PH Levels Fluctuate

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tmgarcia70
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PH Levels Fluctuate

Post by tmgarcia70 » Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:52 am

Hi! I have looked in the library and noticed that for DPs they are preferable to lower pH but a higher pH is ok as long as it stays steady. I have noticed since I set up my tank that my pH seems to fluctuate anywhere from 7.6 to 8.2. I do have African Cichlid Mix Substrate (I didn't even think about the pH when I bought it) so that is probably playing a part in the fluctuation. My questions are:

1) Will this be too much for my DP (getting this weekend)?

2)How can I keep it consistent?

3)Should I change my substrate?

Thank you!

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Re: PH Levels Fluctuate

Post by Pufferpunk » Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:02 pm

Have you checked your tap water for these same fluctuations?
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Re: PH Levels Fluctuate

Post by Iliveinazoo » Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:56 pm

is it 7.6 after a water change and 8.2 beforehand? If so your substrate choice is buffering the water to alkaline which makes sense for an African Cichlid substrate.

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Re: PH Levels Fluctuate

Post by tmgarcia70 » Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:05 pm

My tap water is 7.4 straight out of the tap and then 3 hours later it is 7.0. When I test the water in my tank it's usually 8.0 or above. I changed my substrate out and its still fluctuating. What is the best way to keep it steady?

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Re: PH Levels Fluctuate

Post by pufferjw » Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:44 pm

What is the kH of your tank? I have a feeling that your pH swings are a result of both your substrate and a low kH. And aside from removing the substrate, which should prove more effective in a few days, some driftwood in the aquarium would release tannins that would counteract a pH rise.
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