09-05-2009, 10:18 PM
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when i got my oscars and jd, my water out of the tap was 8.0 -8.2ph and very hard (my africans loved it) and i too tried to get the parameters ideal for them. i went to the pond section of the lfs and got a bag of peat granules and some small mesh bags. to make a long story short, i had a little difficult time in keeping the ph at a more ideal stable condition and ended up loosing one of my tiger o's in the ph swing of the 4 weeks i tried doing this.
so now i try to stick with the adage: "Treat the fish, not the test kit."
i would not consider making changes to the water parameters if the fish are happy and healthy.
A STABLE PH is MUCH better than trying to create an optimum PH! keep that in mind! PH fluctuations cause stress on fish !!
unless these are wild-caught specimens they are likely perfectly happy with your water. keep up with PWCs and don't worry about the PH. the fish were probably bred in water closer to yours, anyway.