Originally Posted by k2ofcu
Hi, another newbie here (well, I've had bettas before (in the past), but am now trying to educate myself more for my new CT guy (rescued from department store water cup* so rank that I did not know his actual color until he arrived home - just knew he was really little and had the rankest water:-/ !)
(*though they improved everyone's water ~ 1 day later on a return run to the store ;-/).
Am at work (so can't check my tank directly) but had been reading about aquarium salt (btw do I need to use this routinely?).
In my readings- discovered that bettas should be kept around 7.x pH. Fine.
Went to local water company website to look at water report -discovered that our local water runs 8.5 - 9.0.
Should I buffer the water back down to the 7.x range or should I go with the idea that consistent (though not optimal) is better than optimal (though may be less consistent)?
Thanks in advance!
Consistent is always the best. Don't try to mess with the ph. And you only use aquarium salt if the betta is sick (but only for certain diseases). Also just a tip you should post your own thread, it can confuse people trying to help the OP, plus you will get more answers :)