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API Proper pH 7.0 Aquarium Water Treatment, 8.8-oz bottle

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Description

Help set and stabilize pH levels with API's Proper pH 7.0 Aquarium Water Treatment. Different fish need different pH levels to stay healthy, and most communities thrive at 7.0. Levels that are too high, or too low, can cause stress, illness and can even lead to fish loss. This API water treatment is formulated to modify and maintain pH for several weeks while neutralizing harmful chlorine and toxic heavy metals. It also contains soothing aloe vera and electrolytes to help heal damaged tissue and help prevent electrolyte imbalance. Best of all, it's easy to use and fast dissolving, making it ideal to use during aquarium setup or water changes.

Key Benefits
  • Formulated to help set and stabilize pH at 7.0 for fish who thrive off of this level.
  • Helps to remove chlorine and detoxify heavy metals, for a more habitable environment for your finned friends.
  • Specifically designed to help modify and maintain pH levels in freshwater aquariums.
  • Easy to use, fast dissolving and is ideal to use during setup and water changes.
  • Contains aloe vera to help heal and regenerate damaged tissue, plus electrolytes to help prevent electrolyte imbalance.

Do not use in aquariums containing live plants.

Test your aquarium's pH level with API's pH Test Kit, pH Test and Adjuster Kit or pH Test Strips.

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  • Item Number
    94439
  • Aquarium Type
    Freshwater
  • Fish Type
    Tropical Freshwater, Betta, Cichlid, Goldfish
Instructions

Remove enclosed scoop. Shake well to mix powder. Add 1 scoop for every 10 U.S. gallons of aquarium water. Repeat dose when pH test indicates a pH change of more than 0.2. Do not use in aquariums containing live plants.

FAQ

What do API PROPER PH powders do?

API PROPER PH products are pH buffers. They set the pH of aquarium water at a particular level, and also function as a dechlorinator. This means no additional dechlorinator is needed when using these products to treat water.

I used API PROPER PH and my water has gone very cloudy. Is this normal, and is the cloudiness safe for my fish?

The cloudiness that can be caused by API PROPER PH powders is harmless. It usually settles on its own in 24-48 hours, but the use of API ACCU-CLEAR may be used to improve it. This cloudiness occurs when API PROPER pH is in used in water with high hardness levels, and is caused by the hardness minerals coming out of the solution. To avoid hazy water, we recommend reducing hardness levels to 100 ppm CaCO3.

I am trying to lower my water with API PROPER PH, but it remains high. Why is this?

Normally, one dose will set the pH. However, some tap water sources used in freshwater aquariums are very hard or alkaline and are strongly buffered at pH 8.0 and higher. In this case, it may require two doses of API PROPER PH to overcome the natural buffers and set pH to a desirable level. In this situation, it may be advisable to soften the water first.

Is API PROPER PH safe with invertebrates and plants?

API PROPER PH is safe with invertebrates, but the powders in API PROPER PH 6.5, 7.0, and 7.5 bind to some trace elements which are needed as nutrients by live plants. Therefore, we do not recommend using these API PROPER PH powders with live aquarium plants.

Is API PROPER PH a phosphate buffer?

API PROPER PH 8.2 is a bicarbonate and carbonate buffer, and contains no phosphate. API PROPER PH 6.5, 7.0, and 7.5 are phosphate buffers. Phosphate buffers are the most reliable buffers for freshwater aquariums. They are non-toxic to fish and easily “lock in” the pH for extended periods of time.

Do phosphate buffers stimulate algal growth?

No. Phosphate buffers combine with essential trace elements, like iron, causing nutrient deficiencies. PROPER pH 6.5, 7.0, and 7.5 should not be used in aquariums where algal growth is desirable.

Will API PROPER PH increase carbonate hardness?

Carbonate hardness, also known as “alkalinity” and “KH,” is the level of bicarbonate and carbonate ions in water. The KH level is also a measurement of water’s ability to resist pH change. API PROPER PH 8.2 contains bicarbonate and carbonate buffers, and will directly increase carbonate hardness. API PROPER PH 6.5, 7.0, and 7.5 contain no carbonate hardness, but will cause a spike in KH as measured with KH test kits. These kits work by acidifying the water in the test tube, drop by drop, with a test reagent. When the water sample is adequately acidified, a color change occurs in the test tube. This is called the “end point.” The number of drops of test reagent required to acidify the sample (causing a color change) indicates the level of KH. Phosphate buffers strongly resist pH change, and will be measured just like bicarbonate and carbonate buffers. Therefore, API PROPER PH (6.5, 7.0, and 7.5) will cause an increase in KH measurements.

Will phosphate buffers affect carbon dioxide test kits?

Yes. Carbon dioxide test kits work much like carbonate hardness test kits. A water sample heavily buffered with phosphate buffers will resist the pH change required to reach the end point color change. This in turn causes a “false high” carbon dioxide level test result. You will not be able to accurately measure carbon dioxide levels when phosphate buffers are added to your aquarium water.

