Discus Buffer® helps to replicate the ideal Discus environment (low pH & low GH (General Hardness)). Discus Buffer® will lower pH and keep it lowered. Discus Buffer® also softens water by precipitating calcium and magnesium. Use Discus Trace® to restore the proper level of trace elements and feed NutriDiet® Discus Flakes for thriving, healthy Discus.
Neutral Regulator® and Discus Buffer® can be used in combination to achieve a desired pH when performing water changes or adding top off water. The ratio chart below is designed for r/o water where there is generally no buffering capacity.
Use 1 level teaspoon (5 g) for every 40-80 L (10-20 US gallons) daily until intended pH is reached. Thereafter, use once a month or with water changes as required to maintain pH.For precise dosing use the Seachem Digital Spoon Scale. To raise pH, use Neutral Regulator®. To target a particular pH use in combination with Neutral Regulator® following the chart. This chart assumes the use of unbuffered water (RO or DI). If water is already buffered use the chart as a starting guide. Use Prime® to dechlorinate tap water before doing a water change.
To target a particular pH use in combination with Neutral Regulator® following the chart
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Contains phosphate buffers and conditioning agents. Safe for all freshwater fish acclimated to acid pH.
50 g, 250 g, 500 g, 1 kg, 4 kg
A: Neutral Regulator and Discus Buffer are phosphate based buffers providing a very strong and stable buffering system. Alkaline Buffer and Acid Buffer are non-phosphate buffers, which although less stable than a phosphate buffer, are ideal for the planted aquarium where high phosphate levels would lead to an algae problem.
A: Phosphate is nothing to be concerned with in a fish only system. Phosphate concerns are a ‘carry over’ from reef keepers where even a small amount of phosphate can present problems for many corals. It is really an insignificant property in freshwater systems unless it is a planted tank with a very intense lighting system. If you are still concerned about phosphate causing algae problems in a fish-only tank, rest assured that phosphate in itself does not cause algae; algae requires light that is in the blue spectrum for photosynthesis. Standard aquarium light is weak in the blue spectrum and strong in the red range and does not easily support algae growth. This makes the colors on fish seem brighter. It also makes brown fish look more red.
A: Neutral Regulator and Discus Buffer are extremely effective at bringing your pH down and softening your water. You will initially see cloudiness as the buffers work to soften your water by precipitating out excess calcium and magnesium but should dissipate from your system.
Neutral Regulator and Discus Buffer can be used in combination to achieve a desired pH when performing water changes or adding top off water. The ratio chart on the back of the label is designed for r/o water where there is generally no buffering capacity. Since you are using tap water, a little testing will be needed to establish the exact ratios to bring your pH down to 6.8 . Example: in r/o water you would use 1 part Discus Buffer to 1 part Neutral Regulator for a pH of 6.8 but in tap water, since there is already a buffering capacity present, you may need to use 2 parts Discus Buffer to 1 part Neutral Regulator to achieve a pH of 6.8.
As for bringing down the pH in your existing system, you can use 1 level teaspoon of Discus Buffer (7 g) for every 40 L (10 gallons) daily until intended pH is reached. Neutral Regulator can be used to increase the pH, if needed.
A: The cloudiness you experienced is caused by the precipitation of excess calcium and magnesium. In excessively hard water, the precipitation could cause a clouded or chalky hazed appearance. To clear this, you can use a water clarifier (flocculate) as they tend to work fast and are available at most aquarium shops. You could also wait for this precipitate to fall out of solution on it's own (fall to the bottom of the aquarium) but this would take considerably longer than using a flocculate. You can also use a fine mechanical filter (floss or micron) to catch these particles.
A: Common aquarium salt (sodium chloride) is used to impact the density of the water making it harder for parasites to equilibrate to the denser water. Some fish do not mind this therapeutic use of salt, and some fish do mind it. Discus are a fish that will not tolerate this elevated level of sodium in the water. If you keep live plants in your discus aquarium, the plants will not tolerate this either. Discus Trace is a well rounded trace mineral supplement that does not contain sodium and is used to replenish trace and ultra trace minerals that are demonstrated to be necessary for fish health and growth.