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Old 02-07-2011, 06:28 PM   #11
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ok so an update... i just got home and tested my tank again... back down to 6.0 or lower (test kit only goes to 6.0)......

let the tap run for about 15 min.... set to the temp of my tank... tested tap and its 6.8........ WT F man!!???

yes DW - driftwood... and i know that can lower PH, but its been in the tank over for a year or more.

i cant keep doing PWCs every day.... should i introduce limestone or something??
I dont know a lot as ive only had my tank for 2 months but I think you may just be panicing too much about nothing. Unless theres a problem with your fish then just relax.
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Once it goes below 6 I would begin to try to balance it, but only if you have non Amazon fish in there. It really depends what you have.
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Old 02-07-2011, 08:26 PM   #13
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tiger, odessa, cherry and rosy barbs... cory cats and zebra danios....
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Tiger Barbs prefer low pH, as to Cory cats. Zebras are in the mid-range.

Can't talk for the other barbs as I've never had any (I only try to advise on fish I have kept).

Most fish will be able to get used to any pH as long as it remains stable there. I would let your tank go where it wants to for a while and see what happens. I've had Tiger Barbs struggle with HIGH pH before and I took out the limestone I had... But you might not need to do anything...
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so i just tested KH... its VERY low... less then 50ppm... so i believe that means i basically have no PH buffer? which would explain the low PH... i THINK??

so i guess the real question is... HOW do i get those buffers back? i would rather not sure chems...
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You would need to insert something in the tank which will leech to the water and raise pH, like limestone.
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