Originally Posted by Hadoken Kitty
-sigh- I added in black water extract since my leaves still haven't come in yet. My LPS doesn't have IAL extract; just blackwater. I used the stress coat since I moved a fish from a 20 gallon to a 1 gallon (he's back at my LPS now. he was nipping at everything in the community. the 1 gallon was to bide time between the pet store and an immediate removal from the nipping). My tap has a pretty high ph and ammonia, but usually after I put in conditioner (and etc) everything evens out (the PH goes to 7.4 from 8.4). I use Prime for the ammonia. I understand that adding "crap" will stress it out, but honestly, I'm working with what I have.
None of my other tanks are getting this. It's just the ONE tank, which is why I don't get it. I'm pretty sure that if it were really something that I was doing wrong, it would pop up in the others as well.
Blackwater extract shouldn't stress your fish. In my experience it doesn't really do much in the way of bringing down the pH.
Only product I have found that brought down the pH and maintained it for several days straight, was Seachem Neutral Regulator.
My water is extremely soft (KH is non-existent) and if you don't add crushed coral or stabilise it somehow it will drop from around 7 to at least 6 (as low as my test kit will go).
I used Seachem Neutral Regulator in my uncyled tanks as the constant pH fluctuations from high to low were stressing my fish out. I honestly saw no negative effects and I am not one that is inclined to mess with the chemistry of my water.
If you can't get your pH sorted and feel uncomfortable with it being so high, you could try that. I believe it also acts as a water conditioner and removes chlorine/chloramine/ammonia.