Proper pH powder is a pH buffer that automatically raises or lowers pH and stabilizes it at the pre-set level. 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 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 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 Proper pH to overcome the buffer system and re-set the pH to a desirable level. Although all artificial seawater mixes use a bicarbonate/carbonate buffer, the final pH of artificial seawater is often below or well above pH 8.2. Proper pH 8.2 will work with the existing buffer to bring the pH to 8.2-8.4. Normally one dose of Proper pH 8.2 is all that is required to adjust and stabilize the pH in saltwater.