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Old 09-20-2011, 08:50 PM   #1 
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Ph won't decrease =(

Hi I recently moved to Davis, CA and for some reasons the tap water would not decrease after a lot of seachem Prime.

I've read that adding a lot would basically burn my betta's fin and I do not want that to happen.

Any way to lower it down, or do I have to mix tap and distilled water?

Ph is always above 8.2. Tested multiple times and left the water alone for a few days. Thanks in advance
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Old 09-21-2011, 02:16 AM   #2 
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On a positive note, Its ideal if you want to start a chicilid tank. I'm sorry to hear about the water. It was a shock to my fish the first 2 days here. went from 7.2-7.4 range up to 7.6-7.8 here. He's fine now but I try to get my fish and plants locally as much as possible with it being around 7.8 when it comes out of the tap.
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Old 09-21-2011, 06:55 AM   #3 
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Bettas will adjust to any PH in time, messing around with it, making it go down then it spikes, etc will be more harmful/deadly then just allowing them to acclimate to it on it's own.
Don't use distilled... it can harm. Just put in the correct amount of the dechlorinator/conditioner in regular tap. Acclimate him to his water each time you have to take him out for the 100% cleaning by removing/adding partial old/new tank water into his holding cup every 15 minutes for 45 minutes or so.
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Old 09-27-2011, 03:17 PM   #4 
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Distilled water lacks the essential elements that bettas need.
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Old 09-27-2011, 06:09 PM   #5 
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Unless you have a crowntail, don't worry about his fins curling. If you really want to mess with the PH the best way is with tannins. Basically leaves, from Indian almond trees, oaks, or even roobios tea that color the water. They also have a lot of other benefits for your fish. Just keep in mind that once you start using tannins it is not good to stop, or you have to ween them off slowly. They make the water more acidic.
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Old 11-30-2011, 10:34 PM   #6 
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Sorry for late reply, been studying.
progress is well with the water now.
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