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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-11-2012, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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Setting up 15 Gallon..need help

I am about to set up a 15 gallon take with hood, heater, etc for a betta fish and a few companions. I tested my tap water today and was surprised the ph is 6.2.

I'm going to have to bring up the ph in the tank. The kit came with ph up. Is there anything else that might work better?

What fish could I put with a betta that might not mind slightly acidic water?

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I found this in the care section...I have well water:

What happens if I use Well Water?
The two main differences between well water and tap water is the fact that well water would contain no chlorine or chloramine, as well as the pH will be different. As a nifty tidbit of information I learned from my classes, water that is stored in wells or groundwater also have higher amounts of dissolved Carbon Dioxide gas in them. This causes the pH of the water to decrease, making it more acidic. What can I do to fix my well water pH? Leave well water for a little while in a bucket to allow the carbon dioxide gas to escape, and returning the pH to normal. You could probably aerate it by stirring it around from time to time or put a bubbler in it.
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I never advise using a chemical if you don't need to. A betta will be very happy at 6.5 and what ever it raises to afterwards. Let a small amount of water sit for a couple days then test.


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ok..any suggestions for companions? I had assumed I had hard, alkaline water before I tested so this changes my game plain a bit.
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I love those! I made sure I got aquarium sand instead of gravel.
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That's perfect, they love acidic water.

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I've read in a few places that they are not good for a newly set up aquarium (?)
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Most bottom dwellers aren't. If you're going to plant the tank it should be fine. I'd wait around 2months after the cycle to add the loach. You could look at something like cherry barbs for starters.

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a lot of species of tetras LOVE and THRIVE in low ph and acidic water

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