Originally Posted by Savannah
10 galion,temp. is 80 degrees, i dont have a gh tester but i do know that my tank is acidic,my ph is 7.4 which i couldn't believe because i have always had soft water but i tested the water that i use to change the tank and its 7.4 too which is veryodd because its always been around 6.4,i do have ph down but i wanted your advice before i add it because i know lowering the ph quickly could harm the fish,but this is the only reading that was out of the normal range.
I have a moderately planted tank with floating wisteria,the tank has been set up for about 2 yrs.,i do a 30%-40% water change once a week,no other substances have bben added besides water conditioner.
The temp is a bit high, this species would do fine lower [in our profile it gives 73-82F as the preferred range] so depending upon the other fish's needs, around 76-78F would be fine. Maintaining a lower temp means the fish has to work less to manage its internal equilibrium, thus it is better able to deal with things since it is not weakened or under stress. [You know about our profiles?] Otherwise, nothing stands out, so as to the fish's health I can't offer more. This species is plagued with health issues aqs the profile notes.
One comment on the pH, it is best to let this be what comes out of the tap. Tap pH can change, depending upon the water source (some municipalities may have more than one source for their water and these can have different parameters), or due to the municipality adding some substance specifically to raise pH. Places with acidic water often do this since it prevents corrosion of pipes and equipment if the pH is basic (above 7).
Without knowing exactly the cause, it would be dangerous to fiddle with the pH. The chemicals sold to adjust pH are highly stressful on fish, and depending upon the KH (carbonate hardness or Alkalinity) of the water these may not work anyway, as the KH buffers pH to keep it stable at whatever comes out of the tap. KH is related to GH but either one can be higher than the other. You might be able to track down the GH and KH/Alkalinity from the water supplier, they may have a website.