03-29-2010, 07:03 PM
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PH issuesI have a new question for my new friends out there in FishLand ... I now see
I have a new question for my new friends out there in FishLand ... I now seem to have a PH level issue. My water, straight out of the tap, reads 7.2 at testing. Aquarium water tests at 7.8 ... am I correct to assume the increase is perhaps due to the rocks from the Smokies? I did tests with both the vinegar and the nitrate and didn't get any fizzy effect but I realize that the PH level of 7.8 is quite high for the fish I plan to put in my tank. I'm wanting to put angels, cardinal tetras, some swords, mollies and a few scavengers like pleco and cats in there. I'm thinking that a PH of about 6.2 would be good for all concerned. Please correct me if I'm wrong. With my tap PH being so high I wonder if there's another way to get around this? My dad used to use Baking soda to lower the PH if I remember correctly. Anyone heard of this?
Next question am I safe to leave the rocks and adjust the PH with a Lower PH solution? And, then, everytime I do water changes I will have to add that to adjust the PH before adding new water to the tank right? Oh, forgot to mention that I've used 100 lbs of Flourite as my substrate plus a 20 lb. bag of complimenting pea gravel purchased from Petco. Would that effect PH?
Thanks for all your help!! I'm anxious to get it established and get my fish in there but I know it's worth the time to make sure everything's right.