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    Male Guppy's Tail Ripped off

    So we noticed the day before last that 75% of one of our male guppy's tail is just... gone. It looks maybe like it got caught on something and ripped? I would think there's no way it was our other fish (4 female guppies, 2 males, ~25 fry, 3 yoyo's and 3 bn plecos), because their mouths are too...
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    Bladder Disease - Is it time to Euthanize? But I don't want to!

    You are doing a great job! It is very apparent how much you love your fish and I really admire that :D It doesn't sound like she's ready to give up the fight yet, just judge what you think her quality of life is and when she tells you she's ready, then she's ready. If I thought cats were bad at...
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    Help me justify the set up cost :D

    Black Friday coming up :D Plus maybe see if there's a local fish group near you? You could trade or buy off them for probably much cheaper than buying new in the store. You could also look at local groups for sourcing your fish, which could save some money. Setting up our 38 gal bowfront from...
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    covering filter intake

    They actually make premade filter sponges, they have a hole cut almost all the way through and it just slips over the intake. Usually only a couple bucks so they don't break the bank. We have one on both our intakes because we have young fry, and they work great. They will attract a lot of gunk...
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    Ph dropping significantly

    We've had it in about 20 hours, and I checked the water on my lunch break today. Ph has raised from 6 to 6.5, KH raised from 0 to 40. We're going to keep an eye on it and if the ph starts to get too high we'll take it out. Good thing we put it in a media bag and didn't just add it to the...
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    Ph dropping significantly

    After some more research I've concluded that the KH being at zero means there's no ph buffer and it's causing our ph to crash. Went and picked up some crushed coral and put it in a mesh bag and tucked it into the corner next to the intake filter. I'm hoping that if we get our KH up we can get...
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    Ph dropping significantly

    So we took a water sample to the local fish store and they tested and said it was 150. We ordered a kit on amazon that includes gh/kh and it read that our GH was 180+ and our KH was 0. Our PH issue is still happening, it's gradually fallen down to 6.0-6.2 range. We just don't know when it will...
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    Ph dropping significantly

    I'm going to talk to my husband and take a water sample to our LFS probably tomorrow afternoon, so I can get some hard numbers and finally see what we're dealing with
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    Ph dropping significantly

    https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07MZ47MGC/ref=pe_3034960_236394800_TE_dp_1 This is the water tester that I got off Amazon. When I test the water from the tap it flashes red and says 314ppm.
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    Ph dropping significantly

    So we got the GH tester yesterday, and it's reading a GH of 314ppm. Unless I'm wrong, that translates into a GH of 17.5 degrees!! Could this have been part of why we lost the three loaches? There's just so much going on with this tank at the moment it's hard to keep track of what could be...
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    Ph dropping significantly

    Is there any way to know how low it may go? Or if and when it'll even out? Our tap water is ph 7.7, so water changes raise it a bit. I'm thinking that you are right though, that the soft water is contributing to the alkalinity causing the ph to drop. We're mainly just worried how low it will go...
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    Ph dropping significantly

    I generally test the water some time in the evening, but it isn't the exact same time every day, usually in a window of 3-4 hours. I actually have a gh/kh kit coming in the mail today, I could not for the life of me find the alkalinity, but what I could find online from the city was: Hardness...
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    Ph dropping significantly

    Hey all, We're beginning to run into a new problem. Over the past several weeks our ph has been slowly dropping, to where now it's about 6.8. A few weeks ago it was holding steady at about 7.6-7.8. I know that our fish prefer the lower ph so it isn't an issue at the moment, but we don't know...
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    Planted Tank Advice?

    Another question ,what's the best substrate for a planted tank? We're looking to go with something soft for the loaches but easy to grow in. We don't want to have to gravel vac at all.
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    Planted Tank Advice?

    Thank you for the awesome reply :D I'm thinking I'm going to put a timer on the lights to auto turn on and off. The light we currently have is just the standard led that came with the tank, I'm not sure if they have clip on grow lights for aquariums, as our current lights just snap on to the...
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