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Old 03-27-2013, 09:08 PM   #1 
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Uber high pH

So my tap water has an extremely high pH somewhere around 8.5. Its so bad that its making my juvies ventral fins curl
Ive got peat moss, drift wood and oak leaves in the sump but since it needs to be topped up everyday and twice a week water change the pH doesnt have much chance to go down before being filled up with tap water again.

I've tried having a tub with low pH water to use for water changes but it started cycling and I didn't want to use water filled with nitrites for my water changes. Plus mozzies and other greeblies start living in there messing up the water even still.

Is there any way to lower the pH that I've probably completely overlooked?
I'm not a fan of adding chemicals to my tank to lower it.
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:07 PM   #2 
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mix with ro water
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Old 03-28-2013, 02:22 PM   #3 
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mix with ro water
yes, that is the only way I have heard that will work without chemicals. Mine is super high too. The only problem it seems to cause is with plants. Even duckweed melts in my water!

From what I have read, mixing can also be a problem because you have to try and keep the ph at a steady level and that's hard when mixing and doing water changes.

I forgot to mention peat moss can lower ph but it will stain the water, plus you would still have to test often to keep levels steady.
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Old 03-28-2013, 03:55 PM   #4 
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Anything you put IN the water to lower the pH isn't really doing anything to the actual mineral content that is causing the problem. High pH is not an issue - water that is too hard is the issue.

As the previous posters said, use part RO and part tap. That's really hard to get right on a consistent basis, so test test test before you do water changes with new water. Alternatively, you can do what shrimpers do and switch completely to RO, using a remineralizer to add minerals back into the water. This is much more consistent. And, as with anything else, acclimate.
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