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Old 07-12-2012, 05:01 AM   #16
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The method of testing the tap water was to let it sit for 12 hours in a bucket with an air stone and then test all the parameters. Will a Ph of ~8.3 have a negative effect on my Otos or other species I want to add?

I understand wanting to use only additives needed by necessity, but are there other things I can do that will allow the water to maintain a close to ideal condition? Out of curiosity and quest for knowledge, how do the pros with very sensitive and picky fish do it?

Also, for the record, I purchased the stress zyme on accident and am only using it until it runs out. I hate wasting anything.
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Old 07-12-2012, 05:24 AM   #17
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My tap water pH is 8.0 and I have tons of otos (just put 24 in my 75g tank, lost just 1). I also have about 75 cardinal tetras between all my tanks (maybe 100, it's too many to count). They do great in my high pH water.

This is true for almost all fish. There are a few out there that truly require that the water be altered, but they are very few. If in doubt, you can always ask. I think most people have higher pH tap water.
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Old 07-12-2012, 05:49 AM   #18
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I'm just curious what they do. Personally I prefer taking a natural route wherever possible, meaning I will use natural additives over chemicals, but when it comes to aquariums I'm not quite knowledgeable enough to make those decisions yet. I know certain types of sand and ground coral can be helpful as well as ground shells, but I know zero details. I am learning though

To get back on track though, I'll forgo the Ph altering chemicals on my next PWC and see how things go. As usual thanks for the help and advice!
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I'm not sure what's in the buffers. When I checked the Seachem website, they didn't come right out and state the ingredients. The best I could find were the MSDS sheets.

The Acid buffer is listed as "Proprietary powdered bisulfate salts": http://www.seachem.com/support/MSDS/AcidBuffer.doc.pdf

The Alkaline buffer is listed as "Proprietary powdered non-phosphate buffer salt": http://www.seachem.com/support/MSDS/...Buffer.doc.pdf
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Okay, got this from the FAQ section.
Q: Is your Alkaline Buffer™ a sodium bicarbonate?
A: Yes, it is a sodium bicarbonate based buffer
http://www.seachem.com/support/FAQs/AlkalineBuffer.html

So is Seachem Alkaline Buffer basically an expensive name for baking soda?
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