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Re: decreasing ph


Great article, Jamie!  The best I've seen on substrates!

I would love to try some of the 'black turface'.  Any idea where this might 
be available?

I've been to the Profile/Turface web-site a few times, but they apparently 
don't sell from there - or did I miss something obvious?



>From: "Jamie Johnson" <jjohnson@davisfloyd.com>
>Reply-To: apisto@listbox.com
>To: apisto@listbox.com
>Subject: Re: decreasing ph
>Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2001 11:37:48 -0500
> > Hello, I am  a complete newbie and the one who asked the question so my
> > answer must be taken with that in mind.  Profile is a similar product to
> > fluorite but much cheaper.  It is a fired clay product but has no 
> > added like I believe fluorite does.  It is sold by Schultz as aquatic 
> > soil or at Wal-mart as soil conditioner.  The only difference between 
> > two products being cost and grain size.  The cheaper stuff at walmart is 
> > a little smaller in grain size than fluorite.  I got my info from the 
> > website.
>Profile (Turface by another name) and Flourite are _very_ different.
>Turface (Profile) is a medium hard arcillite (calcined,
>montmorillonite clay) that most probably has been kiln-fired.
>Flourite is a rock-hard, fracted clay. It's mined and is broken down
>to the sizes we use. That's one reason Turface is cheaper.
>Check out my article from Planted Aquarium Magazine:
>No organic matter is added to either; they're just clay.
> >It seems that many people on the aquarium plant digest have had
> > good results with it.   I want to use it in my new tank set up because I
> > would like to find a cheaper alternative to fluorite.
>Going with a Schultz and gravel blend may be the cheapest route.
>It'll work for a planted tank substrate.
> > In closing can anybody tell me how often to check my PH after
> > reach my target  number, or is that
> > something I will just have to play around with?  Teresa
>It's all personal preference. If you're breeding and need specific
>conditions, you'll be checking it all the time. If it's a planted tank or
>the like, check it every so often after everything gets settled in.
>With enough alkalinity (~2-4 dK) the pH will level out, with less
>alk., the pH will swing a little.
>Jamie    <"\\\><
>Greenwood, SC
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