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O no ph problem please help!!!

Ok so i have a planted dirted fish tank 80 gallon every thing is great but i just got a fresh water testing kit and did a test every things fine but the ph is at a wopping 7.8 holly crap i usually do water changes every 2 to 3 days so thats why my fish dont die but wow how do i fix this my bottom is organic soil and my mistake was using play sand as a top substrate know i washed the heck out of the sand a million times before it was introduced to the tank any way to lower the ph level?? or is this the only solution General Hydroponics pH Down???
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whats wrong with ph 7.8? what kind of fish are you keeping? 7.8 is good for most fish...
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Sometimes we get to alarmed to quickly, I suspect you might just wait and see what it stabilized at. I don't think 7.8 sounds deathly high, but I don't know whats in your tank either. That is about what my tap water is here...

I know discus are suppose to be low ph fish, but mine were happy enough. They don't breed but I wasn't after that either.
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Why do you want to lower your pH? Do you have really sensitive fish?

I wish my pH was at 7.8 lol My pH is at 8.1, yet i have no problems at all with fish.
In my Opinion, GH/KH is way more important than pH.

My fish stock contains Harlequin rasboras and zebra danios, both fish that are supposed to be kept in lower pH tanks. but are doing extremely well in my aquarium. I pay more attention to GH and KH.

As long as your pH remains stable, and don't plan on keeping sensitive fish you'll be fine. You'll do more damage trying to lower the pH, causing pH swings.

Relax, everything will be fine.

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Agree with all above. My tap pH is 8 so 7.8 is no big deal to me.
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What is the GH and KH?
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O wow really hmm i just got scared cause its really blue on the test and it was the last on down on the test colors lol i keep guppy's x tetras neon and a african rope fish is that good ??

Bump: i dont know what GH and KH stands for ??
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GH-General Hardness
KH-Carbonate Hardness
Those fish should be fine with your water.
The rope may eventually eat your guppies(probably at night).
How long have fish been in the tank?

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from the beginning of time rope fish hasn't ate any fish and i have like 7 ghost fish and not one has he ate hmmm i feed the rope fish live worms so he might just be full lol ive had this setup about 1 month is it weird that he doesnt eat any fish??
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It is not weird .If he is happy then who knows.
It was only a caution .

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Your pH is ok, don't worry about it. Just be aware that in above 7 pH conditions (really it's 8 pH) ammonium (NH4+; which is less toxic to fish) will be converted to ammonia (NH3; which is more toxic to fish). Regardless, as long as you have a cycled tank this will not be an issue. I just wanted to give you some information rather than scare you.
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