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post #1 of 5 Old 11-08-2013, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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Question Regarding pH...

So I recently discovered that my pH is around 8.2-8.4 in my 20 gallon tank.
It comes out of my tap at about 7.8-8.0.
I've seen various people around different boards say not to worry too much about pH, as a pH that is too high is better than a pH that fluctuates often.
So should I worry about lowering the pH in my tank or just let it ride?

I've currently got a Blue Gourami, Gold Gourami, and an Opaline Gourami in there but I've been informed that those fish aren't really appropriate for my tank, so I'm going to be taking them to PetCo I think, so they can be "adopted".
I want to get some Von Rio Flame tetras, maybe some other kinds of tetras, and possibly some corydoras in there.
I know that they prefer their water to be more acidic but will it harm them if I keep the pH high or should I lower it?
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-08-2013, 12:53 PM
I wouldn't worry about it. Most fish can adopt to PH, temperature, etc. long as the levels remain stable. Stability is key in this hobby. Your list of tetras and Cory's will do well in such conditions.

However, if you are to be trying more sensitive fish like rams, then I would consider lowering your PH. You have to be carefully though, because when you change 1 water parameter, others change with it.

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post #3 of 5 Old 11-08-2013, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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I wouldn't worry about it. Most fish can adopt to PH, temperature, etc. long as the levels remain stable. Stability is key in this hobby. Your list of tetras and Cory's will do well in such conditions.

However, if you are to be trying more sensitive fish like rams, then I would consider lowering your PH. You have to be carefully though, because when you change 1 water parameter, others change with it.

Happy Fish Keeping,
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Alright, thank you very much. I don't think I'll be trying anything sensitive anytime soon.
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post #4 of 5 Old 11-08-2013, 03:23 PM
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pH rises with lower carbon dioxide.

I wouldn't worry. And I would measure pH just before lights out also.


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maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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post #5 of 5 Old 11-08-2013, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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pH rises with lower carbon dioxide.

I wouldn't worry. And I would measure pH just before lights out also.


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Okay, thanks for the info and advice. :3
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