Welcome to FishloreWakin1062 said:Good morning, I just tested the water in my 45 gallon cycling aquarium with three Wakin goldfish in it. PH has dropped to 6.0 overnight for some reason. Ammonia is 0.25, nitrite is less than 0.25 and nitrates are 10 PPm. Should I do another partial water change I did 50% yesterday
That is quite a drastic drop over night. Do you normally have to use the high range test? If it is 7.4 on the high range it could be lower on the normal range test. Of course that doesn't explain why it dropped so low over night.Wakin1062 said:It was at 7.4 on the high range test last night
Oh my, you do have a low pH in your tap water. I do have to wonder in this case how it was 7.4 in the tank at one point. Do you know if your water company has been doing anything to the water lines or in some way made a change in their water source?Wakin1062 said:Okay I will look at that template, I just tested the tap water when I put the three drops in the tube it was blue 30 seconds later it dropped to light yellow
Oh my goodness. I would certainly be running crushed coral in this tank then. It will help stabilize the pH in the tank. It seems there is no need to use the high range test at all. That one is for those that do have a high pH. I know my pH is low so I never use the high range test.Wakin1062 said:The pH was 6.2 last night, showed 7.4 on the high range pH test. I have tested the tap water before it is all over the place one day it's neutral the next day it's low
I can't say that I have ever seen that. You certainly don't want to do a water change right now. Your numbers for ammonia plus nitrites are in a safer zone. Where are you located in the world? I live in the mountains of Arkansas USA. My tap water comes from a lake that is fed by a river that runs through granite type rock so contains a very low amount of minerals. gh/kh and TDS are very low but even at that my pH us fairly stable at 7/7.2. Your water appears to have even fewer minerals.Wakin1062 said:Ok I won't use the high range anymore. Here is a picture of the test tube of water out of my faucet it was blue, 30 seconds later it's almost clear
Isn.t 7.4 the lowest on the high range test? Meaning you could have been 6.2 but the high test cant show that low?Wakin1062 said:The pH was 6.2 last night, showed 7.4 on the high range pH test. I have tested the tap water before it is all over the place one day it's neutral the next day it's low
It never hurts to get a second opinion. If they are seeing the same thing you are seeing we will at least know your test is accurate. I really wouldn't let them talk you into buying products to "fix" the problem if there actually is one until you have had time to research your best options.Wakin1062 said:I'm going to take a sample up there today, I'm wanting to get some live plants for my tank, here is a picture of the tank
The high range test really can't tell us anything. When our pH is as low as yours the high range isn't needed at all. First we need to find out of the pH straight out of your tap is really as low as you are seeing. If it is water changes are going to be an issue and something will have to be added to the water before doing water changes.Wakin1062 said:Here is the test of my high range pH test on my tank water it looks really low too
So will crushed Coral help regulate the pH if I put it in there
At least with the pH that low the ammonia isn't at a dangerous level so not doing a water change to get it down isn't going to be a problem.Wakin1062 said:Awesome, thanks. Hope you have a wonderful day.
I have a 45 gallon tank with the 3 Wakin goldfish in there, I have a marineland 220 canister filter and a hang on the back Marineland double bio filter running as well. I did have a power head running as well, I just turned it off to see if too much agitation on the surface might be a problem. PH still showing 6.0, ammonia 0.50, nitrite less than 0.25, nitrate 20ppm. Tank has been running for 3 weeks, 2 weeks with the fish in it.
You are so very welcome. I know it has been a life saver for me and lots of other folks. I try to take the natural route whenever I can. I forgot to mention earlier. I also have seashells in my tanks. Like coral they very slowly dissolve and help when our tap water lacks the necessary minerals.Wakin1062 said:Hey mattgirl, hope you are doing well today. I tested my tap water and tank water this morning, both were at 6.0, I put a small media bag of crushed Coral in my filter and just checked PH again. PH is at 7.0 now after being in the tank for 6 hours. I believe this will solve my problem for the low PH. Thanks for recommending the crushed Coral...