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    I was just wondering if my water parameters are good for CRS and their offspring. I am using 1/2 tap and 1/2 Ro water so if you see any places for improvement please let me know.
    temp- 74.5 F
    KH-3.5
    GH 3.5
    PH-7.3 ( I know this should come down, what is the best way? I do have pressurized co2 but would rather do it another way if possible) I do have peat pellets but worry if they are safe for CRS. Any knowledge of peat pellets?
    nitrate- 5
    nitrite- 0
    ammonia - 0
    I would appreciate any input you might have.
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    That’s very similar water to what I keep CRS in. The KH is 4 and the ph is 6.8 with diy Co2, (7.4 without Co2, RO/tap mix) they are doing fine and breeding fast in that water.

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    Hi sunmiztres,

    to lower the ph you can use peat pellets.
    If they are for aquatic use they won't harm your crs.
    I use peat pellets to darken the ground a bit and my crs don't have any problem with it. But I can't say how much it lowers the ph because I don't meassure all those parameters as long as everything goes well.

    Peter

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunmiztres View Post
    I was just wondering if my water parameters are good for CRS and their offspring. I am using 1/2 tap and 1/2 Ro water so if you see any places for improvement please let me know.
    temp- 74.5 F
    KH-3.5
    GH 3.5
    PH-7.3 ( I know this should come down, what is the best way? I do have pressurized co2 but would rather do it another way if possible) I do have peat pellets but worry if they are safe for CRS. Any knowledge of peat pellets?
    nitrate- 5
    nitrite- 0
    ammonia - 0
    I would appreciate any input you might have.
    Thanks

    When you want to lower PH and you have CO2 equipment why are you not using it? For most people itīs just too expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank View Post
    When you want to lower PH and you have CO2 equipment why are you not using it? For most people itīs just too expensive.
    The reason I was not wanting to use it is because I have allot of $$ invested in the CRS and if by chance my co2 tank unloads the co2 or something else goes wrong my shrimp will not survive it, plus I was worried about the PH swing form day hours to night hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyShrimps View Post
    Hi sunmiztres,

    to lower the ph you can use peat pellets.
    If they are for aquatic use they won't harm your crs.
    I use peat pellets to darken the ground a bit and my crs don't have any problem with it. But I can't say how much it lowers the ph because I don't meassure all those parameters as long as everything goes well.

    Peter

    That's the thing. They are not labeled for aquatic use. They are used to start plant seeds but it does say 100% peat moss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunmiztres View Post
    The reason I was not wanting to use it is because I have allot of $$ invested in the CRS and if by chance my co2 tank unloads the co2 or something else goes wrong my shrimp will not survive it, plus I was worried about the PH swing form day hours to night hours.
    A good equipment is minimal risk. With DIY Co2 itīs more difficult.
    The swing from day to night is minimal when the dosing is right and no problem. You should use a "stopper " for the night (donīt know the word in english). For me itīs easier to use than peat and a question of the tank size if itīs worth or not.

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    thanks for your help. I appreciate it.

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    Hi People!

    In my house, the ph of the water is 7.5/7.8, and I don’t have a CO2 system here. So I would like to know what’s the better way to lower the pH and don’t harm the CRS. Can I use fosforic acid or other products for aquarim?
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    I would recommend using R/O (reverse osmosis) water to soften and/or lower the pH of your water.

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