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Old 11-14-2012, 02:57 PM   #1 
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How to adjust pH levels

I picked up the master test kit an just tested the pH of one of my tanks it read 7.8. I know betta can do alright in that pH level but is there anyway to lower it a bit to a more appropriate level?

Arthur is doing fine and is very active FYI in that water but a 7.8 reading just peak my interest in his health.
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:01 PM   #2 
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If 7.8 is what he's used to, then it would be a mistake to adjust it. If he is used to a lower pH and you want to transition him to a tank that has a higher pH, you coud lower the pH a bit by adding driftwood (less change) or peat moss (more change).
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:02 PM   #3 
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It would be better to leave the ph as it is and he will fine Betta adjust to most all ph levels.
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:23 PM   #4 
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good acclimatization practices is sufficient to transfer a betta from one type of water to another. The more dramatic the difference, the slower the acclimatization process should be.

7.8 is not a bad PH at all, and he will be fine in the water. adjusting PH usually does more harm than good.
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OK good to know. Its the same source water he's been in since I got him so he is used to the pH levels. My other concern is my new plants I put in there. 2 swords, 2 anabus, java fern and a hornswort. There seems to be no melting of the plants from the pH levels so fingers crossed they hold up ok. Its only been 5 days with them

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Old 11-14-2012, 10:34 PM   #6 
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7.8 is really not that bad, stop worrying about it. Seriously. It's fine.

The time to treat the ph of your water is when you have water like mine: my tap water's ph is so high if I put a fish in it the fish will seize up and die. If you don't have a problem like that, don't worry about adjusting it.
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OK good to know. Its the same source water he's been in since I got him so he is used to the pH levels. My other concern is my new plants I put in there. 2 swords, 2 anabus, java fern and a hornswort. There seems to be no melting of the plants from the pH levels so fingers crossed they hold up ok. Its only been 5 days with them
Hornwort is an excellent plant for bettas.
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Hornwort is an excellent plant for bettas.
Ya i know, Arthur loves to swim through the hornswort. So happy I made the switch to live plants from the silk. The 3 ghost shrimp I have love to hide in the hornswort as well but it make it impossible to find them in it
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