pH, and its importance

I’ve added a little bit of information to the site about pH and its role in aquaria.

pH – Potential of Hydrogen

pH is a measure of H+ ions in solution. It is defined as the negative decimal logarithm of H+ ions in solution.

pH = -log10[H+]

A pH value of below 7 is acidic, and indicates a high concentration of H+ ions; whereas a pH value of above 7 is alkaline, and indicates a low concentration of H+ ions.

Different species of shrimp can adapt to different ranges of pH, corresponding with the pH of their natural environment. It is therefore important to provide a suitable pH for the species in order to have healthy shrimp. However, I personally believe it is more important to provide a stable pH, as fluctuations in pH cause great stress to the shrimp.


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