What is API PROPER PH?
API PROPER PH powder is a buffer that automatically raises or lowers pH and stabilizes it at the level promoted on the product label. Because it is a true buffer, Proper pH will automatically adjust and hold the pH at 6.5, 7.0, 7.5, and 8.2. Proper pH 6.5, 7.0, and 7.5 powders also neutralize chlorine, detoxify heavy metals, and add electrolytes to the aquarium. Proper pH 8.2 is a carbonate/bicarbonate buffer formulated for use in saltwater aquariums and with African cichlids.
How does API PROPER PH adjust pH?
The Proper pH formulas are more than pH adjusters; they are pH buffers. pH buffers are formulated to “lock in” the pH at a predetermined pH level. pH buffers compensate for fluctuations in pH automatically, adjusting the pH to the predetermined level. Proper pH 7.0, for example, will lower or raise the pH until 7.0 is reached. pH will not “rebound” to the original level.
How many doses of API PROPER PH will it take to adjust my pH?
Normally, one dose will set the pH. Some tap water sources used in freshwater aquariums are strongly buffered at pH 8.0 and above. In this case, it may require two doses of API PROPER PH to overcome the buffer system and reset the pH to a desirable level.
How long will API PROPER PH last in the aquarium?
In most aquariums, API PROPER PH lasts several weeks. As PROPER PH works to maintain a stable PH, it gets “used up.” Natural acids formed by the decomposition of fish waste also neutralize API PROPER PH. Aquariums with large fish or heavily stocked aquariums may require more frequent use of API PROPER PH. When you see the pH begin to shift out of the desired range, it is time to add another dose of API PROPER PH. Adding tap water or making water changes can cause a pH shift. Proper pH can be added whenever a water change is made.