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Re: Ideal PH for my tank?

Postby Katfish » Mon Apr 16, 2012 11:37 am

Ok is this normal

My ph has gone down from 7.45 this morning at 8am to 7.15ph 11.35am but on my drop checker it is still blue
How can I get it to go green?
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Re: Ideal PH for my tank?

Postby Getthejist » Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:42 pm

More bubbles per second should do it, or you could turn it on earlier.
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Re: Ideal PH for my tank?

Postby Katfish » Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:57 pm

my ph is at 7.05 now and still blue how low can the ph go before fish suffer also how quick can ph drop before doing damage to fish ?
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Re: Ideal PH for my tank?

Postby Anita » Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:52 pm

Don't worry... just do it slowly.
Like one bubble a second for a couple of days, then 2 etc.
The drop checker will change colour.
Seriously, take your time and the fish will adapt.
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Re: Ideal PH for my tank?

Postby Katfish » Mon Apr 16, 2012 6:12 pm

Ok cool

But what I have to ask is what happens on water change day when I change 50% of my water as my PH will shoot back up ?
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Re: Ideal PH for my tank?

Postby Getthejist » Mon Apr 16, 2012 6:23 pm

Change it after the lights have gone off because then the co2 would have been turned off as well and the change will be minimized.
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Re: Ideal PH for my tank?

Postby Katfish » Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:54 am

Ok think I am going to do damage to my fish
every time my co2 goes off my ph raises back to 7.45

so yesterday this is the way things went
8am ph 7.45 co2 on
10am ph 7.4 lights on
12pm ph 7.35 lights on
2pm ph 7.25 lights on
4pm ph 7.15 lights on
6pm ph 6.95 lights on co2 off
8pm ph 7.00 lights off co2 off

This change over the day is sure to have an affect on the fish ?
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Re: Ideal PH for my tank?

Postby Blowfish » Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:20 pm

You can also put an air stone on an opposite timer to your lights as plants dont take up Co2 at night and it tends to build up and drop your Ph, the agitation of an airstone will help gas off the excess Co2 at night!!
You are much better to keep your water neutral (7) to slightly alkaline up to 7.5 as fish that naturally live in acidic water are adapted to change as there water fluctuates in chemistry throughout the year so can live in and thrive in most conditions....like amazonian species during flood seasons the water chems change daily........whereas alkaline loving fish come from rivers,lakes and streams that have little to no fluctuation and will not be able to tolerate anything under Ph7 for any length of time without becoming unwell or dying.. :thu:
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Re: Ideal PH for my tank?

Postby Blowfish » Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:24 pm

Also can put some coral gravel in your filter or tank and this will help to stabilise your Ph
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