I did a water test. My ammonia- .25, nitrite- 0, nitrate-0 but my pH- 6.0. Anyone know why my pH is so low? Note: I’m currently going through a bacterial bloom and doing a fish in cycle. My tank is a week and a half old
I had the same issue with my 55 Gal when I initially set it up. Finally figured out it was my decor, I had a large piece of driftwood in the tank, I removed it and did a 75% water change. It brought the PH back up and I haven't had issues with low PH again.Do you have driftwood or add any leaves which could leach tannins? my tap pH is 8 but my tank pH dropped to 6.5 after I added a huge piece of driftwood. Also, do you dose CO2? carbonic acid will drop pH.
I don’t have driftwood and I don’t dose CO2Do you have driftwood or add any leaves which could leach tannins? my tap pH is 8 but my tank pH dropped to 6.5 after I added a huge piece of driftwood. Also, do you dose CO2? carbonic acid will drop pH.
Thanks. I fish in the keys and live in Miami. That’s actually a small tarpon only like 30-40 poundsBTW, nice tarpon. That guy is a monster. I've only seen them once while on a fishing/dive trip in Belize. Super cool looking, and I always thought they'd be super fun to catch.
A tank with high range pH, meaning it's very alkaline, is dangerous for fish and their habitat.
My tap pH is 7.6 so that’s why I’m confusedWhat is your source water? If you are using water from a softener or RO/DI system or distilled water or very soft city water you will need to remineralize it so the Ph will be stable. Do not use chemicals to alter the Ph.
I use this for my RO/DI water
It is the minerals in the water that stabilize the Ph. Wild Ph swings often can be traced to soft water.My tap pH is 7.6 so that’s why I’m confused
Most freshwater fish are fine with up to 8.5 in the home aquarium if acclimated properly and if the pH is kept stable. BB dies off at lower pHs (6.5>), but then the ammonia turns to ammonium.Freshwater fish should be somewhere between 5.5 and 7.5, depending on the specific species..