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I am currently starting an African Cichlid tank. I have had the tank
set up for about 3 weeks, but have not added any fish to the tank.
I used gravel with some crushed coral and granite stones for decoration.
My ph is at 8.6. I want to add cichlid salts to my tank, because the
fish need some of the elements from the salt. The problem is that
the salts also can raise the ph. I don't want to get my ph level any
higher than it already is. I have tried to do water changes, but the
ph goes right back to 8.6. What should I do?
- If you are keeping Lake Malawi or Lake Victoria the PH is a little
high. Lake T. is in a higher range and you may be okay for them. I
bought some Seachem Malawi/Victoria buffer that I think was recommended
on the Rift site from Petwarehouse.com. The buffer says 7.8-8.4 so
you are not too far off.I would hold off on the salts for now until
you get the ph under control. My tap is 7.6-7.8 . With the buffer
I am about 8.2.I change water EVERY WEEK and about 30% on my Lake
Malawi tank. Maybe two water changes per week would help control your
ph level, since ph can rise after it is out of the tap for a day or
so. Lake Malawi fish need lots of fresh water anyways. The crushed
coral would increase your ph, so if you have a very high ph to begin
with maybe you should be using less. I have had my Mbuna for 6 weeks
and have not added salt yet.
- PS There are carbonate salts in the buffer...so I guess I really
- matt..have you read the rift set-up on this site?..You may find
all your answers there...