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    I have substrate to buffer the proper ph already but my question was about adding crushed coral or something like it to my canister filter. Thank you for the link. I have not seen that one yet.

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    Why not just add it to the substrate?

    mommy1......what a cute shellie. I should do something with my 10 gallon!

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    Well, I was referring to tests for KH and GH to test the hardness of the water, not the ph and probably used the wrong word with buffer/buffering. If you already know you need substrate to help with the ph, then the tests are probably not necessary.
    When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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    I've always tested for GH/KH in all my tanks because where I live the water is very alkaline and hard because of the fact of living by mountains. It only takes a few weeks to develop lyme scale here.
    I was talking about filtration and crushed coral/ adding it to my canister filter in addition to my substrate already having buffering capacity and if there are advantages/ disadvantages to doing so when you are keeping African's. I've never kept African's before so I am asking as many questions as possible because I simply do not trust a good amount of what is on the net.
    Last edited by jeffs99dime; 10-08-2012 at 08:39 PM.

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    I think buffers like aragonite and crushed coral dissolve at a certain pH. I use a marine buffer as I said, which I add to a 40 gallon tub of water with a powerhead and heater when doing my waterchanges. You may choose to keep your tangs at a higher pH, but I just keep mine at an 8.3 with the buffer and the aragonite sand and they do well. What sort of hardscape will you be using?
    Coastie-to-be... hopefully.

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    Maybe a few rocks and escargot snail shells most likely unless I find something better. The sand is Eco complete Cichlid mix.

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    Just picked up 6 dozen escargot snail shells on amazon. I don't think i'll be able to use them all so my friend with a reef tank said he'll be able to use what is left.

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    I only used 1 dozen in mine:p You'll get a nice filled out look with even 2 dozen. Although, I DID make 2 rock formations out of black lava rock which took up a bit of space. Look forward to seeing the pictures when completed. I've never used the eco-complete cichlid mix, but have been interested in it. Let us know how it works for you:)
    Coastie-to-be... hopefully.

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    Yesterday-Picked up Eheim 2215 canister, Eheim Jager 100w tru temp heater, t5 H.E.(14Wx2) lighting fixture. Tested tap water parameters: ph-8.2, ammo-0.0, nitrite 0.0, nitrate 5.0-10.0 (hard to tell on that one.) Gh-16, Kh 10. I also have escargot shells coming and picked up two decent-sized pieces of Texas Holey rock. Cycling (fishless of course) will commence, hopefully tomorrow.

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