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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

How to Change PH in the Water

Keeping all the chemicals balanced in your aquarium can be quite a task. Out of all the chemicals that exist in your aquarium, ph is one of many chemicals you need to keep balanced.

Ph can cause a variety of problems that can eventually lead to fish death. If a fish doesn't die from the extreme ph levels they may be showing signs that something isn't right.

The only way you can check to see what your water ph looks like is to test it using a test kit.

It is always a good idea to find out what the water currrently reads at coming from your faucet (if that is the water you choose to use). Contact your local water department for readings of your water. In some areas, for instance, there may be a higher nitrate level reading for your local water. This may cause your aquarium to have higher readings of nitrates and would help explain a nitrate issue.

Depending on what level you are reading at and what the level of ph your aquarium needs to be will determine what you need to do next. The ph also needs to be suitable for the type of fish that you currently have.

If you are currently running at a higher ph level than it should be then we need to drop down the ph to a suitable level for your fish:

-The natural way to lower ph is to use CO2. For more information, check out this website:
CO2 In The Aquarium.

This process may be a little complicated for beginners. If you don't like the natural method, you could always try to lower it chemically.

- To lower the ph chemically, you can use a chemical called ph down. This will drop the ph down slightly each time you use it. Make sure to follow the directions very carefully or fish may die in the process. The fish might already be at risk of dying if the ph has been high for too long.

If the ph is too low and you need to raise it, you can try:

-The natural method: You can used some crushed coral. You may also be able to add more water to increase the ph.

-The chemical route: If you choose to do the chemical route, I recommend that you use ph up. Make sure to follow the directions carefully.

If you choose the chemical route for either of these issues, please remember that the chemicals are only a temporary fix and may be masking an underlying problem. You need to constantly monitor your aquarium carefully to make sure that everything else is ok. If there are other issues occurring beside the ph issue, then ph may just be one of the signs of a bigger problem.

If you need further assistance, please feel free to leave it in the comment or e-mail me.


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