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Old 04-02-2011, 05:22 PM   #11 
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Actually, cycling can affect pH.

The bacteria use carbonate for their bodies, so they reduce the carbonate hardness (Kh) of the tank as they colonize.

One of the cycles in tanks, especially overstocked tanks, that limits total population IS carbonate. If the bio-load of the tank is too high there won't be enough time for the existing bacteria to decay back to water solution carbonate when they die.

Carbonate in the tank drives the pH higher. Softened water, RO and Distilled water have low pH so for replacing evaporation you can use distilled/RO and softened.

Generally I soften my water change water then build its Kh back up using Neutral Regulator (correct pH 7.0). This product contains minerals that will try to ballast the tank around 7.0 pH but may not get there completely.

If you regularly have to reduce pH because it goes way too high you can try Discus Buffer and follow the instructions on the label.

In my circumstance I ended up having to use ion resin bags to get metals out of the water because my tap water was reaching 9.0.
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Old 04-11-2011, 02:05 AM   #12 
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HI !
I'm new , can anyone tell me how can i lower my pH level drastically ??
Mine is approximately 7.45
But i wanna give my Spectre (My Fish's Name) a perfect environment as possible !!
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Old 04-11-2011, 06:01 AM   #13 
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7.45 is nothing to worry over. the more you add buffers the worse for ur fish.
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Old 04-11-2011, 07:33 AM   #14 
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7.45 is nothing to worry over. the more you add buffers the worse for ur fish.
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I've removed the crushed coral and is now 7.3 , I need to drop 0.3 more pH
Fahranheit is 83 any idea of item that can reduce temperature ?
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Old 04-11-2011, 08:58 PM   #15 
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Ice cubes :P 83 is a good temp though.
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Old 04-11-2011, 09:11 PM   #16 
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Ice cubes :P 83 is a good temp though.
LOL , well I tried those by scrubing it outside of the bowl , and it's maintaining a perfect temp of 80F when in midnight

But i'm working now so i can't update it in evening or morning .... i hope is still 80F , maximum it'll go to 84F~85F due to i'm a Malaysian (Asian)

And about the pH , it had dropped to 7.1pH after changing 400mL water

due to my Bro is a expert in fishes , he says that Betta will change darker colour on the head area if your dH , pH and Temp is not constant and required

should i add a wood to reduce 0.1pH more ?? And i don't know how to play dH since is more trickier then pH

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Old 04-12-2011, 07:52 AM   #17 
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I probably wouldn't mess with the Ph as long as its in an acceptable range (7-8). If you put ice in the tank to cool it (I did this once), be sure to remove your fish first and don't add them back until the temp has stabilized and is in an ideal range. I wouldn't use ice as a long term solution though.
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I probably wouldn't mess with the Ph as long as its in an acceptable range (7-8). If you put ice in the tank to cool it (I did this once), be sure to remove your fish first and don't add them back until the temp has stabilized and is in an ideal range. I wouldn't use ice as a long term solution though.
The temperature hit 85.5F this evening
and is now 84.4F at 10:27PM
it'll be perfectly 80.2F at midnight
any word of advice PLs ??
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The temperature hit 85.5F this evening
and is now 84.4F at 10:27PM
it'll be perfectly 80.2F at midnight
any word of advice PLs ??
Any chance if getting the tank or bowl near an A/C unit or a fan to try and help cool it down? You may need it on a timer for the fan to help it from over-cooling or test the tank/bowl near the A/C too make sure it doesn't get too cool. You likely cant have it right next to the A/C or it will freeze.
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Any chance if getting the tank or bowl near an A/C unit or a fan to try and help cool it down? You may need it on a timer for the fan to help it from over-cooling or test the tank/bowl near the A/C too make sure it doesn't get too cool. You likely cant have it right next to the A/C or it will freeze.
Impossible , i doesn't have a air-con in my room ... only a 3 blade KDK fan ...
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