02-14-2014, 02:29 AM
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Hello, just wanted to say how great it is that your researching first and asking questions. I love it when people do it the right way instead of rushing into it and killing fish. I know fish die all the time but...
I agree with hallyx about your ph- leave it alone. Mine is over 8.0 and I keep a variety of species successfully. Fish can adapt to ph if it is stable, if you try to "fix" ph you're likely to have an unstable system that requires constant dosing and monitoring.
But just to put it out there... leaves and wood tend to lower ph, rocks and sand tend to raise ph. Indian almond leaves are commonly used to lower ph In betta tanks.
That being said, I'll repeat the earlier advice...leave ph alone.
Only time i would recommend trying to alter ph is if you fail to establish a stable nitrogen cycle because of acid conditions, which you do not have.
Question: have you measured any nitrate in your tank ever? Your cycle is not complete till your producing nitrate.
Best wishes for a beautiful and healthy aquarium!
Last edited by rsskylight04; 02-14-2014 at 02:36 AM..