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Andyandsue 02-25-2007 09:04 PM

High pH question
I have not checked my pH since the start of my aquariums, which was about 2 months ago. It was very high. I remember I had to use the "high-range" test to get the correct reading. I expected it with my town water, so there was no surprise.

I'm just curious. I've cycled 3 tanks, and have not had one fatality yet in any tank. I'd rather not fix it if it isn't broken, you know?

Do I just have just the right fish, do I have the "right touch", or maybe it's a combination of both?

Opinions on pH? Thank you!

Lupin 02-25-2007 09:08 PM

What is your pH? I don't think you should fiddle with it if your fish are perfectly fine.:) Captive-bred fish have been adapted to various water conditions.

scottysgirl 02-25-2007 09:23 PM

Agreed, fish need a constant steady pH, adjusting the pH can create spikes and crashes which would be very hard on the fish

Andyandsue 02-25-2007 10:48 PM


Originally Posted by Blue
[color=blue]What is your pH?

I'm not sure at this point. Wait a minute, let me test it...... Ok, it's 8.0 pretty high.

That's what it was when I first set up my tanks. Like I said, no fatalities. All my fish seem happy and healthy, so I planned on leaving it alone, but I wanted to hear what everyone thought here.

Lupin 02-25-2007 10:59 PM

There's no need to fiddle with it then.:) After all, your fish will be happier in a constant pH than in a changing pH.

Picklee 02-25-2007 11:03 PM

I agree, a steady pH is healthier in the long run than having to lower it every 2 months. Besides, depending on the type of fish you have in your aquarium, they probably prefer a more basic pH.

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