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Old 06-07-2014, 12:30 AM   #1
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Hello! I recently set up a 20 gallon aquarium, cycled of course, and have found my pH is at 7.8. I just added 1 gourami and 10 neon tetras, along with a couple of plants today. I need help lowering the pH as my gourami seems stressed. Any help is welcome!
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PH, KH And GH in Depth

It's aimed at koi but the science is the same.
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Hello! I recently set up a 20 gallon aquarium, cycled of course, and have found my pH is at 7.8. I just added 1 gourami and 10 neon tetras, along with a couple of plants today. I need help lowering the pH as my gourami seems stressed. Any help is welcome!
Your pH is just fine, there's no need to change it as a stable pH is far better than one that changes. The fish will adapt to 7.8 quite nicely. The gourami is just stressed from being added to a new tank.

How did you cycle this tank?
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Old 06-07-2014, 01:13 AM   #4
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Agree don't change your ph.. Ph has always been higher than 7.6 and my fish have adapted nicely.. A stable environment is always better than changes every time you do a water change
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Haha, good to know. The pH has stayed like that for about a week, so hopefully it won't change. I cycled the tank by letting the filter run with a pad in it, put dirty gravel from my 55 gallon into it, squeezed juice into the water from a filter pad in my 55g, cranked the heater up to about 80F, and let it sit for a month. All nitrite, nitrate, and ammonia have been at 0 for the past week, so I thought I would buy some fish and plants. I hope they adjust nicely. Thanks for all the help guys!!
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Haha, good to know. The pH has stayed like that for about a week, so hopefully it won't change. I cycled the tank by letting the filter run with a pad in it, put dirty gravel from my 55 gallon into it, squeezed juice into the water from a filter pad in my 55g, cranked the heater up to about 80F, and let it sit for a month. All nitrite, nitrate, and ammonia have been at 0 for the past week, so I thought I would buy some fish and plants. I hope they adjust nicely. Thanks for all the help guys!!
If you let it sit for a month without an ammonia source than all the BB you added are likely dead I would suggest that you keep a close eye on parameters for a while, might be worth trying to add BB again.
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The only ammonia source I did was add couple of food pellets to the tank every now and then. Good idea to keep an eye on the parameters. Thanks!
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Yes leave your ph anyone who tells you different don't listen to them. There is no need to mess with a stable environment unless your breeding! Discus have bred in that ph!


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Yes leave your ph anyone who tells you different don't listen to them. There is no need to mess with a stable environment unless your breeding! Discus have bred in that ph! Now to think of it same with a pair of my rams.


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