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pH level help?

Postby Friska13 on Wed Aug 06, 2008 12:34 am

Hi my pH level is too high. What will help bring it down to accomadate my guppies and their babys and my new mystery snails?
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Postby rpilla001 on Wed Aug 06, 2008 2:20 am

What is too high? What is the reading?
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Postby Friska13 on Wed Aug 06, 2008 3:11 am

its like in between 8.4 and 8.8 (i used a 5in1 test strip new! just bought today)
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Postby rpilla001 on Wed Aug 06, 2008 3:29 am

Test strip are notoriously inacurate. get a good liquid test kit like these

http://www.marinedepot.com/ps_searchIte ... de~AP.html


read this thread

http://www.applesnail.net/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=18054

To lower Ph there are several things you can do. First read this webpage there is info on it on ways to lower PH

http://www.chelonia.org/Articles/waterchemistry.htm

If you have a friend that has a water softener, Ask to borrow a couple gallons and swap out some water, but not all of it. Check the PH of the softened water before you add it. This is not a long time solution unless you have a very good friend.

Add some dirt. It says in the article to filter through Peet. This may not be avaliable but you should be able to find some at a good gardening store. Make sure it has no added fertalizer.

You can put the peet in a small micron bag like this one

http://www.marinedepot.com/ps_ViewItem. ... ore_Size_(<_350_Micron)&vendor=Emperor_Aquatics&SearchStr=100+micron&action=view&idProduct=EA1115&idCategory=FIFMFBSP

Hang it in the tank where there is good water flow. Check the parameters often. This will suck up PH like a sponge and you do not want it to drop too far.

Your PH is not that bad. My tanks are generally at 8+ and I do not seem to have too many problems. I have guppies out my ears and apple snails seem to be doing fine.

Get a good test kit first. Buy them online you will save a bundle. 25-40%
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Postby Friska13 on Wed Aug 06, 2008 3:32 am

WOW! thanks!!!!!! :D :D LOVED your links!!!! thanks a bunch!!
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Postby Donya on Wed Aug 06, 2008 11:16 pm

If it really is 8.8, that's a bit high since you could to start seeing odd shell damage. I'm not entirely sure why it happens with apple snails at those pH levels, since it doesn't affect Nerites and MTS, but it seems to be relatively commonly observed in really high pH water with other freshwater snails.

At any rate, if you do need to lower your pH, vinegar will do the trick. Just use it sparingly and carefully and keep a close eye on the kH as well. Using bicarbonate buffers as opposed to carbonate ones can also do the trick, although if your kH is already high those won't work and it's back to something like vinegar. Don't add anything directly to the tank, and experiment on buckets of water beforehand. Once you've figured out how much to add, mix it with a cup of tank water and add slowly into an area of high turbulance (bubbler or filter output)
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