Trouble with my pH.... - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 7 Old 11-16-2007, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
Trouble with my pH....

What is the best way to lower pH in a freshwater aquarium? The pH in my 28 gallon is really high, about 8.3, and I'm hoping to get it down to about 7.5-7.7 I know there are several chemicals you can buy, but I've heard that they don't always keep the pH down for much longer than a day or two. Has anyone ever used one of them and had good results with it??[/img]
It'sJames is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 Old 11-16-2007, 04:27 PM
Member
 
JouteiMike's Avatar
 
What fish are you keeping?
Have you tested the pH of your tap water?
Have a picture of your tank set up?
Do you have any shells in the tank?

Lowering pH is harder than raising it, but you have a couple options. Filtering through peat moss is one of the best and easiest ways in my opinion. Also the addition of bog/drift wood, and/or a CO2 unit can lower pH.

But lets see if we can get to the root of the problem first, or if it is even necessary to try and change.
JouteiMike is offline  
post #3 of 7 Old 11-17-2007, 06:46 AM
Member
 
Falina's Avatar
 
I think if you could answer Mike's questions we could help a bit more. For lowering it, I think adding bodwood/driftwood is the easiest way to go. Stay away from chemicals as they lead to instabilities which can be very harmful to the fish and can kill them.
Falina is offline  
post #4 of 7 Old 11-17-2007, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
It's on it's way to being a moderatly - heavily planted tank, and I'm currently keeping 2 platys & 2 corys. I plan to keep an angel, a small school or cardinals, and a few corys, and I'll move out the platys. PH of the tap water is about 8.3, and we have very soft water. No, I don't have any shells. Several people have told me that's it's not really a big deal, as long as the fish are doing okay. So fay they are, and the platys are even spawning. I know that an unstable pH is worse that a high pH, so I'm still not quite sure what to do. Here's the pic of the aquarium.

It'sJames is offline  
post #5 of 7 Old 11-18-2007, 12:43 AM
Member
 
Lupin's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by It'sJames
It's on it's way to being a moderatly - heavily planted tank, and I'm currently keeping 2 platys & 2 corys. I plan to keep an angel, a small school or cardinals, and a few corys, and I'll move out the platys. PH of the tap water is about 8.3, and we have very soft water. No, I don't have any shells. Several people have told me that's it's not really a big deal, as long as the fish are doing okay. So fay they are, and the platys are even spawning. I know that an unstable pH is worse that a high pH, so I'm still not quite sure what to do. Here's the pic of the aquarium.

Use peat moss or almond leaves to lower the pH. Be very careful as pH crash may result with very soft water. Have you tested your substrate? It could also increase the pH unless it's inert. Your platies must be moved to another tank. They will not appreciate the pH being lowered.

The angelfish will be cramped in your tank unfortunately.

Sent from my desktop or phone or whatever else I am holding on to

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=48&dateline=125741997  2
I'm ready for the pressure.
The drama and the pleasure!
If there is one thing I want to see here, it's HUMOR.
I believe I can fly!
I believe I can touch the sky!
I think about it every night and day!
I stand in awe of my body.
Lupin is offline  
post #6 of 7 Old 11-18-2007, 01:05 AM
Member
 
JouteiMike's Avatar
 
Are you planning on adding a C02 unit once you add more plants to your tank? That may help stabilize a lower pH.

I think for you, it would be best to just go with the flow and leave your pH be. As you said, stability is the most important thing.

Looks like you have driftwood in the tank, is that the real deal or a fake decoration?
JouteiMike is offline  
post #7 of 7 Old 11-18-2007, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
It's not the substrate.... and yes, I was thinking about adding Co2, although I currently don't know a thing about it. It's real driftwood too.

So no angel in a 28g? That will totally change things around.... oh well. What could I replace the angel with?
It'sJames is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
In trouble mrdemin Cichlids 26 10-15-2009 05:13 PM
having trouble need help bromanlex Beginner Saltwater Aquariums 5 04-11-2009 12:27 AM
I think im in trouble Dicklinky Tropical Fish Diseases 16 11-06-2007 02:47 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome