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  1. Aynia

    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...
  2. Jan Cavalieri

    Conversion factor for Hardness and Alkalinity (K)

    Looking at our city's most recent water report they list the following: Avg pH 9.4, Range 8.5-9.9 Avg Total Hardness (as CaCO3) 189, Range 110-282 ppm Avg Total Alkalinity (as CaCO3) - 96, Range 47-138 ppm The scale the website where I buy fish from lists the KH (which I believe is the...
  3. E

    Molly not quite right...?

    Hi all, I could do with some help with one of my platinum lyre tail mollies. We noticed today that he is sort of floating on the surface. I say sort of because he does swim around, albeit slowly. He has his mouth partially open, but doesn't open and close it. He also isn't eating. It almost...
  4. Tttay89

    PH and driftwood

    Evening! Complete newby here. Joined a forum because of the false advice I keep getting given by aquarium shops (After failing my first tank from being told I can put a load of fish in a new tank after a few days). I'm now running a fully cycled 120litre stocked tank with no issues after a lot...
  5. Ch0le

    Cuttlebone for nerite and ph

    Hello everyone. I have a 20 gal tall with 6 Bleeding Heart Tetras, 6 Emerald Corys, and 2 Nerite snails. I have soft water and my ph generally stays at about 7.0. I have lots of plants as well. I am wondering if it would be safe to add a cuttlebone for the snails or if I even have to? My gh is...
  6. Jan Cavalieri

    What is so important about water hardness?

    Before I started my first aquarium I did about 2 months of research - mainly reading books. My needs were simple I wanted a peaceful community tank. But it's not all about the fish. Anyway - all the books and online articles had extensive information on how to cycle your tank so I was quite...
  7. P

    Friend’s sick betta

    My friend has two betta fish. One of them died today. We can’t figure out what’s going on so I seek help here. The symptoms are: -not eating (it’s been a week now) -swim bladder -stays at the bottom of the tank and only goes up for air My friend has tried everything, epsom salt baths, treated...
  8. Flossybean

    PH is it a problem?

    Hi there my ph has gone up to 8 , i have platys and guppies, is this a problem? I measured my tap water and that is 8 also. Using API test kit. 0 ammonia 0 nitrite O.5 nitrate Kh 6 Gh 12 Thanks in advance.
  9. Tool13x

    DIY cement 3D background curing advice

    I have just recently attempted a DIY 3D background made from polystyrene and coated in cement, basically the same idea as you see here from the King of DIY. The construction went well and I am in the curing process but I am on week 6 and the pH is still rising. I let the cement cure for a few...
  10. K

    Well water. R/O is still 7.6.

    Hi! So I've been trying to lower my ph in my tank from a staggering 8.4. I was wondering if i should use distilled water because I've been doing water changes with my R/O and some "api PH DOWN". It doesn't seem to be working that well I've done about 4 water changes with that method. Perhaps my...
  11. B

    Molly’s sitting upside down at bottom of tank please help!!

    I have a 25 gallon fish tank, In the last 3 day I’ve lost 11 out of 13 fish ( 2 angles 6 tetras 2 mollies and 1 telescope eyed goldfish) the only survivors were two other balloon belly Molly’s. The fish all did the same thing, go to the bottom of the tank lay upside down or on there side then...
  12. james_fish

    Help with pH during fishless cycle

    Hello everyone; I'm 21 days into a fishless cycle in a 200 litre tank, and things to seem to be going extremely well. Yesterday I added 3ppm of liquid ammonia and todays results showed 0 ammonia and 0 nitrite which is very promising after 21 days. However, I'm having some extreme difficulty...
  13. D

    RO Water in tank

    Hi all, Finally cycled my tank! Took about 5 weeks but I'm now there. Water in my area is very hard. Details follow: 113 mg/l as calcium 19.755 Clarke 15.82 German I can purchase RO water from my LFS. What ratio tap water to RO water should I use if I want to keep Cardinal Tetra. I also need...
  14. S

    Using De-ionized Water to Lower pH

    Hello, I've been looking into keeping Apistogrammas however my local tap water has a high pH and is relatively hard. I understand Apistos prefer softer, acidic water so thought that I could achieve this by mixing my tap water and de-ionized water in a set ratio to reach a desired pH. I take A...
  15. J

    Should I Replace the Aragonite in my 4 year old tank?

    Hi I've recently had an emergency in a relatively new 60 gallon tank of Africans. I have a 46 gallon acrylic tank that I set up about 4 years ago. It has about 40 lbs of fine aragonite sand. During the crisis in the 60 gal tank, I discovered my pH kit and the addition pH raising buffer were...
  16. thrujenseyes

    If I were to use water direct from well.....

    I'm going to try and give the short version of my long story: I cycled a little 6 gallon Fluval Edge just over two years ago. I *thought* my water was hard because I'd tested the tap which was coming up 7.5ph. I stocked with 5 little male endlers. Tons of live plants. Over time I kept losing...
  17. Tanya farrell

    Please help

    i have a new tank 160L tank for fresh fish could you please tell me what , Ph Kh Gh Nitrate Nitrite Should be thank you
  18. Cameronb_01

    Planted Discus Tank Emergency

    Hi Guys,   So basically I have been impatient and made a mistake. 4 weeks ago I filled my empty tank with RO water and rasied the Kh to 4 and then began the cycling process. My tank is fully cycled and ready for fish as of yesterday, (I tested the Nitrate, Nitrite and Ammonia levels). And so I...
  19. thrujenseyes

    Help Reading This Ph And Loss Of Fish After Water Changes

    I'm sorry...I'm sure you get this question all the time but I couldn't find it when searching:   I'm unsure if I should assume this is 6.0 on the regular ph scale or if it's 7.4 on the high range scale?  I tried googling this answer and couldn't figure it out.   I feel super silly not knowing...
  20. eslingerl10

    How To Lower My Tank Ph?

    I have one male betta kept in a 3 gallon tank, filtered. I do 50% water changes every week because the tank is cycled, and the temperature is constant at 76 degrees fahrenheight. The pH currently is about 7.8, but I need the pH to be 7 or a little bit lower. My question is how can I safely use...
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