so all the tannins leached out. I'd recommend the same - get some old, used drift wood.
     
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    NaHCO3

    Baking soda. Tannins don't generally leech so fast that you won't be able to stay on top of it, and it will only get easier as time goes by.
     
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    Fair enough, but why add an amphoteric compund to counteract the driftwood? Just remove the driftwood.
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    It's gone problem solve, but my clown loch sure did love the driftwood

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    How's this?

    Aesthetics, diminished aggression/stress from better habitat, potential spawning sites to name three. Not sure what amphoteric has to do with it as unless I'm mistaken baking soda acts as a base in water.
     

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