Out of Stock No Longer Available Seachem Neutral Regulator pH Adjuster for Freshwater Aquariums, slide 1 of 1

Seachem Neutral Regulator pH Adjuster for Freshwater Aquariums

  • Price:

    $13.25 FREE Shipping over $49

No Longer Available This item may be discontinued. We're not sure when it will be available again.
Description

Seachem Neutral Regulator pH Adjuster for Freshwater Aquariums adjusts pH to neutral (pH 7.0) from either a low or high level, and maintains it there. It softens water by precipitating calcium and magnesium while removing any chlorine or chloramine, and detoxifying ammonia. It’s a simple way to enhance and stabilize your freshwater aquarium environment.

Key Benefits
  • Softens water by precipitating calcium and magnesium while removing any chlorine, chloramine, and detoxifying ammonia. 
  • A durable non-stitched seam helps this achieve a long life.Resealable locking closure to make filling and emptying quick and easy.
  • Adjusts pH to neutral (pH 7.0) from either low or high levels and maintains it.
  • Perfect for use with Purigen regeneration. Great for use with aquarium media that regenerate in bleach.
Precautions

HAZARDS TO HUMANS: Aquarium use only. Keep away from children.

See all items by Seachem

  • Item Number
    103690
  • Aquarium Type
    Freshwater
  • Fish Type
    Tropical Freshwater, Marine Fish, Marine Invertebrate
Instructions

Use 5 g (1 level teaspoon) for every 40–80 L (10–20 US gallons) once or twice/month (or as necessary to maintain a pH of 7.0.) Neutral Regulator® may be be initially used daily in cases of high alkalinity until 7.0 is established. It may be added directly to the aquarium at any time. Ideally, it should be used when adding or changing water by dissolving in the replacement water. For precise dosing, use the Seachem Digital Spoon Scale.

FAQ

What is the difference between Neutral Regulator, Discus Buffer, Alkaline Buffer, and Acid Buffer?

Neutral Regulator and Discus Buffer are phosphate based buffers providing a very strong and stable buffering system. Alkaline Buffer and Acid Buffer are non-phosphate buffers, which although less stable than a phosphate buffer, are ideal for the planted aquarium where high phosphate levels would lead to an algae problem.

I see that Neutral Regulator contains phosphate based compounds as the buffering agent, won't this lead to increased algae growth?

That depends on the type of light and intensity of light. Typical freshwater aquarium lights designed for fish only or plastic plant tanks are mostly low intensity and heavy in the red spectrum (to enhance reds in fish) and do not support either plant or algae growth effectively. Neutral Regulator has been in wide use in freshwater tanks for at least 18 years with virtually no complaints of algae growth. That does not mean it cannot happen. Other factors being present, such as high nitrate, high organics, exposure to sunlight or other strong sources of light, the added presence of phosphate will be another contributing factor. However, even with no measurable phosphate, if the other factors are present, algae growth will take place. Algae problems do not arise from a single contributing factor. The operative word is "contributing.

I tried to use Neutral Regulator to adjust pH to 7.0, but it failed to do so. What am I doing wrong?

There are two different buffering systems you can rely on in freshwater aquariums. The first is a bicarbonate based buffering system and the second is a phosphate based buffering system. Of the two, phosphate based buffers, like Neutral Regulator, tend to be more stable. In situations where a bicarbonate buffering system is strong, you will need to increase the dosage of Neutral Regulator until the phosphate based buffer can overcome the bicarbonate based buffering system. You can dose Neutral Regulator daily until you reach your desired pH. If you want a faster working solution (I'm assuming your pH is too high), you can use our Acid Buffer to dissolve some of your bicarbonate based buffering system to make things easier for Neutral Regulator to work.

I have added double the amount required and the pH is still around 7.8, all that seems to be happening is that the water gets cloudy.

Your water must be very hard (high KH) so you will need to get the KH down to a level where the Neutral Regulator can control the pH. Right now the Neutral Regulator is fighting a losing battle with the high KH. Use Discus Buffer or Acid Buffer to bring the pH down... it will go back up again after a day or so, but add again. Eventually you will get to a point where the pH will take longer and longer to rise again... when that happens use Neutral Regulator to lock in the pH at 7-7.2. Or use an alkalinity test kit, when it gets down to around 1 KH so you can use Neutral Regulator to lock in the pH.

I am currently trying to reduce my pH and hardness so I can add Discus to my aquarium. I've ordered Discus Buffer and Neutral Regulator. How much of each should I use in an 80 gallon aquarium? Also, how effective are your buffers in softening my hard water?

