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Old 04-25-2012, 07:47 PM   #1
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ph in cichlid tank (80)gallon

Is it safe to use baking soda with the fish in the tank still or do I need to remove them
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:54 PM   #2
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im not an expert on this, but i think having a stable pH is more important than the actual pH itself. unless its like 5 i think you would be okay.
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Old 04-26-2012, 01:58 AM   #3
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Yeah, I would shy away from using baking soda in the tank-with or without fish. As previously said, a steady ph is much better than one right on the mark one day, then out of whack from the nitrogen cycle a few days later. I would add limestone or crushed coral if you want to increase the ph
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Where can I buy lime stone and how much lime stone
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Old 04-26-2012, 07:40 AM   #5
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i bought mine at lowes. it was like 5.00 per slab of rock. i grabbed the biggest one, and broke it into pieces. 2-3 slabs would prob be okay.
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Old 04-26-2012, 07:43 AM   #6
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Thnxs for the help my ph is now at a 2.5 so I was told it was too low but I have 9 chichlids in the tank for like 2 months I was told they was used to it but new fish would get shocked and die so hopfully the lime. Stone helps LOL
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Thnxs for the help my ph is now at a 2.5 so I was told it was too low but I have 9 chichlids in the tank for like 2 months I was told they was used to it but new fish would get shocked and die so hopfully the lime. Stone helps LOL
I am curious as to how your pH could be 2.5. unless it is a typo. What are you using to test it?
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Srry the ph is 6 and the alkalinity is 25 so supposely its too low that's why new fish die
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Old 04-26-2012, 08:57 AM   #9
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Baking soda is safe in the aquarium. Dissolve it in a cup of tank water first. Use is small amounts...changes in Ph should be done gradually. As others have said and I agree totally, a stable Ph is what is important. If you can add things like crushed coral it will help you maintain the ph you want.
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What type of fish are you trying to keep?
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