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Old 11-16-2009, 11:48 PM   #1 
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High Ph Level

I finally got the water test kit (not the strips) today and tested the 6 gallon at home today. Everything looked good except the Ph level was rather high (above 8). I just changed the water (about 40%?) and the Ph level went down to 8. Could my water be just naturally high in Ph or is there something wrong with my decorations/gravel? I have live plants, two flower pots, an 8 ball (for fun) and gravel I got at Petco. I have heard something about certain gravel doing something to the Ph level but I don't remember exactly what.

I'm still trying to learn to cycle the tanks. It's probably too late to do before I go on vacation because I waited too long. I went to Petco to ask about products I can use to cycle but the guy that works there told me I don't have to do that for bettas. He then told me to use the betta food blocks? if I'm concerned about him not eating. Yikes.
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Old 11-17-2009, 09:49 AM   #2 
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I just tested straight tap water and it was at 7.8.
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Old 11-17-2009, 09:57 AM   #3 
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I wouldn't try to mess with the ph. Fluctuating ph is harmful to fish. Bettas can go awhile without being fed, up to 2 weeks, I think. If you are only going to be gone a week or less, I think they'll be ok. I've heard that those feeding blocks can really mess up your water. I was gone for 2 weeks and had someone come in every other day to feed mine and it worked out just fine.
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Old 11-17-2009, 11:56 AM   #4 
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I agree with Drama don't mess with the ph adding chemicals to change it can be real bad for the fish.
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Old 11-17-2009, 01:45 PM   #5 
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Thank you! I will leave it alone and check every once in a while so it doesn't go out of control. As for my vacation, I will ask my friends not to overfeed them (one of my bettas weren't even eating the pellets and they were in the filter when I got home).
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Old 11-17-2009, 02:14 PM   #6 
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Your water may just have a naturally high Ph. The water here is like that too. I haven't used any chemicals or treatments to lower mine, and my bettas all seem to be doing fine.

I have heard before that adding driftwood to your tank can help lower Ph, but then you'd still be dealing with a fluctuating Ph everytime you do a water change and that can be stressful to the fish.
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