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Old 03-31-2017, 11:28 AM   #1
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High PH Community Tank

I have a nearly cycled tank that I'm hoping to stock fairly soon.

Throughout my cycle my pH has been fairly consistently testing at 8.4. I was planning on stocking with some Corys and Cherry Barbs, possibly a dwarf gourami, but from what I'm reading they all prefer a lower pH.

I've also heard that the actual pH level isn't as important as keeping it consistent. I'm worried if I try to lower it, I'll have some difficulty maintaining a lower pH after water changes and such.

Thoughts?
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Old 03-31-2017, 12:42 PM   #2
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From my own experience, I have kept anything from African cichlids to many South and Central American fish in a ph of around 8 for years. And yes, you're better off not messing with the ph by adding chemicals. I've found that most fish are tolerant of ph variations as long as it's not a ph crash where you can start seeing readings of around 6.


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Old 03-31-2017, 02:42 PM   #3
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Yes, pH swings are much worse for your fish than having to acclimate to a pH that is not it's preferred level.

The best article I've seen that explains about pH, alkalinity and buffering is from thekrib.com called Beginner FAQ: Water Chemistry.
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I'll be leaving it alone, its acually dropped off a bit the last few tests, looks to be heading slowly closer to my tap water with each water change.

Thanks for the help
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