PH EMERGENCY!! Please help

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  1. christiaan

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    I've just arived home to find my kalkwasser bottle leaked into my tank alday and I have a pH of 8.7+ (normal 8.2-8.3) PLEASE HELP WHAT DO I DO!!

    I got a 120 litre nano with 1 clown 1 midasblenny and cleanershrimps - I'm guessing the softies won't be as big a concern as the fish and shrimps
     
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    Unless things look stressed leave it for now, and let it come down by its self. You can also do a water change to help a bit.

    Well that is what I would do.:)
     
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    Do a water change dude. Dont worry it isnt all that bad.Get it down to about 8.5 and then leave it,it will sort itself out. Also had a similar incident where mine shot up to over 9.something....
     
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    Hi Christiaan.... sorry to hear this... Don't worry too much. A pH of 8.7 is not too bad yet. BUT - if you are worried, then just do a 20% water change. You can keep the water you have removed from the tank, for the next water change.....
     
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    don't worry dude, this has happened to me a couple of times( reef tank and mantis tank)

    my ph was about 9.2 at some point, just leave it, the next day it will be back to 8.2-8.3
     
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    yup yup - thanks guys

    been reading before I act - seems leaving it a bit might be a good idea - I'm preparing some SW now

    quite a scare!
     
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    yip i almost shat in my pants when it happened to me
     
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    my seachem test kit only goes to 8.7 - thats what worried me! but I'm calm now - eveyone in the tank actually looks really happy
     
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    8.7 not that bad. I wouldn't even worry about it...
     
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    I've read somewhere long ago that raising pH to high levels like this and then turning out the lights will precipitate out phosphates and keep ca and alk high - anyone know more about this?? links maybe??
     
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    No - dunno about that Christiaan. But I do know that at night time your pH drop in any case due to photosynthetic organisms then breath in oxygen and breaths out CO2. The CO2 then drops the pH slightly in any case....
     
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    thanks guys
     
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    Did the tank experience a snowstorm?
     
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