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Water chemistry ???

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My water perameters in my tap water is PH: 7.0, KH: 196.9ppm, & GH: 483.3ppm
In my 90g tank it is, PH: 8.4, KH: 304.3ppm, & GH: 966.6ppm :eek:

My question is when I do my water changes, I use the rift lake recipe for the exception of marine salt, I substitute for API aquarium salt for freshwater tanks and isntead of baking soda I I have used the Cichlid 8.2 PH, I tried the baking soda once, and am now trying API PH up. I can NEVER get the PH in my tap water to come even close to my tank water. It usually only goes up to about 7.4 - 7.8. What in the world am I doing wrong. I am so afraid of doing water changes fearing that I may harm my fish. I do change the water at about 50% every 2-3 weeks and would like to do them once a week, but would feel much more comfortable if I could get the PH a little closer to my tank perameters. Also, my GH in my tank. Isn't this too high? I was hoping you guys could offer me some advice based on my tap water perameters what I could better try to get these numbers where they need to be.

Oh, by the way, my tanks consists of 4 yellow labs, 3 peacocks, 2 red fin kadangos, 3 copadichromis azureus, and 2 plecos.

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My tap water comes out 7.0so I use the Rift Lake Recipe and my pH has gotten up over 8.5 and the gH and kH has gone up as well. So it does workalthough it doesn't seem to make the fish any more healthy or brighter or happier. Truth be told if your fish aren't wild caught from Africa they were bred in 7.0 pH in someones tank or in a pit in Florida. Sit back and enjoy the fish and don't forget the water changes, that's WAY! more important than any buffer mix.
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