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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-03-2007, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
 
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Having a Hard Time with Water Chemistry

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I did a watertest and my ph was over 8.4. I purchased a ph adjuster and added that in. I wait a night and this morning the water has a whitish color to it and there's a huge oil slick over the surface, except where the water is moving around the pump. I tested the water and it's still around 8.4. The ph adjuster bottle says that if I have a high alkalinity, this might buffer the ph change. What should I do now? Change all the water out? This is really frustrating.

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I can not really comment on what happened with the PH adjuster but I can tell you that my PH is very high from the tap 8.5 +.

All I am doing is adding CO2 and not messing with the water parameters. My plants and fish are doing fine.

Unless there is some reason you need a lower PH, I would just work with what you have.

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Don't adjust the pH with any types of adjusters...just leave it be.
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But don't community fish need a ph of about 7 - 7.5?
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But don't community fish need a ph of about 7 - 7.5?
It turns out that most fish are quite adaptable. As long as you acclimate them well, they should be fine

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But don't community fish need a ph of about 7 - 7.5?
Normally Stability is much more important than "Magical" numbers.....


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8.4 is pretty high for fish though, guys.
Plant might be fine but I wouldn't put a tetra or a ram for example in that. You might want to cut/balance the tap water with osmosis or rain water.

or keep just hard water fish.


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