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post #21 of 24 Old 02-05-2010, 02:02 PM
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These Chem's from the bottle there will more often then not do a whole lot more for you then only pH and it should also be noted that with these you're often very likly to have your pH swing up & down with he w/c's and that's very stressful to your fish (stress = unhealthy = early or sudden death).

Like said before; just use any crushed calcareous rock such as coral or dolomite; add to the tank to up& stablize the hardness; pH will automatically follow this by the law's of chemistry and done. THAT is the least risky option out of all the out there.

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post #22 of 24 Old 02-06-2010, 09:48 AM
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To raise PH, I would perform a water change. I suggest you to use RO water as you can easily change the chemistry of RO water. You can buy one off eBay for $50. When using RO water, make sure to use RO right products to add hardness to water and use PH buffer to adjust the PH as desired.

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To raise PH, I would perform a water change. I suggest you to use RO water as you can easily change the chemistry of RO water. You can buy one off eBay for $50. When using RO water, make sure to use RO right products to add hardness to water and use PH buffer to adjust the PH as desired.
I know this is an oldish post, but I wanted to mention something on that last reply. RO water wouldn't work in my case bacause RO water is extremely soft. (RO removes everything from the water that's not H2O. )

BTW, I landed on a solution that worked for me, and I thought I'd post it.

Calcium is what I needed in the water, right?

I used plain, regular, chalk. (calcium carbonate).

I stuck two sticks in the filter, and slowly but surely, over the course of a week or two, everything got to where it should be.

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I know this is an oldish post, but I wanted to mention something on that last reply. RO water wouldn't work in my case bacause RO water is extremely soft. (RO removes everything from the water that's not H2O. )

BTW, I landed on a solution that worked for me, and I thought I'd post it.

Calcium is what I needed in the water, right?

I used plain, regular, chalk. (calcium carbonate).

I stuck two sticks in the filter, and slowly but surely, over the course of a week or two, everything got to where it should be.
Monitor the pH regularly. I use dolomite gravel in my filter for the same reason. It takes a bit of experimenting to find the right amount that will consistently buffer the pH. It could rise more than you want and too fast, I've no idea personally how fast chalk might release calcium. Nor do I know at what stage it may be depleted. But adding calcium is the best method to raise hardness/pH. B.

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