How to stabilize PH with Live Plants?

Discussion in 'pH' started by tetra2015, Jul 10, 2015.

  1. tetra2015New MemberMember

    Is there anything I can use to stabilize my ph with live plants many of them say do not use with live plants
  2. ricmccWell Known MemberMember

    Most importantly, unless extreme or toward a very specific purpose, I would leave your pH alone.
    If you really need to alter it, use SeaChems Alkaline Buffer and their Acid Buffer in conjunction; they are the safest, as they maintain your KH.
    Seachems Neutral, on the other hand, uses a non carbonate buffer, so contributes nothing to your KH, but will keep your pH stable, but is not recommended for planted aquariums. rick
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2015
  3. ricmccWell Known MemberMember

    That was a good Link, Ken, but I still tend to be cautious about altering pH unless it is absolutely necessary. I understand that in some drougt areas, like S, Calf., water values have changed to a degree where it is necessary. I think that this side of the Continent is okay, given our constant rain:), up here, anyway. Best to you, rick
  4. GenaWell Known MemberMember

    I recently stopped using Seachem's Neutral Regulator because it was causing algae. Although I must give credit where it is due, it did work and didn't hurt the fish. Even the cardinal tetras, who are very sensitive.

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  5. CindiLFishlore LegendMember

    I would just add crushed coral in a mesh bag into your filter or into the substrate itself. This will stabilize your ph.

    What is your ph and kh? I see your ph in 7.0, what has it been falling to?
  6. tetra2015New MemberMember

    It's been going to 6.2
  7. CindiLFishlore LegendMember

    Some crushed coral or aragonite will stabilize it naturally. Just start with a small amount, like 1/2 cup and monitor it and go from there.

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