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Thread: "Ph down"

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    So. A few fish died while I was at work today, nitrites were ridiculously high. I have managed to lower them quickly with water changes, but my ph is high.. It's off the ph chart I have heh.

    Is ph down any good? How often can it be used should I use it once and it's still not low enough? Any other ways to get it down?

    I've read about having wood in the aquarium and I do, takes up most of the tank!

    Any help would be great, I'd hate to lose more fish.

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    do not use ph down.... EVER

    you need to figure out why your ph is so high, is your tap water just as high? if it is then you are fine, most fish will adapt to the higher ph easily.

    if your taps ph is different from your tanks ph then you have an issue. check your ammonia, that will cause higher than normal ph
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    NEVER change pH using chemicals - first, droping pH more than 0.2 can kill fish, and second, every water change will then change the tank's 'new' pH. Also, you are traped adding chemicals all the time to hold the pH. Besides, pH is irrelavent; steady pH (no matter what) is what is important.
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    A 75 gal with eight Discus, fake plants, and a lot of wood also with sand substrate. Clean up crew is down to just two Sterba's Corys. Filters: continuous new water flow; canister w/UV, in-tank algae scrubber!! Finally, junked the nitrate removal unit from hell.

    For Fishless cycling:http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640

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    Ok, thanks!

    Have just checked the tap water and its very similar to the tank PH so maybe it's not a problem. I generally check my ammonia/nitrite and forget about PH so when I saw it was high I freaked!

    So.. A lot of my fish are moving very little and mainly at the bottom of the tank. I've already lost 3 ember tetras and an albino cory (can't believe my oto's are hanging on). Could this just be an effect of the high nitrites from earlier today?

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    woah you have high nitrites? thats a big problem. your tank is uncycled and will cause your fish to be very stressed. you need to read the sticky on fish in cycling. basically do water changes frequently (like every other day or so) till the nitrites are staying at 0 ammonia is 0 and nitrates are appearing.

    i beleive prime claims to detox that nitrites but im not sure.
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    As in my first post :p I had a nitrite spike this am while I was at work.
    My OH did some water changes to get them down and I did another when I got home.
    Checking nitrites every hour and they're staying at zero.

    My tank was cycled w/o fish back in December.

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    if you changed your filter media (cartridges) then you will loose your cycle. i miss read your first post as high nitrates not nitrites,

    testing hourly will not do anything cept stress you out. test it in the am. just keep up a bi daily water change of at least 50% and you should be fine... daily water change if you like.

    your fish are probably sluggish because of the stress induced by the recycling.
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    I highly recommend against using pH down. 'Off the charts' will probably be anywhere from 7.8-8.4 which will most likely be fine unless you're trying to breed or keeping wild caught fish. They're many disadvantages to using any ph altering chemical such as ph down/up, if cost isn't an issue the main one will be consistency. Your water changes will take longer as you now how to premix your water to match the ph of the water already in the tank. Constant ph changes aren't healthy for your fish. Simply put, it's better to have a stable high ph than a fluctuating one you lowered with the use of chemicals. If you want a constant/safe way to lower your ph you can get a ro unit and mix with your tap water to get your desired ph if you have enough space for mixing tanks etc.

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    Ammonia nor nitrites should be allowed to go over .25. Nitrates should be 20 and below.

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