Lately I’ve had a lot of people asking me about what they can do to get their aquarium PH to the right levels.
What is PH you ask? Let me take you back to high school chemistry for a moment…
PH is a system of measurement to tell you if your water is acidic, basic, or neutral. A PH measurement of 7 is neutral. An aquarium PH measurement of less than 7 is acidic, and a PH measurement of over 7 is considered basic.
Why would anyone care what their PH is, as long as their aquarium is healthy you ask? The answer is simple. Some fish require a special PH balance in the aquarium to survive and thrive!
In general though, you want to stick near a PH of 7, which is neutral. It turns out that your tap water is probably closer to neutral so amateur fish keepers don’t need to worry too much about their PH. For experienced fish keeper who needs a change in their PH, I suggest using baking soda.
Seems crazy but baking soda has the affect of raising the PH in your water and making it more basic.
The common recipe for baking soda is 1 teaspoon per 5 gallons of water.
All you have to do is dissolve that teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of warm water, and then add the baking soda to the aquarium. Make SURE you are testing your water to make sure that you do not make your water dangerous for your fish. I suggest adding baking soda to your aquarium very slowly and carefully.
Baking soda is an easy way to raise the PH in your water. There are other ways to modify your PH as well, and I will definitely post on those in the future.