so, was just about to do water change on my guy's tank, and decided to test the ph, because i hadn't done so in a couple days.
every time i make new water for him, i test the ph, and it is always at 7.0!
i just tested it, and it is at least 7.6 (my test sheet doesn't show higher than that)
i'm guessing it could be the rocks i've decorated his tank with. though i did the vinegar test and none of them fizzed. i also tested his water the day after i added the rocks, and it was still 7.0.
i also recently started mixing his food up a bit and feeding him a different kind of pellet along with his old kind.
i have also noticed recently that the color on his head (a white peachy color) seems to be receding. i'm not totally sure though. but it seems like it wasn't so much like that before.
should i worry? oh, here's my info:
What size is your tank? 2 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 78ish
Does your tank have a filter? no
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? i put in his air stone about once a day for 5 - 10 minutes
Is your tank heated? yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? hikari betta bio gold and aquarian color enhancing bits
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 pellets twice a day
How often do you perform a water change? weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? one 100%, one 50%, and usually one 20%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Prime water conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
pH: usually 7.0 - RIGHT NOW 7.6 at least!
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? i think the peachy/white color on his head looks like it's receded a bit. i'm not positive.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? nope! seems happy and inquisitive.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? a few days ago? but the high PH, just today
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? no
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)? i don't know. i got him may 11th (couple weeks ago)
SO, should i remove the rocks? or, i could add more filtered water than usual (i do a combo of filtered plus tap to get the ph at 7.0), if i added more filtered water i could possibly keep the rocks...hm.
what do you think?
here's a photo of the rocks in his tank. i'll try to get one of the color of his head: