Naturally Changing pH level?

Discussion in 'pH' started by TheCoolFish, Jul 8, 2014.

  1. TheCoolFish

    TheCoolFishValued MemberMember

    Hi I am cycle a new 50 gallon tank and I was wondering if there is a natural way to raise the pH. Or maybe home items???


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  2. Phishphin

    PhishphinWell Known MemberMember

    I've not used it myself, but crushed coral is a way to raise your ph somewhat.

    Why are you hoping to raise your ph?
     
  3. Chunk101

    Chunk101Well Known MemberMember

    I second Phishphin's suggestion.
    I've used crushed coral and baking soda to increase the pH.
    Although baking soda is cheap and handy, it is inherently more unstable than cc.
     




  4. Phishphin

    PhishphinWell Known MemberMember

    Stability of ph is often much more important than the "perfect" ph. Of course, if your fish require very basic water and your tap is very acidic... it may be a different story, imho. In addition to my question about why you are interested in raising the ph, what is your stock and what is your tap's ph?
     
  5. Claire Bear

    Claire BearWell Known MemberMember

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    TheCoolFish

    TheCoolFishValued MemberMember

    The pH of my tap water is around 8.2 so I'm looking to raise it to 7.4 and I have used cc but it doesn't seem to work.


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    TheCoolFish

    TheCoolFishValued MemberMember

    I'm mean lower woops


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  8. Phishphin

    PhishphinWell Known MemberMember

    Oooooh. So don't add crushed coral. I've used driftwood to lower ph. You can also use peat moss (some place it in their filters which is pretty effective).

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    TheCoolFish

    TheCoolFishValued MemberMember

    I have some drift wood should I put some in my over flow filter?


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  10. Phishphin

    PhishphinWell Known MemberMember

    Driftwood that will fit in your filter will probably not be large enough to alter the water chemistry. I just meant that peat moss (check out Fluval's product) could be added to some filters.

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  11. Archie1208

    Archie1208New MemberMember

    Please correct me if I am wrong...however I am curious if you know your KH (Carbonate Hardness). If that value is high would he not have a difficult time maintaining any pH? I have the same problem with my pH. However I have too large a bio load to boot so that explains some of it. However I have a 2dh KH reading and just don't know if that is indeed low. I do think its borderline, but every week my pH has dropped from about 7.6 to anywhere from 6.6-7.0. My thoughts for this tank is to add a small amount of cc to my filter media. Does that sound right?


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  12. jetajockey

    jetajockeyFishlore VIPMember

    Adding an acid buffer may reduce the pH some, but the most effective route would be to use some distilled, r/o, or rainwater when doing water changes. Just a small percentage, but the % is something you'd have to figure out based on your test readings.
     
  13. Marie1

    Marie1Well Known MemberMember

    Check it after it sits out overnight, or for 24 hours.

    What is the PH of your tank? What kind of fish do you have? What are you wanting the PH to be?
     
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    TheCoolFish

    TheCoolFishValued MemberMember

    My pH is 8.3 I want it to under 7.8 for now I have two plecos I'm still deciding if tetra or cichlids tank


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