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  1. I'm just curious about what ya'll think. I like buying my fish from babies, when they are so tiny, and watching them grow, but sometimes I feel disappointed if they aren't as "well-bred" as I had hoped...like not as egg-shaped especially...some of my fantails are shaped almost like comets!
  2. Unless your gf seem bothered by the pH I wouldnt' change it. It is more trouble than it is worth usually...My fish are living very happily in an 8.2 pH, and that is really considered too basic, but fish adapt really well. I would only worry if your pH shifts a lot...
  3. Actually I took a fair amount of chemistry in college, so I do understand how buffers work. I learned more than I wanted about them in school hehe Since my pH is normally at around 8.0-8.3, I'm only worried that the crushed coral or oyster shells would increase the pH...possibly buffering at a higher pH level than what my water is at. Since the baking soda buffers around pH 8, that is fine, but I don't want to have to keep readding every time I change, as that could get expensive (and be a pain in the butt). Maybe I should start with the baking soda, to get a quick boost in my KH, and then use coral in the filter, to keep the KH the same, and then phase out the addition of baking soda over time. Not sure if that will work though. I do stay away from pH up and pH down...I heard they can cause pH swings, as they wear off. I also don't like adding too many chemicals to my tank, I think it's better to try and keep it as natural as possible. And my fish have never had a problem with the pH being around 8...
  4. That helps...with easing my mind! My bf made me put it in there...haha I wasn't too sure, I bought it, soaked it for awhile (to release the tannins) and then let it sit in the bucket for like a week!...I was afraid to add it because I thought it might make my pH jump, but he really wanted to see what it would look like in the tank. I think it is probably like yours...it is very hard, very dark, kinda twisty...it hasn't turned my tank water brownish or even yellowish. Hopefully I won't have any problems with it, I think it looks so nice, but I've heard a lot of ppl have had problems in their tanks...
  5. Or...you could let the buckets sit for a few days, so the pH goes down to 8.8, and then change the water. Fun fun! I did that for awhile with the water I had at another place I lived, the pH would change from around 8.5ish to 8.0...I would let the buckets sit before big water changes...and trip over them in the mean time!
  6. Kevin, I wanted to tell you I am finding your posts very informative lately! Thank you for all the great information And I was wondering, are you a chemist? You know so much about pH
  7. To reply to the original question...I heard that the higher the temp, the lower your pH will go. I'm not sure if that is true, just something I heard. Maybe that is why?
  8. I have a Q regarding adding baking soda/crushed coral/oyster shells... I want to add one of them to increase my KH, and not my pH. My pH is around 8.0...since they are also buffers, should I expect my pH to change at all? If it gets any higher, I think I might have some problems... I am thinking of adding the crushed coral or oyster shells to the back of my filter...so I would not have to add something new everytime I changed the water. What do you guys think?
  9. You know what, I don't think it's totally worthless either. I used it in my 29 G tank, when I was getting a bit of a bump in the cycle. I was getting medium level ammonia readings, and no nitrite, and normal nitrate. I was worried that I might get a new cycle, and I didn't know what to do. I wanted to find some Bio Spira, but that is about impossible, so when I went to the store and couldn't find any, I picked up some Cycle for the heck of it. After adding two doses in two days, my tank leveled out and I got readings for a fully cycled tank. The readings kept stable for a week, and then I stopped testing all the time. Things are still normal. I put half of it in my biowheels, and the other half into my tank. I really feel like it made a difference, after only a day or so...and it was cheap too
  10. Ok looks like my pH is at 8.2...which might seem high, but is actually normal for my water. Hm since my KH is so low, I'm just worried about a pH swing due to the driftwood. I think I might put some crushed coral in my filter....
  11. Thank you so much! You are awesome!
  12. Thanks Jeana727...the second link didn't work though. Do you have the list for the high pH end? My regular pH is testing at blue (really dark) and the high end is a deep purple... I know my pH tends to be basic, so maybe it hasn't changed yet.
  13. I just recently moved and I can't find my little cards for my test kits...They might be packed somewhere, or I might have forgotten them since they weren't in with my testing supplies... Can anyone scan them, or give me a url, or even just describe the color changes? I have the Freshwater Master test kit by Aquarium Pharmaceuticals, and also the Nitrate test by the same company. I have the pH, pH high indicator, Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate and GH. I am trying to test my pH after adding some driftwood, and then I realized I don't have anything to compare it to! Thanks so much
  14. Wow my post got moved...I couldn't find it! I'm not sure if anyone will be able to find this now...but I have a question. My tadpole seems to float a lot, it doesn't seem normal. I saw somewhere that if the water isn't set out at night they absorb the air, and start floating and swimming erratically. Does anyone know if this is true? Sometimes he looks like he is dead...but he isn't and it scares me!
  15. Oh wow! Thanks Kevin, that info helps me too! I was wondering how to keep the kH the same with change water...I didn't know you could add baking soda directly to it... I think I'm going to try this, because my kH is low too, and my pH is high, and I want to put live plants in my tank...I'm afraid of the carbonate effect (whatever it is, I read about it once) but it seems like it is more dangerous with the conditions that my tank has...
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