My 29 gallon has a water PH of about 8.2. That is the PH of my tap water as well. The fish in there are all doing fine (about 4 weeks since cycle completed). Should I consider trying to lower the PH? I want to eventually plant the tank. If I do use conditioners to lower the PH what should I use?
also (not certain) but by messing about adjusting pH dont you end up with fluctuations which can upset fish, where-as a steady/stable 8.4 is better than fighting against it and getting fluctuations. am i making any sense? i.e stable imperfect pH is better than a fluctuating one where fish are constantly trying to acclimatise to a changing pH. anyway, i'm rambling again.... ;D
I've never been able to get the Ph right in my aquariums. My South American one, when I checked it last, was at 7.0 where the ideal for the neons is 6.5 to 6.8. Unless I add Acid Buffer every single day, it won't stay so I don't even bother anymore. Ironically, the last time I checked my African Cichlid tank several years ago, it was the opposite. If only I could swap the Ph from both tanks, lol
One way to lower and maintain a lower PH is by CO2 injections. Pressurized CO2 and a PH controller would be great but would cost money. Also with CO2 you need live plants and would consider at least two watts per gallon are more in lighting. Good luck and Wellcome to FishLore
read this but I already brought my pH down between 7.0 and 7.5 (can't tell exactly with the test kit). And I am having the problem of matching up my quarentine with my 65. I want to go back to making life simple and just leave it alone... can I do this without shocking my fish? I was thinking I would just do my regular water changes without adding any pH down and it would slowly return to normal. I think my quarentine is pretty usless when it's got a different pH and I have to acclimate the fish to put them into the 65.