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sazzy 12-16-2006 10:49 AM

low ph help
my Ph is really low just wonderd if anybody recomends anything inparticular to raise it?
also could anyone know what causes it to drop? is it the wood or something else?
thanks guys

Derek-M 12-16-2006 11:06 AM

To keep your ph up you will need to raise the kh of your tank or it will just drop again...I use Kent ph stable which also raises the KH or sera KH/PH plus

crazie.eddie 12-16-2006 11:15 AM

What's your pH right now?

What's your kH?

What kind of fish is in your tank?

If the wood is releasing tannins (water looks a little brown, like tea), then it will lower your pH, but not allot.

sazzy 12-16-2006 11:23 AM

my ph is the lowest on the test cant remember sorry far too low anyway
sorry but i dont understand kh?

i have all catfish 8 plecs and a large cat

only a slight brown not really alot

Derek-M 12-16-2006 11:26 AM

What ph test are you using at the moment?

sazzy 12-16-2006 11:42 AM

freshwater master test kit

ph is just over 6

crazie.eddie 12-16-2006 11:47 AM

Test your water source also, I'm assuming it is your tap water that you use for your aquarium. If you're tap is around 7 or higher, remove the wood. Or if you really want to keep the wood, maybe add a little bit of aragonite in the subtrate. This is often used in cichlid or marine tanks to raise/keep the pH high. Don't add allot to the substrate, just a little and wait a week or so after you tested before adding more. You can add chemicals, but it's usually cheaper in the long run to use aragonite.

sazzy 12-16-2006 11:52 AM

my tap water is 7ph
im going to go to lfs tommorow got to get this sorted out

Derek-M 12-16-2006 11:56 AM

If you can get your water tested at an lfs that has a calibrated electronic ph meter to confirm your reading I would do so first.... I myself went through a lot of grief with faulty test kits just recently.

crazie.eddie 12-16-2006 12:09 PM

I agree. Get your water tested at your LFS/LPS to verify the results.

Don't let the employee sell you pH raising chemicals. Most of these will increase the pH, but as Derek-M stated, if you don't raise the kH, then the pH will eventually drop back down again. Big shifts in pH can stress the fish.

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