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  1. drobbyb

    Questions About Ph And Kh

    Yeah, your KH is just like mine, zero. The only solution I have found is crushed coral in my filter and regular water changes to keep my pH from rising more than .5 The point is to keep it from crashing and to keep my bacteria processing the ammonia and nitrite. This sin't a bad thing though...
  2. drobbyb

    Questions About Ph And Kh

    You can get a nylon sock foot or a mesh filter bag and put a hand full of washed crushed coral substrate (like the kind used for african cichlid or marine tanks) and put it in your filter to stabilize your pH, like is described in the article linked in my signature. This is a very inexpensive...
  3. drobbyb

    Questions About Ph And Kh

    Give them a chance to adjust, and keep an eye on your ammonia and nitrite. Chances are, they will pull through just fine. Sounds as if they have gone through quite a bit of stress, and they need some time to adjust is all.
  4. drobbyb

    Water Won't Clear Up!

    It's an algae bloom, yes. Green water is free floating algae triggered by ammonia and light. The 3 day blackout method works well, but unless you take care of the ammonia the problem will more than likely return. Overfeeding, too high of a fish load, an improperly cycled tank, a dirty tank...
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    Water Won't Clear Up!

    Green water is from the presence of ammonia and too much light, be it sunlight or too much or too long tank lighting.
  6. drobbyb

    Questions About Ph And Kh

    I can understand your frustration. This hobby shouldn't have you heated all the time.
  7. drobbyb

    Yet Another Fishless Cycle Question!

    It should keep you water buffered for quite a while. It's difficult to predict exactly how long, there are many variables involved.
  8. drobbyb

    Questions About Ph And Kh

    If the pH is already up, then there is definitely something buffering your water in the pebbles. Ok then, from this we can draw the conclusion that you do have a low KH (really soft water.) No more stressing! You can simply take a handfull of these pebbles and place them in a mesh bag inside...
  9. drobbyb

    Yet Another Fishless Cycle Question!

    Yeah, a KH of 4 is indeed soft. You can add baking soda to help buffer your KH and keep your pH from crashing. You have good water for SA cichlids and soft water fish. This also means that you will need to find out exactly how long you can go between water changes before your pH starts to...
  10. drobbyb

    Questions About Ph And Kh

    It sounds like those pebbles may have had some marble or limestone in them that had a bufferring effect on your water chemistry. You could take a hand full of those pebbles and put them in a small container of water for a few days and then check the pH. An airstone with airline and pump will...
  11. drobbyb

    Ph Crash

    Oh no! Nah, I don't have any tanks running anymore. My fish are all at my mother in law's house. She still has both of your rams though, they are still doing well. To the OP, read this thread: http://www.fishforums.net/index.php?/topic/402016-questions-about-ph-and-kh/ A good discussion...
  12. drobbyb

    Ph Crash

    Hi Gvilleguy!
  13. drobbyb

    Questions About Ph And Kh

    The rock will certainly help some, but it needs flow over it to work properly. The more flow, the more effective it will be. But wait until you know your KH. If it's less than 4 (it takes less than 4 drops to change the color in the test tube if you get an API kit) then that explains...
  14. drobbyb

    Bow-Fronted Tanks

    I had a 72 gallon US bowfront tank, and my fish bred in there and grew to adult size in no time. No problems whatsoever. They certainly didn't appear to be too stressed because their enclosure had a curved front.
  15. drobbyb

    Yet Another Fishless Cycle Question!

    Go ahead and dose 2ppm and see what happens. At this point you will only strengthen your bacteria colonies. But don't be surprised if it takes a while for your levels to drop.
  16. drobbyb

    Questions About Ph And Kh

    Akasha, My water has a really low KH, so I have to use crushed coral to avoid pH crashes. That is what I suspect is going on with your tank as well. You might want to invest in a KH test kit to verify all of this, and it will probably make all of this come into perspective for you. That's why...
  17. drobbyb

    Questions About Ph And Kh

    CO2 gassing off?
  18. drobbyb

    Are Shells Ok?

    With soft water, they will dissolve rather quickly and might affect your hardness and pH.
  19. drobbyb

    Weekly Maintenance

    I enjoyed cleaning and performing maintenance on my tanks, it's part of the whole experience. Kind of like when a person restores an old car, they don't do it just to see it completed, they do it for the whole experience. It's quite rewarding. That's why I recommend not only keeping fish...
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