View Full Version : Low Ph

01-01-2007, 09:37 PM
Since i got my discus the PH has been fine but its way below all of a sudden how do i raise it up the discus looks and seems fine but is breathing faster then usualy the neons are happy as anything to (ive never had to adjust ph levels before with fish so i dont know anything about it)

Lady Hobbs
01-01-2007, 09:53 PM
You could try just a wee bit of baking soda but Discus like the pH around 6.8-7.0 and soft water. RO's are always recommended for this fish as they are very delicate.

Almost nothing should go with a Discus tank but Bristle Nosed catfish due to the higher temps they require. They do well in 82-84 which is too high for most other fish on long term basis.

They are social fish and don't like being alone and should be with several of their own.

01-01-2007, 09:57 PM
Ahhh yes i plan to buy more discus friends, i added some baking soda and its up to standards thanx hobbs

Lady Hobbs
01-01-2007, 09:58 PM
I would love so much to have Discus. This hard water of mine would never do and I can't afford an RO right now. Drats!

01-01-2007, 09:59 PM
Many captive bred discus are raised in slightly lower temps at about 82 making them more compatible with other species. I just use Proper pH to adjust pH, brings it to a specific pH and holds it there. I think the cardinal tetras are fine at the higher temp. The usual problem with high temps is that oxygen level drops, so if that is kept right there shouldn't be much problem.

What pH is it at?

01-01-2007, 10:20 PM
right now it reads at 7.2

01-01-2007, 11:55 PM
So you need to lower it to about 6.5-7.0, easy, Proper pH 6.5. That will bring it right to it and hold it there between water changes which need to be big and weekly.

01-02-2007, 08:53 PM
Thanx reptileguy, i can just buy the Proper pH fromt he local pet store couldnt i? and yes i do do frequent waer changes and syphon out any uneaten food :)

01-03-2007, 02:09 AM
Yeah, you should have no problem getting it form the LFS, worst case you may need to special order it. Just don't get anything that only brings it in one direction like pH Down or something, you want a powdered buffer.