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Subject: Anna Hi Anna, its Tina. I want to update you

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Hi Anna, it's Tina. I want to update you on my fading GloFish problem -- she didn't make it which I expected -- all other tankmates are doing well. I have another issue with my 2.5 gallon Betta tank. Suddenly I'm experiencing low PH 6.6 all other water conditions ammonia, nitrate and nitrite are within normal parameters. I have done water changes and used PH up with very little change. I have also tested the tap water which resulted in a normal reading of 7.0. Is there anything else I can do?
Hi Tina,

I'm sorry to hear you lost your Glofish, but it is what we expected. It's still always sad to lose a beautiful fish. Betta's do not need a pH of 7.0, and in fact they do better if it is a bit lower. 6.6 is fine. And while they can adjust to higher pH, some experienced betta keepers actually use blackwater extract to lower the pH for their bettas. I would get rid of the pH -Up. It causes more problems than it ever solves. Using it can lead to pH fluctuations, which are often fatal. Here's where you can read a good explanation of pH:

Do make sure your ammonia and nitrites are at 0 for the betta, as for all fish. As always, if you have more questions, just let me know.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I guess I'm alright then. Thanks Anna.

You're welcome. I'm glad to hear everything is fine for your betta.

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Hi Tina,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Tony. How is everything going?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hi Anna,


All seems well and Tony is fine. I did perform a scheduled water change this weekend and the PH is reading 7.0; all other water chemistries fall within the normal range. Thanks so much for checking in.





Hi Tina,

I'm glad to hear all is going well now. I hope it stays that way for good. Thank you for the update.