How Do I Lower Ph?

  1. Buffalofishguy

    Buffalofishguy New Member Member


    So my pH is 7.4. I show zero ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates in the tank.

    Do I need to lower my pH further? If so, how do I do this? Water changes don't seem to be helping.
  2. Fahn

    Fahn Fishlore VIP Member

    Your pH is fine, mine is 7.6. Why do you feel you need to lower it?
  3. NavyChief20

    NavyChief20 Well Known Member Member

    why do you want to lower pH. tap water is 6.5 - 8.5. the answer is yes you can but why do you need to?
  4. toran

    toran Valued Member Member

    What is the pH of your tap water?
    If tap is 7.4 then tank pH won't lower with a water change.
    It is better to have a constant pH then fluctuating.
    Driftwood and Indian almond leaves can lower pH.
    Why do you want to lower it?
  5. Mcasella

    Mcasella Fishlore VIP Member

    Most fish adapt just fine to that ph, several of my fish are wild caughts and are doing just fine is 7.6ph.
    If a pet store has advised a ph of 7.0 that is just them trying to get you to buy more stuff that will be harmful in the long run, stable ph (same as you can get it from tap to tank) is better for fish in the long run, most domesticated varieties of fish now are able to adjust to ph and tank parameters just fine.
  6. AquaticJ

    AquaticJ Well Known Member Member

  7. OP

    Buffalofishguy New Member Member

    Well it's just that I read that a lot of the freshwater fish like a pH around 6.8. But having learned from previous lessons I don't want to tinker with the tank just to tinker with it. I'll take everyone's advice and leave as is. I just want to have a vibrant tank of fish and after I got bad advice at the fish store about aquarium salt...I come to the "pro's" on here for guidance now. Thank you all!