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post #1 of 29 Old 04-29-2007, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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How to safely lower ph in an aquarium

Hello the ph of my water is 8.0-8.2 and i was wondering what is a safe way to lower ph to around 6.8? Any suggestions or comments would be great thanks
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post #2 of 29 Old 04-29-2007, 02:56 PM
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Adding reverse osmosis water. It may not be readily available for most people though. I have it since my water cooler uses large 5 gallon jugs and they are filled with water treated by RO units.

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post #3 of 29 Old 04-29-2007, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
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yes i havge thought of that, but like you said it is not readily avaliable to evryone, and it is alot very expensive. thanks for the comment though
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post #4 of 29 Old 04-29-2007, 03:03 PM
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Well I believe you can buy RO water at your local grocery store. If not, bottled water IS distilled, so you could use that too.

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is that very expensive?
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post #6 of 29 Old 04-29-2007, 03:06 PM
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No. It costs like 10 dollars for a large 5 gallon drum. Even less for smaller jugs (2 and 3 gallons are pretty popular) obviously.

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post #7 of 29 Old 04-29-2007, 03:09 PM
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Also, many bottled waters vary from oneanother. Some are hard, soft, more alkaline, acidic, etc... It depends really so maybe bottled water isn't the best option - unless you use your water test kit and find a brand which suits your tank best. :D

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What size is you tank? Adding bogwood to the tank will help to lower the pH, but I'm not sure if it would lower it as much as you're looking for.
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post #9 of 29 Old 04-29-2007, 03:20 PM
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You know you could also just go to your LFS and buy some pH stabilizer. They have it from 6.5 to 8.2.

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Old BC8 setup: http://www.fishforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=10744
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post #10 of 29 Old 04-29-2007, 03:24 PM
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http://www.firsttankguide.net/ph.php

That's a good article. Should help you tons.

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Old BC8 setup: http://www.fishforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=10744
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