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Old 10-14-2012, 07:56 PM   #1
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What do you use to increase the PH of your shrimp water??


My water comes out of my RO/DI at around 5.0. What do you guys use to treat your water?? Just curious.
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Old 10-14-2012, 08:29 PM   #2
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crush corals >.<
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Are you testing the water directly, with nothing in it? RO water with 0 TDS is going to be hard to get a pH reading on.
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I add approx 1 quart of tap water for every 4-5 gallons of RO water to get a Ph of approx 6.6. And adjust my TDS with Seachem Equilibrium.

It's time for me to get a new membrane for the RO filter so I keep an eye on my parameters a bit more often, it has been in use (tanks only) 7 years now.
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Crushed coral, what I use in all my tiger tanks to get the PH up. I ahve anout 3-4 table soons in the tank so when I do what chages, my ro comes out 6.6, it brings it up in 2 days back to 7.0-7.1 in the tank
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Time for you to breed some Taiwan Bees! Perfect water.
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I have tried baking soda, but it doesnt keep the pH up for long, causing it do go right back down within a few days. Obviously this is bad for shrimp (and fish) so I now mix 4 gallons of RO water with 1 gallon of tap and add some GH booster to get a pH of 6.8, KH 1, GH 6, TDS around 150
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Time for you to breed some Taiwan Bees! Perfect water.
Got them breeding now!!
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My water comes out of my RO/DI at around 5.0. What do you guys use to treat your water?? Just curious.
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Hello antique...

Baking soda will increase the alkalinity in freshwater tanks. Typically, 1 teaspoon for every 5 gallons of tank volume will raise the pH one level. For example from 5 to 6. A 30 G tank will need 6 teaspoons or two tablespoons. But, maintaining a specific pH is very difficult and not recommended.

Aquatic animals in freshwater will tolerate a pH of between 6 to 8 with no trouble.

Just a thought or two.

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Hi antiquefloorman,

A good source of natural calcium carbonate that will help maintain a good Ca level and maintain an alkaline PH is cuttlebone. It is available in the bird section of a good, full line pet store (not necessarily a bigbox store). Our LFS sells it for $1 a piece. Just put a piece in your filter, when the soft part of the cuttlebone has dissolved add a new piece. One piece typically lasts 2-3 months.

Cuttlebone is primarily composed of Aragonite which is a natural occurring crystal form of the mineral carbonate. Many 'shrimpers' use it to increase dissolved Ca in their water.

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I have tried baking soda, but it doesnt keep the pH up for long, causing it do go right back down within a few days. Obviously this is bad for shrimp (and fish) so I now mix 4 gallons of RO water with 1 gallon of tap and add some GH booster to get a pH of 6.8, KH 1, GH 6, TDS around 150
What GH booster do you use?
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What GH booster do you use?
Bee shrimp mineral gh+ from salty shrimp
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I do noit think cuttle bone will raise PH will it?
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Small baggie of crushed coral hung in the filter, with a TDS pen close by.
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