- Reaction score
- More than 10 years
I'd like to get some feedback on pH Levels. My tank is 2 years old and very well established. Since day-one, my pH levels have been high(off the charts high) due to the water in my area. All of the LFS' as well as Petsmart and Petco are aware of the issue and have high pH levels in their tanks as well. I have hearty fish that have obviously adjusted to the high pH. I've even used a pH test kit by Aquarium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. that still reads beyond the 7.6 maximum pH reading on the chart. The test strips by Mardel (I know they're not that accurate) show a red color that seems to be higher than the 8.4 max level on their chart. Early on, I tried using chemicals to lower the pH with no success...not to mention that I do not like using chemicals in my tank. I know I have an option at one LFS to purchase aquarium water but that seem expensive (long term) and difficult to transport...Especially if you doing water changes bi-weekly in the neighborhood of 10-15 gallons. I'd love to hear what some of you have to say. I'm open to any and all feedback. Thanks for letting me bend your ear.