Anyone ever use anything like the API Proper pH 8.2 to keep your pH up? Is this like the pH up that will sit in the water but then it will slowly drop back to what the original pH was?
From my understanding is that this is more of a buffer than something that will drastically increase/decrease any pH over a short amount of time.Bad bad bad idea. Never use anything with the word up or down in its packaging.
Ph swings kill shrimp. They need absolute stability.
All water is going to be pre-mixed and maintained primarily for water changes. I'll be using RO water and changing about 10% weekly. I'm using crushed coral as a substrate to help buffer the pH but I haven't seen a big improvement of pH as I did when I added baking soda. When adding the baking soda, it raised my pH up to 8.0 and my KH went to 7dh. Since then, my KH has increased to 9dh and the pH is still at the 8.0. I just did a 10% water change in the tank and am waiting for the water to properly mix before testing it all again to see how my pre-mixed water for water changes worked. The pH of the RO water I'm using is 7 so I'm needing to get the water up to that 8.0 while also keeping the KH and GH as low as possible so that I can maintain the water parameters of my shrimp tank. I saw this stuff along with some made by Seachem that I was curious about adding to the RO water I prepare for the Sulawesi shrimp. Just trying to find ways to properly prepare the water for these extremely fragile shrimp.pH isn't as important as a stable GH and KH. Many factors can cause the pH to rise or drop (co2, minerals, some rocks, driftwood), but it doesn't seem to effect the shrimp I've had as much as if the KH suddenly changed. That was a lesson I learned the hard way, after losing most of my CRS.