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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-29-2005, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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Question New Tank - LOW ph!

I filled up my new 29 gal tank yesterday. I laid down 2.5 bags of eco-complete as substrate. The Wisper 30 power filter has been running full speed for the last 24 hrs. Just now after coming home from work, I did a ph test and it showed 6.5! My tap water is coming out with 7.0 ph. I know there is some amount of CO2 dissolved in the tap water that may lower ph. However, this would only raise ph after the filter churns the water for some time and some CO2 dissipates into the air.

What's happenning here? The difference is way too much between this tank and my old 10 gal with 7-7.1 ph

The only thing I can think of is something in the substrate. The first 2 bags were fine. The third one had the milky liquid instead of clear. I rinsed and drained as much of it as possible before adding it to the tank. There was still some cloudiness remaining which was taken care of by the filter overnight. Could this somehow alter the ph? What is that stuff anyway? I read a few threads regarding milky eco-complete, but didn't come to a conclusion yet.
I still have the other half of the bag left, so I'll test the liquid from it.

In the meantime, perhaps someone can explain this to me? Eco-complete wasn't supposed to alter ph, was it?
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Exclamation test results

I tested the milky liquid from the remaining bag.

I filled a beaker with tap water (ph 7.0)
Then I added 2 drops of the milky liquid from the bag. Shake, shake, shake...
Added 3 drops of AP's Ph Deluxe testing solution.
...
The resulting ph was way off the charts, below 6.0!

I guess I'll have to do some major water changes or use ph-UP solution to raise ph level to 7.0.

Any ideas?
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If you have to choose between adding chems and changing water, I'd start with the water change.
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I guess I'll have to do some major water changes or use ph-UP solution to raise ph level to 7.0.
I've read several conflicting articles/posts on this, but in each case, it seems temporary. I haven't used eco, but have seen enough posts about it that I would avoid any ph altering chemicals until it has settled for at least a week.


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It's really too bad about eco. I've heard some people positively jumping up and down about how good this stuff is for planted tanks...

But now I'm hearing more and more stories like this. Sounds like playing roulette: "Will I get a good sample or a bad sample?"!

Anyway, my mind is pretty much made up: next substrate I try will be flourite, not eco.
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