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Re: [Killietalk] pH - Am I worrying about it too much?
Note the correction to my message below - I omitted the crucial word,
not. I meant to say "as long as they are NOT moved from low to very high
pH". In other words, avoid sudden changes in pH.
Barry J. Cooper
Sweet Home, OR 97386
Rich S wrote:
> Barry - Our water is pretty hard. I checked it once with some test strips and it was off the scale. After I cut it 6:1 today it was 40 kh and 30 gh but honestly I don't have a clue what that means except that it is way lower than straight tap water.
>> how hard is your water? If it is pretty hard, cutting it with RO may be
>> useful anyway.
>> Most killies would probably tolerate pH 8.8 as long as they are NOT moved
>> rapidly from a low pH to such a high pH. Some people dismiss pH as
>> unimportant. Within reason, that is probably true. However, I have
>> personally experienced injuring fish by inadvertently moving from one
>> extreme to the other. You might want to set up some tanks for a while to
>> see how the pH settles out. Especially when you have fish in the tank
>> the pH will often fall somewhat. That will partly depend on the
>> buffering capacity of your water (i.e. alkalinity, sometimes called
>> carbonate hardness) as well.
>> Barry J. Cooper
>> Sweet Home, OR 97386
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