Jump to content

ph level question


Recommended Posts

hi all i have a question about ph levels i read that they get use to different ph levels is this true?

so when i do water changes and the new water has a different ph level that will be ok for them?

or should i buy a ph test kit with ph up and down powder?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

it is true that Bettas will adapt to different pH levels.

the thing about pH is that as long as it is stable and isn't ridiculously out of the safety zone then don't mess with adding different chemicals to change it.

A stable pH is better than a swinging pH.

I'd buy a test kit so that you can know the pH of what they are in now and to test whatever water you may add during a water change.

It should be ok as long as you add the water gradually.

But remember that if a pH changes just one point that's like 100 times different and even though we don't even notice it that is a HUGE change for bettas.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Exactly what Stacey said! "Consistent" is better than "perfect".

I do own a pH kit, but only use it to test water if I have some sort of suspicious thing going on in a tank (eg, cloudiness/bacterial bloom/fry die-off) - which is very rare. I just leave the pH alone.

On the topic of pH fluctuations - always try to age your tap water at least 24 hours before a WC, because the pH can swing a fair bit in that time.

Oh, and add a small amount of shell grit to tanks because soft acidic water (like that you create if using BWE or IAL) can start to crash as there are no buffers in the water and you can end up with a pH of 3 overnight!!!! This actually happened to me, before anyone suggests I am being melodramatic. I lost a tank of black CT fry due to a pH crash back in about 2002 - ie, when they were MEGA UNIQUE and SPECIAL!

Link to comment
Share on other sites


This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

  • Create New...