Ph - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-21-2007, 01:25 AM Thread Starter
Guest
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 52
Ph

My Ph is low. How should I approach rising it and what should I use?

Last edited by Archey33; 10-21-2007 at 01:45 PM.
Archey33 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-21-2007, 02:10 AM
Guest
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 169
Very low meaning what? Usually it's considered a bad idea to raise pH unless you have extenuating circumstances. What kind of fish are you trying to keep?
Carissa is offline  
post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-21-2007, 06:15 AM
Guest
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 100
Be more specific when you said low. How low? and why you need to raise it up?
Geobelle is offline  
 
post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-21-2007, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
Guest
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 52
I'm keeping fancy goldfish and the ph is like 6 or 5.8.
Archey33 is offline  
post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-21-2007, 04:36 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
Rex Grigg's Avatar
 
PTrader: (65/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Portland Orygun
Posts: 9,600
What is the KH?
Rex Grigg is offline  
post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-21-2007, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
Guest
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 52
I know this is going to make me sound stupid but I just tested my water and the ph is 7.2. Before I think I didn't dip the whole test strip in the water. Also, my KH is 170 ppm. Just for future reference, what do you use to raise and lower ph.
Archey33 is offline  
post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-22-2007, 12:19 AM
Guest
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 169
Raising pH can be done sometimes by filtering the water through something with calcium carbonate (shells, coral, etc.). This will also raise GH and KH. People filter their water through peat to lower pH. Generally it's better to aim for stable conditions, not changing the numbers around too much. Regular 50% water changes will keep your pH stable (assuming that your tap water is stable).
Carissa is offline  
post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-22-2007, 12:45 AM
Planted Tank Guru
 
Rex Grigg's Avatar
 
PTrader: (65/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Portland Orygun
Posts: 9,600
Test the water after it has sat for a minimum of 24 hours. Because with a KH of 170 ppm you should have a pH more around 8.
Rex Grigg is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome