My tap water out of the tap is 8.6.. I assume this is considered really high for a trop community tank. I have been using proper PH 7.0 to keep the PH in the water down. This it has been doing very well. The ph test always comes out to 7.0 or 7.2. I know the water in Orlando is extremely hard however I dont have data to back that up.
However my water is always cloudy. I recently also switched from gravel to sand and the sand had settled it was cloudy then to. However now its a white cloudy haze again. The only thing I can figure is its due to the proper PH.
1.) Can proper ph cause your tank to be cloudy a day or two after adding it to the water?
2.) is 8.6 ph to high for tropical fish?
3.) what can I do to lower the ph and make the water more soft without pouring chemicals into the tank.