I never worried about my PH because everything I read said it was better to let the fish adapt to the PH in the water than to try to adjust it. All has been well for over a year. Whenever I would test it during my regular water parameters test, it would run between 7.8 and 8.2 which I know is considered high but none of my bettas ever seemed to have a problem with it.
About 3 weeks ago I added driftwood to a couple of my tanks not remebering that this would probably lower the PH, which it has. As of yesterday the PH from the 2 tanks I put driftwood in is 7.4, the tank without driftwood is 8.0.
When I test the PH level out of my tap (which is the water I use for water changes, conditioned with Prime) it is always off the charts, even when I use the "high PH" test solution it's still so high it doesn't show on the card. But like I said, my bettas never seemed to have an issue with it nor have my MTS, Zebra Snail or Ghost shrimp.
My question is....since the PH is so much lower in the tank now (due to the driftwood) then the PH in the water from the tap, should I be trying to lower the PH in the tap water before I do my partial water changes? I've read that such an abrupt change in PH could shock my bettas....
I know a solution would be to remove the driftwood but I really like the way it looks, drove a long way to find it and would like to keep it.
Any thoughts? Thanks!