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  • 3 out of 5 stars

    Works at a cost

    By 404deNadaAqui on Apr 25, 2021

    The water out of my tap is 8.2pH. I've kept an aquarium for 20 years and recently moved, so having to adjust the pH is new for me. This has vague instructions. Experience says to disolve separately in a bucket of water and add to the aquarium slowly. It worked, bringing my 29 gal aquarium down to 7.0 to 7.2 which most of my fish thrive at. However, the water is no longer crystal clear. At first I thought it was conflicting with the gimmick tablet in the Tetra Whisper filter cartridges that supposedly helps with pH and keeping the aquarium clean of algae growth, but that's not the case. I think I will be looking elsewhere for solutions to reducing the alkalinity of my tap water... (Currently The water out of my tap is 8.2pH. I've kept an aquarium for 20 years and recently moved, so having to adjust the pH is new for me. This has vague instructions. Experience says to disolve separately in a bucket of water and add to the aquarium slowly. It worked, bringing my 29 gal aquarium down to 7.0 to 7.2 which most of my fish thrive at. However, the water is no longer crystal clear. At first I thought it was conflicting with the gimmick tablet in the Tetra Whisper filter cartridges that supposedly helps with pH and keeping the aquarium clean of algae growth, but that's not the case. I think I will be looking elsewhere for solutions to reducing the alkalinity of my tap water... (Currently fighting a black beard algea infestation that destroyed most of the plant decor I had...) … more

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    Murky gray haze. No pH changes.

    By Daniel on Apr 23, 2021

    I used this pH adjuster in my 10g tank a few times, and it did not increase the pH at all. Even worse, today, the tank was crystal clear all day until I put this in to try and fix the acidic water, and within an hour, it had a horrible gray haze that even a 2/3 water change and clarifiers has not fixed. Had this same odd issue for over two months with regular, significant water changes before it finally cleared up. Now that I realized what was doing it, I will be throwing this out ASAP. Definitely avoid this!

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    NOT FOR USE IN PLANTED AQUARIUMS

    By Rich on Apr 13, 2021

    It may work fine in non-planted aquariums, but apparently it contains a phosphate buffer which will harm live plants. Hence my 1 star review. I also learned that it is best not to "chase" an idea pH. Better to explore natural products, e.g. peat pellets, that gradually change and hold the pH. I did not see the planted aquarium warning in the description when I ordered it. I am going to attempt a return with Customer Service.

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work

    By dezibo77 on Feb 27, 2021

    I have used this in my 30g hospital tank multiple times to increase my pH. Never increased my pH once. Tank is still at 6.6. very disappointing product.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Instant Solution

    By ethanmom on Jan 10, 2021

    did exactly what I needed done, no fuss, no muss i didn't have to empty the tank, didn't hurt the fish - just perfect!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    PH Water Treatment

    By Papa on Mar 12, 2021

    The Only Thing That I Could Say Is The Product Works & Works Well

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome product

    By Matthew on Jan 24, 2021

    Worked like a charm. tested it with 3 different testing kits all came out 7.0

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    First and last time using API products EVER!!

    By Deartis on Aug 1, 2020

    This is my first time trying this product along with this manufacturers water clarifier. What an absolutely bad choice. I have had my 70 gallon tank for 18 years and have never experienced such cloudiness from a product. I usually use Tetra and only Tetra; but after reading some reviews gave this product a try. WHAT A HEADACHE this is. My tank water is soo cloudy. I’ve had the water tested and it’s perfectly fine. Even tried removing a portion of the water and replacing...still cloudiness. What a lesson learned. Not sure what to do now.

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    Proper ph for my 55 gal. Tank

    By Lurch on Dec 1, 2020

    Did nothing for my tank! I wanted to get the ph down at around 7. It didn't change at all.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    better then the tetra brand!!!

    By WheekyCheeks on Jan 7, 2020

    When I went to the pet store they recommended the “Tetra easy balance plus” when I had a pH issue due to there being a soft water filter on my entire house. UNFORTUNATELY the Tetra did not give clear instructions and after reading many reviews and stuff online and following those instructions it killed off my entire fish tank, left is sludge in the water so I had to do a full water change and take everything out and it also left hard Lil looked like hot glue gun dried up drips of glue that the guppies tried to eat. HOWEVER THIS STUFF WORKS BEAUTIFULLY!!! I had just purchased and use some last night to help stabilize the pH just a little bit and it worked within minutes I checked the tank again When I went to the pet store they recommended the “Tetra easy balance plus” when I had a pH issue due to there being a soft water filter on my entire house. UNFORTUNATELY the Tetra did not give clear instructions and after reading many reviews and stuff online and following those instructions it killed off my entire fish tank, left is sludge in the water so I had to do a full water change and take everything out and it also left hard Lil looked like hot glue gun dried up drips of glue that the guppies tried to eat. HOWEVER THIS STUFF WORKS BEAUTIFULLY!!! I had just purchased and use some last night to help stabilize the pH just a little bit and it worked within minutes I checked the tank again this morning and everything still doing fine in our current three new guppies that I’ve had for a week now have not been affected especially since they are such sensitive fish I was worried what would happen after the tetra massacre. In summary? This is quite easy to use I found it best to take an empty bottle or container when doing a water change and really shake this up with some water conditioner and water of course and then put it in the tank. It does what it should but WITHOUT HARMING the fishies … more

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