Originally Posted by armyman16
Gotchya, how can I raise pH? I'm having a low pH problem in my little 20 gallon as well..I have been dosing with API up in my 20 but I cannot raise it above 7.8? Any ideas?
Congrats on finishing your cycle! The best way to balance ph is use a two part buffer system. Like B-ionic part 1 & 2 or Kent's super buffer and turbo calcium. Using products like these regularly will maintain proper calcium, alkalinity, and ph levels when dosed correctly. If you're in a pinch and really need to buffer some water, household baking soda can raise ph, but I don't recommend it for long term use.
Also test the ph of your source water, tap and ro
water is usually low in ph. A good tip I do for my customers is I add buffer to their top off container so any water they add to top off the tank will already have a ph of 8.1-8.4. Just add the manufacturer recommend dose to the top off, stir until dissolved, and test ph again in 30-60 mins to double check. Make a note of how much buffer you add so next time you don't have to double check.
Hope this helps!