I'm breeding my bettas, not for the first time, and I've heard some things that I'd like to test out, but I'd also like to get some things clear first.
First, I'm doing a science experiment for my school fair, and the title of my lab will be "Effects of pH on Betta Gender." Needless to say, I'm testing Ph, lol. I heard on Wayne Schmidt's site that someone had told him that water that has a relatively acidic pH produces more males than water with a more basic pH. However, I haven't heard it anywhere else.
What I'm really posting about, however, is the effect of seashells in a freshwater tank. I have some small shells I collected, and I'm currently soaking them in hot water to rid them of bacteria, excess salt, sand, etc.
I've also heard that they raise the pH of the water, but, if so, how significantly does it raise it? I'd like to use them as both hiding places and a way to naturally create more acidic water so I don't have to keep a ton of chemicals in the house.
Ponder, ponder, ponder lol