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View Poll Results: Could vinegar be used as a PH Down?
Yep - safe and easy 0 0%
It might be ok, but it has potential for troubles 0 0%
Never thought of it, really 3 60.00%
I dont trust it unless it comes from a aquarium store 1 20.00%
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Old 06-06-2010, 02:13 AM   #1 
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Lightbulb PH Adjustment

My PH is the highest reading on the PH colour chart, and I've been looking to lower it.

First, I did some searching about vinegar and I found a bunch of posts about cleaning, which I hadn't expected. I found posts telling me to test my rocks with vinegar before putting them into the tank. Oops. I never thought of that. My rocks that some of you love so much are limestone and I wondered if they were the cause of my high PH. I took one out and placed it in a pot of vinegar. No bubbles or fizzing. Oh, if you have any hangnails you weren't aware of... vinegar will find them for you!

I found posts telling me never to boil rocks because of an exploding hazard. Oops. I won't do that anymore.

Anyway, I also found posts telling not to use steel wool to clean the tank as it will scratch the glass. Oops. I always do that and i haven't seen any scratches yet.

Now onto my question. I only ask because I'm at least 45 mins from an aquarium pet store. Does anyone here think vinegar could be used as a "PH Down" ?
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Old 06-06-2010, 04:18 PM   #2 
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I would not do anything to adjust the pH, most fish will adapt to your pH and be just fine IMO/E, the sudden pH swings can be deadly.
Unless your fish is showing problems or you have a species that needs lower pH for breeding/eggs etc......I would leave the pH alone.
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Old 06-07-2010, 02:34 AM   #3 
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Google .."effect of limestone on pH".
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Old 06-08-2010, 02:38 AM   #4 
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Ok, I appreciate the input. The fish seem to be doing fine in high PH water, so I won't bother trying to change it.
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