Hey guys, I just got a new tank for my two discus fish, will have my first cannister filter. My tap water pH is always around 7.0-7.2. I want to create a lower pH more acidic 6.2-6.5. Please note that I will be cycling my tank but I am not sure how long. It's a 50 gallon cube. The filter does about 315gph for up to 80 gallon tanks. Since I have two discus fish about 2.5-3 inches they seem really sensative to the water changes I am doing. I have them in a 29 with a zebra danio and a couple of glo-tetras. I got those guys way before I got my discus fish. How do I lower the pH naturally while cylcing my tank and what is the best way to cycle my new set up?
Its normally takes 4-6 weeks for cycling a tank.
if you already have a cycled tank which is free from any disease then you can use the filter media from the filter of that tank and use it in the existing tank.It will help to to speed up the cycle.
For a completely cycled tank ammonia and nitrite should be 0 and nitrate should be less than 40.
For reducing pH you can use peat moss or Indian Almond leaves
I wish I knew where to get either of those. Peat moss is abundant but in other products that I am not sure has been treated with other chemicals? Inian Almond leaves are not available here.
fluval makes peat granules ,as well as the almond leaves , i heard of both of the above but also driftwood is supposed to lower ph, but not of these are instant remedies. i also heard that in reality the discus we buy today are born and raised in captivity , which means they are used to tap water, they no longer are caught from the wild them sold, thats a thing of the past,