Should I Increase Alkalinity And Ph?

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Hi guys - never tested for alkalinity until just recently because liquid test kit doesn't come with kh or gh tests. Finally got some new tests.

My 60g angel tank is reading:
Nitrate 20
Nitrite 0
Ammonia 0
GH 75
KH 20
Ph 6.2

I know my KH is low and ph a little bit low, though angels prefer softer slightly acidic water they're still too low I think. What are your thoughts?


Edit: posted this in saltwater thread by accident. Dont know how to move it.
 

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I think you have "fantasy" water for fish keepers that want a South American Cichlid set up. Discus keeping would be a breeze.
Adjusting water parameters can be a rebounding nightmare. Unless you notice a decline in your Angel's health, probably not a good idea to change things up.
With softer water you do have to be careful about PH crashes, but with regular tank maintenence that seldom occurs.
 
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I think you have "fantasy" water for fish keepers that want a South American Cichlid set up. Discus keeping would be a breeze.
Adjusting water parameters can be a rebounding nightmare. Unless you notice a decline in your Angel's health, probably not a good idea to change things up.
With softer water you do have to be careful about PH crashes, but with regular tank maintenence that seldom occurs.
Alright. Thanks! I achieved this water doing absolutely nothing but regular water changes and using prime lol. My other tanks test harder! Appreciate the advice. I'm just going to have to move my snails to another tank but that's no big deal
 
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Alright. Thanks! I achieved this water doing absolutely nothing but regular water changes and using prime lol. My other tanks test harder! Appreciate the advice
Edit: my mistake. I did use a "softening pillow" for 48 hours upon establishing my tank several months ago. Never used it again and surely I've changed all that old water out by now
 

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you can add a small mesh bag filled with crushed coral. a small amount will help buffer the water and keep pH from crashing without significantly raising the hardness or pH. the nitrifying bacteria consumes CaCO3, as does the fish, plants, snails, shrimp, etc.
 
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