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Old 01-06-2012, 11:55 PM   #11
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Yes, it is low before and after mixing. I have my water mixing in a 5 gallon jug with a heater and a powerhead for about a day before I do my PWC. I've been spending all of my time at work and it has my blood pressure through the roof. I would love a solution, just have no clue what to do next...if I need to do anything at all.
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Old 01-07-2012, 12:01 AM   #12
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That seems odd that RO water with salt freshly mixed is low ph. I would try to rule things out. Can you get another source of water from you local fish store? Or even goto super market and buy a gallon of RO or distiller water mix salt and see if tests the same. It could be your test kit or your water source is my guess.

Try bringing some of your water to local fish store and have them test. Don't tell them your issue and see if they come back with low ph? Maybe buy a ph pen? Fairly cheap and way more accurate than liquid tests.
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It wouldn't suprise me if it was my water source, as my water is spring fed. My biggest problem is that my LFS is 30 min away and you can't really find things like a ph pen or much aside from a clownfish for that matter. Everything needs to be ordered out.
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Old 01-07-2012, 12:11 AM   #14
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Lots of good sites out there. A ph pen wouldnt be a waste of money if your sprung for it. Try getting a gallon of water from store and mix salt and test. Start with that. Next time you take a trip out to fish store bring a water sample. Kalkwasser is something to look into it is a buffer and will raise ph. It is meant to be slowly dripped Into tank mixed with your fresh top off.

And if your just using straight tap water I would say it is your water source. Look into a RO/DI system???
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I have an RO/DI and use it with all my water changes and top offs. I have been looking into Kalkwasser reactors, but haven't got much feedback in that thread.
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Ok so your water should be good with RO. Maybe filters due for changing??? Pretty stumped on ph issue. If not your water then could be your test kit. Or you have a low ph problem. You seem dedicated I'm sure you will find the source of the issue.


Don't really need kalk reactor to use kalk. Can just mix in with your top off water and drip your top water slowly over few hours.
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I had the same problem. I found that aiming my power head up a bit to churn water at the top increased the ph
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I had the same problem. I found that aiming my power head up a bit to churn water at the top increased the ph
+++1111. Good call. Surface aeration helps with gas exchange and can raise ph.
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I would get a powerhead aimed at the surface of your water and get anther test done at your lfs or another kit. I dont think the pH is that low.
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PH is already aimed at the surface and there is good movement.
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