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spectroscopy 06-26-2012 04:21 PM

PH, worth messing with?
Hello everyone, I want to keep shrimp but my pH Is kinda high: 8.0
My tank is still in the cycling phase. And that plants are better in softer. So my question is, should pH be messed with?
I read that some one tried to make there ph softer and almost killed all his angels.
Oo this is a freshwater tank
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jaysee 06-26-2012 10:18 PM

In my opinion it's best to work with what you have - if you run into problems then think about adjusting it, but I wouldn't preemptively do anything. I'm sure others will disagree, but I believe that stable water is better than perfect water.

spectroscopy 06-27-2012 10:37 AM

Ok thanks. Also aren't fish very sensitive to changes to pH?
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KendraMc 06-27-2012 10:50 AM

my understanding is changes=bad, regardless of what the change is in. there are some methods of slowly (and slightly) lowering pH, like driftwood or filtering through peat. these can bring it down a little, but will not get you acidic water preferred by so many fish. you are better off sticking to fish that are happy in the water you naturally have (livebearers need hard, alkaline water).

jaysee 06-27-2012 11:39 AM

Yes, pH swings are bad. Depending on how you go about doing it, you can leave yourself open to swings that could be dangerous

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