Lowering Ph And Keeping It Stable?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Forums' started by Dylfish2000, Apr 21, 2017.

  1. Dylfish2000Valued MemberMember

    So my tank I have currently has all South American fish, serpae tetras and a Bolivian ram. My pH out of the tap is 7.8, which is high for amazing fish. I was thinking of lowering the ph using peat moss, but a few questions

    How do I add this to my tank without a huge ph swing and shocking all the fish?

    If I do add it and the ph does lower, how do I do water changes as my ph in the tap would be much higher in the water?

  2. el337Fishlore LegendMember

    None of the fish you have need a specific pH. Most captive-bred fish can adapt. What does the pH get to in the tank naturally? As long as it stays stable in the tank, don't try to change it.
  3. BottomDwellerFishlore VIPMember

    I think that Ph is fine.

    If you must lower it then driftwood and indian almond leaves will slowly alter the Ph and leach tannins.
    For water changes you could prepare the new water in a separate tank and lower the Ph before adding it. Just do small water changes more frequently so it's not so much of a shock.

    Really though I'd just leave it. They will adapt. The most important thing is that it's stable. Your Ph isn't bad, most captive bred fish are fine with a Ph of 6.5-8.
  4. Dylfish2000Valued MemberMember

    Ok I won't change it thank you

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