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Old 03-31-2006, 02:50 AM   #1
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Tiger Barbs in 8.0pH. Is it okay?

My pH has been a steady 8.0 during the cycling process and continues to stay at 8.0 one week after the cycle finished. My question:Is it okay to keep Tiger Barbs and Otocinclus' in a tank with a pH of 8.0?
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Tiger barbs should be ok, but the oto cats, probably won't fare too well, as they are more fragile. How big is the tank? Try adding a couple pieces of driftwood, and watch the ph for a couple weeks. My tap here is 7.8. I have driftwood in both my 26G and my 55G, and the ph in both are about 7.2. Will occasionally see 7.0, but stable at 7.2. Will go to 7.4-7.6 after PWC, but will then slowly drift back down to 7.2.
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They should be fine. I'm at 8.2 with Angels, German Blue Rams, and Rummies. As long as they were acclimated properly, pH is not a big deal unless you are wanting to breed.
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Tiger barbs should be ok, but the oto cats, probably won't fare too well, as they are more fragile. How big is the tank? Try adding a couple pieces of driftwood, and watch the ph for a couple weeks. My tap here is 7.8. I have driftwood in both my 26G and my 55G, and the ph in both are about 7.2. Will occasionally see 7.0, but stable at 7.2. Will go to 7.4-7.6 after PWC, but will then slowly drift back down to 7.2.
I have a 20 gallon tank.


Will a piece of drift wood continually keep my pH lower or do the effects of the wood wear off eventually?
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It will eventually wear off, but as Fishy said the PH is not that bad I wouldn't worry at it. The driftwood is a great idea. It is my favorite decoration after plants. The darker imported woods will have more of an effect.
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They should be fine. I'm at 8.2 with Angels, German Blue Rams, and Rummies. As long as they were acclimated properly, pH is not a big deal unless you are wanting to breed.
You think the the Otocinclus should do okay as well?
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The oto's should do fine, as long as they are healthy and well acclimated.
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Yup, I think they will be fine. Too much thought is put into pH from employees at the lfs. It's not a big deal unless it is insanely high or insanely low or you are trying to breed.
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