Ph Low For Cichlids

AquaticJ

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Is there a way you could test your GH and KH? Those matter more than your PH. As long as your PH is steady, I'd leave it alone.
 
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matt 63

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Never tested for that before, how do I go about that? and it's pretty steady just dropped a little after cycle
 

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API sells a test kit just for KH and GH. Less than $15 on Amazon if I remember.

I used crushed coral, in a stocking, in my filter. Worked great short term. Not sure how often, if ever, you would need to replace it.

I put in a ball the size between a golf ball and a base ball.

It raised mine from 6.4 to 7.0 in a 36. Then the tap PH went back up and I removed it. Not sure but my tap comes from a lake/river between 2 lakes. Only had the tank since 11/17. They drew the lake down severely in December to make room for winter runoff. I don’t understand why this would affect PH but that is what my tests say.
 
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Ok I'll try that than, thanks for the advice, I just want everything to be perfect for my cichlids
 

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matt 63 said:
Ok I'll try that than, thanks for the advice, I just want everything to be perfect for my cichlids
I had to buy a 20 lb bag to get 6 ounces, but I have enough for forever?
 

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Captive bred Africans do not need a pH adjustment given your not south of 6.5 or north of 9. Keep the water consistent, feed the recommended foods, and they’ll thrive.
 
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