what should ph be for Oscars??

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I was just wondering what the ph should be at for Oscars??
My ph tested at 7.0
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Bri B replied the topic: Re:what should ph be for Oscars??

There isn't really a standard pH for O's. In the wild they just below a 7 but pet Oscars bred in captivity adapt to basically any pH. The bad thing to do is have their pH change rapidly so just do what you can to keep it at what they are used to.
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jmunroe replied the topic: Re:what should ph be for Oscars??

7 will be alright. Lower is better, even for captive bred. Add some driftwood to the tank, it will maybe drop the pH to 6.8 and make it a bit acidic.

Go do a water change - the solution to pollution is dilution.
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Oscar2015 replied the topic: what should ph be for Oscars??

Driftwood will float
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Oscar2015 wrote: Driftwood will float


No. Driftwood will sink if it has been underwater for a while. Many fish stores sell driftwood that sinks. I took a large piece I found from a mountain stream in Quebec, doused it in bleach, rinsed it thoroughly and then put it in my 125 where it still is. Parts of the top of it floated a little at first, but after three months now it is fully submerged.

Here is Poseidon hanging out next to it.

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Oscar2015 wrote: Driftwood will float


Ummm....you have to weigh it down. Mopani driftwood sinks.

I absolutely don't recommend keeping Oscars in a PH above 7.0........IME Oscars kept long term in a basic PH don't do nearly as well as Oscars kept in soft, acidic water, & I firmly believe that keeping them in very basic water id detrimental to them long term.......genetically, they are an Amazonian species, & look & do their best in "Blackwater".......I always kept Oscars in Blackwater, running the aquarium water through peat to achieve this.

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WATER CHANGES ARE THE LIFEBLOOD OF THIS HOBBY. IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE SO OR SIMPLY DON'T FEEL LIKE DOING THEM, RE-HOME YOUR FISH, SELL YOUR AQUARIUM & FIND ANOTHER HOBBY, AS YOU WILL FAIL UTTERLY, COMPLETELY, & MISERABLY.
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Oscar2015 replied the topic: what should ph be for Oscars??

Poseidon
I love how your red oscar looks
I guess I can put a piece in my bath tub for an hour then see if it will sink
Thanks guys
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Poseidon2.0 replied the topic: what should ph be for Oscars??

Thanks. (re: my O)

You will be able to tell in a few seconds if your wood floats. In order to turn a piece that floats into a sunken piece of wood, takes months (even years). Anything you buy from your local fish store that is meant for aquariums, though, will sink. There will be residual tannins that may turn your water to a tea colour, depending on the type of wood you get. But this will dissipate overtime (sometime takes a few weeks and many water changes), but the benefits to your fish are worth it, imo.
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Oscar2015 wrote: Hi there
I was just wondering what the ph should be at for Oscars??
My ph tested at 7.0


Below 7.0 is ideal for Oscars, but pH isn't nearly as important as keeping your ammonia/nitrites at 0 and your nitrates at or below 20 ppm.

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