is my ph too high?

Discussion in 'pH' started by wonton55912, Mar 30, 2010.

  1. wonton55912Valued MemberMember

    its 8.2 is it too high

  2. midthoughtWell Known MemberMember

    I think that's going to depend on what you want to keep in the water. I have a betta fish who's in 8-8.2 water, but many fish have a smaller range of pH that they prefer, and most appear to prefer water that's more acidic than basic.

    Generally speaking, a stable pH is better than a specific pH within the recommended zone. (That is, if your fish's range is 6-7.5, a steady pH of 8 may be better than if the pH were to jump around from 5.5 to 7 as you try to stabilize it.)

    Also, a fish who's fine in 8 pH water may nonetheless not want to breed in 8 pH water. Many fish prefer lower pH for gettin' it on.

  3. wonton55912Valued MemberMember

  4. Prince PowderWell Known MemberMember

    According to the Fishlore profiles for guppies and platies, they have a recommended pH range of 7-8. As midthought said, stability is the most important thing. Many species of fish will adapt to a pH outside their recommended range. Since your tank was started several months ago, I believe it is rather safe to assume that all your fish have adapted.
  5. ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    Has your ammonia gone down and the tank finished cycling?
    Most fish we buy at the LFS have been bred and raised in aquariums so they are less sensitive than wild caught fish and will readily adapt to the pH you have. A stable pH is much better than a fluctuating one caused by trying to make it "perfect"
  6. Goldwing_DonWell Known MemberMember

    it's great for a saltwater
  7. wonton55912Valued MemberMember

    its cycled its been cycled for about a month.
  8. ShawnieFishlore LegendMember

    you just ran out of test strips yesterday..and as recommended, they arent reliable dont trust that your tank is cycled until you can get liquid kits to be sure )
  9. wonton55912Valued MemberMember

    i got the kit it said im cycled
  10. NutterFishlore VIPMember

    As mentioned a stable PH is more critical than having the right levels. I have guppies, neon tetras, various barbs, rainbowfish, otos, bettas, severums & geos all in water of PH 8.2. Never had a problem so long as I drip acclimate them over a few hours. I only worry about keeping my planted tanks at the right PH. Other than that everything else goes into my tap waters parameters which is PH 8.2.
  11. ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    The reason I asked is because your aquarium information says your ammonia is 4.
  12. ShawnieFishlore LegendMember

    awesome!! which kit did you get? and what are the current readings for ammonia/nitrites/nitrates?
  13. wonton55912Valued MemberMember

    i ws mini-cycling then. i havent updated since then
    i got the api master test kit. my readings are 0,0,10

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