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Old 03-14-2013, 05:47 PM   #1
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PH to low

I just wanted to know if I can add bi carb soda instead of PH up to raise the alkaline levels, the other additives are about 20 times the cost and I think it's just bi carb anyway
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:55 PM   #2
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I wouldn't. It would cause a sudden spike in pH this not good for fish or the bacteria. What is your pH? Does it fluctuate?
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I would just add substrate that gives of calcium and such to raise your ph and gh.

So your ph is nice and constant.
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:58 PM   #4
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Yes my PH trends acidic in both tanks and I bought PH UP from the pet shop at $20+ per 500g only to find its exactly the same ingredient as bi carb soda you cook with, at $5 a kg. My tank generally runs at 6.8 and adding a teaspoon every couple of days in my 600L tank trying to avoid spikes, I might visit pet shop and get some crushed coral or similar as suggested
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A PH of 6.8 is fine, unless your trying to keep African cichlids or marine fish. Most of us would love to have a ph like yours. The thing with ph is most fish will do ok, as long as it is constant Fish are very adaptable.
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What are you trying to keep?is this a saltwater tank we're talking about?
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