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Old 05-05-2009, 07:01 PM   #1
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ph stuck at 7.8, thoughts?

Hi guys,

Tank has been set up for almost 2 weeks. My ph wont budge.

Ammonia .25
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 0

26 Gallon bow
17 lbs live rock
24 lbs base rock

Any ideas on why the ph wont move?

I know a lot of people are against chemicals so I dont think I want to go that route.
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Old 05-05-2009, 07:08 PM   #2
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thats fine, I know you got salt and I got fresh but even my so called low ph fish do better in higher Ph levels, mines at an 8.4 and the fish are doing great.

I have the same size tank but again different water.
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If your still cycling I would not worry about you PH level right now...
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Concentrate on your Ammonia, Nitrate, Nitrite, and your SG
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Alright. Can I ask what is an acceptable level for SW?
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Between 7.8 and 8.4
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Mine is usaually around 8.2... but for better results tried to keep it around 8.3
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Ok. I saw on liveaquaria.com that water conditions for a snail, or hermit crab should have a ph of 8.1 - 8.4. Is this necessarily true? Just to be sure when I add my cleanup-crew they will be ok.

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They'll be ok. Sometimes my PH is around 7.8 most of the time and I haven't lost one yet knock on wood. But just try to keep it in between that range any lower an cause dead to fish or Inverts
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Keeping a stable pH is important, sometimes the number isn't "oerfect" but as long as you don't have drastic swings you will be ok. Also, pH will swing between lights on and lights off. Another thing, as Tank stated, during your cycle the pH will be all over the place. I wouldn't even worry about testing it until the cycle is over....
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