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Old 10-28-2010, 02:51 PM   #1 
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High PH

i've had my betta boy for about 2 months.. i've just recently bought one of those master water test kits. i had the strips which were no good... anyways when i tester the for high range ph it came out to 8.2 i know that i have really hard water.. i didnt know it was that hard. is there anything that i can use to bring it down? or will my boy just adapt to the settings?...
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Old 10-28-2010, 03:01 PM   #2 
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I would not mess with the pH-they usually adjust to the pH and harness of your tap water without any problems.
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Old 10-28-2010, 03:04 PM   #3 
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It's more important for a fish to have a stable pH than one that's 'ideal'. Using products to artificially bring down the pH can stress a fish, and like fluctuations in temperature, can leave them open to disease.

To naturally and slowly bring down the pH over time, simply use driftwood (tannins released will lower the pH), run peat through a filter, or add something like blackwater extract or IAL. My pH in one tank, is really low, like around 6, and the water is nearly brown, but my betta loves it and her colouring is really vivid in that kind of environment.
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Old 10-28-2010, 07:13 PM   #4 
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My water is hard with high ph also & my "kids" do fine. :)
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Old 10-28-2010, 10:09 PM   #5 
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If your betta hasn't shown any problems with it, you should be okay. Altering the PH that he's used to would probably be more hazardous.
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Old 10-28-2010, 10:47 PM   #6 
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Thanks all... i was just wanted to know my options and what you guys thought before i went out and did something and end up hurting my fishy..
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