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Old 05-23-2012, 09:15 AM   #11
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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/di 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!
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:20 AM   #12
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I have the Kent Marine Supperbuffer-dKH, will this raise pH levels? If it will I'll add some to both tanks right now haha
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I have the Kent Marine Supperbuffer-dKH, will this raise pH levels? If it will I'll add some to both tanks right now haha
It will raise ph slightly, but best procedure is to do a water change and then add it. The super buffer works better at maintaining the level rather then raising it. Also, what kind of sand/gravel are you using in the low ph tank. Is it an aragonite based sand or silicate?
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I'm guessing aragonite because that was the kind on the package, if I remember correctly...how does that change the pH?
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I'm guessing aragonite because that was the kind on the package, if I remember correctly...how does that change the pH?
Aragonite based sands are Have calcium carbonate in them and are made from crushed coral skeletons and snail/crab shells. Over time the sand slowly breaks down and releases calcium into the water which helps to naturally buff the water. The reason i aks is bcuz People who use silicate based sands and no live rock usually have issues with maintaining high ph.
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I have about 25 pounds of live rock in my 20 gallon and 20 pounds of aragonite sand mixed with 10 pounds of Fiji pink sand(not sure what base that is, silicate or aragonite idk!)
So add the buffer and keep dosing with API pH up?
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