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  1. 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
  2. I know what I did wrong, how do I fix it? I bought a pretty brown gravel from WalMart when I was buying my betta's their new 5g tanks on Friday, it has definitely screwed up my pH/kH/gH in both of the tanks that I put it in. Using my API master test kit. My last WC was Saturday using my tap which has 0.25ppm ammonia in it, I use Prime coniditioner and double the dose to detox the ammonia while the cycle works on it. 20g tetra tank with 8 Serpae red minor (4 longfin and 4 shortfin), I experienced a cycle bump because I increased my school yesterday: ph: 8.8 kH: 35.8 gH: 107.4 Ammonia: 0.25 Nitrite: 0.0 Nitrate: 20 I just upgraded one betta and downgraded another since I ended up with a known fin-nipping tetra and didn't want to chance a divider failing so I have two 5g tanks, one with my plakat and one with my VT. 5g plakat Betta tank with anubias, Java Moss ball. He eats 3 pellets twice a day and bloodworms once a week and is fasted every other morning. pH: 8.8 kH: 107.4 gH: 179 Ammonia: 0.25 Nitrite: 0.0 Nitrate: 5.0 5g betta tank with java moss ball and NO new gravel. He eats 2 pellets twice a day and bloodworms once a week and is fasted every other morning. His tank is currently lower than 0.1% salinity due to getting sucked into the filter intake of his 2.5g tank and having finrot, I've been slowly changing the water without adding more salt as he's finally starting to heal after two weeks. pH: 7.4, kH: 71.6 gH: 107.4 Ammonia: 0.25 Nitrite: 0.0 Nitrate: 5.0 Obviously I've removed the gravel, but do I also do a large WC or do a whole bunch of small ones? I need to get my pH down and stable quickly but I don't want to kill the fish in the process! Right now all of the fish are acting completely normal. I wouldn't have even known anything was wrong if I hadn't checked to see where my cycle's had bumped to after doing so much work on the tanks this weekend. All 3 tanks have filtration and heaters. All 3 tanks are between 80 and 82 degrees, boith 5g have whisper 2-10 filters. The 20g has a marineland biowheel penguin filter 150gph. The 20g has been running since late december and the 5g tanks have been running for a few days with established media added to the tanks to seed them. I was going to get tetra safe start tomorrow on my day off to help finish out the cycles. Thank you in advanced!!!
  3. I read a post by RanchuDressing who recommended aragonite sand as crushed coral substitute for its better and larger life span when used as natural ph buffer. I'm curently using Alkaline Buffer by Seachem that does the job but when I run out if it would like to switch to somthing else as I'm not a big fan of pouring chemicals in my tanks. So I looked up aragonite sand and found out that it is indeed an excellent and long lasting buffer and natrates and ammonia remover due to de life bacteria it caries. However, in the information provided it was also stated that the bacteria "fall asleep" and don't do their job at low temperatures. The text didn't say what is meant by low temperatures but considering it's normal usage is in tropical/reef aquariums I recon the temparatures at which goldfish are normaly kept should fall into this category. With that info in mind I can't help but ask myself, is aragonite at all sutable for goldfish tanks? Do you guys use it? And one more thing. Have any of you used it in a HOB filter?
  4. Hello everyone! I'm new here, and in the process of cycling my tank for two goldfish I hope to get in the future. When I filled my tank, the Ph was at 7.0. However, the next day it was up to 7.4. I have tested this several times and it is always the same. I understand that when I get my fish, this fluctuation will cause stress everytime I do a water change. I'm wondering how I can keep the Ph constant and what type of buffer I should use? Also, will this affect the beneficial bacteria I'm trying to grow in the cycling process?
  5. Hi all I am new to this site and have a problem with my goldfish they are getting fat - looks like Dropsy but isn't. The Ph level is around 7.6 could be higher but this is the largest reading on the test strip. I have lost 2 fish already and don't want to lose anymore. I have tried the peas which have not helped and vinegar to lower PH but this has not happened. please help
  6. I started using a new ph buffer ( Seachem Alkaline Buffer ) which Raises ph and also increases KH. But now my ph is 8.6 and my KH is 12. My tap water Ph is 7.5 Gh -2 and kh 2. Before I use crushed coral with Mag-Float Labs Taget ease 7.5 and it keep the ph stable at 7.5 until I had to change the crushed coral again So I was wondering what I should do to lower my ph again? Should I remove the crushed coral? Should I only add in the amount of my water change volume (30 gallon) instead of dosing the entire tank every water change?
