Ok folks so I ran into a pretty nasty issue today, I was doing a video for my vlog and I was testing Ph and noticed it was pretty high. So I got out my high range ph test and I'm above 8.0 from what it looks like. The only thing I added besides dechlorinated tap water was some black gravel from the LFS, a piece of driftwood and some cabomba. I doubt it's the plant or the driftwood. I have a newer HOB filter. My tank only hold 3 molly and 3 endler fry.
Well I need to stabalize this tank that is the #1 priority but I dumped the other tank I was cycling and filled it with snow. I mixed a bowl of snow with some tap and tested it just to see what I would get, but even if I mix my water this way, won't the high ph just buffer the water back to the high end again?
So I took a pic of my 5 different ph tests... Let me know what you think the Ph values are. Maybe I'm going color blind... I mean heck I'm already going crazy. I just started and seeded 3 new tanks and already dumped one ( I know someone out there feels my pain).
#1 is pure snow - #2 Is snow/tap mix 50/50 - #3 is regular ph test from my tank - #4 Is high range ph test out of my tank and - #5 Is my tap waters ph (tested with high range test)
What do you guys think? The gravel shot the ph up? I could shove some peat in the filter but honestly with that high of ph it won't do much good right?
If I can't get my ph below 7.4 what fish would you recommend for an intermediate breeder? I think I'll be buying that RO unit alot sooner than I planned *keels over*
Any ideas would be helpful and appreciated.
I made a video on youtube asking my users the same question. You can check that out to if you like. Really crazy Ph spike! FishRoom.us - YouTube
Oh and here is a pic of the API master test chart. If you think I'm way off, tell me what you think tubes 1,2,3,4, and 5 are reading. Thanks a bunch folks. I do appreciate it.