Originally Posted by will8
what about adding some purple up? will that help in sorting the problems out?
Absolutely not. One of the first rules to try and stick to in this hobby is to not add anything to your tank without testing for whatever it is you're adding. The reason your alk
is high is because you added buffer to remedy a pH issue (which isn't the right remedy anyway) without testing your alkalinity. Alkalinity buffers temporarily raise the pH, but only temporarily. Your best bet to resolve the issue is to find out what's causing the lower pH. Could be excess CO2
in your tank, in your house, not enough aeration, not frequent enough water changes... etc.
Adding PurpleUp at this point (and at any point in my opinion) will just throw your parameters even more out of whack.