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tonester2221
03-07-2008, 11:07 AM
I'm in the process of setting up an African Cichlid (90g) tank. Just filled it last night and measured the pH at about 7.2 (Red Sea). What would be the best method of raising the level? My substrate consists of regular gravel so crushed coral is not an option.

Glaive
03-07-2008, 12:04 PM
A media bag of crushed coral in a filter or two and increased surface agitation. If you provide more information on the filters we can provide more clear answers.

I would aim for a stable pH over pushing for a higher one.

tonester2221
03-07-2008, 12:52 PM
I'm using a tetratec filter plus an old aquamaster.

Seedy
03-07-2008, 02:51 PM
I'm a Seachem fan...I like their Malawi and Tanganyika "buffers"

Steve C
03-07-2008, 03:09 PM
I'm a Seachem fan...I like their Malawi and Tanganyika "buffers"

Do you have soft water Seedy or do you use it in addition to hard water?

Seedy
03-07-2008, 03:35 PM
I use it in addition to some fairly hard water. I like consistency in my water changes (chemical and temperature).

Steve C
03-07-2008, 03:55 PM
I'm considering changing from a straight from the tap water changes to conditioning my water in a large plastic trash can and pumping to tanks.

I have fairly high base pH but am finding some differences in the tank.