Provide your pet balanced water, making it as close as possible to that in which they live in nature. Information on the required pH they can get in specialized shops or in the directories. Measure the water pH tester or other device.
Water filter for aquarium peat filter. This filter saturates the water humic acids that reduce pH to a neutral point (7,0). Peat reduces the carbonate hardness of the water and does not breed bacteria that will hurt the fish. Don't forget to change the filter – it would wash off over time.
Put in the water a snag. Snag will act not only as a decorative element – it also contributes to a decrease in the pH of the water, however slightly, the but sometimes it to the desired level. Of course, not every snag will be appropriate, and it requires a thermal pre-treatment of salt water and a long soaking. However, the snag can be essential for some species of fish.
Enter the carbon dioxide CO2 into the aquarium. For this purpose use special spray gas, certain devices, or even the bottle of yeast. This will not only lower the pH to the desired fish, oxidizing water, but also will accelerate the growth of aquatic plants.
Use acid buffer. A buffer can be considered a primer of special granules, available in the market. Provide buffering bicarbonate ions (bicarbonate) and carbonate ions of a carbonate salt). Insufficiently buffered water is more subject to rapid changes in pH, in contrast to the well-buffered.
Replacing part of the water more than soft water (boiled or acidified phosphoric acid) or water treated with reverse osmosis (purified). The addition of water, pH should be below about 7.0, it is necessary to produce small portions to avoid abrupt changes in acid-base balance. You need to constantly follow the changes of the pH level to be aware of the fact that your aquarium is happening and to react.
Advice 2: How to lower the ph of the water
pH is a measure of the acidity of a solution describing the concentration of hydrogen ions. pH neutral solution, that is, where the concentration of hydrogen ions H+ and hydroxyl OH - ions are almost identical and "balances" each other, 7.0. Typically, the pH of drinking water is close to neutral indicator, that is, to 7.0. But sometimes a situation arises where it must be reduced. For example, in the home it may be necessary if the fish in the aquarium requires a more acidic environment. It is possible to lower the pH of water?
You will need
- strips indicator paper;
- - acidified water;
- buffer the soil;
- - carbon dioxide;
- - a piece of wood.
First of all, try to know exactly what pH you want your pet to normal health and activity. It depends primarily on the kind of aquarium inhabitants. You can use special literature for aquarists to search for information online or asking a question to a specialist (e.g., pet store).
Purchase strips of indicator paper in specialized stores. Of course, they provide only a rough, very rough estimate of the pH value, therefore it is better to measure its level with a special instrument, the pH meter. Such devices are in almost any laboratory.
Can reduce the pH of aquarium water, adding the calculated quantity of water with a lower pH (acidic). As the reagent is usually used acidifier phosphoric acid. Better add this water in small portions, mix thoroughly and make check measurements of the resulting pH level. Otherwise, it is easy to reduce the pH to values that are harmful to fish.
Some pet shops on sale is a special buffer the soil. When it is placed in water, the pH gradually decreases. It also requires constant monitoring.
A good way – an introduction to aquarium water carbon dioxide. This can be done using special devices or cartridges where the carbon dioxide is under pressure.
Sometimes, a simple, but effective method. In the aquarium after preprocessing, put a piece of wood. What kind of tree is suitable for that, what treatment it will require, you find out from a specialist. You agree to immediately solve two problems: to decrease the pH of the waterand your aquarium will acquire a new decoration.
The use of the drug chloramine-T for the treatment of aquarium fish during the quarantine by lowering pH is not desirable – it becomes more toxic in acidic medium. To use it, the pH should be not less than 7,0.
Follow, selecting your aquarium fish so that they all feel good at the same pH.