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Old 11-07-2003, 04:38 AM   #1
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pH results need Advise

Ok I have been checking my tank and lately it seems as though the pH is at 8.0 constant.. I drip about 1gal of kalk per night which is mixed 1tsp pickling lime to 1 gal of ro/di.. Should I do anything to try and bring the pH up or just leave it at 8.0 and if so what?? I know its on the safe side but its also on the low side... I have not tested first thing in the morning for pH values but will be doing so tomorrow morning.. Any Advise???

My tank Readings are as follows
Temp 80
pH 8.0
alk 3.89meq/l
Ca 425
salinity 1.025
nitrite 0
nitrate 5
ammonia 0

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verify it with another test kit
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Old 11-07-2003, 08:44 AM   #3
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Yeah, I agree with Kevin about getting another test kit to check that with. If you are dripping Kalk and have an Alk reading of ~11dKH, your pH should be a little higher than that.

Do you run your sump and tank with the cover on or off? This would help with gas exchange which will remove Co2 from the system. Surface agitation will also help remove excess Co2.
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I have verified the Reading via the Seachems Reference.. The Reference tests as normal..


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Increase gas exchange or open a window in the room.
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Old 11-07-2003, 06:22 PM   #6
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Ok I will move the 2 powerheads in the tank closer to the surface and test tomorrow to see if it helps.. It seems as though my pH is steady at 8.0 both before the lights come on and just before the lights go off in the evening..

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You have a sump? You could stick a fan over it. That would help with gas exchange. Keep in mind that it will also cool the heck out of the aquarium as well as make it evaporate water faster.
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I do have a sump.. I will try to place a fan blowing on the sump as well... I hope that it helps..

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Ok so I placed a Dual fan over my sump for about 5hrs as well as moved all the PHs towards the top and then tested pH again and it still reads 8.0 Should I not worry about it since it doesnt seem to deviate from this point...


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I wouldn't worry about it, but it could simply be the CO2 content in the room. Have you opened a window near the tank?
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