So all of the fish I want are in my pH range except one. Do you think a fish that has a range of 6 - 7.5 would be ok in a tank with 7.6 pH water?
I mean its not that much of a difference, but there is not point in putting an animal through pain and then just die after like 4 days in my tank.
Uhm...you'll be just fine.
Yes there's needs as far as pH and hardness, but its not like the fish preferably lives in a range of 5-10 hardness and instantly DIE at a hardness of 11.
Also: Where from you getting this reading your tap? Cause between ALL my tanks set up & running and my tap - I'm not kidding you but each & every SINGLE one has a different pH and hardness cause each tank will be very individual after cycling.
That all said - Get the fish you're talking about there, no worries, as long as the tank mates as a whole group fit together well (not peaceful vs aggressive set up I mean).
Thanks Angel, just thought I would run it by the forum. I will be getting some fishies tomorrow!!! Will be uploading pictures within a couple of days! Very exciting!!! :)
YAY!!! am waiting on this end of the line for the pictures :-)
The pH is not a very major concern in my experience. You may want to use an acclimation method that is specifically designed for situations where water chemistries are different, but a fish kept in a pH other than its preferred range is usually not a problem. Actaually, most of the problems that I saw when I used to sell fish was when people had home water chemistries that were different from the pet shop--that is what usually causes the most real problems other than simply making bad compatability choices, not cycling, etc.
Sorry for Rambling,
Like moa said, acclimate the fish slowly and it should be fine!
+1 on proper acclimation. always better to have a stable pH then to try and recreate another ph because it is usually very difficult to maintain an altered pH, IMO.
So to transfer my swords and gourami today I let the bags sit for a half hour, then opened them and added some tank water. Let them sit again for another 15 minutes. emptied some of that water out and added more tank water, let it sit again for another 20 minutes. Finally added the fish the aquarium. The gourami won't come out, he's being very skiddish, hopefully he's just adjusting to his new home, his neon blue color against my black background is stunning!
Just a Side Note:
When I add new fish to an aquarium, I usually leave the lights off the entire day. That way the established fish usually become a bit calmer and the new fish can acclimate easier. But that's just me.
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