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Postby Aquaboy » 2007-05-25 00:37

I've heard it is bad to use chemicals unless you have to. Does anybody know a natural way that I can keep my pH around 6.5?
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-05-25 23:07

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Postby KittyKat » 2007-05-25 23:15

If you are trying to lower the pH...

You can either add bogwood or Indian Almond Leaves to the tank, or add peat to the filter. All three of these things will stain your water a dark tinge.

It is not "bad" as such to add chemicals to your aquarium because basically, all the things I named above will release tannins into the water. There is a commercial product called "tanic acid" which will have an almost identical effect and is (as far as I am aware) fine for use in aquaria!
The reason I personally advise against using random softeners (which will lower pH bellow 7) is because they are either buffers (keep the pH at the same level) - in which case they will contain acid and salt - or an acid which is probably not found in nature and might not be all that great for fish health.
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Postby Aquaboy » 2007-05-25 23:31

IBF, that's the same response other people gave me lol. I'm want to know this for when I set up my new tank. But if you, must know, my current tank, is at about 7.0 because I have danios, platies, and rasboras. I want to keep the pH in my next tank around 6.5 cus i'll have tetras.

Kat, in my current tank I use chemicals and my fish all seem very happy and healthy.
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Postby sharkdude » 2007-05-31 11:26

you probally dont need to lower it for tetras (what species) but for a .5 change a piece of bogwood would work a treat.
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Postby Aquaboy » 2007-06-01 21:19

sharkdude wrote: you probally dont need to lower it for tetras (what species) but for a .5 change a piece of bogwood would work a treat.

Glowlight tetras cardinals and neons
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Postby KittyKat » 2007-06-08 17:42

Aquaboy wrote: I want to keep the pH in my next tank around 6.5 cus i'll have tetras.

Most tetras will be quite happy in a pH of 7, especially if they were kept in that before. The only time you really need a lower pH is if you want to breed them and to raise fry. And for that, not only will you need a lower pH, but also a breeding set up.

Aquaboy wrote:Kat, in my current tank I use chemicals and my fish all seem very happy and healthy.

It really does depend on what exactly you use :) There are many people out there who will disagree with me, but IMHO, buffering a tank with a salt and base/acid is not the ideal solution, especially since some fish are not tolerant towards salts and you will need to top up the buffer every time you do a water change :)
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Postby sharkdude » 2007-06-10 10:18

and also some contain invertebrai killing copper.

those tetras will be fine in ph 7, neons and cardinals are usually tank bred anyway-in ph of about 7
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Re: Quick question about pH

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