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pH in tank vs pH of tap water

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I am hopping to put some drift wood into my betta tank (10 gallon) to naturally lower the pH as it is a little high (8.2). My fear with this is that when i do water changes my tap waters pH will be drastically higher than my tanks pH which would stress my betta. Any tips on what i should do for this problem? I also have indian almond leaves to try to lower the pH but i haven’t put them in yet (or the driftwood). Please help I am very scared for my betta and do not want to stress/kill him.
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Do you know what your Kh and Gh are? If you have 8.2 ph chances are you have hard water with a high Kh and Gh, that’s not written in stone though. You could have a high ph and a really low Kh. I ask because a high Kh will buffer your water and the ph will remain stable even if you put wood and almond leaves the ph won’t move. So if you do have a high Kh what Russelltheshihtzu suggested above would be the way to go.
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