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12 Jan 2014 10:27 #1 by anthonyd (Anthony Debesne)
Hi guys i m having an issue with the sansibar sand as it increases my ph.
I bought it because i m keeping pygmy corys and a electric blue ram pair in the tank.
Could someone recommend a different substrate wich wouldnt affect my parameters.
Thank you
Anthony

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12 Jan 2014 11:59 #2 by anglecichlid (ciaran hogan)
Hi anto
Are you sure it's the sand?
I have the same in a Cory tank with out any issues,
What water do you use? Rain,tap,ro?
Bogwood will help keep it down

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12 Jan 2014 12:14 #3 by anthonyd (Anthony Debesne)
Yup it is the sand.
I putted some of it with tap water the ph increases by .6 overnight an tds up by 20.
I had tap water only in another glass tds stayed the same and ph up by .3.
Everytime i tried to bring the ph down in the tank with ro it bounced back up.
My tap water is ph6 kh3 gh6 and i ended with ph 7.8 kh8 gh 8 in the tank water.
That s why i want to use another substrate.
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Anthony

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12 Jan 2014 13:29 #4 by anglecichlid (ciaran hogan)
How long is the tank itself running?
Also the fact that your tap water is slightly acidic
It may be having an affect on the sand
Although in saying that, Zanzibar is supposed the to be inert

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12 Jan 2014 13:39 #5 by anthonyd (Anthony Debesne)
The tank has bren running for 3 months now.
I thought it was inert too.
I contacted the fish shop who sold it to me and he was surprised as he uses it in his discuss tank. He proposed to exchange it wich is nice of thim but i m afraid to get the same sand and having the same problem.
What else can i use for dwarf corys ?
Thanks
Anthony

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12 Jan 2014 14:32 #6 by anglecichlid (ciaran hogan)
You can use anything you want tbh,
You may end up with the same problem,
The ph you have them at at the minute isn't going to kill them,
You should concentrate on keeping the ph stable rather than aiming for a certain range,
If you stabilize it for a couple of weeks with what you have
I.e sand + water
Then look at bringing it down with bogwood,ro and rainwater
But remember to use your tap water mixture to buffer your water column.

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