06-14-2011, 11:26 AM
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Originally Posted by kalae
thanks for the opinion on the angels and bettas. i have seen so many different opinions on various sights, its quite confusing!!
my water source is naturally about 8, though i get it to about 6.5 (for my current fish) with Ph down. im not sure of the hardness, its soft i think.
We have fish (and plant) profiles here where you can find info on each species including numbers to have, minimum tank size (for that fish only), compatibility, water parameters, etc. Second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page. Species are arranged in their families.
Using chemicals to adjust pH in a tank with fish is highly dangerous. The pH is determined by several factors, notably the hardness of the source (tap) water. Without knowing this, it is not possible to determine how much buffering may be present. Fluctuating pH is very stressful to most fish, far worse than a steady pH even if not within the fish's preferred range. Aside from this, any chemical going into the tank will have some effect on the fish, and this is best avoided.
Provide us with the hardness and pH of your tap water. This yo can ascertain from the water supply folks, many have a website with water data posted. If they do and you don't understand it, post the link and I'll have a look. Once we know this, we can assess the sort of fish that will best suit your water, and it is always easier and safer to select fish suited to the water than trying to adjust the water to suit the fish. However, adjusting pH and hardness naturally is not difficult if that is needed, and I can explain safe natural methods once I know the hardness and pH of your tap water.