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Old 03-11-2013, 10:16 PM   #11 
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Some gravel does effect ph. What kind did you get?

I agree you should test your tap but since you're not doing 50% change it just may not be enough.
i bought TOPFIN aquarium gravel (rinsed thouroughly before adding to tank)
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It's the gravel

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Note: Gravel may contain minerals that affect water pH. Monitor your water pH after adding gravel and adjust as necessary to avoid sudden pH changes.
Some gravel will say on the package that it does not effect water chemistry.
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:36 PM   #13 
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It's the gravel



Some gravel will say on the package that it does not effect water chemistry.
So should i get rid of it and replace?? with what?
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:45 PM   #14 
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Pool filter or inert sand is an alternative. :) Marbles, tumbled river rocks or even a different brand of gravel.

Sorry re: the tap water thing, I'm on auto today.
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:46 PM   #15 
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Do a home science project.

Bowl #1 - 1 cup of tap water.
Bowl #2 - Some TopFin gravel and 1 cup of tap water.

Test the pH of both bowls initially.
Test again after 24 hrs.
And test again after 48 hrs.

This should tell you whether the gravel is affecting the pH.
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Do a home science project.

Bowl #1 - 1 cup of tap water.
Bowl #2 - Some TopFin gravel and 1 cup of tap water.

Test the pH of both bowls initially.
Test again after 24 hrs.
And test again after 48 hrs.

This should tell you whether the gravel is affecting the pH.
good idea...will try this tomorrow.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:21 PM   #17 
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Update:
both bowls have pH of 7.8 ?!?!?
very strange....maybe the inital reading of 7.2 was off
so, i guess i shouldn't worry since there is no fluctuation?
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Old 03-14-2013, 03:39 PM   #18 
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both bowls have pH of 7.8 ?!?!?
very strange....maybe the inital reading of 7.2 was off
so, i guess i shouldn't worry since there is no fluctuation?
another update:
tested 1 last time and BOTH bowls had pH of 8.0
don't understand these readings.
decided not to change gravel
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You initially said your straight up tap water, not bowl water, had a ph pf 7.2

The gravel changes the ph of your water. The manufacturer even states that. With such a wide rise from tap to bowl temp, these fluctuations are stressing your betta, making him more likely to become sick. Over time as he ages, he will be less and less likely to tolerate them. Eventually, it will end his life early. .8ph fluctuations over and over again are not ok. You need to find a way to stabilize it
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You initially said your straight up tap water, not bowl water, had a ph pf 7.2

The gravel changes the ph of your water. The manufacturer even states that. With such a wide rise from tap to bowl temp, these fluctuations are stressing your betta, making him more likely to become sick. Over time as he ages, he will be less and less likely to tolerate them. Eventually, it will end his life early. .8ph fluctuations over and over again are not ok. You need to find a way to stabilize it
please read previous posts...following little blue fishlet's advice
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