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Old 03-31-2011, 12:38 AM   #1
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help please!! son dumped bottle of ph up in tank

My son just emptied 14 oz of PH UP into my 220 gallon. I just did PWC prior to he doing this.... the PH read 8.2 ....

Is it possible the liquid will increase the PH to more than 8.6?

should I do another water change? should I add buffer to lower PH if it reads high?

is this going to cause a big problems?

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KH was 9
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Old 03-31-2011, 01:16 AM   #2
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That is about 40 drops/gal...the recomended on the web site is 4 drops/gal. I think that gets you a 0.2 pH change......so you are looking at a pH change of 2. I would do I BIG waterchange NOW.
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Watch it. the perfect thing to add would be carbonic acid. this would envolve bubbling CO2 through your water. I am assuming you don't have access to a CO2 container. you can blow in a tube submerged in your tank for the next several hours. Make you son do it....I would try to do a SIGNIFICANT water change

API Makes PH down too.
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This can affect fish.. By burning their skin, enable breathing for them right? .. What can it do to snails n or corals?
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So far everything looks ok... Waiting to make enough RO/ di water ... The API test reads a dark hot pink color... Which is not on the chart .

Is this because it's higher? Than 9.0?
How much water change should I do?

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WOW I do hope everything comes out ok! Please keep us up on it
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So far everything looks ok... Waiting to make enough RO/ di water ... The API test reads a dark hot pink color... Which is not on the chart .

Is this because it's higher? Than 9.0?
How much water change should I do?
Change as much as you can.
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yeah definately do as large as your capable of doing, and as soon as it's done start mixing to be prepared for a second large change just in case.

Also, generally it's not advised to use those pH adjustment chemicals, so probably not something that's good to have laying around if you have small children.
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Not knowing how the chemical works, won't the pH top out at a certain pH no matter how much more you add?
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Not knowing how the chemical works, won't the pH top out at a certain pH no matter how much more you add?

this thought came to mind...

by I read on the internet that PH levels can reach up to 12??? not sure how try this is. but for my sake. hopefully this isnt true...
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