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post #1 of 3 Old 09-01-2012, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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Question Very strange water chemistry... how can I change it?

I have high levels of boron, a ph of 9 or higher, a general hardness of 30 and a carbonate hardness of 240 or higher.

How does this affect my fish?
I keep tropical fish


This is from my normal tap water!
I tried to lower the ph by putting tankoak leaves in the water for a few hours and it did not alter the ph!

Does the boron, GH and KH affect them at all?
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-01-2012, 08:42 PM
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I have high levels of boron, a ph of 9 or higher, a general hardness of 30 and a carbonate hardness of 240 or higher.

How does this affect my fish?
I keep tropical fish


This is from my normal tap water!
I tried to lower the ph by putting tankoak leaves in the water for a few hours and it did not alter the ph!

Does the boron, GH and KH affect them at all?
I have no idea what "Boron" is, but that is very high ph for most tropical fish. You could keep some varieties of chiclids perhaps in that high of ph. If I were you, I'd get a good amount of malaysian drift wood. That will help lower ph. The other option is to purchase RO water from a machine or get an RO system in your house. You could mix that with your tap water at each water change, and begin to see a lower ph.

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post #3 of 3 Old 09-01-2012, 08:55 PM
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Are those numbers in ppm? If so that's only 2 dgh and 13 KH not that high. Though the KH is high enough to probably not let your Ph come down.

Boron is an element that can be found in some water supplies. I know very little about it but do know there is some in my water supply. It is a element that plants will use if I am not mistaken. I dont know if high levels can be harmful or not though so someone will have to answer this question.

As for tropical fish like Gwen said that's really high ph for most tropical fish with the exception of some Cichlids.

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