Originally Posted by joseph13
I tested my Ph and its at 8.8 + i am aware that the water is hard. I was wanting to add tropical community fishes. However I'm concerned about adding fish with a ph and hardness that high. Should i start useing ro
water or will the current water be ok?
Depending on where you get your fish will determine whether you need to adjust your water. In most cases, the wholesalers and pet shops have already acclimated their fish to their water's chemistry. However, ALWAYS!!!!! ask what the shop keeps their water chemistry at before buying fish. This can get tricky if you uy from out of state places or online.
Back in the 1970's, I brought a breeding trio of Angelfish from NJ to FL when I moved. NJ water was soft and acidic and FL was hard and alkaline. The fish survived the trip and adjusted to the new water but never bred again.
I just recently purchased fish during a trip back to NJ and brought them to FL. I used a combo of distilled water and the extra water I got from the shops at first and am slowly acclimating the fish to my hard alkaline water. Keep this in mind if you buy outside of your area. Gradual change is always best.
Hope this helps