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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-05-2016, 01:17 AM Thread Starter
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ph issues .. trouble shoot?

alright so ive got 2 new tanks set up heres the info
substrate -flora max midnight black in both
ph - 8.0 in 36 gallon and 8.2 in 5.5 and 7.6 out of the tap
ammonia- 0 on big tank havent checked small as its just fishless cycling .. forever
nitrite on big tank is 0.25 ppm
nitrate is 20 ppm
i have co2 running in my 36 not in my 5.5 and ph was checked from a glass of tank water i let sit for a few minutes
fertilizer- flourish comprehensive and occasionally api leaf zone
plants- dhg and a bacopa in the big tank .. nothing in the 5.5
decor - fake petsmart driftwood in big tank nothing in small tank
livestock- 3 guppys in big tank nothing in small tank
filtration- cascade 1000 and aquaclear 70 on big tank and a top fin 10 on the small tank
lighting - 2 t5ho and 1 t8 on big tank - nothing on small tank


did i miss anything ?
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Have you tested your tap water after aging it? If not you could leave some out in a shallow container- test a sample from it 24hr out and then another 48hr out. This will at least clear up that possibility.
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Have you tested your tap water after aging it? If not you could leave some out in a shallow container- test a sample from it 24hr out and then another 48hr out. This will at least clear up that possibility.
i did not think to try that .will have to set some water out tonight and test it over the next couple days

EDIT : turns out i had some water in a bucket that i didnt use all of for my water change on friday .. here are the results looks like its between 7.8 and 8
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Sorry for the late reply to this. Yeah it would seem that the high Co2 levels in the water coming straight from the tap would cause the lower pH reading but once that gasses off your actual resting pH is closer to 8. It's much easier to raise the pH than it is lower it. The KH of your tap water would be the main factor in telling you how easy it would be to adjust it and keep it stable.
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