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post #11 of 14 Old 07-30-2013, 07:20 PM
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What is your ph, far too high means different things to different folks. For me, far too high is 8.5.

And what is the hardness?

That is a tall tank, youll have to go with more light to accommodate the added depth.

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The Ph is 7.8 which from what I read 8 is the max for these fish but not ideal. And I'm not sure how to find water hardness is there a kit I can purchase? Also I got a LED that seems to light it up quite well


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The Ph is 7.8 which from what I read 8 is the max for these fish but not ideal. And I'm not sure how to find water hardness is there a kit I can purchase? Also I got a LED that seems to light it up quite well


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With that pH the water is probably fairly hard, likely over 10dGH. API make a hardness test that includes GH and KH for arond $10. You wont use it much (unless you're me) but it is worth knowing these numbers.

Don't mess with the ph, its better to be stable than within range, although the range is important, often with high pH and high hardness the fish that work will be good with both, if they a low pH fish then they probably need softer water as well. The thing with pH adjusting chemicals is they can, or do, cause swings which is worse for the fish.

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post #14 of 14 Old 07-30-2013, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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My 3 fish are constantly swimming against the glass is that from the ph? Or is it a new tank thing?


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