Best Way To Get Ph From 7.4 To 7.0? Help

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  1. 92Hughes92

    92Hughes92New MemberMember

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    Running some tests the last couple of days and it looks like my aquarium PH is a bit higher than I want it to be. Using the API freshwater master test kit, my readings are coming in ~ 7.4. I really would like this to be down to 7.0.

    I ran the test kit on my tap, water which I use for water changes after conditioning with seachem, and that's right between 6.8 & 7.0.

    I read online adding some peat moss to the filter could help, but my concern is doing too much of that and having my tank's PH plummet. I don't want to put chemicals in the tank. Would prefer I lower it naturally. Not sure if adding something like or would help.

    Appreciate the advice!

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    - 40 gallons
    - 0 ammonia || 0 nitrite || 10 nitrate
    - 3 live plants, two fake plants (in process of replacing), bubble wall
    - Marineland 200 & Fluval aquaclear 50 both running
    - 15-20% water changes weekly, gravel vacuum bi-weekly
     
  2. SixThreeOh

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    Get a decent sized piece of driftwood then don't worry about pH anymore.
     
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    Worried about overcrowding. Anything smaller? That's why I was originally drawn to the moss.
     
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    What fish are you keeping? Most (if not all) fish can adapt to different ph especially if it is not much different.
     
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    The two species in there I'm worried about are glass catfish & electric blue ram
     
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    Do you know what is causing the ph to go up?
     
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    Not sure. It's pretty much always at 7.4, despite entering at 7.0.
     
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    Do you have any rocks? What's your substrate?
     
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    No rocks. I have two live plants and two fake ones. The substrate is just gravel. I purchased (arriving today) flourished tabs to put across the bottom of the tank to give the plant's roots nutrients. There is a shipwreck decoration. Photo attached
     

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    It could be the oxygen reducing co2 and raising ph.
     
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    Almond leaves?
     
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    I didn't think of this. I just turned off my bubbler/air stone that runs throughout the back of the tank (as seen in the photo). I'll keep that off for the rest of the day, then run a test in the morning to see if the PH dropped, assuming I would be able to tell that quickly.

    If it does drop to a 6.8 or 7.0, would this be something where I should only run the airstone at specific times? For example during the day, then have it turn off at night? Or should I get a less-power/smaller airstone? I've had the stone running 24/7 since I had the tank.
     
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    You can figure out when to run the airstone if the ph does drop.
     
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    Gonna disagree with you here, driftwood doesn't really have any noticeable effect on pH unless the water is insanely soft or it takes half of the water volume. I would recommend peat moss or almond leaves as others have mentioned before. They leech slowly into the water, so the change won't be sudden.
     
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