Hi there! I am from Maine, yes that is Northern, Northern New England. I have been in the aquarium hobby for 6 months and have not had the success that I had hoped. I currently have a 25 gallon tank filled with a variety of tetras (who survive in my high ph water), platys, a placo and an algea eater. I have been struggling with high ph and have for the last month been using vinagar to lower my ph and it works, however, I don't know what the long term use will do to my fish. Right now I have cloudy water--vinagar related? Who knows. I just know I want my tank to be happy and I feel the pain of every death.