Originally Posted by ph34r3d
I wad told by the pet shop I should add the buffer to my evap water to make sure the ph
is at 8.3 or whatever when adding the water? so that is not good??
It's not necessary and as I said can lead to problems, stop adding buffer. The one thing you need to remember above all others when it comes to any type of additive is never add anything to the tank without being able to properly test for it first.
Buffers impact both pH and alkalinity equally. pH depending on the product used will stabalize/lower over time. Alkalinity will continue to increase with each addition. Buffers should be used to maintain alkalinity thereby helping to prevent changes in pH, buffer should not be used to maintain pH.
Please post your morning pH and evening pH readings as well as alk
if you have the kit. Be sure you have not made any recent buffer additions (within the last 12 hrs) for more accurate results.