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Old 07-09-2004, 06:28 PM   #1
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pH?

My pH for both the 40 gal and my little 2.5 are pretty low..i'd say about 1.0 too low..is there any way to help raise it? my fish are looking at me for some help..
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Old 07-09-2004, 06:35 PM   #2
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I have a 90G FO tank with just base rock right now, so it is challenging to keep the Ph stable without live rock. During my water changes, I use Kent Ph buffer to adjust it with. This has worked rather well for me so far. HTH

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if you are in the cycle the ph goses up and down. most salt have a buffer in them. i dont have to add any thing to my water to get the ph at about 8.2.
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WarOrks15 - You are probably remaining stable because you have liverock in your tank. My tank has been up for 5 months, and I only have base rock right now, so the Ph is hard to maintain in my tank. I will be getting some soon to correct that problem though.

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Old 07-09-2004, 08:27 PM   #5
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LR and base rock should both be CaCO3 based so that should not be an issue at all.

If you could confirm the pH is a full 1.0 below norm and not 0.01?
If you posted correctly above that would mean your pH is in the 7.0-7.03 range which would be a serious problem. If it's only 0.01, it's not.

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yea steve, it's the 1.0 below..and it is a serious problem..i just did about a 40% water change, my lfs told me to try that..so i'll update with that info..the nitrate and nitrite have shot up as well, so maybe that'll help that problem too?
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Do you have any rock at all in there? Your profile just says live sand.
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no live rock yet..still waiting to get that..i don't know much about it, however it seems to be pretty helpful from what i've been reading on other posts..without it, is there still a way to lower nitrites? pH reading is a little better, nitrites remain awful...
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So what are you using for filtration?
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just a whisper filter...my lfs hasn't informed me on anything else that i need to get for filtration, rocks or whatnot..so that's it
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