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Does salt affect ph level?

Discussion in 'FreshWater Beginner Information/Questions' started by Bren, Dec 9, 2002.

  1. Bren

    Bren Small Fish

    Oct 23, 2002
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    Does salt affect, in particular raise, the PH level. What things are good for lowering PH. If salt doesn't raise the PH what does(rotting plants...)


  2. colesea

    colesea Superstar Fish

    Oct 22, 2002
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    Salt adds minerals to your water and acts as a buffer. The addition of salt will raise pH and hardness in your tank.

    Lots of things can raise pH. Carbonate rocks are the most common culprits. Sea shells as well.

    Lowering pH can take an awful lot of work, especially if you have hard water. Perhaps if you describe your situation a bit better, as in what you are trying to accomplish with your tank, I can help you a bit more.
  3. Avalon

    Avalon Superstar Fish

    Oct 22, 2002
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    Salt does not raise the PH level.

    Carbon Dioxide lowers PH.

    Calcite & Calcium Carbonate should both raise the PH (and hardness).
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