My water storage tank ph keeps going up

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I just started growing inside. My well water is unusable. I started trucking water from an actual spring and am storing it in a 30 gallon tote. My PH starts at 8.4 after adding Ph down i got it to 6.2. Next day back up to 8.4. I have now done this twice. What is causing my ph to go back up and is there a way to stabilize my storage tank. I have an air stone in there bubbling the water and with the lid on. Sorry if this posted already. I tried posting once but don't see it in my post started in my profile.
 
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What is the TDS of the water.
If it’s spring water, it may be pure enough that you can’t stabilize the PH until you get some minerals into it.
Get a TDS meter into it and give us a read.
 
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I just started growing inside. My well water is unusable. I started trucking water from an actual spring and am storing it in a 30 gallon tote. My PH starts at 8.4 after adding Ph down i got it to 6.2. Next day back up to 8.4. I have now done this twice. What is causing my ph to go back up and is there a way to stabilize my storage tank. I have an air stone in there bubbling the water and with the lid on. Sorry if this posted already. I tried posting once but don't see it in my post started in my profile.
Hey, welcome to the Farm....My well water comes in around a ph of 8.2 but I let it sit for a day or 2 before I use it and it comes down to 7.2.....

Do you adjust your water right after you pour it out of the tap?....maybe let it sit for a few days first....I've 30 - 1 gallon jugs I have to fill and store it for a few days with lids off..........

If I add nutes I don't need to adjust ph down because the nutes do that for me,,,when I water only I add a drop or 2 of my ph down..........

Air stones can fk with the ph I was advised against using one in my Auto Pots reservoir for that reason and to use a small water pump instead just to circulate the water in the tank set for 10 min every 2 hrs
 
IFukup

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Hey, welcome to the Farm....My well water comes in around a ph of 8.2 but I let it sit for a day or 2 before I use it and it comes down to 7.2.....

Do you adjust your water right after you pour it out of the tap?....maybe let it sit for a few days first....I've 30 - 1 gallon jugs I have to fill and store it for a few days with lids off..........

If I add nutes I don't need to adjust ph down because the nutes do that for me,,,when I water only I add a drop or 2 of my ph down..........

Air stones can fk with the ph I was advised against using one in my Auto Pots reservoir for that reason and to use a small water pump instead just to circulate the water in the tank set for 10 min every 2 hrs
I have to go to an actual spring... My well water is very hard and unusable. I haven't tried letting it sit for a few days with the lid off and the air stone out. I should try that to see if it helps. My first batch i went to get i immediately covered and put air stone in it. I was mostly worried about the water being stagnant as in not going through a lot at the moment. Just got into early veg stage I'd say this past Thurs. Thank you for your suggestion.
 
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I just started growing inside. My well water is unusable. I started trucking water from an actual spring and am storing it in a 30 gallon tote. My PH starts at 8.4 after adding Ph down i got it to 6.2. Next day back up to 8.4. I have now done this twice. What is causing my ph to go back up and is there a way to stabilize my storage tank. I have an air stone in there bubbling the water and with the lid on. Sorry if this posted already. I tried posting once but don't see it in my post started in my profile.
I am experiencing the very same problem. I am using a 5 gallon bucket with an air stone. Water out of my tap is 7.4, I ph down it next day, it goes up to 8.1. I read the that air stone can actually drive up the PH because it drives CO2 out causing the acid to rise. I am taking my air stone out for a few days to see if it changes as fast. It is pissing me off.
 
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My water has high Calcium in it. I’m essentially liming my soil with every watering. If I ph it, it will bounce back the next day.

I’m experimenting with langbeinite. The Sulfate in the Langbeinite should break apart the salts that are building up in my soil as a result of my tap water.

I’m going to take this further and not add any lime or oyster to my soil next grow.
 
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