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Re: Low pH Why?

Sorry, I missed the original on this.  Amquell lowers pH. As Roger says
here, test.  Test after using the Amquell to see what it will do in YOUR
water, as well as in the usual circumstances. The ph will of course be
more stable if the water has some hardness.

The driftwood may be in part at fault, too.  However, I have natrualy
soft water with driftwood in the tank and I'll be gaffeled if the pH
(and the KH and GH} aren't RISING. Gotta be the "sand." ALso, the decay
of organic matter will lower the pH.  I swear that too much bio colony
will, too, but I have never been able to convince anyone of that.


Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2000 08:50:42 -0700 (MST)
From: "Roger S. Miller" <rgrmill at rt66_com>
Subject: Re: Low pH  Why?

On Wed, 14 Jun 2000, June wrote:

> Water in my area has PH of 7.4  Amquel  added at set up and water
> change.
> When tank was about a week old I tested the water. The PH was 5 by one
> test kit and 5.8 by other. Ammonia was 5 PPM and nitrite has never gone
> above <0,1mg/l   25% water change that day resulted in no change. 50%
> water change the following day brought the ammonia down to  2-3 PPM
> where it has stayed since. PH and nitrite remains same.

It sounds like probably your water has very low buffering capacity.  You
should get a test kit to measure the buffer capacity (aka KH, carbonate
hardness, alkalinity) in your tank and in the tap water. ...

In all likelihood the driftwood is the problem, but with a reasonable
buffer capacity in your water it shouldn't be so.  If it turns out that
your buffer capacity is low, then you will need to add something to
it up.  

Whatever you do, don't do anything without testing first!

Good luck,

Roger Miller