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Crazy pH!

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So the pH of my tap water is a solid 7.4. But when I tested the pH in all of my tanks, I got the crazy magenta that's in the picture that I attached. I'm wondering why the pH is so high in all of my tanks, when my tap water is only 7.4?

All three (soon to be 4!!!:lol:) tanks are well established, if that helps at all. In two of the tanks I use Tetra's BettaSafe water conditioner, and in the third I use Prime (I found out about Prime after I used 1/4 of the bottle of the other stuff, and I wanted to use the rest of it up before I switch the other tanks over to Prime also).

Should I be worried about the pH? I'm worried about all my little babies, especially my week old Platy fry, and I'm wondering if it's somehow related to my Betta's super mild, but persistent fin rot. PetCo tested my water, and told me that it's pushing 9.0.

Should I wait a couple weeks, and see if it comes down on it's own? I'd really like to avoid buying pH down, I really don't want to have to be fighting with the pH trying to keep it balanced using chemicals.

Thanks in advance!:-D


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Live plants and plastic decor. One of them has a ceramic cave, and two of them have a couple silk plants and a large rock.
They all have the same gravel substrate from walmart (maybe that's what's causing it?). The rocks are from PetCo, they're the ones that turn different shades of tan/red when you first put them in the water. But the rocks are only in two of the tanks, so I don't think that's it.

Do you think the gravel is the culprit?
I'll start testing everything now, and post when I get results for everything.

Yes, I am using both high and low pH API brand testing kits. It's liquid, too. I am not injecting CO2, and all tanks are filtered and cycled. Tap water is 7.4, and all the tanks are about 9. The water source is well water, from my tap. I dohave a water softening unit on the house, is that bad?

I haven't tested the hardness KH/GH, I only have tests for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and both high/low pH. Should I go buy a KH/GH test? I'm assuming they're high since I have well water.

My Water Parameters Are:
Tank One-0,0,20
Tank Two-0,0,10
Tank Three-0,0,15ish

And yes, the only additives used are the dechlorinators. Except one tank is quarantining my Betta who is getting an aquarium salt treatment. There's 1TBS of aquarium salt, and it's in 5 gallons of water. Oh, and all tanks are heated to ~79*F.

Thank you so much!
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Yeah, it does use salt :-? I don't know anyway to bypass it for the tanks, all of the water in our house runs through it. I wonder if my hose water filters through it?

The fish are all great, super active and eating well. The only issue I'm having now is mild tail rot with my betta, but he's been really prone to it since I got him. I did lose an african dwarf frog though, I had it for about 20 days. The other one that I bought on the same day is healthy though.

I don't think I have chlorine in my water, but I'm 99% sure that I have chloramines in my water. I always get false-positive ammonia readings from a liquid test kit, so I have to use ammonia alert disks that only detect free ammonia.

Do you think that I would be better off switching to bottled water, and adding the vitamins/minerals into it? Because I think that they sell stuff to add to bottled water to supplement it?
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The water softening unit is in my basement, so I'm assuming that it's only hooked up to the inside of the house. It's not a private well that I get the water from though, it's provided through my town, so I wouldn't be surprised if it goes through a treatment facility and gets chloramine added to it?

I'll start shifting over to the hose water :-D How should I acclimate all the tanks? Should I just replace the water with hose water as I do regular water changes?

I just tested the pH of the water that I left sitting out. This is what I got:
Straight from the tap: 7.4
After two hours: 7.8
After 21 hours (I got a little impatient): That crazy magenta color.

So I don't have to test any of the decorations in my tanks, since the pH is really high with the aged water. So where do I go from here? Should I not do anything, because my fish are acclimated to the high pH? Or should I use chemicals to bring it down? I have a coupon (lol, yes. I'll buy almost anything if I have a coupon for it) for a product that jungle makes, it's little fizz tablets to neutralize pH. The box says that you add one tablet every week. Should I try that? Or should I get pH down?
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I found the water quality reports of my town. It listed all of the different metals and chemicals we have in the water. It even mentioned a bacteria that was found. I guess I was wrong about the Chloramine, but it did say that there's 1.9ppm of Chlorine.

I've heard lots of good things about you, so I'm trusting your judgement that I don't have to do anything :lol: I'm really relieved though that it's nothing wrong with decorations I'm using in my tanks, it would have been expensive to replace all that!

Thanks again so much for helping me! I really, really appreciate it!!
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