  7. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) .25 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 0 * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.2 -8.4 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.4-7.6 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API freshwater master * Water temperature? 60 degrees F (House temp 64, got to love Wisconsin winters!) * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 30 gallon sterlite tub, one month * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aqueon 30? and a tiny tetra in the tank filter that can with my too small 10 gal tank * How often do you change the water and how much? 50% once a day or every other day if the ammonia is under .5. Once a week 80% Hi, Well, I have made a lot of mistakes! I am very thankful for your site's information so my new little friends can have a good life. I am now trying to cycle my tank with the 2 fish in it. I am able to keep the ammonia levels between .25 and .5 with water changes. I am struggling with the PH Levels. Our tap water is between 7.4- 7.6 but the tank water keeps going up to 8.2 -8.4, so with the frequent water changes I keep making the ph in the tank fluctuate. I don't know what to do to keep it more stable. I would appreciate any suggestions. Linda * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? tonight 80% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2, one black moor 1.5" in body, one fancy tail 1.5 in body * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime, using a capful for the 30 gal tub * What do you feed your fish and how often? Omgea one sinking pellets, peas, spinach. * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? salt a .3% last week put it down to about .2% with today's water change * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. salt as stated above * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? The fancy tail has scales missing on both sides of body * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? none
  8. The tap water's ph is about 7.6-7.8, but the kh is about 3 drops. So I add baking soda to get the kh to about 7-9 drops. That raises the ph to about 8.4+. The brown hairy algae love this ph range. I would prefer to keep the ph range to what comes out of the tap to help reduce the brown algae (I only keep my lights on for about 6 hours a day). Would Gold Buffer be a better choice to buffer the ph but not raise it? I like the cost of baking soda in comparison to Gold Buffer, but I'm tired of fighting with too much brown algae.
  9. Hi. I just did a water test and things are screwy! I don't know what happened but last time I tested things were great (a week ago?) I don't recall what those results were but I have these now... PH: 8.0 Ammonia: 0.50ppm Nitrite: 2.0ppm Nitrate: 15ppm Don't have the right kind of test to know KH or GH. Tap water: PH: 7.5 ish Ammonia: 0.25ppm Nitrite: 0ppm Nitrate:0ppm Anyway... what should I do to fix it? I heard this is the goal... PH: 7-8 Ammonia: 0 Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: 12 ppm KH: 70-120 ppm GH: 200-400 ppm Anyway. Thanks
  10. Hello All! I'm new here and I've been keeping goldfish for about 3 years. Recently, I moved and had to transfer my tank to my new home - my setup is a 37 gallon tank with Penguin 250 filter (200 gph and i'm upgrading it this week). I have two Ryukin goldfish, one is 8 inches long and the other is 6 inches long. I only have about 30 pounds of sand and about seven large rocks. I understand that the rocks affect the water chemistry and they were tested and boiled before being placed in the tank. The tank was also set up with 1/2 old water and 1/2 purified water from my local fish store. My problem is this, the pH is very acidic, almost 6.2, my alkalinity is extremely low and my nitrates are pretty high. I added java moss to help the alkalinity. I know I'm not the only person who keeps rocks in their tank so is there anything special I should be doing? Thanks for all the help!
  11. TAP WATER: PH: 7.6 (OR UP) High Range PH: 7.4 Ammonia: 0.25ppm Nitrite: 0ppm Nitrate: 0ppm TANK TEST: PH: 7.6 (OR UP) High Range PH: 8.2 Ammonia: 0.50ppm Nitrite: 0ppm Nitrate: 0ppm Thanks guys. I don't know whats good, whats not, and what to do about what I have. I detoxified the ammonia and added a proper PH thingy to the tank. Thats pretty much all that would affect these readings...
  12. Hello Fishy Lovers, So, Blub is in his new 55 gallon, it having fully cycled fishlessly. All water parameters were holding steady, with nice flourishing anacharis plants. Suddenly this morning, Blub was flashing around a bit, and when I did the API pH test, the water tested greenish at about 6.5! Wow! I'm in NYC and water's usually alkaline. I had to go to rehearsal righ then and there, so I couldn't put a pH up in the water until after i got home from work....so I bought AFI pH up and said a prayer. Came home about 5 hours later, ready to put in the pH Up i bought and took the AFI pH test again---but now it's BLUE back to where it always tests, about 7.6 !!! ALL BY ITSELF! I mean, I've never heard of such a change. Nothing was added to or taken away from the aquarium. I'm glad it's back in the blue....but isn't that change itself what stresses out fishy?
