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Riskbling 11-17-2009 01:18 AM

Help with PH levels
Hi all,

I have been reading and reading. The first thing I learned, was to not use chemicals to try to alter my PH level. My test strips only read PH of 8.2 or lower. I am getting the maximum of 8.2, and I have a tube test kit that only reads up to 7.6 (Maxes that test out as well).

I have angelfish, tetras, danios, and some corys, and I would like to maintain a PH level of about 7.

What are some natural ways for me to shoot for a lower ph level? I added a pretty good size of driftwood in my tank about a week ago, didn't really have an impact, not sure if it takes more time.

Anyways, does anyone know of any good natural methods of lowering and keeping a steady ph level?

Thank you!

1077 11-17-2009 03:27 AM

Perhaps the cheapest way would be to prepare a mixture of 50/50 tapwater ,and distilled water or R/O water, in a large tub and then use this water for water changes a little each week to slowly adjust the water. You may need to add more or less ditilled water or R/O water to get the desired levels and this is always best done outside the aquarium hence the rubbermaid tub. Then the day before water change,aerate the water in the tub as well as heat it before use. You will need to keep the mixture in the tub consistent to keep levels in the aquarium stable.
You might before considering this,,get second reading of your source water from perhaps fish store assuming that they use the liquid style test kit such as the API freswater master kit. Strip style tests are not that accurate for the most part.

Angel079 11-17-2009 06:23 AM

I'd suggest to test the pH with a high range Test kit such as API. Just to be sure what you're really dealing with cause if your pH isn't as high as you may think after all, I'd suggest peat over R/O.

As for the usage of peat and other alternatives, I think you may find all suggestions within this threat helpful to read as well

Riskbling 11-17-2009 11:50 AM

Thanks guys. I know my pH level is above 8.2 or higher (Tube test). My fish seem like they are fine though, everything else is good from all the test. I will be looking into this.

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