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  1. Hey! Yes, my water starts neutral and end up alkaline. No i did not and wasnt about to buffer, lol no worries! I know my fish is ok but i just want to understand why it does that?? Isnt it supose to be going the other way? Like more acidic with deco and poo? It puzzles the crap out of me... Ray is thriving as this is a constant *thing* but i still would like to nail down why its doing that
  2. PS.. Loving your babies!!! So so so adorable especially the Black Moor!! I may be a little bias on that ... haha
  3. As for the parameters of your tank, im assuming you read that when you cycle a tank, you always end up with some ammonia reading as the tank cycle, right? If no, i can assure you that until your tank is cycled, they will always be a small reading in ammonia and some nitrate possibly I also did a Fish IN cycle and it was a bit to take in and adjust! What I did myself, i made sure to keep up with the parameters and everytime my ammonia was about at .5 (which is more or less what i can read on yours), i would do a 20 to 30 percent water change. I found over time that to cycle a tank, smaller water change more often seem to work better for me. Then i used the water conditioner foe new water added and i made sure to add a new cycle bacteria. I have a bottle of it and i also love the little Aquaeon bacteria balls. They are fantastic!! As for your filter, typically with goldfish especially if you have more than one, since they are diety little piggies, id recommend to use two of the 40 filter. That will help with keeping things moving and clean!! Keep in mind also that over cleaning the tank gets rid of the good bacteria that is trying to colonized itself and can be damaging. For a few weeks, id recommend ypu do your small water change, add some bacteria and unless absolutley necessary, try to not wash the glass or decos. Just to give it a chance to establish and cycle. I Learnt that the hard way. I OCD clean my tank everytime and caused myself bacterial bloom 😳🙄 And once its cycled, do yourself a favor and only clean a little everytime. One corner/half for the substrate vaccuum and only a few decos. Did i ever screw up my cycle at first boy oh boy!!! Lol Also, why did you add salt? Unless your little ones are sick salt should not be added. They are freshwater fishies. No need for that Hope this helps!!
  4. Agreed with everyone but i want to ask, how much do you typically feed her and what do you feed her? That can have a HUGE impact on swim bladder disease hun learnt that the hard way twice with my Betta!! Hes safe and sound now with a little TLC and I learned my lesson! Lol Also, how are you water parameters? Like ammonia, nitrates and such? And how big is her tank?
  5. Hey ! Sorry it took so long to reply! As per my first post, i already tested the water i use to refill my tank. It is purchased bottle of water and since we drink it ourselves, its all at time standing. One jug can last us a week so its always just sitting there waiting to be used. The parameter are showed in the picture with the 2 tubes test. Awesome water! Tho, in my tank, the PH constantly go up. Starts at around 7 ish as showed in the picture and once in my tank with my little man, it goes up at around 8.2 ish and seem to stay that high. Ray seems just fine with it. Its never bothered him at all But, i dont understand why? I dont have live plants, i got the 30 Aquaclear filter and a bubbler and one goldfish and mistakenly got one Otto back then as well and shes alive and thriving. Lol Am i keeping it over clean or over filtered? I know ive played with the oxygen as i have read articles and studies suggesting that to much or to little air affects PH big time but that didnt change much... I mean Ray is super Happy but ud love to know why! There is people that would pay to get that kind of PH to drink themselves hahahaah!
  6. Hey guys! I'm new here and hope this is a much better forum than others i have been on with my pets! Not here to be raided, toasted or laughed at.. Im new to true fish ownership with functional tank but I have been a amphibian and reptile keeper/animal freak my whole life and consider myself very educated. I spend most of my days reading.. but. I can't seem to satisfy the itch with this problem PH of mine So i acquired the cutest little Black Moor fish in the whole wild world (yes i know, a little bias here LOL). His name is Raymond and hes all of like maybe a inch and half long right now including fins. Hes the best thing that has happened to me this year ❤ Ive done tons and tons of research before i got him and still am two months later. But this puzzles the crap out of me... I can NOT bring me PH within parameters 🤬 My tank parameters are impeccable but my PH! I dont think its good for Ray and driving me crazy!! I seem to have mastered everything else but that... *20 gallons tank, fake plants and deco *My tank is fully cycled *Ive got carbon filter as well as the sponge and rock/corral like filter in between *Every week it gets tested, vaccum and anywhere between 10 to 30 percent water changed and i put the little bacteria balls in it and treatment as necessary * Theres a light oxygen bubble blower in there too, which i adjust as needed (I cause the tank a bacterial bloom a couple weeks ago OOPS so i turned it up a bit) * Theres a light with some UVB bulbs as well from my reptile collection. Nothing crazy bright so it doesnt hurt his eyes * I used our drinking water out of our 20L gallon jug. See attached picture to show the PH of our drinking water * Rays food consist of the repashy goldfish food that I make myself, peas and a couple brand of tiny pellets for protein. Im a little maniac when it comes down to food. Im a food crazy myself and my kids get nothing but the best. No crappy filler and things they wouldn't find swimming around in nature Any one has experienced this?!?! Ray is thriving, hes happy like a pig in 💩 and I am not concerned at this point for his well being (besides that time i thought a pea had gotten stuck in his mouth 😳😳) as is seem to be such a happy, obliviant little dude! He cracks me up ❤ BUT.. what about that freaking PH?!?!?! Why of all things am i having a alkaline problem?!?! So frustrating...... The picture with the 2 tubes are our drinking water The picture with the 4 tubes are my tank water on my weekly check And a picture of Rays little homes right now. Before my water change/cleaning
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