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  1. Default Trying to lower ph


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    I've been trying to lower the ph in my aquarium for awhile now. Used all r/o water and recontioned it with seachems equilibrium. At first Ph was 6.0 then raised up to 7.6 In the aquarium there is maylasian driftwood and seachem flourite for substrate for plants.

    Paremiters in aquarium

    Ph 7.6

    Gh 180ppm

    Kh 40 ppm Kh

    City water parameters

    Ph 7.6

    Gh 60ppm

    Kh 0 ppm

    Read countless ways to reduce Ph and still stumped as to why Ph keeps bouncing back up even with r/o water. Any helpful advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    why are you wanting to lower ph in the first place.
    although i agree you shouldn't keep fish in completely different water conditions than their use to but i also believe consistency in pH is more important than that, pH swings can and will kill your fish.
    i hear some people say, "i kept a goldfish in a bowl and it lived for a year."
    they don't know how lucky they were and all goldfish live at least 15 years in proper conditions.
    that is equal to saying my human lived in his closet for 5 years!

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    One way to safely lower PH is adding drier food to the aquarium, which also adds beauty and natural look to the tank.

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    How are you testing your pH ?

    Is it possible you are getting inaccurate test results ?

    Is there anything in the tank that could be increasing your pH, like certain types of rocks ?
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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    Have been testing the Ph with api liquid test kit. Don't have any rock in the aquarium except the seachem flourite.

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    I 2nd the question about why you need to lower it?
    Im a big fan of stable vs perfect conditions. You can add plants to help but that wont work too much. Just about anything you do will only work slowly because your gh is so high. Im guessing from using thst gh buffer
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    I also agree that consistency is better than perfect conditions but its always nice to have both. If I was you, I would take a cup of r/o water and recondition is to what you want and then add a bit of that flourite in. Leave a few days and then retest. If it rises then you know thats the problem, if not then at least you have eliminated it as the cause.
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    Flourite wouldnt cause this. Theres nothing in the tank CAUSING the high ph since the tap water is the same ph. The only thing is the higher gh, which id assume is from the gh booster
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    gotta love them bunnies!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fish buddy View Post
    I've been trying to lower the ph in my aquarium for awhile now. Used all r/o water and recontioned it with seachems equilibrium. At first Ph was 6.0 then raised up to 7.6 In the aquarium there is maylasian driftwood and seachem flourite for substrate for plants.

    Paremiters in aquarium

    Ph 7.6

    Gh 180ppm

    Kh 40 ppm Kh

    City water parameters

    Ph 7.6

    Gh 60ppm

    Kh 0 ppm

    Read countless ways to reduce Ph and still stumped as to why Ph keeps bouncing back up even with r/o water. Any helpful advice would be greatly appreciated.
    pH in RO or RO/DI water is 6.5, but very unstable (it's not buffered). If using 100% RO water, you need to buffer it to keep it stable. This is a planted tank? If so, use the Seachem Equilibrium to adjust dGH and Seachem Acid Buffer and Alkaline Buffer to set your pH.

    Any possibility of using your tap water and the RO water to get the proper pH? Try working out a ratio that would give you the pH you want. You will probably still have to adjust your dGH with Equilibrium, but might not have to use chemicals to adjust your pH. This would be the best way to go, if possible.
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    I'm going to jump on the why bother wagon. My ph is 7.8-8.2 depending on the day. I keep angels discus and their fry in that with no issues. The fish will adapt to what ever the ph is. The only time I've had problems is when I tried to adjust it. I was going from 7.3-7.8 most of the time. The back and forth was killing everything on me. I got frustrated and stopped trying to change it. All of a sudden the fish started getting healthier and more active. Havent touched my water since. All you're going to do is stress you fish, yourself, and your wallet.
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