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I started a 76 gallon low light planted aquarium 4 weeks ago. My substrate is eco-complete. My goal is to keep this simple, CO2 at this point is not what I want to deal with. The water parameters all are within normal except my pH is 7.8 - 8.0. I tried peat moss in my filter and also chemical but it did not budge. Also did water change with RO water. No change. Everything and everyone looks good. Is this something I should be worried about and try to get it down? Thanks for your help .
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It's not worth fighting your water.

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Do you have any kind of rocks or seashells for decorations? I ask because my pH was stuck at 8.0, until I discovered Texas Holey rock was the culprit. Apparently anything with lime in it will raise pH.
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Indeed, anything that contains carbonates can leach those into the water column raising the KH, which in turn raises the pH.

Eco Complete provided a subtle KH increase in my tank that lasted for several months.

The fact the RO water didn't provide a change is good evidence for something leaching carbonates, provided it wasn't mixed with tap. If the tap water has a high pH, again, don't fight it. Worrying about pH for the sake of worrying about pH is a waste of effort, using chemicals to fight it is a waste of money.

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I agree, it sounds like your water is buffered with quite a bit of kH. I'd get a kH and gH kit (or take in some water to your LFS) to verify it.

If the kH is coming from your tapwater, then you can either go with the water you have and stick with fish species that favor hard water (rainbows, barbs, many livebearers, etc), or if you're set on keeping soft water fish such as discus and wild-caught tetras, then you probably should invest in an RO unit.

The majority of community fish can adapt to water parameters outside their "ideal" range. However, your parameters seem to be on the extreme side. If you can find fish locally that are already adapted to your water parameters, that would be ideal.

Most plants should be fine, with the exception of specialized plants like Tonina, Erios, etc.





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