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Wow, I hate my city. help?

Hey guys, I'm beginning to cycle one of my breeding tanks for RCS. I know that they are very hardy as I have bred them before, but soon I will be breeding more difficult shrimp.

Anyways I went about testing the water and decided to test my high range pH.. You can see it in the picture.. What the heck! 8.8? I figured there must be a mistake, so I tested my tap water.. Also 8.8! How can that be? I don't knw how I will ever breed anything with a low pH!

Anything I can do? These are breeding tanks and will be basic, I really don't want to add driftwood to lower the pH, however I would like to get it down to a more neutral number like 7.4-7.9.. Any help?

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My tap water is 8.8 too. But for some reason my tank water is always 7.4 ish. Maybe cause i have about 3 rocks from a local lake that i found in there? Dunno if that would lower pH.
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I know that I won't, I'm trying to figure out what to do when I want to start breeding like crs
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buy a RO system?

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I would, but they are massively expensive! Any simple small one for aquariums?
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What do you consider massively expensive?
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What do you consider massively expensive?
Well $150 is quite a price.. I was wondering if there is a little rock or something I can put it my tank that would lower it gradually and not get in the way
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There are a lot of "counter top" or "portable" RO units out there that could work for less than $100.

For example: http://www.purewaterclub.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=95

But depending on how much water you actually need, it may be cheaper to look for a LFS that sells good RO. Most shops with SW/reef setups will have one and likely sell water for around 50 cents/gallon. At least, mine does.
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Your tap water will probably drop to a more reasonable pH after aerating for a few hours. Let a bucketful sit and aerate, then check the pH. Exposure to atmospheric CO2 will drop the pH.
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I may be wrong, I frequently am, but for crystals I believe the TDS is more, or at least equally, important than the pH level. If you don't have a way to test that your city should have a water quality report available, maybe on line. If you want relatively pure water without buying an RO unit, check if there are available drinking water vending machines available, a friend of mine has gone that route. I just live with the hard stuff.

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A reliable enough TDS meter will also cost you about 20-30 bucks on Amazon. I would probably suggest getting one if you use RO no matter the source, just to check.
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What I did for my reef was I had 2 5 gallon water bottles and would go to the local grocery store and buy RO water which is like a $1.49 for 5 gallons.
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Lugging bottles/jugs from stores will get old quick; get yourself a good quality economical system; it will pay for itself in the long run, and the cartridges last a good long time.
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Exactly that, and you could find ones for ~$100 I believe and its a great investment if you plan on keeping fish/inverts for a long time.

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