Originally Posted by fishlove777
Yesterday I emptied out roughly 17-18 gallons of water from my 20G tank because I could not get the pH down at all! It stood steady at 8.4 no matter what I did for a week. I am eager to get my fish, so I added about 7 gallons of RO
(reverse osmosis) water tonight (that is all I had containers enough to fill for now.) I have driftwood in it to balance pH. I plan to add more water this week, leave it covered and allow the bubbler (if that is even what it is called) move the water around for now. I should have more water in a day or two to add so the filter can move it.
I have some questions. Is it okay to let it sit like this for the time period I am going to? Also, do I need to add aqua safe conditioners and pH balancers with RO
water? I used the water care kit and it did not lower pH. Would anyone recommend that product for aquarium bacteria starting, etc.? Another thing, my filter cartridge somehow released some carbon pieces into the water. Is this harmful? How do I get it out without emptying my tank? The tank is quite heavy for me with some back/neck problems I have. I worry about dropping it to empty.
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I wouldn't put all ro
water in your tank. I have the same problem with mine ph always sits at about 8 or 8.2. And I did some research, mainly here on aa. If you have all to water in your system you will have no hardness or alkalinity. These parameters act as a buffering capacity in your tank and prevent swings in your ph. Swing in ph are much more harmful to your fish than a steady constant ph.
Have you any way of testing gh
water generally has a low ph and as far as I know tanks cycle faster with a higher ph, and the cycle will more than likely stall at a ph of below 6.
A lot depends on what you want to stock your tank with. Live bearers prefer a higher ph.