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Old 26-07-2004, 01:39 AM
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The filter bacteria produce acid, which will cause the pH to fall. In
addition, the high quantities of rain water that you have had, is somewhat
acid to start with, so I would expect your pH to be low. To assure a stable
pH, you should test for KH carbonate hardness, and be sure that it is over
80 ppm, which will help the filter bacteria work better, as well. To raise
the KH, use common baking soda, a little at a time until the pH is stable
and doesn't change with any more additions. Then you can add as much as you
want without affecting the pH, or the fish.
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Thanks for the PH warning, what are the best ways to
increase and level the PH. Also we have alot of summer rain
here. 16 inches in June. How does this affect the water
and ph levels?

Robin
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Old 26-07-2004, 02:03 AM
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The filter bacteria produce acid, which will cause the pH to fall. In
addition, the high quantities of rain water that you have had, is somewhat
acid to start with, so I would expect your pH to be low. To assure a stable
pH, you should test for KH carbonate hardness, and be sure that it is over
80 ppm, which will help the filter bacteria work better, as well. To raise
the KH, use common baking soda, a little at a time until the pH is stable
and doesn't change with any more additions. Then you can add as much as you
want without affecting the pH, or the fish.
--
RichToyBox
http://www.geocities.com/richtoybox/pondintro.html
"Robin" wrote in message
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"Robin" wrote in message
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Thanks for the PH warning, what are the best ways to
increase and level the PH. Also we have alot of summer rain
here. 16 inches in June. How does this affect the water
and ph levels?

Robin
http://community.webshots.com/user/robinandtami




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Old 26-07-2004, 03:15 AM
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"RichToyBox" wrote in message
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The filter bacteria produce acid, which will cause the pH

to fall. In
addition, the high quantities of rain water that you have

had, is somewhat
acid to start with, so I would expect your pH to be low.

To assure a stable
pH, you should test for KH carbonate hardness, and be sure

that it is over
80 ppm, which will help the filter bacteria work better,

as well. To raise
the KH, use common baking soda, a little at a time until

the pH is stable
and doesn't change with any more additions. Then you can

add as much as you
want without affecting the pH, or the fish.
--


Thanks for the advice, but could you spell it out for me a
little more. I'm not an idiot, just a newbie... LOL What
is KH and how do I test for it? I have seen PH test kits,
and amonia test kits, but haven't seen one for KH??


RichToyBox
http://www.geocities.com/richtoybox/pondintro.html
"Robin" wrote in message
news:[email protected]_s51...

"Robin" wrote in message
news:[email protected]_s53...


Thanks for the PH warning, what are the best ways to
increase and level the PH. Also we have alot of summer

rain
here. 16 inches in June. How does this affect the

water
and ph levels?

Robin
http://community.webshots.com/user/robinandtami






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Old 26-07-2004, 04:03 AM
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"RichToyBox" wrote in message
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The filter bacteria produce acid, which will cause the pH

to fall. In
addition, the high quantities of rain water that you have

had, is somewhat
acid to start with, so I would expect your pH to be low.

To assure a stable
pH, you should test for KH carbonate hardness, and be sure

that it is over
80 ppm, which will help the filter bacteria work better,

as well. To raise
the KH, use common baking soda, a little at a time until

the pH is stable
and doesn't change with any more additions. Then you can

add as much as you
want without affecting the pH, or the fish.
--


Thanks for the advice, but could you spell it out for me a
little more. I'm not an idiot, just a newbie... LOL What
is KH and how do I test for it? I have seen PH test kits,
and amonia test kits, but haven't seen one for KH??


RichToyBox
http://www.geocities.com/richtoybox/pondintro.html
"Robin" wrote in message
news:[email protected]_s51...

"Robin" wrote in message
news:[email protected]_s53...


Thanks for the PH warning, what are the best ways to
increase and level the PH. Also we have alot of summer

rain
here. 16 inches in June. How does this affect the

water
and ph levels?

Robin
http://community.webshots.com/user/robinandtami






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Old 27-07-2004, 02:02 AM
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The KH test kit measures the carbonate hardness and you should find it in
the fish stores, etc. near the pH test kits. It is, in my opinion, a more
important test than the pH. If the KH is where it belongs, the pH will be
rock solid. It is a simple drop test, where you add one drop of test
solution at a time, shake it, and then another and shake. At the value of
the number of drops, the color changes rather drastically, and you stop
adding drops and go to the chart to see what the value is. Some measure
directly in degrees of hardness which is 17 ppm, so 5 drops would equal 5
degrees or 85 ppm.
--
RichToyBox
http://www.geocities.com/richtoybox/pondintro.html
"Robin" wrote in message
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"RichToyBox" wrote in message
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The filter bacteria produce acid, which will cause the pH

to fall. In
addition, the high quantities of rain water that you have

had, is somewhat
acid to start with, so I would expect your pH to be low.

