Neutral Regulator adjusts pH to neutral (pH 7.0) from either a low or high pH and maintains it there. It softens water by precipitating calcium and magnesium while removing any chlorine, chloramine, or ammonia. The use of Neutral Regulator makes other conditioning unnecessary. To lower pH below 7.0 use Neutral Regulator with Acid Regulator (or Discus Buffer). To raise pH above 7.0 use with Alkaline Regulator. All of these products will enhance and stabilize the freshwater aquarium environment. Use Fresh Trace to restore the proper level of trace elements required by thriving, healthy freshwater community fish.
DIRECTIONS: Use 1 level teaspoon for every 40- 80 L (10- 20 gallons*) once or twice a month (or as necessary to maintain a pH of 7.0.) Neutral Regulator 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.
FAQ from Seachem
Q: What is the difference between Neutral Regulator, Discus Buffer, Alkaline Buffer, and Acid Buffer?
A: 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.
Q: I see that Neutral Regulator contains phosphate based compounds as the buffering agent, won't this lead to increased algae growth?
A: 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.
Q: I tried to use Neutral Regulator to adjust pH to 7.0, but it failed to do so. What am I doing wrong?
A: 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.
Q: I purchased your pH 7.0 Neutral Regulator for my 26 gallon aquarium. 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.
A: You're 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 wil 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 the 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 or so you can use Neutral Regulator to lock in the pH.