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Tested for the first time today.. Question?

Test Results:

0 ammonia
0 nitrite
0 nitrate

This was a day after my last water change..

Good result! But then I decided to test pH and I am not sure if mine is good or not

8.2 (aprox.) pH.

I don't have live plants yet but I will within the next week.

So is my pH bad?? It seems high, so how would I lower it?

I use hard water from a tap, dechlorinated.

Thanks!
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pH & Hardness

Hello By...

I find it interesting your nitrates test at 0. You must be a water change fanatic too. Anyway, your pH is fine. 8.2 is on the alkaline side, but most tropical fish prefer this type of water.

You don't need to worry about pH, hardness, etc. If you treat your tap water for the standard things like chlorine, chloramine and ammonia, then your fish and plants will adapt.

I would recommend getting some plants into your tank. Your fish will feel more comfortable if they have places they can hide.

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Hello By...

I find it interesting your nitrates test at 0. You must be a water change fanatic too. Anyway, your pH is fine. 8.2 is on the alkaline side, but most tropical fish prefer this type of water.

You don't need to worry about pH, hardness, etc. If you treat your tap water for the standard things like chlorine, chloramine and ammonia, then your fish and plants will adapt.

I would recommend getting some plants into your tank. Your fish will feel more comfortable if they have places they can hide.

B
Thanks yeah I do 2x 25% because its only about 2 1/2 months old and my first tank and I like clean water :P

I was waiting for my Paintball Co2 set-up that I ordered to come in before I got plants..

HOWEVER! Today I went out to the res by my house to look for driftwood for my 30 gal and I found two plants :O I am QT'ing them in a 20 gal sense they are from a lake but I can't wait to try them out!

and! I bought an amazon sword for the background plant :P slowly but surely!

THanks for pH advice again!
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