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Should most hobbists really be worried about pH?

Posted By: otto
Date: Sunday, 25 February 2001, at 12:22 p.m.

Should new and casual hobbyists really be all that concerned with pH and hardness, AND trying to change the pH by adding chemicals? When you go to the LFS, the store is always stressing the importance of checking the pH to people who don't really have much fish experience. Sure it is very easy to check the pH, but it is not easy to understand why the pH reads what it reads.

Seriously, how many hobbyists have really KILLED their fish because their pH was at the upper range or lower range? Did somebody really kill their danio, swordtail, and pleco in that 10 gallon because they put in a seashell, or was it from overfeeding, no water changes, and total lack of understanding of the biological filter? Did that kid's Mbuna die because they had a pH of 7.0, or because they were overcrowded and overfed in a twenty gallon tank, with no understandin