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Old 10-23-2011, 06:26 PM   #1 
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PH problems

i have 2 tanks at home (a 22L and a 40L). i currently have the betta in the 22L tank because my big tank is having problems with its PH levels. my betta's tank is steady 7.4 (same as the tap water) but my other one is too high.

it is reading at 8.0! i am happy with my betta in his tank (22L with 7.4 PH) but i want some tropical fish in my other tank.

i have already changed my gravel to a different brand, colour ect but the PH is still sky high. i havent tried ph down because i thought changing my gravel would eliminate the problem.

all i have in this tank is the white gravel (i think it is the natural stuff), 2 plastic plants and a fake rock cave. any ideas as too whats causing the problem?
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Old 10-23-2011, 07:21 PM   #2 
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Have you tested your water straight from the tap?

I don't know what might be up, but you could try to naturally lower the PH with tannins in the water.
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Old 10-23-2011, 09:50 PM   #3 
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How high is too high? Bettas are fairly adaptable...
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Old 10-23-2011, 09:54 PM   #4 
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I thought that anything between 6 and 8 would be fine.
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Old 10-23-2011, 10:28 PM   #5 
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the betta tank is fine.. its my other one that im worried about which is at 8.0

the tap water is 7.4 same as my bettas water
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Old 10-23-2011, 11:29 PM   #6 
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I don't think 8 is too much to worry about. If you are worried, use some IAL or peat moss. The most important thing is to keep it stable, though.
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Old 10-24-2011, 12:43 PM   #7 
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Do you have a high range pH test kit? It comes with the API master test kit.
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Old 10-24-2011, 09:01 PM   #8 
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Yes I have the freshwater masterkit with normal and high range ph.

Anyway I took it to my aquarium guy and it seemed to be fine. I must have read the test wrong :(

I now have had 4 tiger barbs in the big tank for over 16 hours and they are doing fine
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Old 10-24-2011, 11:44 PM   #9 
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Not trying to be mean here, but I would seriously not reccommend tiger barbs for a 40 litre. They are very active fish. I wouldn't put them in anything less than 80 litres and I've heard others say 100 as a minimum. They are also aggressive little whatnots and won't give a moment's peace to tankmates. Another reason for big tanks is that in smaller schools they get VERY nippy. Usually they are downright mean in groups of less than 8, and 8 would be too much for a 40 litre tank. I really would take them back, if you possibly can.
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I spoke and talked about it with the person at my aquarium shop who definitely knew what he was talking about. I showed him my tank and we talked about appropriate tank mates. I have also had tiger barbs before and they were fine in that tank with other fish
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