Originally Posted by Sarcothelia
So long as your pH isn't ridiculously high or low, drip acclimating for 30 mins - an hour prevents pH shock so your fish shouldn't be stressed. Increase surface agitation and see where that puts your pH. If you really want it around 8.3 obsessively, add a pH buffer/booster.
You could use kalk
but you need to dose it very slowly and know when to stop.
I agree, do a slow acclimation and eventually the PH will match. I don't drip I just add a litter water every 5-10 minutes until the bag is full. Then put the fish in or dump half the water into the sink and then start adding more tank water. However, dripping is great.
You don't need to be at "8.3" There isn't anything wrong with hanging out around 7.8+, with 8.4 being your top end. Main thing for your main tank is keep it as stable as possible within that range.
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