Modifying Aquarium PH
The best method to ensure pH stability is to perform routine water changes – these water changes will refresh the natural buffers in your aquarium water and they will also help restore the trace mineral content. Removing accumulated waste and uneaten fish food will also help to keep the pH in your tank stable. In the event that your aquarium pH drops suddenly, there are several ways you can remedy the situation. Adding bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) to the tank at a rate of one teaspoon per twenty gallons is a simple way to increase aquarium pH but it is best done slowly so the buffers in your tank have time to adjust to the new pH.
If the pH in your tank becomes too high, you can try adding vinegar or carbon dioxide to the tank. Adding one mL of distilled white vinegar per gallon of tank water will help to reduce the pH in your tank by about 0.3 units. Another option is to add carbon dioxide directly to the tank by using bottled soda water. Adding six mL of soda water per gallon of tank water can also reduce the pH by about 0.3 units. You may also be able to find commercial aids for raising or lowering aquarium pH but you should be careful when using these products because you never know how the addition of chemicals will affect your tank.
Saltwater Aquarium or Freshwater Aquarium, The Fish, Corals, ecosystems, Parts DIY and so on
1 post • Page 1 of 1