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gus6464 09-06-2007 11:24 PM

How do you lower pH in new tank?
 
I ended up exchanging the Eclipse 6 gallon for a 10 gallon. I finally set it all up and started the cycling. So far I have 0 ppm Ammonia, 5 ppm Nitrate, 0 ppm Nitrite, and 7.6 pH.

I want to keep a 6.9-7.0 pH and was wondering if the method that is listed on the API test kit is the one you guys use.

And here is a pic of the setup. Water is a little cloudy because of the eco-complete.

http://fishforum.com/userpix/3086_emptytankbw6_1.jpg

Picklee 09-06-2007 11:57 PM

A good long term solution is to put a piece of driftwood in there. The wood will release tannis and as a result, will keep the pH down.

gus6464 09-07-2007 12:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Picklee
A good long term solution is to put a piece of driftwood in there. The wood will release tannis and as a result, will keep the pH down.

Ahh ok I already have a piece of driftwood in there. The pic doesn't show it pretty well but it has a java fern tied to it.

Lupin 09-07-2007 12:59 AM

There is no need to lower the pH. Keeping the pH constant is much more important. Fish can adapt to various water conditions very well provided they are acclimated to water conditions properly. Depending on your KH and GH, the pH may not go down to what you exactly want although the addition of driftwood will not harm the fish.

mgamer20o0 09-10-2007 01:22 AM

agreed. no need to mess with the ph. stable ph so much better. 7.4ph isnt bad at all.

King Arthur 09-10-2007 01:54 PM

Think 6.8-7.0 is much better. You can always use clorhidric acid (in very little quantities) and I think it'll do.

beetlebz 09-10-2007 02:17 PM

I added a bunch of wood to my tank to get my ph down. after WEEKS, its gone from 7.4 to 7.2... and the fish dont really look any happier than they did ;)

mattyphilly 09-10-2007 03:06 PM

ure ph is good. best to keep it stable.
filtering over peat will get the kh down and the ph too. water will be brownish tho

mgamer20o0 09-10-2007 03:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by King Arthur
Think 6.8-7.0 is much better. You can always use clorhidric acid (in very little quantities) and I think it'll do.

with out even any clue to whats in the tank or will be in the tank i dont see how a blanketed statement like that can be true.


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