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Old 10-03-2013, 06:16 AM   #1
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Raising pH?

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All other parameters are perfect except my pH. It's sitting at 7.8 and not budging. How should I go about changing this or should I leave it be since it's stable? Thanks
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Old 10-03-2013, 08:29 AM   #2
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Stable is good, what time of day do you test? Ph can change throughout the day depending on lights on or off. Also, an open top will increase ph...
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Old 10-03-2013, 09:00 AM   #3
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whats your dkH level? having a low alkalinity is well known for keeping your ph low
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That sounds like you may be using baking soda to add Alkalanity to your water. Baking soda has a natural pH of about 7.8. It's great for raising pH in a freshwater system, but will lower pH from the preferred 8.2-8.4.
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It's a BC 29 with glass top. Testing has occurred night and mornings. Have nothing to measure dkH. I have added the Kent A and B buffer to try and help. Trying to be patient.... No baking soda has been added
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If you're using kent, you're more likely to have a good pH and just your test is off. pH indications in colour tests starts to immediately drop from the actual number. I wouldn't sweat the low result. I would refrain from dosing tho unless you test for Alk and calc.
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Old 10-03-2013, 06:05 PM   #7
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Ok thanks! I'll just hold off and let the tank do it's thing until I get a alk test. The only issue with low pH would be for corals and not fish too much right? As long as it's stable?
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