Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Philadelphia, PA
general water parameter question
I am setting up my first tank (29g). Finally tested my tap water, and it's 7.8pH, 4.5 dKH, 9.5 dGH. OK, now what? I've read many posts and articles that say not to worry too much about the pH, but 7.8 still seems above the recommended range for lots of the best and most common fish. The hardness issue is a lot more confusing to me. According to the chart, this leads me to believe that my water has low C02. My goal of course is to have live plants and healthy fish at as modest expense as possible. So, given what I'm starting with, what should I do? Thanks for any recommendations!