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Old 01-12-2012, 04:26 AM   #11 
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I disagree that you should never adjust the pH. If you have tap water with very low KH/buffering (like I do) then you will get drastic pH swings that will quickly kill off fish. In cases like mine I have to stabilize the pH. Out of tap it's around 7.6 - 8.0; within 24 hours it's at 6.0 or below. I never use pH up or down though, because the pH level isn't what is important... pH stability is what really matters. Seachem makes two excellent products which I have had great success with: Neutral Regulator and Gold Buffer.
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:43 AM   #12 
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I agree with LionCalie and OFL.

Dissolved CO2 lowers your pH. If you don't NEED IT for your plants you could probably take it out. However if you DO need it, a pH of 6 isn't bad, just check your KH. If your KH is low, that is a much bigger problem than a low pH
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:56 AM   #13 
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Am I the only one noticing that before the 100% change, this tank wasn't even cycling? Both N's read zero. Especially after the 100% change, may take you another 4-6 weeks to cycle this tank.

Great advice from everyone so far!
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