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Old 10-05-2011, 06:04 PM   #1
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Lfs....lies or truth?

I got my water tested today the lfs. The guy said ever thing is looking good except the ph. He said my ph is low and tried to sell me a 20 dollar bottle of buffer. Unfortunately I forgot my wallet at home so I could not buy it. Should I go back and buy the product or was he just pushing a sale? what should I do
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What was the ph at? Depending on time of day the ph will change due to lighting. Do not use buffers. A lot of things can be changed and fixed with a simple water change.
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Old 10-05-2011, 06:24 PM   #3
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What was the ph at? Depending on time of day the ph will change due to lighting. Do not use buffers. A lot of things can be changed and fixed with a simple water change.
He's absolutely right don't use chemicals to modify your ph it just makes it worse sometimes.
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Old 10-05-2011, 06:33 PM   #4
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Agreed with above. Let us know what the pH tested at. 99% of folks can house 90% of the common species of fish without altering their pH, even if it is a little off. Stable and constant is more important than the exact value... When you add pH altering chemicals, it causes pH fluctuations.
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He did not say, just said low.
Turned on lights at 8 in the morning and did test around 4:30.
How big of a water change?
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was it a liquid buffer or a powder?

plus it depends how long the water sat out of the tank to determain what the PH is really at.

i would invest in your own test kits and do your own tests.
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Agreed. You need a FW master kit from API. Responsible fish keeping requires a test kit.
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Old 10-05-2011, 06:47 PM   #8
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Its a liquid buffer- Kent marine pro buffer

Btw it's a reef tank, It has live rocks and live sand. Been a week and half since I started cycling with shrimp
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Well there is your answer the ammonia from your shrimp is lowering your ph. Ammonia is a acid. Do not do a water change. Just wait for the cycle to finish. It should be around 3ish total weeks. Get your own test kit and test every day.
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It all depends on how low your pH is. If it is off by a few percents than usually a water change or two will bring it back up. If your pH is really low than you will have to use buffers. I had a pH problem and my lfs gave me enough for three doses and haven't the need for it since. I would highly suggest using Aquavitro. They have great customer service and will give you the best advice when using their products.

If your tank is currently in a cycle than that will explain your low pH due to ammonia. Wait a few more weeks for your cycle to complete than test your pH again.
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