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post #1 of 4 Old 04-04-2017, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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Keep PH from plummeting

First: I wasn't sure where to drop this so I am going to put it in beginners for now.

I am converting my 55 gallon from a mid/high ph 7-7.5, to a low ph 5-6 blackwater tank for my tetras and gouramis. To do this, I got some driftwood and peat moss to put in my tank/filter. Here is the question, now that I have the items and gave them a little pre-soak (want to keep most of the tannins), how can I go about keepin my ph from plummeting and killing/stressing my fish that are still alive?
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-04-2017, 09:13 AM
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Well once you start altering your waters chemistry, that becomes a concern that's always on the table. The pH of your tanks water will naturally drop over time, so the best way to keep it stable is doing water changes. The things you want to do to lower the pH take time as well, so depending on your water change schedule, you may be constantly trying to manage your pH. In my opinion it's way better for the fish, and for you the keeper, to have stable pH rather than "perfect" pH. 7-7.5 is definitely not high enough that you need to do something about it.

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post #3 of 4 Old 04-05-2017, 05:57 AM Thread Starter
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Well once you start altering your waters chemistry, that becomes a concern that's always on the table. The pH of your tanks water will naturally drop over time, so the best way to keep it stable is doing water changes. The things you want to do to lower the pH take time as well, so depending on your water change schedule, you may be constantly trying to manage your pH. In my opinion it's way better for the fish, and for you the keeper, to have stable pH rather than "perfect" pH. 7-7.5 is definitely not high enough that you need to do something about it.


Alright, thanks for that. I probably should leave it alone


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post #4 of 4 Old 04-05-2017, 08:02 AM
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Well once you start altering your waters chemistry, that becomes a concern that's always on the table. The pH of your tanks water will naturally drop over time, so the best way to keep it stable is doing water changes. The things you want to do to lower the pH take time as well, so depending on your water change schedule, you may be constantly trying to manage your pH. In my opinion it's way better for the fish, and for you the keeper, to have stable pH rather than "perfect" pH. 7-7.5 is definitely not high enough that you need to do something about it.
Excellent advice. If you want to continue, I would add this: make the change as gradual as possible. Add some wood gradually (if more than one piece). Leave the peat moss for later. A week or more so you can see how the wood affected the PH. Then add the peat a little at a time. Remember, your not just adjusting your water, your adjusting your fish.
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