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Old 02-06-2011, 09:58 PM   #1
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Well-established water

Blue rams needs well-established water. What exactly does that mean? And that they are most likely to die if water is not "old" enough. Please somebody explain this. Thanks.
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Well-established means the Nitrogen Cycle is fully complete and that the tank parameters are stable. 0 Ammonia 0 Nitrite and LT20 Nitrate. Same meaning with the "old".
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Well-established means the Nitrogen Cycle is fully complete and that the tank parameters are stable. 0 Ammonia 0 Nitrite and LT20 Nitrate. Same meaning with the "old".
Oh ok. My tank is cycled. I was told that the older the tank the more acidic it gets. I thought that's what it meant by "old". My tank is well-established then.
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I was told that the older the tank the more acidic it gets.
That is only true if you have something acidic in your tank, like unseasoned driftwood, limestone, or coral.

Using distilled water instead of tap water can do the same thing.

An average fw tank with proper PWC will not become acidic without a reason.
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That is only true if you have something acidic in your tank, like unseasoned driftwood, limestone, or coral.

Using distilled water instead of tap water can do the same thing.

An average fw tank with proper PWC will not become acidic without a reason.
That's good info. Thank you. I have 3 mid size driftwoods. What does unseasoned driftwood mean? Still with tannins?
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I boiled mine. The water wasn't clear though. It was still tea-like color. I don't have any problem with my aquarium water turning brown. What do you think? My pH plays around 7.4-7.8. I want it lower..
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Why do you want it lower?
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Why do you want it lower?
I really like discus but I couldn't meet the requirements. I was thinking that my tank will get more acidic and it'll be fine with the discus. I was thinking of buying more driftwoods but I don't want a brown-water tank.
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You might want to check...I could be wrong, but I think blue rams prefer a ph <7. I looked into GBRs and discus when I started my tank and ruled them out for the same reason you decided against the discus. (My Ph sits at right about the same as yours.)
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