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Old 09-22-2013, 04:51 PM   #1 
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Another question about pH

So I started using filtered water from my local grocery store. I tested the water at good levels
6.0 pH
0 ppm Ammonia
0 ppm Nitrite
0 ppm Nitrate

However after getting the tank setup and letting it sit over night I tested again and the pH was in the 8.0 High Range pH level. I am worried about this but not sure what I should do. I changed the water again a few days later and I got a slightly less reading of 7.4 High Range pH. Would buying a bottle of pH down help or should I just try a few more water changes to see if it levels out.
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Old 09-22-2013, 08:35 PM   #2 
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I would suggest buying another ph test kit, it shouldn't jump around like that.
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Old 09-22-2013, 08:38 PM   #3 
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I'm using APIs master test kit with solutions. Is it possible I got a bad bottle of solution?
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Old 09-22-2013, 09:32 PM   #4 
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It more likely the water not the test kid

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Old 09-22-2013, 09:42 PM   #5 
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it is possible if you do not shake the bottles/vials enough that the readings could be wrong, also I have found the ph straight from the tap compared to water that has been treated ready for the aquarium will read different from each other, if you have a planted tank the break down of plants in the water will also lower the ph.
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Old 09-22-2013, 11:04 PM   #6 
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From your test data your tank has not yet cycled. When the ammonia and the nitrite spike an then go down an d nitrates begin to appear you tank will have cycled and then check the pH. At this point I wouldn't add any other chemicals until your tank cycles.
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Old 09-23-2013, 02:19 AM   #7 
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I am guessing the tank is unfiltered, I am not sure if you can cycle a non filtered tank?
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Old 09-23-2013, 12:24 PM   #8 
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Theoretically you can, but I'm guessing it will take a lot longer that way.
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Old 09-23-2013, 12:30 PM   #9 
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Do you have shells or coral decorations in the tank? If so they will raise the pH. Do you have a substrate? It may be a material that can raise the pH.
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Old 09-24-2013, 08:50 AM   #10 
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Lets back up. Filtered water from the store? Do you know if that's distilled water or RO (reverse osmosis) which they're selling as distilled these days. In any case, neither is sufficient for keeping livestock without added minerals. They also have low (or zero) KH. Very very soft (lowKH) water cannot buffer pH and the pH can drift up or down seemingly at will. Do NOT use chemical pH modifiers, especially with this kind of water.

What's wrong with your tapwater? Modern water conditioners can handle almost anything if the water is potable. If not, what are you drinking?
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