Raising Alkaline Levels

  1. Holmes529

    Holmes529 Initiate Member

    What's the best way to raise my alkaline levels in my 1.5 gallon betta tank? I had some ghost shrimp in there for a while and they were fine and died all of a sudden. They don't do well in water with low alkaline levels. How do I raise and sustain it?

  2. qchris87

    qchris87 Well Known Member Member

    I use crushed coral to raise the pH in my tank. If you have a betta fish in your tank right now, I wouldn't mess with it.

    Do you know what the pH of the tank is?

  3. OP

    Holmes529 Initiate Member

    I don't know what the ph is but I do know that it needs to go up and stay that way. I want to get my alkaline levels up so my ghost shrimp can be put back in there to keep the tank tidy
  4. qchris87

    qchris87 Well Known Member Member

    I would get a test kit so you can monitor the pH and water hardness to maintain a stable pH. Messing with the pH may also stress out your betta who is used to the water conditions it is in right now. You would need to increase pH very slowly so the betta can adjust accordingly.

    Like I mentioned, I used crushed coral in a mesh bag and add it to filter. You would have to measure how much the pH goes up though so you know when to stop adding coral. I'm sure there are other methods or materials and maybe someone can chime in about them
  5. MikeRad89

    MikeRad89 Well Known Member Member

    I use cuttlebone. Works better than crushed coral IME