10-14-2011, 01:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Maxillius
I use a product that i add to the water to lower mine i use sera Ph minus
but i guess any brand would do they even sell those that add electrolytes to the water at the same time altho i do not know if they are good or not, you will have to keep cheking your ph at least twice a day if your cycling according to my experience ph can vary alot and according to byron if it goes up 7 it isent good. It happend to me once i came home from school and all my fish where pale and not looking good i did a ph test wich was above 7 so i lowered it slowly and everything is fine now you will just have to test it often! :)
now im no expert so dont take this as immdiate advices .. i would wait for confirmation for experts hehe
but ph minus works!
Please have a read of the article I linked previously. It will explain the connection between hardness and pH, and this is critical. Using pH adjusting chemicals may or may not be safe. Until we know the hardness, and perhaps other factors, I do not recommend this.
The other issue is an example of what I wrote earlier, on the ammonia/ammonium issue when pH is acidic and then becomes basic. The described symptoms indicate ammonia poisoning, which at the very least will stress the fish but if prolonged can kill them.