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    Yes, it is safe to add baking soda to a tank with fish in it. It must be done very slowly because changing the dissolved solids to quickly is dangerous to the fish.

    The pH dropped in the tank because that is what happens when you add ammonia to a tank full of soft water. There aren't enough buffers (dissolved solids) in some water.
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    Oh, I didn't know the OP had soft water, missed that somewhere

    I've never used that Dr. Tim's ammonia, but 7 ml sounds like alot for 36G tank (?)
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    . Added 3 1/2 tsp of baking soda. will check Ph in 2 hours
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    The ph is now 6.4ppm (up a little from less than 6ppm) so I guess my tank is finally head in the right direction. Should I add more baking soda? I added 3 1/2 tsp about 5 hours ago. Thanks so much to everyone who has taken the time to help me.
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    Add more baking soda so that you know it is definitely above 6.4, like 7.0.

    Another option in the long run is to add Potassium bicarbonate (KHCO3) to your tap water before adding the tap water to your tank. It's a specialist food additive for people who don't want sodium in their food. This will raise you KH level to above 4 degrees and prevent PH swings in your tank. This is readily available through Amazon. You'll also want to purchase the API GH/KH test.

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    Thanks for the recommendation. I will add more baking soda today. As far as the Potassium Bicarb, should I add it once my tank has cycled? Before I add fish? After fish are added? Also I was using a mixture of tap water and RO ( I have an RO drinking water system) when I had fish before. Should I not use the RO once I get new fish? I was using about half RO and half tap. Maybe I should do 3/4 tap and 1/4 RO?
    Sorry for all the questions. I just don't want to lose fish again. Thanks again for taking the time to help me
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    I would add the Potassium Bicarbonate to the new tank water (pre-dissolved).

    Okay, so is your water hard, hence the need for RO/tap water mix? Are you testing with a TDS meter and API GH/KH kit from this mixture?

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    I just ordered the API GH/KH test from Amazon. I was using the RO/Tap water mix because my nitrates were high at times and my Tap water tested 10 PPM. I was told to mix the RO with the tap. The nitrates went down. Admittedly, I was not very good at testing the Ph of my tank and that may be why I previously lost all my all my fish. I have not added RO during this cycle.
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    Continuing the saga of no nitrite/tates...... So my Ph is now at 8 so I assume I need to do water changes today to bring it down a little.
    I got the GH/KH API test, but I guess I am dumb because I can not figure out what the numbers mean. It took 8 Drops (KH) for the
    water from blue to yellow. I added one drop one at a time and inverted the vial several times after each drop. It took 16 drops (GH)
    to turn from orange to green; Again, I added one drop at a time and inverted the vial after each drop.
    I assume that the 16 drops means that I have very hard water. What do I do next? should I just start all over? Thanks
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