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Reading my new book Back to Nature Guide to Tanganyikan Cichlids (Thanks Ben and the team at AOA) and read an interesting suggestion.

The statement in the book is never raise your pH without doing a water change. The reasoning is that the raised pH means that ammonium is going to convert to ammonia. To use Ammonia your bacteria needs carbon, and the lack of carbon (and hence carbonate hardness) is what caused your pH to drop in the first place.

I think I can see the logic and get what is potentially happening.

This is certainly new to me (I am better with soft water:egrin:). Did everyone else know it and what are your thoughts.

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