Neutral Regulator and Discus Buffer are extremely effective at bringing your pH down and softening your water. You will initially see cloudiness as the buffers work to soften your water by precipitating out excess calcium and magnesium but should dissipate from your system.Neutral Regulator and Discus Buffer can be used in combination to achieve a desired pH when performing water changes or adding top off water. The ratio chart on the back of the label is designed for r/o water where there is generally no buffering capacity. Since you are using tap water, a little testing will be needed to establish the exact ratios to bring you pH down to 6.8 . Example: in r/o water you would use 1 part Discus Buffer to 1 part Neutral Regulator for a pH of 6.8 but in tap water, since there is already a buffering capacity present, you may need to use 2 parts Discus Buffer to 1 part Neutral Regulator to achieve a pH of 6.8.As for bringing down the pH in your existing system, you can use 1 level teaspoon of Discus Buffer (7 g) for every 40 L (10 gallons) daily until intended pH is reached. Neutral Regulator can be used to increase the pH, if needed.

Is Neutral Regulator approved for use in a freshwater planted aquarium?

While some people do use Neutral Regulator in freshwater planted aquariums with fine results, we recommend using a carbonate based buffer like Acid Buffer and Alkaline Buffer in a planted tank rather than a phosphate based buffer like Neutral Regulator. Phosphate based buffers are very stable and work well for stabilizing the pH for fish, but can cause issues in a planted tank.

I need to increase my KH to hold my pH steady. Will Neutral or Alkaline Regulator increase my KH to hold my pH steady?

Neutral Regulator and Alkaline Regulator are phosphate based buffers and will not increase your KH. To increase KH, you will need to use Alkaline Buffer, which is a carbonate based buffer.

Rating: 4.6 of 5 stars 13 Reviews 13 Reviews 4.6 out of 5 Stars

Filter reviews by star rating

92% Recommend

92% of reviewersrecommend this product

Rating: 4.6 of 5 stars 4.6 / 5

You've Already Reviewed This Item

13 Reviews

Showing 1-10 of 13 Reviews

  • 5 out of 5 stars

    works like i expected

    By djmsn on May 9, 2020

    exactly what I expected. good price for the size of the container received.

    You liked it! Something went wrong. Please try again later. Report
  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Remedy, Economical, and Convenient to Use

    By SHMG on Aug 26, 2019

    Among the pH regulators, this has been my favorite for many years. It’s economical, convenient, and easy to use. However, if you live in an area with really hard water like Wisconsin, and have large tanks to treat, get this in a bigger container because I go through it fairly quickly. I don’t recall if Chewy has the next size up, but next time, I will buy an even bigger container. Seachem has been my favorite brand, too.

    You liked it! Something went wrong. Please try again later. Report
  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Depends on Conditions

    By Herb on Jul 3, 2019

    It's a 4-Star when you first clean the tank and helps to regulate the tank for several weeks. Unfortunately, if an issue arises between tank cleaning, it requires so much more to allow it to balance the pH requiring more and more to raise it or more and more to lower the pH level as time proceeds. Still, it has been one of the best products we have found and we will continue using it!

    You liked it! Something went wrong. Please try again later. Report
  • 2 out of 5 stars

    Proportions not correct!

    By Paige on Jul 24, 2019 top250Contributor

    I had to use 4 times the amount recommended to even see a TINY change in the ph! And I had to keep dosing once or twice a day to keep the ph lower!

    You liked it! Something went wrong. Please try again later. Report
  • 5 out of 5 stars

    PH Regulator

    By Lilman on May 29, 2019

    Alot cheaper than anywhere else. Same exact product cost $20 everywhere else.

    You liked it! Something went wrong. Please try again later. Report
  • 5 out of 5 stars

    great great great

    By Lesk on Dec 13, 2018

    been using it for years , safe and effective raises your ph and detoxes ammonia without harming your bio-filter . be sure not to use phosphate removal pads because this uses phosphates to raise your ph. phosphates are 100% safe only contributes to algae growth which is minimal

    You liked it! Something went wrong. Please try again later. Report
  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Good value

    By KayKae on Aug 10, 2018

    Hard to find locally and CHEWY had it and good price! CHEWY ROCKS!

    You liked it! Something went wrong. Please try again later. Report
  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Regulated the pH after a few days

    By branimal on Feb 9, 2018

    After 2 of my fish died and I had their water tested, I was directed to use a product to increase the pH of my aquarium. I used the product as instructed (had to add it for several days) and now the water is within a good pH for the rest of my fish. The fish tolerated the additions of this product with no trouble, so I’m am very pleased!

    You liked it! Something went wrong. Please try again later. Report
  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Great price.

    By Molly on Feb 24, 2018

    Very happy with product and shipping. Will no longer buy at the pet store..

    You liked it! Something went wrong. Please try again later. Report
  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    By Strip on Dec 4, 2017

    So easy to use and the ph to what it should be. Highly recommend this product!

    You liked it! Something went wrong. Please try again later. Report