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Old 07-18-2004, 09:18 PM   #1
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oceanic sea salt and low pH

i have recently started to use oseanic sea salt and have since had a drop in rhe pH of my tank. After testing the fresh batch of water i just mixed up it only has a pH of 7.4. has anyone else had this problem with oceanic salt?

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I've never heard of this, I would verify that your test kit is accurate, 7.4 seems pretty low. What SG do you mix the water to?
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Did you aerate your freshly made SW overnight before testing the pH? It takes a considerable amount of time to stabilize.

What was your tank pH before and after switching? And did you take the readings at the same time of day?
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the water had aerated for 12 hours when i tested it, it was mixed with ro/di water. ever since i switched to oceanic i have noticed my pH dropping, at first i thought there must be something going on in the tank so i kept adjuting pH with buffer. so today i decided to test the new water before i put it into the aquarium. my pH was always right aroun 8.3 with IO salt. I will just have to keep an eye on the tank, and test another batch of water when i mix it up again and have the pet store test it also. also the water was at a SG of 1.024 when i tested it at a temp of 82
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Try buying the smallest packet of salt they have and make up some SW with that. If the pH reads normal then you may have just had a bad batch.
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