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 Post subject: How to raise PH (but GH and KH already high)?
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My GH & KH are at 300ppm, but my pH is still at between 7.2 and 7.6. I have 7 x WC Kigomas, so I want to try to keep the water as close to natural as possible.

Do I need to raise my pH, or is 7.2 OK for the wild caughts?

If I need to raise it, how do I do that, bearing in mind that the GH & KH are already high. I know adding Bicarbonate of Soda raises pH, but it will also raise GH/KH?

What is the benefit of a high pH (above 8)?

My tap water is 7.2


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baking soda raises the PH

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 Post subject: Re: How to raise PH (but GH and KH already high)?
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Thanks, but won't that aslo raise my GH and KH?

Does anybody know what the benefit of high PH is? Because it is quite a mission to keep this high if the tap water comes out at 7.2...


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my opinion only on benefit of high PH.

- high PH would be needed if your WC fish are straight from the lake. conversely if tank raised fish was raised in a high PH system, when moving the fish move into same (as best as you can) PH. High PH is alkaline and low is acidic with 7 being neutral. What we don't want to do is to shock our friends with a sudden PH change.

- most tank raised fish, I believe will be okay with lower than optimal (Tanganyika spec) PH owing to the fact that when they were born into this world they never saw the lake water but artificial lakewater which could span low PH to higher PH.

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Hi,

I have found adding Bicarbonate of Soda raises pH, and also raises KH, but does not affect GH. I use epson salts to raise GH if necessary.


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Danumber1stunnar";p="6216 wrote:
baking soda raises the PH


I have heard this before. How much baking soda per gallon? I have a 110 gallon tank with a tap water ph of 7.3-7.6 Also do you premix the baking soda, or just sprinkle it in the tank?


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i usually use 1 teaspoon to every 10 gallons but to eliminate this task i purchased some texas holly rock & my p.h.is always 8.3/8.4


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I am not a big "fan" of holey rock, but it is a limestone and will raise your PH, and shouldn't affect your hardness. My water out of the tap is 7.6 PH, GH 450 ppm, KH 200 ppm. I keep limestone I brought home from a quarry in my tanks and the PH always measures 8.4, while my hardness remains the same.


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will proper ph incourage spawning

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