I had my water tested at PetSmart. He didn't tell me numbers, he only said that ammonia/nitrate/nitrite levels were all good but pH was really low. He tried to sell me a bottle of stuff to raise pH levels but is there anything I can do to raise pH without the use of chemicals?
PS: I lost all my fish to Ick but have since treated the water for the parasites and now I'm just trying to get all my levels right before adding new fish. So, right now my tank is empty.
The only way "I" know to raise it naturally is Texas holey rock. But I am very interested to see what others say.. also if the pH is an acceptable level for the fish u desire a steady pH is always better than an altered one
you can try use lemon juice
.. also if the pH is an acceptable level for the fish u desire a steady pH is always better than an altered one
You may want to get a test kit to verify the one at the pet shop was accurate. Often they are not, and they seldom give numbers for toxic nitrogen compounds. Parameters like temperature and pH should be appropriate for the fish species in your aquarium, and toxic nitrogen compounds should measure zero for ammonia and nitrite (NO2) and well under 40 ppm for nitrate (NO3).
If toxic nitrogen compounds are not within the above limits, the nitrogen cycle is not working and pH will fluctuate. Thus it's important to solve water quality issues before attempting to adjust pH:
I will look into getting a test kit for myself. Thank you all for your suggestions.