Re: Switching from Neutral Regulator to Acid Buffer and Alkaline Buffer with RO Water
Hello and thanks for your question,
If you are switching to a planted tank--even low lighted-- it would be better for you to use a carbonate based buffer (Acid/Alkaline Buffer). This is not just due to algae proliferation in planted tanks, but that plants also use the phosphates and can remove your buffer.
To ease your switching over, I would suggest using PhosGuard, a phosphate remover, to remove your current buffer while dosing with Acid and Alkaline Buffer to establish your new one. When dosing Acid and Alkaline Buffers, I would suggest starting with the ratios given on the label as a good starting point (remember, the ratios are dose:dose and not a direct ratio, so first calculate the dosages for your tank, then calculate the ratios). Remember, however, that the ratios are given for use in RO/DI water; the ions and other elements in your tank may throw your dosage off a little, so you may need to adjust accordingly. The time it takes for your carbonate buffering system to dissipate is unique for each tank and depends on bioload, CO2 concentration, other ions, etc and cannot be calculated. Eventually once you get established, you will get a feel for when you may need to dose on a scheduled routine.
I hope this information helps, and have a good day!