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Advice on raising KH & adding minerals for Jewel & Texas cichlids

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  • Advice on raising KH & adding minerals for Jewel & Texas cichlids

    Hi Seachem support. I just ordered a few products (Tanganyika buffer & African cichlid salt for my African rift lake cichlids) & American Cichlid Sand for my Red & Green Texas cichlids.

    Concerning my Texas cichlids, what can I use or how to raise the Kh & Gh and what levels to strive for? I'm trying to make the PH go down to about 7-7.4 so I added some peat as the API ph down was kind of useless because of carbonates (??). I than got some Seachem Ph Neutral but when I went to use it, it said not safe for plants, which I have. The PH Acid from Seachem is too complicated for me as it says to use it with PH Alkaline. If I buy both I may as well become a chemist with all these test kits & chemicals I've gathered now.

    It's pretty much the same situation in the other 75G aquarium I have with a pair of Red Jewel Cichlids and their fry. I've managed to bring down the PH with peat, almond leaves and bogwood to around 7.3 instead of the 6.9 I'm trying to make it reach too. I just tested the KH and it's at 2 compared to the Texas's 4.

    Can you help me bring the Jewel Cichlid aquarium to around KH 5 and GH to 5-7 without raising the PH?

    I'm confused about the Green Texas tank though. What is a good PH, KH & GH to strive for and what to use to get there?

    Also which mineral product is best to add to the Green Texas tank as I'm pretty much sure I've cured his Hole in the Head issue using Metroplex. I've added some Cichlid Trace but I think that's for African cichlids. I've also been adding Seachem iron for the Anubia in there as well as in the Red Jewel tank.

    Also which mineral product is best for the Red Jewel tank?, thanks.

    It's a lot of questions I know, but trying to do the right thing and it got complicated with all the 2nd day 40-50% water changes because of the HITH and fry.
    Last edited by easywolf31; 05-16-2017, 23:30.