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Old 11-30-2020, 11:39 PM   #1
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Hello! I have had a hard time maintaining my pH. I put baking soda in and get my tank to a place I would like it to be and a few days later it is registering at a 6.0 on my Freshwater Master Test Kit... Help! How do I increase (and then maintain) my pH??
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Old 12-01-2020, 12:04 AM   #2
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I'm new to this hobby too, but I suggest you invest in the actual ph chemical. I know baking soda increases ph, but it also contains minerals that can be damaging to the fish. Have you tested your tap water for ph? Mine hovers around 7.4 or so, which is within range for freshwater fish.
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Old 12-01-2020, 06:14 AM   #3
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Put some crushed coral in a media bag and put that in your filter.
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Old 12-01-2020, 08:35 AM   #4
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Put some crushed coral in a media bag and put that in your filter.
That's exactly what I use on my African cichlid tank
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Old 12-01-2020, 08:37 AM   #5
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Steady ph is much more important than trying to fight and find the ideal ph. Fish will adjust to the waters ph, but constant fluctuations and adjustments cause unnecessary stress on them
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My only concern is it is more than likely less than 6.0 but that is the lowest my test registers. I only have a rabbit snail right now so it wouldn't be incredibly detrimental to my fish tank
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Old 12-01-2020, 11:52 AM   #7
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What pH chemical are you talking about?
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Old 12-01-2020, 12:16 PM   #8
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My tap water is also registering at 6.0...
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Old 12-01-2020, 12:24 PM   #9
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You can buy a bag of crushed coral at the pet store pretty cheap, and a fine filter bag for like a buck or 2. Fill it up and lay that in your filter, it'll last for months, and it'll raise your water hardness and ph and you don't have to mess with chemicals and a drastically fluctuating ph
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Old 12-01-2020, 12:26 PM   #10
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Your ph is really low, discus keepers would love your water, lol
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Awesome! I have a sponge filter.. would it be okay to just tuck the bag back in the corner behind my filter??
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Old 12-01-2020, 01:20 PM   #12
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Yeah, it would help a little. Or spread it into and on your substrate. Water flowing thru it is best, but try that for a few days and check your ph again and you'll know
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Might be just as easy to construct a nice looking limestone Hardscape. I have nearly 200 lbs. of limestone in my primary tank. It keeps the PH at a steady 8.2. No fear of a PH crash.
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Might be just as easy to construct a nice looking limestone Hardscape. I have nearly 200 lbs. of limestone in my primary tank. It keeps the PH at a steady 8.2. No fear of a PH crash.
That's a great idea
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This might start some controversy but I have had good results using seachem neutral regulator 7.0. Its pretty easy to use but i personally like to dissolve it in aquarium water then add slowly to my water. The bottle says a teaspoon for 10-20 gallons when just starting go with the lower amount and test the change the next day. Once you have it good enough (mine is 6.8) then just use when doing water changes.
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This might start some controversy but I have had good results using seachem neutral regulator 7.0. Its pretty easy to use but i personally like to dissolve it in aquarium water then add slowly to my water. The bottle says a teaspoon for 10-20 gallons when just starting go with the lower amount and test the change the next day. Once you have it good enough (mine is 6.8) then just use when doing water changes.
I think whatever works for each person is a great idea. I was initially just suggesting that the ph should be left alone, even at 6.0 it's good for most fish outside of rift lake African cichlids
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I think whatever works for each person is a great idea. I was initially just suggesting that the ph should be left alone, even at 6.0 it's good for most fish outside of rift lake African cichlids


Absolutely! I also def agree some chase ph more than they need too. I was mainly just nervous about suggesting the chemical approach as I know a lot disagree but it has worked for me. I also have found my fish seem much happier/healthier in my tank since Ive gotten it at a consistent 6.8 ish.
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Yeah, that's a good number too. I wish my tap water was that soft. Mine comes out about 7.6-7.8 at the best. But all my fish do fine in that, even my wife's discus. They spawn but the eggs never hatch, too hard. But that's OK too, I don't want a bunch of fry.
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