I kind of got into the tropical fish thing by accident. My Mother-in-law bought our son a Betta about 1 and a half weeks ago, for bringing home a good report card. Anyhow, since then I've become obsessed. I didn't like that he was in a 1 gallon bowl, and have since moved him into a 10 gallon tank with a power filter. He seems to be really enjoying that much more. He is WAY more active than he was in the 1 gallon bowl.
Anyhow, I got the 10 gallon with the hope of adding more fish. Perhaps tetras or something. However I wanted to let the tank stabilize before doing so. Right now only the Betta is living in it.
The tank is stable, but we've only had it for 2 days now. The water is balanced and at 80 degrees, which I read is perfect for tropical fish. I did a water test kit and everything was perfect minus the ph level which seems kind of high. The ph level is 8.4 which concerns me because everything I've read says to keep it at perfect neutral of 7.0 is this correct? Can tropical fish acclimate to higher ph?
I also read that initially when setting up the new tank you might have a high ph from the tap water (which was treated before use). Can I expect it to level out at some point? The water hardness level was 150, which I think is ok....but what I dont' know is how that hurts/helps the ph level? Will it help it to level out or will it help the ph level to stay high?
Any other unsolicited advice that I might be forgetting to ask about would be greatly appreciated as well.
Thanks, and sorry if I seem too clueless, I'm eager to learn and find that this is a VERY fun (and dare I say theraputic) hobby so far.