Ph Is 6.4?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by annaberg1067, Jul 13, 2017.

  1. annaberg1067

    annaberg1067Valued MemberMember

    I have a 45 gallon tropical tank and I just did a wc. The pH is usually 6.8-7.0 but today it is 6.4. Is this concerning and should I do anything about it?
     
  2. aquatickeeper

    aquatickeeperFishlore VIPMember

    What is your KH?
     
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    annaberg1067

    annaberg1067Valued MemberMember

  4. aquatickeeper

    aquatickeeperFishlore VIPMember

    I would get a KH kit then. But don't get the test strips as they are unreliable, I would recommend API GH and KH Test Kit (liquid kit). It's likely that your KH is low which can result in pH changes.

    Also, you nitrate is too high for your fish. What's the nitrate of your tap water?
     
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    annaberg1067

    annaberg1067Valued MemberMember


    OK. My tap water is 0. I don't really know why but my tank has always had nitrates between 40-80, like it's never been below that.
     
  6. aquatickeeper

    aquatickeeperFishlore VIPMember

    What's your water change schedule?. What's the stock of your aquarium?
     
  7. -Mak-

    -Mak-Fishlore VIPMember

    How often do you do a water change and what %?
     
  8. ChiefBrodyValued MemberMember

    There's nothing inherently wrong with softer water as far as I know some tannins can actually boost fungus resistance in fish. It also triggers spawning in some as rain water softens water in nature. It depends on what you're trying to do but most fish are fine a little below neutral. Africans of course like hard water
     




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