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staticfiend 10-06-2008 07:24 PM

High PH Good or Bad?
Ok I finally got a API master test kit. I been checking my ammonia since its been out of control and killed a bunch of my fish. So tonight I check the ammonia and its really good, it was yellow i think thats 0 PPM. It was really dark green a couple of weeks ago. Anyways I checked the PH just now and its really blue. Should I be worried or treat the tank with something? I dont think I have anything to bring PH down. The fish I have in the tank right now are Diamond Tetras, Gold Barbs and a Gourami.

aunt kymmie 10-06-2008 07:42 PM

The master test kit also comes with a test for high range PH. Did you do that test also?

staticfiend 10-06-2008 07:47 PM

No I did not do the High Range but I will do it now and get right back.

staticfiend 10-06-2008 07:56 PM

Ok it looks to be 8.0

Pasfur 10-06-2008 09:02 PM

Did you also test your tap water? This is necessary. You need to test the tap and post before we move forward on this topic.

Also, take a sample of tap and allow it to sit overnight. Ideally you would aerate this sample overnight to drive out CO2. Then test it. Post all 3 tests. Tap, Tap overnight, and Tank water.

flight50 10-10-2008 05:57 PM

good or bad? depends on how drastic of a change the fish have to go thru. ph swings that are rapid can stress the fish. ph is on a particular type of scale. can't remember the name. but for example. 7 is neutral not acidic nor alkaline. at 8 its like (10 or 100 times, can't remember) more alkaline than neutral. fish are highly adaptable as long as conditions are slowly introduced to them.

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