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does any one else have trouble getting the ph down to neutral in brisbane tap water? my tap water is 5 at best any ideas/ suggestions to bufer it ? what do you use? cheers

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I would be suprised if it is 5. (7 is neutral) If so I wouldnt drink it. :urgh: I think you mean a higher figure. Ph down, peat. bog wood will reduce Ph. You need to aerate it to get accurate reading. Down myway the tap water is around 7.8 but it does fluctuate.

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Depends on where abouts you live in brissy, it does vary from 6.5 - over 8 depending on where you are. Oh and I agree with the above post, if ur ph is 5 i'd be buying another test kit just to make sure!

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mr knight i think its due to ....some areas have new water pipes some areas have old pipes but my water is 7.2ph iv cheacked it once and neva cheaked again no need to as long as ur constant with ya fishys they will be right

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my water use to be perfect for africans now its droped in ph so i have to use buffers to get it up.. the water companys r working with the buffer companys i reckon lol.. :fish:

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I've have lived in Indooroopilly/Taringa area for the last few years and the water has had a pH of about 7.4 (+- 0.2) and is moderately hard.

It is my understanding that the pH of water is increased ex treatment to reduce corrosion in pipes. Also, I was in the Rocklea Markets Fish shop and they had a sticker saying caution, check water as it has changed (prompting me to google, coming up with this thread and recheck pH, been awhile since I did a change :roll: ).. I haven't noticed any change anyway.

I did have trouble too getting my tank down to 7.0 (always hovered at about 7.4) - but I was also weiry of too much ph down buffer... That was until I started CO2 injection for plants last week (diy yeast method) and it has nicely brought it down to stable 7.0.

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good point Steve. alot of fuss is about getting a right PH level for a fish. as for instance a PH of 6.5 for discus. but what if the discus has been raised in an aquarium with a PH of 7.4. I know my tap water is around 7.4 - 7.6 and if i buy fish from a LFS or what not i just ask what PH they keep their tanks at. The worst thing you want to do is bring home a fish that has been raised in a tank with a very alkaline PH and put them into your acidic tank.

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well at carina the water out of the tap is crap like it reads 10ppm for nitrite and ph goes from like 7-8.5 whenever it feels like.lol

i dont drink it and need double dose of prime just to bring it close to good for the fishies. as for buffers i use a buffer to get 7 and sumtimes i need a LOT if you get my drift.lol

got told it had sumthing to do with the type of pipes used i.e copper, plastic...etc

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Hi aaronj_27

Have you tested your tap water recently.....?

5 is a very low reading for tap water....if I got that reading I would suspect a contaminate in the pipework....or test kit

I wouldn't put it in any of my tanks......even my "Wild" bettas that Love soft acid water

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good point Steve. alot of fuss is about getting a right PH level for a fish. as for instance a PH of 6.5 for discus. but what if the discus has been raised in an aquarium with a PH of 7.4. I know my tap water is around 7.4 - 7.6 and if i buy fish from a LFS or what not i just ask what PH they keep their tanks at. The worst thing you want to do is bring home a fish that has been raised in a tank with a very alkaline PH and put them into your acidic tank.

Well to expand on that Billy,

you should always climatise the fish to temp as well as ph. I do this by the floating bag method but add a little tank water to the bag over a 45min to an hour process. My tank runs a 4ft sump so airation of the water is ideal to do this over such a long period of time. BUT, you must watch the fish and if they are getting stressed in the bag, make the descision to release in said tank or put in a hospital/quarantine tank and bring the ph to where you want it over time.

I do quarantine my fish where I feel nescessary, but depends where you got the fish.............

JMHO

Steve :mrgreen:

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If anyone is interested here are the water quality statistics released by bcc from july 2008 to june 2009. They are not area specific and represent the entire area covered by the council, I have only included aquarium related parameters. LOR – Limit of reporting, column 4 – compliance with Australia drinking water guidelines.

As far as your problem with low pH goes, I would suggest testing a neighbouring properties pH to verify the precision of your test kit. If your house is connected to a water softener a pH 5 is plausible, if the fill point was in the laundry.

Total chlorine mg/L <LOR to >6 Yes

Free chlorine mg/L <LOR to 5.6 Yes

Nitrate mg/L 0.017 to 1.09 Yes

Nitrite mg/L <LOR to 0.59 Yes

Alkalinity mg/L 43 to 96 NA8

Aluminium mg/L 0.01 to 0.5 Yes

Calcium mg/L 16 to 37 NA

Chloride mg/L 21 to 232 Yes

Conductivity uS/cm 240 to 934 Yes

Hardness mg/L 68 to 210 Yes

pH pH unit 7 to 8.5 Yes

Potassium mg/L 2.1 to 5.9 NA

Sodium mg/L 16 to 100 Yes

TDS mg/L 156 to 598 Yes

True colour PCU <LOR to 4.5 Yes

Turbidity NTU 0.05 to 13 Yes

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