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This may not be enough information to go on, but here goes.
I took a sample reading of the ph and it was high. It was hard to figure out the color chart/numbers. But it was on the high end. Will cariba p's be able to do well in this environment or not?

There are all these products to lower/raise ph, lower hardness etc. I just don't know what to buy. I recently added two large pieces of cedar driftwood from the ohio river. Does this help in any way?
Other than discolor the water, does peat moss help with ph, hardness where I don't have to constantly check if it needs adjusting? How do I keep the ph in-check? I don't want to have to keep buyng chemicals/powders to improve the water quality. Many Thanks!
 
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They should adjust to a high PH, lots of people on this board have had success with a high PH.

The driftwood may effect your PH but it entirely depends on your KH, your waters ability to buffer the PH. With a very high KH it is near impossible to change your PH.

When you change anythig like PH the hardness and such will drop too. I wouldn't worry about trying to create the perfect conditions. Just keep them stable and your P's will adjust. Rapid or constant changes are a lot worse than a steady high PH.
 

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They should adjust to a high PH, lots of people on this board have had success with a high PH.

The driftwood may effect your PH but it entirely depends on your KH, your waters ability to buffer the PH. With a very high KH it is near impossible to change your PH.

When you change anythig like PH the hardness and such will drop too. I wouldn't worry about trying to create the perfect conditions. Just keep them stable and your P's will adjust. Rapid or constant changes are a lot worse than a steady high PH.
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Thanks for the advice!
 

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Chances are it's due to hardness. Don't sweat it. The most important thing you can do for city water is to use dechlor because city water contains chlorine/ chloramines which can cause fatal results in the aquaria. You may need to double dose for chloramines. Read the label for instructions.
 
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