Does boiling water lower PH?

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Does boiling water lower PH?

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Boiling water doesn’t necessarily lower the ph. I mean it will ever so slightly. But it’s not really making the water acidic it’s lowering the neutral point of the water. To slightly lower then 7.

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No you might get it down to 8.5-8 maybe.

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I see you predicament. The problem there is and I know from experience if you don’t have a RO system I would steer clear of rams and apistos. They are extremely sensitive to ph change. If your tank drops on over the span of time in between w.c. and you do a water change with the 8.8 ph water it’ll wipe um out.

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Boiling water doesn’t remove trace elements, if anything it would concentrate them, and raise pH even more. The water would evaporate leaving behind whatever minerals are raising the pH to begin with. Boiling is the opposite of distilling.

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You would also remove all of the trace elements and minerals by boiling it, so you’d have to re-mineralize the water before adding it to the tank.

And like mentioned, pH swings are what will cause your fish problems. Much better to maintain a stable pH than to try and chase an ideal.

Anything wild caught from South America would likely not fair well in a pH of 8.8 – even if they survived the initial acclimation, they likely would not fair well over the course of a year.

If you can get Tank Bred Rams you’d likely be okay. Most likely they’d be hatched using RO water then transferred to tap water once free swimming.

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