Originally Posted by bobc4d
my water quality is:
8.6 - 8.8 pH
soft water 20 mg
/l calcium carbonate
sodium is about 220 mg
I am going with a 10g for a betta only until I get back in the swing of things. If I remember, it is better to leave the pH as is instead of trying to fiddle with it, it will also be planted tank. yes?
I think it is easier to maintain a ph as every water change can undo all the work trying to adjust ph to a set level. My tap is around 8 and tank sits around 7.3 with kh
Can be done though with buffers and test kits.
That water seems very soft for the ph I must say. I would add some crushed coral (carbonates) to maintain kh
and prevent ph crashes. I'd aim for kh
above 40 to 60ppm. This will help plants and bacterial population while the betta will have no issues.