To assure a stable
pH, you should test for KH carbonate hardness, and be sure

that it is over
80 ppm, which will help the filter bacteria work better,

as well. To raise
the KH, use common baking soda, a little at a time until

the pH is stable
and doesn't change with any more additions. Then you can

add as much as you
want without affecting the pH, or the fish.
--


Thanks for the advice, but could you spell it out for me a
little more. I'm not an idiot, just a newbie... LOL What
is KH and how do I test for it? I have seen PH test kits,
and amonia test kits, but haven't seen one for KH??


RichToyBox
http://www.geocities.com/richtoybox/pondintro.html
"Robin" wrote in message
news:[email protected]_s51...

"Robin" wrote in message
news:[email protected]_s53...


Thanks for the PH warning, what are the best ways to
increase and level the PH. Also we have alot of summer

rain
here. 16 inches in June. How does this affect the

water
and ph levels?

Robin
http://community.webshots.com/user/robinandtami










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"RichToyBox" wrote in message
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The KH test kit measures the carbonate hardness and you

should find it in
the fish stores, etc. near the pH test kits. It is, in my

opinion, a more
important test than the pH. If the KH is where it

belongs, the pH will be
rock solid. It is a simple drop test, where you add one

drop of test
solution at a time, shake it, and then another and shake.

At the value of
the number of drops, the color changes rather drastically,

and you stop
adding drops and go to the chart to see what the value is.

Some measure
directly in degrees of hardness which is 17 ppm, so 5

drops would equal 5
degrees or 85 ppm.
--


Thanks!


RichToyBox
http://www.geocities.com/richtoybox/pondintro.html
"Robin" wrote in message
news:[email protected]_s53...

"RichToyBox" wrote in message
news:5pYMc.160758$%[email protected]_s01...
The filter bacteria produce acid, which will cause the

pH
to fall. In
addition, the high quantities of rain water that you

have
had, is somewhat
acid to start with, so I would expect your pH to be

low.
To assure a stable
pH, you should test for KH carbonate hardness, and be

sure
that it is over
80 ppm, which will help the filter bacteria work

better,
as well. To raise
the KH, use common baking soda, a little at a time

until
the pH is stable
and doesn't change with any more additions. Then you

can
add as much as you
want without affecting the pH, or the fish.
--


Thanks for the advice, but could you spell it out for me

a
little more. I'm not an idiot, just a newbie... LOL

What
is KH and how do I test for it? I have seen PH test

kits,
and amonia test kits, but haven't seen one for KH??


RichToyBox
http://www.geocities.com/richtoybox/pondintro.html
"Robin" wrote in message
news:[email protected]_s51...

"Robin" wrote in message
news:[email protected]_s53...


Thanks for the PH warning, what are the best ways to
increase and level the PH. Also we have alot of

summer
rain
here. 16 inches in June. How does this affect the

water
and ph levels?

Robin
http://community.webshots.com/user/robinandtami










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Old 27-07-2004, 05:36 AM
Robin
 
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"RichToyBox" wrote in message
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The KH test kit measures the carbonate hardness and you

should find it in
the fish stores, etc. near the pH test kits. It is, in my

opinion, a more
important test than the pH. If the KH is where it

belongs, the pH will be
rock solid. It is a simple drop test, where you add one

drop of test
solution at a time, shake it, and then another and shake.

At the value of
the number of drops, the color changes rather drastically,

and you stop
adding drops and go to the chart to see what the value is.

Some measure
directly in degrees of hardness which is 17 ppm, so 5

drops would equal 5
degrees or 85 ppm.
--


Thanks!


RichToyBox
http://www.geocities.com/richtoybox/pondintro.html
"Robin" wrote in message
news:[email protected]_s53...

"RichToyBox" wrote in message
news:5pYMc.160758$%[email protected]_s01...
The filter bacteria produce acid, which will cause the

pH
to fall. In
addition, the high quantities of rain water that you

have
had, is somewhat
acid to start with, so I would expect your pH to be

low.
To assure a stable
pH, you should test for KH carbonate hardness, and be

sure
that it is over
80 ppm, which will help the filter bacteria work

better,
as well. To raise
the KH, use common baking soda, a little at a time

until
the pH is stable
and doesn't change with any more additions. Then you

can
add as much as you
want without affecting the pH, or the fish.
--


Thanks for the advice, but could you spell it out for me

a
little more. I'm not an idiot, just a newbie... LOL

What
is KH and how do I test for it? I have seen PH test

kits,
and amonia test kits, but haven't seen one for KH??


RichToyBox
http://www.geocities.com/richtoybox/pondintro.html
"Robin" wrote in message
news:[email protected]_s51...

"Robin" wrote in message
news:[email protected]_s53...


Thanks for the PH warning, what are the best ways to
increase and level the PH. Also we have alot of

summer
rain
here. 16 inches in June. How does this affect the

water
and ph levels?

Robin
http://community.webshots.com/user/robinandtami












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