07-31-2008, 11:17 AM
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wow...your ph sounds high like mine! i dont use my tap water because I have angels and they don't like high ph...so I use bottled water. distilled/spring. i do a 25% change about once a month. it keeps the ph neutral. i love it. i dont have to use any OTC ph products. i DO NOT recommend using those ph products, because I have found that more often than not, once you have used them once to balance out things, you have to continue using them to maintain the balance. ph too high? thrown in some drops, ph too low? more drops...
so anyways...as far as the silk plants go, thats what I have in my tank. i got them from petsmart I believe, and they were a lil more expensive than normal plants. you can see what plants I have in my tank setup (which can be seen here: http://www.fishforum.com/viewtopic.p...er=asc&start=0
i would stay away from anything that does not say "aquarium safe" and it could leech chemicals, dyes, metals, etc into your tank that would harm your fish.
sorry for the novel, hope this helps!