01-20-2011, 02:25 PM
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Originally Posted by fishingfor2001
I checked my tap water today and noticed my ph level went from 6.6 to about 7.6 i assume as a result of the new soft water treatment. My fish tank ph is about 6.4. I would like to know if I should be doing something during water changes to acclimate my fish to the new readings. I am still waiting for an answer from my property manager about the soft water system. all other readings have been consistant for over 6 months and fish are all happy and healthy. I would like to keep it that way.
Until all factors are known, I would use caution and not start fiddling with water params. If things change naturally without intervention, it will be much easier on the fish.
During water changes, change less water rather than more. Max 20% using a good water conditioner should not cause issues. Once the facts are known, it may be possible to go normally (larger volume), or if not, less water more often. The aim is to change water but keep params relatively stable and consistent. The tank's natural biological equilibrium once established tends to do this quite well even with variable parameters in tap water. My tanks run around 6.2, my tap water is 7.2, I change 50% weekly at once, the pH in the tank goes up by .2 or maybe .4 at most; this is not an issue at all. But the biological system is well established to keep this stability.
Which conditioner are you using?