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  1. katienewbettakeeper

    betta fin rot/fungus

    I’m trying the salt, unfortunately didn’t see your comment yesterday and ended up moving him to a quarantine 3gal. unfortunately I think the temp dropped overnight and stressed him out even more. I have a heater in there set to 78, but heavy aeration plus no lid dropped it to like 72, I didn’t...
  2. katienewbettakeeper

    betta fin rot/fungus

    I’m freaking out, it started as a little fuzz on his fin yesterday and today his dorsal fin is practically falling apart!!! What should I do???? I have a few meds on hand, I have a 3gal tank I could probably set up as a quarantine? But I’m not sure what to treat him with??? Water parameters...
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  4. katienewbettakeeper

    Thinking of doing a guppy tank!

    Yay! I read that endlers are hardier so I might do them instead, I don’t have any good fish stores near me. It’s either PetSmart or ordering online for me. If you have any recommendation for places to buy fish online that would be helpful!
  5. katienewbettakeeper

    Thinking of doing a guppy tank!

    So, I’ve only kept bettas but I’m wanting to branch out. I have very hard water and recently learned guppies do good in hard water! So I definitely wanna try them I’m thinking of doing a 20 gallon, heavily planted tank. For stocking I want to do all males, because I don’t want to deal with...
  6. katienewbettakeeper

    Why is my ph always rising in my aquariums?

    Yep the softener is back on now, not sure exactly why it was off. I tested the tap again, gh was basically 0. Kh around 15 dKH. Thanks for letting me know about the nutrients. Would just quitting using the softened water fix that problem, or should I get new fertilizer? My unsoftened water has...
  7. katienewbettakeeper

    Why is my ph always rising in my aquariums?

    I retested the tap today and gh was 1-2 at most, and kh was 15. So, the softener is clearly back on. I tested the outside faucet as well, weather was pretty mild today, and it was 21 dGH and around 15 dKH.
  8. katienewbettakeeper

    Why is my ph always rising in my aquariums?

    My plants are growing surprisingly well, but I have noticed that my anubias have slightly crinkled leaves which could point to a calcium deficiency like you mentioned. I had assumed it was because I have a lot of fast growing plants that sucked it up first.
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  10. katienewbettakeeper

    Why is my ph always rising in my aquariums?

    Well, since I probably won’t be using my tap water since it’s run through a softener wouldn’t I have to just test the bottled spring water’s gh and kh and adjust accordingly how much I dilute it? I went ahead and tested the gh and kh of the tap anyways, Gh is around 20 dGH and kh is around 15...
  11. katienewbettakeeper

    Why is my ph always rising in my aquariums?

    I keep bettas which prefer soft water, so I suppose I’ll go with the dilution route. As for the softened water… my biggest concern was actually the lack of minerals, but now I’m worried about the sodium too. The problem with the outside faucet is that the water freezes and won’t come out. If I...
  12. katienewbettakeeper

    Why is my ph always rising in my aquariums?

    I’m not sure exactly how to find the gh and kh… I do know the water in my area is considered very hard, 22gpg Thing is, my water is run through a water softener so not sure how that plays into this. Usually I use water from the hose for my aquariums since that’s the only faucet not run through...
  13. katienewbettakeeper

    Why is my ph always rising in my aquariums?

    Okay… so, I tested the tap water after letting it sit out and yeah, the pH is 8.2 🥲 I still haven’t found the gh and kh, ordered some test strips that’ll be here in a few days.
  14. katienewbettakeeper

    Why is my ph always rising in my aquariums?

    I pretty much do the same with my maintenance, besides the shrimp tank I do vacuum up the detritus, just not all of it. I’ve never done a full on mulm substrate I just think it’s an interesting idea to bring up it does make sense that the sponges would get clogged by the smaller debris, good...
  15. katienewbettakeeper

    Why is my ph always rising in my aquariums?

    Thanks for such an in depth reply, I loved it! my sponge filters don’t accomplish much mechanical filtration, I’d say that my filters are primarily for water movement. Despite the lack of mechanical filtration, my water is very clear because I don’t disturb the substrate layer often. There’s...
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  17. katienewbettakeeper

    Why is my ph always rising in my aquariums?

    Any issues relating to excess decaying matter, like why is it important to remove that stuff from a filter if some people encourage leaving it on the substrate? As long as the filters still running and isn’t being blocked, I don’t see the difference. Sorry for being unclear 😅
  18. katienewbettakeeper

    Why is my ph always rising in my aquariums?

    It does! Although this does make me curious, what about the people with botanical tanks who completely don’t touch their substrate, allowing detritus to build up? sorry to go on and on, but I like talking about this stuff. Why don’t they encounter similar issues? And yeah, if there’s anything...
  19. katienewbettakeeper

    Why is my ph always rising in my aquariums?

    okay. I’ll reply again once I can retest the tap and figure out my GH and KH, and hopefully that will help with finding a solution. At least the ph isn’t so high that it’s hurting my fish and inverts, my shrimp especially are doing pretty great, breeding a lot and molting
  20. katienewbettakeeper

    Why is my ph always rising in my aquariums?

    Thanks! I’ll do more frequent cleanings as well as increase my fertilizing just in case the low nitrates are contributing. The test kit is new so I know it’s correct. I agree about the “buffers”, I’m super sceptical about them, esp since I’m relatively new to fishkeeping (less than a year) I’ll...
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