06-11-2013, 05:55 PM
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Originally Posted by skelator
yes its tap water, the ph is about 7 i havent checked it in a while. honestly in all my years of fish keeping ive never checked gk or kh.
i would remove the two cichlids if i changed the tank. i also picked up a few more plants today after work.
The GH (general hardness) is important to fish, even more than pH. You can get this from your municipal water supply people, they probably have a website; if you can't fathom it, post the link and I can take a look. The KH is less important as it does not affect fish at all, but it does serve to "buffer" the pH, so this (the KH which is carbonate hardness, or Alkalinity) is worth knowing as it will tell us if the pH may lower or not.