Ph Increase?

Woodsman27

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Sorry for the long post...

Okay so I just did a 40% pwc and did everything the way I usually do..
1) turn off filters
2) remove water with python
3) clean glass
4) dose with prime
5) fill back up
6) turn on filters....

So after all that I noticed my fish acting funny, they usually love a good water change and swim around all happy go lucky when I'm done... but this time they were all hiding and when some of them would poke their heads out I notice they were breathing really hard.

On a hunch I tested my ph and noticed it was 7.6. Now, I know that's not too high but it just finished cycling and the whole time the ph was lower than that, now come to think of it, it has been steadily increasing over the past week... (was at 6.6 during cycling process)

So would this raise in ph be the culprit? And also what causes ph to rise?
 

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did you test ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates too? nitrification consumes minerals, thus lowering KH and pH.

did you test the pH of your tap water? test all parameters of your test water, see if anything changed.

do you rinse your filter media in old tank water every water change?

side note, I clean the glass then remove water.
 
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Deffinatly the tap water ph is off the charts dark blue and high range is 8.4ppm

All other parameters check out 0,0,5

I have some seachem nutral regulator and put in a teaspoon seems to of done the trick... crazy city water
 

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Maybe your water got hotter after you set it. That will definitely cause them to breathe hard.
 

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