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PH levels

Discussion in 'General Cold & Temperate Water' started by Roneyc, Oct 24, 2016.

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    I have goldfish, live in Southern Idaho and have hard water, about 7 or 8. My fish seem happy and healthy. Do I need to worry about the PH levels?
    Thanks, Rod .
     
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    Nope. Consistency is often better than making some ideal level with numerous adjustments.
     
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    Yeah, sounds like you have good usable water for the fish. Clean water is much more important than a specific ph. Keep up with your water changes.
     
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    What they said! And goldfish are pretty tolerate of more extreme pH levels. But 7 or 8 is vague and a 10x difference between them. If it fluctuates that is problem. Like they said, stability it the most important thing. It can be good to know if you have a high pH though, like 8.0+ (like me) cause some things react differently in higher pH. Most notably is that certain things are more toxic at higher pHs, like ammonia-nitrogen. Hence why keeping up on water changes is crucial in alkaline water.
     
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    O.K. I guess the next question is how do you deal with sodium hypochlorite, which is what my city uses instead of chlorine?
    Thsnks, Rod.
     
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    Not versed in city water and there nasty additives but a quick google search tells me sodium hypochlorite is basically bleach and I know we can use Prime water conditioner to neutralize bleach. But PLEASE don't take my word on this, wait for someone to confirm.
     
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    Prime will handle that...read the Wiki page on it and what it breaks down to. Besides disinfecting water systems, it also can eliminate cyanides common in agricultural ground water from fertilizers and weed killers.
     

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