Aquarium Problems

Posts with solutions to problems in your aquarium such as algae, cloudy water, poor water conditions and sick fish.

Baking Soda for Lowering Aquarium PH

Baking Soda in your Aquarium??

Yep. Baking soda can change your PH

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.

How To Remove Aquarium Algae

Got green slime growing on your tank walls? Does it look more like an algae tank than a fish tank??

That unsightly green stuff is called green algae. Green algae is a plant that grows in high aquarium lighting conditions. While it is often unattractive, it’s not harmful for your tank. If its not bothering you, leave it be. It produces oxygen in the water and this helps your fish breathe!

If it is bothering you, you can buy an algae scraper at your local pet retailer and remove it that way. If you have a  glass tank I suggest using a single razor blade. It will slice the algae right off the glass without marking it up.

To get rid of algae all together I suggest you lower the amount of light in your tank. The algae can’t grow without good lighting. Try turning your aquarium lights of a couple hours early everyday. You’ll notice the difference!

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