02-18-2014, 08:22 PM
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Originally Posted by rsskylight04
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!
I tested the water again today. results were high ph 8.2 ammonia none, nitrite none, nitrate was between 5.0 and 10ppm. I added some plants today, hopefully they will help lower the ph a little.
I got them from a local guy on craigslist, he suggested i get a co2 system put into my tank. He said it would benefit the plants and also lower the ph levels. I would rather not add a co2 system, how many of you guys use a co2 system who run planted tanks??