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Old 05-04-2007, 03:37 PM   #1
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lowering PH

What is the best way to lower ph?
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What is your current pH?
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Post numbers and when did you take the reading? The ph will read different at different times of the day.
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I will when I get home but it has been high everytime a I have ever checked. Nitrate nitrite are 0, but all ph is always on the high side
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Adding vinegar or club soda will lower PH( you would have to search for the exact amounts) temporarily. They're generally only used when a high PH solution such as kalkwasser is dosed too fast causing a PH spike.
What does high side mean? What is the exact number? As long as it's not above 8.6 I would not worry. Many people battle low PH, so I would consider you lucky if that was the case.
How old is the tank? What is PH level(exact number)? What salt mix do you use? What is your Alk? Do you dose anything?
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tank is 5 months old, I use ocean water for pwc once a week. I will get all the other specs, tonight? From what I remember the ph is on the high side but not at any extreme number.
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I have always found PWC`s to put PH back in specs. As Mike said if not over 8.6 then you`ll be OK. Stability is a key also when dealing with PH.
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Ocean water? where do you live that you get clean ocean water? wish I had that...
If you try and lower it do not drop it fast, big fast swings in ph will harm fish and inverts.
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I live in Florida I go into the mouth of the inlet by boat at high tide to get water when it is the clearest. I take 2 of the drinking water jugs.

Salinity - 1.023

hardness 250ish
alk - 240ish
ph - 8.0-8.2

probally need a better tester just use the little strips
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You may have nutrient issues w/ the NSW. Investing in a good test kit for at least PO4 would be a wise investment. 8-8.2 is a broad range for PH. PH will naturally rise and fall w/ the lighting schedule. If it's at 8 at the end of the lighting period, it may be dropping too low at night. Generally if it stays in between 7.8-8.6 with out too much daily fluctuation(<.2) your good.
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alk - 240ish
I'm only familiar w/ units in meg/l or dkh for those params. What units are the test using??
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