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Questions about PH for beta
Old 01-17-2009, 02:25 PM   #11
 
'pH is poo-poo'.. Water with a higher mineral content merely supports more good & bad bacteria that fish from soft, acidic waters cannot handle well. Also, the ammonia (ammonium) content of water is pretty much non-toxic @ pH's under neutral (7.0) but becomes progressively lethal as pH increases. That said, if you want to decrease the pH naturally, you could put peat in the filter and/or use RO or deionised water to dilute (lower the hardness / pH) the water in the tank. Also, you will usually find that pH tends to drift lower in an established tank,
I have kept & bred many soft-water fishes; including bettas, in the type of water that you describe & would tend to recommend that you use the water that you are dealt & do regular partial water changes.
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Old 01-19-2009, 06:49 PM   #12
 
Hi, i see your back on line.Well i have a betta in super soft acidic 6.4 and it's a happy betta . He was an irridescent pink and in one week hes a darker pink and very curious. I think alkaline water would invite skin problems like bacteria or fungus. I.m a stickler on a low ph with sensitive skinned fish ( if its not contreindicated).
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