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Old 03-13-2011, 11:34 PM   #1
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Low ph

I have 2 saltwater tanks one has been up about 4-5 months the other has been cycling for almost 4 weeks both show 7.9 on the ph Do I need to work on getting this up to 8.2-8.3 and what can I do to do this?
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get a buffer
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What am I looking for in a buffer and are they safe to add with fish in there? Ive heard not to use ph up or down?
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Super Buffer dKH

yes safe with fish
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Aim a powerhead towards the surface so the water ripples see if that helps before trying buffers...
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Old 03-14-2011, 07:29 PM   #6
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I actually have my return a wave maker and a powerhead on the surface of the new 90 gallon and a wavemaker on the surface of the 55 I would like to stay away from a buffer if I can but if that is my onl option I will have to use it. Is using ro water causing it to be low???
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Don't try the buffer just yet, they're only temporary and it's better for you to have a pH that's stable.

Added a cycling tank's pH will be crazy, wait until it's done cycling and see where you are.
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You can always put a few tbl spoons of kawlkwasser in your top off water will help too but have to be carefull with that but it will work kalwsser has a ph of about 13...you just drip it in the tank it will bring it up
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If it remains low then how should I go about raising it? Pwc's??
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I'm not too sure that 7.9 is a bad thing, like I said having it stable is better than adding things to try to raise it.

If they tanks are closed top that could be contributing, poor gas exchange lowers pH. That's why the powerhead aiming was suggested.
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