Aquasoil pH effect- How long does it last and pH swings.

jsethed

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Howdy folks-

I'm new to the planted aqua scene and am setting up a moderately planted 33 gal. tank. I am considering a base layer of aquasoil because tap H2O pH is about 8.2 . KH is about 9. I'm curious about how long the pH lowereing effects of Aquasoil generally last.

More importantly, will pH swing upwards with water changes (30 - 50 percent) temporarily and how long does it take to return to normal levels.

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Biollante

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Hi,

{Disclaimer: I have never used Aqua Soil Amazonia I or II (or any other commercial substrate).}

Since none of the smarter types want to help, I will give it a shot… :eek:

I recall reading the effects of Aqua Soil are supposed to last about a year.

{Warning pH is controversial, here.}

I do not like large pH swings, I like, within reason, to match pH levels. How important this is depends on the flora and fauna you keep, as are matters of temperature, alkalinity and general hardness. :rolleyes:

It would seem as a practical matter that keeping the pH levels consistent during water changes would tend to keep the Aqua Soil doing what it does for a longer period. :confused::confused:

Hope this helps… :cool:

Biollante
 

Tom Barr

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6 months?
Depends if you use carbon/purigen often also.
Last a fair while though.


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Tom Barr
 

hani

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In the 3 setup i had it lasted about 6-8 weeks, but am using purigen, zeolite, and carbon .
hani