Originally Posted by Just Another Fish Guy
I've had my tank up and running with fish for a few months now. Currently Ammonia is at .25ppm because I added 10 Neon Tetras and 2 Agassizi Cory's yesterday so the tank is going through a mini cycle, but outside of that Ammonia and Nitrites are always at 0ppm and Nitrates are under 10ppm.
What has me a bit concerned is my pH which has always been 8.2 (that's what it is out of the tap). You guys think this is too high?
Temp is 79.5 and that's without the heaters being turned on lol.
Current stock are Tetras and Cory's.
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I recommend a lot of water changes to maintain a steady water chemistry. Weekly water changes of half the tank's volume will keep the tank water free of the more toxic forms of nitrogen, like ammonia and nitrite. If you keep the tank water warmer, you'll need more oxygen mixed into the tank water. Another small filter or an airstone attached to an air pump will help.
The pH, hardness and such isn't very important to a healthy tank. Most fish you get at the pet store will tolerate most public water supplies. A pH between 6 and 8.5 is fine, as long as it's constant. An aggressive water change routine will guarantee this.
Add some floating plants to the tank. I like Hornwort. It will readily use all the forms of nitrogen and keep the tank water cleaner between water changes.