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post #1 of 11 Old 09-24-2018, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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Lowering PH

I am new to this aquarium world and am having trouble getting my aquarium to lower the Ph. Reads higher than it should and have tried using chemical lowing agents with no luck. I know my fish are suffering a little and want to get it where it needs to be. I have also tried driftwood. I have yet to try peat moss as I am concerned I will do it incorrectly or use too much, any help would be appreciated!
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-25-2018, 12:36 AM
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What are the numbers you’re getting and where are you wishing to take it?


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post #3 of 11 Old 09-25-2018, 05:04 PM
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high carbon dioxide lowers pH.


If you have high pH I would do nothing. I'm not aware of any fish the surer in any way because the co2 is low and therefore the ph is high.




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maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

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post #4 of 11 Old 09-28-2018, 09:25 PM
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Driftwood but beware you MUST boil it before adding it to the tank.
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post #5 of 11 Old 10-01-2018, 06:03 PM
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high carbon dioxide lowers pH.


If you have high pH I would do nothing. I'm not aware of any fish the surer in any way because the co2 is low and therefore the ph is high.




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geesh


If you have high pH I would do nothing. I'm not aware of any fish 'that suffer' in any way because the co2 is low and therefore the ph is high.

maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: https://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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post #6 of 11 Old 10-02-2018, 08:19 AM
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I know people who keep discus that work very hard to keep their pH low....


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125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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post #7 of 11 Old 10-14-2018, 08:35 PM
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Driftwood but beware you MUST boil it before adding it to the tank.
I believe that would negate the benefit if you are adding the driftwood to lower pH.
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post #8 of 11 Old 09-20-2019, 12:00 AM
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Nope. The tannin/pH effect is thru out the whole wood. Parasites and other hazards are normally at the surface areas and are killed by boiling
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post #9 of 11 Old 09-22-2019, 08:04 AM
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I always thought driftwood raised the pH not lowered it...?

From my own experience with high pH, the moment I removed the driftwood my ph dropped & I was able to maintain my tank at neutral.

Months later I decided the tank looked empty without the driftwood so I coated the entire same piece of driftwood in silicone & put it back into the tank. The silicone coat stopped the wood from leaching & I'm still getting constant neutral readings.
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post #10 of 11 Old 09-23-2019, 02:17 PM
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I always thought driftwood raised the pH not lowered it...?

From my own experience with high pH, the moment I removed the driftwood my ph dropped & I was able to maintain my tank at neutral.

Months later I decided the tank looked empty without the driftwood so I coated the entire same piece of driftwood in silicone & put it back into the tank. The silicone coat stopped the wood from leaching & I'm still getting constant neutral readings.

Perhaps different types of wood?
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