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well my tanks have a ph of 7.6+ thats the highest my kit will show. so as soon as the stores open back up i will get a high ph kit and see where it really is.
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well my tanks have a ph of 7.6+ thats the highest my kit will show. so as soon as the stores open back up i will get a high ph kit and see where it really is.
Okay cool, maybe I was reading to fast and missed the question?
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did i miss something?
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Maybe something happened. Checkout where redman88 is from. ... Roswell, NM!

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What a minute what is going on, did i miss something?

I think he is just letting us know that he is going to buy a new kit that will read beyond his current kit's 7.6 limit.


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No, I think we can safely say we have finally found someone that the flying saucer "men" zapped and............or what NeonShrimp said.

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....pH is over rated, save your cash on the test kit
Agreed and that is excellent advice.

The PH in my 40 gallon was 8.0 before I converted it to a planted tank. Within a week of the conversion and pressurized c02 injection, the PH averages between 6.5 and 7. With such a rapid drop in PH, you would think that allegedly high PH loving fish species in my tank would be dead, especially since they had enjoyed the 8 ph for 7 years + before the tank was converted to planted, but that was not the case. They are alive and kicking like nothing even happened.
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okay so whats good test kit for everything else
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I use Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Freshwater Master test kit, it looks like a small chemistry set.


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i just checked the PH in my tank(lost a couple newish fish and decided to check everything...) and it is at 8.2. tap water is at 7.4. ??? everyone still in the tank seems to be doing just fine... wtf?
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i just checked the PH in my tank(lost a couple newish fish and decided to check everything...) and it is at 8.2. tap water is at 7.4. ??? everyone still in the tank seems to be doing just fine... wtf?
deep breath....could be many things....what's in your tank?
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^ eco-complete (the kind w/white stuff), lots of plants (lol), dosing nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, excel, flourish (per seachem's chart). 1 gbr, 9 rummynose (due to the recent fish loss), 1 med. size angelfish, 1 oto, countless snails, diy co2, and that's about it.

the only thing a did differently lately was adding some fluval prefilter to my canister. it kinda has me wondering if it's leaching calcium or something...
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ammonia, nitrite, nitrate?
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i just checked the PH in my tank(lost a couple newish fish and decided to check everything...) and it is at 8.2. tap water is at 7.4. ??? everyone still in the tank seems to be doing just fine... wtf?
Don't get so caught up with tap water vs tank PH levels. Stop it already! The most important thing is consistent PH(it does not matter if it is on the higher side) vs fluctuating PH. Fish and plants care more about a consistent PH and most plants will adapt to higher PH levels without problems. I have witnessed that myself.

I agree with Flanders, you need to be more concerned about other parameters like nitrates, nitrites, and ammonia. keep in mind that ammonia takes on a more toxic form at higher temperatures and higher PH, so if your tank is on the high side temperature side, then PH may be a concern. Water conditioners like Seachem's Prime also will detoxify ammonia to a non-toxic and if you have a heavily planted tank that is overstocked, and you are not overfeeding, ammonia should not cause major issues as it will be readily absorbed by the plant masses.

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ammonia, nitrite, nitrate?

ammonia - 0

nitrite - 0

nitrate - 5ppm

oh ya, i forgot to mention that i was not worried about the ph. i was just curious as to what made it go up?
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