My pH has dropped to 6.0

toritease

Hey guys!! So, I like to check my water quality a day before I change the water, just so I know what I’m working with and if I need to make a bigger water change... well, last time I checked my water, everything was totally fine. My pH was 7.2. And I MAY be doing this totally wrong, but I changed the tank water hours ago and just checked the water levels... my pH has dropped significantly to 6... I’m panicking, but ALL my babies look super happy and healthy. My beta is doing his “happy” dance, swimming elegantly and playing friendly chase with my danios. I have ONE burmese border loach (which is why I got a 55 gallon So I can add more Burmese for him) I bought him a while ago before I knew enough and before I started doing extensive research on everything to do with my tank. All 5 fish will be transferred to their new home when the tank has been established. Anyways, NOBODY is acting any differently, they all seem very content and lively. My questions for you guys are, should I rush to the store right now to get some pH up? Is there anything I can do to raise the pH from home? Is this level of pH lethal?? Is this an emergency? Did I check my water quality waaay too soon after changing the water and is that why the pH is so low?? All your help is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

ps current water parameters are

pH: 6.0
Ammonia: 0.00
Nitrate: 5.0ppm
Nitrite: 0.00

any dangers to such a low pH??
 

Dunk2

Test your pH again tomorrow at this time.

If you need to raise it, I’d suggest using crushed coral. Put it in a fine media bag and place in your filter.
 
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toritease

Test your pH again tomorrow at this time.

If you need to raise it, I’d suggest using crushed coral. Put it in a fine media bag and place in your filter.

Oh thank you so much for your quick response. I’ll do that!!
 
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Bettalover29

If you don't have access to coral use some baking soda but research your measurements very carefully. I did that when my Ph dipped to 6 but I forgot which website I used to research my measurements. It works pretty well.
 
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StarGirl

You water looks good. I would check again tomorrow. What is you tap water reading?
 
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toritease

If you don't have access to coral use some baking soda but research your measurements very carefully. I did that when my Ph dipped to 6 but I forgot which website I used to research my measurements. It works pretty well.

I read that baking soda works, I was just scared cuz it sounds bad for them to breathe in but yeah I’ll give it a try! I read somewhere that you should remove your fish first? Any tips on how to go about this?? Thanks so much for your time!
 
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StarGirl

I read that baking soda works, I was just scared cuz it sounds bad for them to breathe in but yeah I’ll give it a try! I read somewhere that you should remove your fish first? Any tips on how to go about this?? Thanks so much for your time!
Baking soda is really trick because it has to be the same every time. I would use the coral its set it and forget it..
 
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Bettalover29

I read that baking soda works, I was just scared cuz it sounds bad for them to breathe in but yeah I’ll give it a try! I read somewhere that you should remove your fish first? Any tips on how to go about this?? Thanks so much for your time!
What I did was I weened it in. Very slowly over the period of a day. I didn't have anything to put my fish in but I would remove them if you do use the baking soda method. If you have anything to put them in put your fish in it while you use baking soda. It is definitely more ideal though to use coral. I'm just a poor college kid though so I had baking soda at my disposal.
 
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MarcusPfeiffer

With such a drastic drop, I'd be looking at the test kit as well to make certain you're not getting false readings.
As StarGirl mentioned, test your tap water too. If it isn't a false reading, you'll want to know where the source of the problem is.
 
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