bringing down the PH

felixfefe

Member
Hello!!! I was wondering could anybody help me with this conundrum please? Is there any product out there that might bring down the PH? Thanks alot!
Felix
 

Butterfly

Member
There are products out there to adjust the ph but we really don't recommend them. Most fish will adjust to most ph if acclimated slowly.
ph adjusters tend to make the ph fluctuate as it gets time for a water change thus causing the fish to be stressed. Stress affects the fishes immune system leaving them open for disease. A stable ph is much better for fish than a fluctuating one.
Carol
 

LarryDavid

Member
I heard BogWood helps steady the ph level how about that
 

schiz

Member
I would give the same advice. Once I discovered how high my pH was(around 7.8-almost 8), I freaked and bought a generic pH decreaser and tried to lower it. I had outbreaks of disease constantly while trying to adjust it, but after I stopped have not had near as many problems and the fish seem to be doing fine, but it just means for me a long acclimation time for any new fish.
 

Gunnie

Member
Bogwood or any other driftwood deemed safe for your tank would be a natural way to reduce your ph level. I'm with Butterfly. I would not buy any chemicals to lower your ph. The bogwood would be an acceptable way to do it.
 

Cody

Member
I'm glad I read this...idk what it is..maybe its just my water but all of my tanks have high ph levels..but the fish do great after aclimated..
 

jsalemi

Member
Well, you can test your tap water to see what its normal pH is. Most water suppliers also provide some kind of regular reports on their water quality and chemical stats (at least here in the US), and also put the info on their web pages.
 

Cody

Member
are water is also ver soft and read that makes your ph higher
 

bhcaaron

Member
My LFS guy told me I could lower my PH with driftwood. Now thanks to this thread its been confirmed. Thanks! HOWEVER... Still another question.. hehe

Since aeration raises PH and natural acids in wood reduce it, would I have trouble with PH fluctuation?
 

dsmfishgal

Member
Gunnie said:
Bogwood or any other driftwood deemed safe for your tank would be a natural way to reduce your ph level. I'm with Butterfly. I would not buy any chemicals to lower your ph. The bogwood would be an acceptable way to do it.
I'm in complete agreement. After recently learning that pH neutralizers contain phosphate buffers, I've decided to discontinue using my Seachem Neutral Regulator. My tap pH runs fairly high (7.8-8.0), so I keep driftwood in one tank to lower it.
 

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