So I recently discovered that my pH is around 8.2-8.4 in my 20 gallon tank.
It comes out of my tap at about 7.8-8.0.
I've seen various people around different boards say not to worry too much about pH, as a pH that is too high is better than a pH that fluctuates often.
So should I worry about lowering the pH in my tank or just let it ride?
I've currently got a Blue Gourami, Gold Gourami, and an Opaline Gourami in there but I've been informed that those fish aren't really appropriate for my tank, so I'm going to be taking them to PetCo I think, so they can be "adopted".
I want to get some Von Rio Flame tetras, maybe some other kinds of tetras, and possibly some corydoras in there.
I know that they prefer their water to be more acidic but will it harm them if I keep the pH high or should I lower it?
I wouldn't worry about it. Most fish can adopt to PH, temperature, etc. long as the levels remain stable. Stability is key in this hobby. Your list of tetras and Cory's will do well in such conditions.
However, if you are to be trying more sensitive fish like rams, then I would consider lowering your PH. You have to be carefully though, because when you change 1 water parameter, others change with it.
Happy Fish Keeping,
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pH rises with lower carbon dioxide.
I wouldn't worry. And I would measure pH just before lights out also.
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