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Old 10-10-2011, 05:37 PM   #1 
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ph lvl

whats the ph lvl suppose to be for bettas?
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Old 10-10-2011, 05:54 PM   #2 
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Bettas are fairly adaptable. Idealy a Ph of about 7 is wanted. But they can tolerate ph changes better than others. The girls in my tank have adapted to a low ph (6.4-6.6) range. They can also handle a ph of 7.4.

The other thing to remember is you don't want to use chemicals to cause your ph to change, they are better off adapting to a slightly less than perfect range than unpredictable ph swings.
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My understanding of pH levels for Betta's is any. Betta's are hardy and will usually adjust to the pH level of a tank. Obviously neutral is ideal (7.0).

http://www.elmhurst.edu/~chm/vchembook/184ph.html

If you begin raising or lowering pH levels be careful, pH scale is lotharithmic. So between 6.0 and 7.0 you have 10 lots of 10 (100 units I like to think). So any 'minor' adjustment can kill a fish instantly, for example, going from 6.5 to 6.7 might seem like nothing. But in actuality it is increasing pH akalinity by 20 units.

I have no experience using pH Up or Down. I hear it is a headache as it takes very little to swing a pH for the better or worse when you start using products. If you are considering using products for pH I would wait for experienced advice :)

My recommendation, if your pH level is within a healthy range as possible to neutral, dont mess around.

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Old 10-10-2011, 06:40 PM   #4 
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i'm asking cuz my ph lvl is extremely high. But if changing it can cause more harm then good then I wont mess with it.
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Old 10-10-2011, 06:42 PM   #5 
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What is your pH level currently?
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Old 10-10-2011, 06:56 PM   #6 
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I have extremely soft water with 0 kH so its buffering capabilities were non-existent. In 12 hours it would swing from 7.0 to less than 6.0, which was not only stressing my bettas but also wrecking my cycled tanks.

I use Seachem's neutral regulator keep my pH at 7.0. Even if I leave it for several days, the pH remains the same. The only budge in pH I saw was when I added three large Indian Almond Leaves into a 10 litre aquarium.

All I do is add some to my bucket during water changes and it keeps my water buffered. Don't do it suddenly in case it shocks your betta, but I've had less problems with fluctuating pH when using products to adjust it, than I had when I just let it be.

Personally I've found my bettas do better in neutral slightly hard water than they do in very soft water. I seem to have a lot less health issues now than I have had in the past.
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Old 10-10-2011, 07:55 PM   #7 
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I would like to start using Indian Almond Leaves myself but does any one know how to get some if they do not grow natively?
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:15 PM   #8 
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You can find them online! There are even some indian almond leaves on aquabid right now.
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:20 PM   #9 
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Thanks for the tip Purplemuffin im going to invest in some for my biotope :)
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:25 PM   #10 
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For IAL's I know most members, including myself use eBay.

In particular Amy - http://stores.ebay.com.au/Amys-Ketap...i.html?_fsub=2

I strongly, strongly recommend her. For big discussion on IAL's see here http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=82712
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