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Old 05-29-2011, 09:45 PM   #1 
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Ph question~

i wonder if it's better for bettas to have the ph be on the harder or softer side?

i'm always aiming to get mine at 7.0. i do this using a combination of tap water, and filtered tap water (treated of course).

i can't ever seem to get it exactly at 7.0. it's always like a point or two off.

so, if i had to choose - which is best? harder or softer?

thanks. ^_^
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Old 05-30-2011, 12:55 AM   #2 
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I wouldn't worry about it. The fish will adjust. It's more important that PH be stable, not whether it's high or low.

Good luck!

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Old 05-30-2011, 01:44 AM   #3 
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Well, pH has nothing to do with softness and hardness (I'm pretty sure). It is the basicness or acidity of the water, and unless it's extreme in one direction or the other the betta will be fine.
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Old 05-30-2011, 03:46 AM   #4 
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I thought that because they were tropical slightly more acidic is better. However, someone with more experience would have more knowledge and be able to confirm or dismiss what I know. As gbose said, CONSISTENCY is the key. Even though my water comes out acidic as can be, I would rather keep it that way than try to change it every time I have to do a water change (which is very frequent). My fish are doing fine in it.
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Old 05-30-2011, 02:18 PM   #5 
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Trying to mess with the ph isn't good, Bettas will adapt so just use the tap water.
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Old 05-30-2011, 02:21 PM   #6 
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don't mess with it? the only thing i do is put 3/4 tap & 1/4 filtered into my one gallon jugs, then i add the prime. i don't do anything chemical to lower the ph. i've always done it this way.

so, you think i should stop, and just do 100% tap?
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Old 05-30-2011, 02:23 PM   #7 
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You said you always try to get it 7.0, so I interpreted that to mean that sometimes it changes. I would just do 100% tap with prime.
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Old 05-30-2011, 02:34 PM   #8 
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yes, you are right. the ph test shows a tiny color change sometimes. i can never figure out why because i have a line drawn on my containers to make sure i add the same tap and the same filtered each time.

our tap water is over what my ph test card even shows. so i know it's higher than 7.8.

i will consider transitioning him to a higher ph so i can eventually use tap only.

thank you!
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:33 AM   #9 
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OrphanS,

My tap water is also off the scale at above 7.8, and my Betta is fine!

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