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Old 08-26-2006, 02:55 PM   #1
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how do I raise ph?

I have a 80 gallon long, short tank. Canister filter, powerfilter, extra powerhead. There is movement on the top of the water. Sand substrate, 32lbs of live rock.

My ph is always a bit low...7.6-7.8

I cycled my tank 2 months ago with instant ocean water. Now I do water changes with boxed real ocean water, top offs with tap was dechored.

I add a buffer (8.2) to my top off water sometimes.

What should I do to keep it stable?
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Test the "boxed" water. Is that reading low also? Most sea salt mixes will automatically buffer your water to the correct pH. Also, do you have an alkalinity kit?
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I've used Seachem's Marine Buffer with great results.
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Check your PH different times of the day. and see what you get. All I do is PWC`s to get my PH where it needs to be.
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Check your PH different times of the day.
I agree. You might want to add another ph. I have 2 in my 55G and a filter. What kind of lid do you have?
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I have a glass lid with about 3 inches of open air in the back. (that is where my goby jumped out of)

I also have a lot of water, hitting one of the glass pieces on top. I could probably have about a 1/2 inch less water that would get more air space in there.
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Checking Ph at various times of day is a start. Also test the "boxed" water as recommended. The water in the boxes has been without oxygen for a long time and most likely has a low Ph. Try heating it and aerating it prior to adding it to the tank. Better yet, mix your own.
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