View Full Version : New Tank Water Quality

01-13-2003, 09:33 PM
I am in process of setting up a 29g tank, and tested my tap water today. Out of the tap it has a PH of 7.3, and a hardness of <15ppm, which I know are both low. I also tested the water in my tank which has been sitting with substrate (regular pea gravel found and most hardware stores), and the heater and filter running for a few weeks. The water in the tank tested at a PH of 8.4 but the hardness still <15ppm. This leads me to think that the gravel is raising the PH, though I'm not certain at this point, (any opinions would be appreciated :D ), also what would you suggest to raise the hardness? Thanks!

01-13-2003, 10:48 PM
What kind of gravel are you using...Rock or sand shouldn't change things much. If you have limestone (or other calcareous) rocks then it would.

01-14-2003, 07:55 AM
The gravel I am using is 'pea gravel' avaiable at most hardware stores for around $3 for 25lb, so I'm not sure of the makeup exactly.