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Good PH Test kit?

I don't have a PH test kit. I'm in the market for a decent PH kit (accurate) My PH right now is 8.0 I bought some Seachm(sp) acidic buffer stuff. I added a little bit to the tank to see how much of a difference it makes. I need an accurate PH kit. any suggestions?

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API makes a decent pH test kit.

Might I ask you why you want to decrease your pH, especially using a chemical method? Normally, this is not recommended because your water will just buffer it right back up to 8.0. If you are looking for a permanent solution, you would have to mix in RO or DI water during your water changes in addition to your regular tap water.

In general, to lower pH, you cannot add things (chemicals), you have to remove things.

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My tank used to be a African Cichlid tank. I have Red Cherry Shrimp in there now and they are doing fine. I'm using DI and the buffer and tap water to drop it back down. its at 8.0 now. I used baking soda and epsom salt before for the cichlids, so now im trying to counter it with the opposite.

I"m going for Crystal Red shrimp, breeding them, they need PH close to 7.0

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Raising the pH is easily accomplished through the addition of various additives, however, the same cannot be said for lowering the pH. Using DI in addition to tap water should eventually bring the pH down.

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i have tap water in my cherry shrimp tank. the ph is 8.0 right now and they are breeding fine.
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i have tap water in my cherry shrimp tank. the ph is 8.0 right now and they are breeding fine.
I know its fine, but im going for Crystal Red Shrimp.

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