  13. I have a feeling my cycle has been ruined. The water in my 29G is extremely cloudy. It was apparently so bad my fish were gasping for air when I got home about an hour ago. Due to these circumstances, I have graciously allowed them to wreak havoc in my temporary planted tank with pristine water conditions. My water parameters (in the 29G): pH: 6.0 ammonia: .25 nitrites: 0 nitrates: 5 alkalinity: 40-80 I've been having a really hard time keeping the pH stable this past week. As of now, I've only tried using baking soda as a buffer as that's all I have on hand atm. Example: This morning it was 6.2 so I added some baking soda and it went up to 7.2. Three hours later, it was back down to 6.6. It fluctuates on a daily basis. I don't know how to fix this ):
  14. hello my API test kit arrived today, i've tested the water for the first time using these drops (used to use strips) and everything is normal apart from the PH which is 6 (i tested the tap water and it is about 7) what makes the PH drop please? and how do i fix it? is it just a case of water change? or do i need to buy a ph adjuster?
  15. Hey guys! So I've been fighting with my new tank and it's water. So generally I've had no nitrites (yay!) but since I set it up (about a week ago) I fought with ammonia levels and Nitrate levels. Now I've gotten to the point where ammonia is under control for sure! One thing is the Nitrate levels... I had a bottom sitting scare but Basil turned out to just be playing a cruel joke on mom sooo he's fine but I had posted a forum in the diagnosing section and they said that because I was not having much problems with ammonia or nitrate then my filter wasn't cycled. Right now I've been checking my water everyday sometimes twice a day and have hada few time where my nitrates got high and did a water change. How long does it usually take to cycle a filter? Things seem to be better now as last night and this morning the readings were at or under 5 pmm. Do you think my filter is cycled? Next on my list of questions is my pH it's been at a steady 7.2 which is a little low but better then what it was (6.6 ). Now it did that on it's own slowly. But I know it's still low so should I add a buffer? Next on the list is hardness. I have a question about figuring out test results. I know that it's by drop but when you are reading the chart (I have the API kit) is the number with the little degrees sign by it the number of drops? If so I had 4 drops so would thatbe 50-100pmm? And then is that okay for water hardness or should I worry? How do you make the water harder? Whew.. sorry for the crazy post once I got the ammonia and I think the nitrate levels now under control I had other questions! Go figure! Thanks guys!!
  16. Hey everyone! Recently i got a 50 gallon tank for my b-day.(Couldent get parents to agree on a 75!) I just started cycling it today(19th) and all is well. The pH out of my tap is between 8.0-8.2.. The tank water is between 8.4-8.6. Really high!!!!! Is that difference okay for the fish when cycling is done? For doing large water changes? I currently don't have a gH/kH test kit:( I will be ordering one soon. Is anything needed for this high of a pH? On the test, the color didnt exactly match any of the colors, soo i went on the tone of the color. Thank youuuu sooo much!
  17. I'm having some problems with my ph... I had low ph, (sorry... dont know about my kh or gh my lfs didn't have any on hand so I'm waiting for it to come in the mail) around 6.0, so the guy at my fish store gave me some rocks for the bottom of my tank that raise ph I put 4 small rocks in there and now the ph is testing bright purple!! 8.4 or 8.8 I'm so upset! lol. I took 2 small rocks out and waiting, but im worried about ph drop is that going to be an issue, or should I take all of them out and get api neutral or whatever? I'm sorry I'm asking so many questions, I'm kind of a worry wart.
  18. Hello!! I finally finished my fishless cycle! rejoice! Anyway something popped in my mind that I would have never thought of.... PH.... ooh god. So, my city water is a 6.5 ph and I think fancies need 7.5 or so. Is that a huge deal? I have heard around the internet that its better to have a low stable ph, than a high unstable ph (chemicals and what not). I'm not sure how true that is. so am I ok? or can you recommend any (not plants, I dont have sufficient light sigh) decorations or substrate I can use to higher it? Thanks!
  19. I just wanted to post this little note about how important buffers are when you have soft water like I do. I just tested the perams in my QT tank. I hadn't added buffer to it (since it's empty) and was shocked to see that in just a week, the pH was nearly down to 6.0!! Out of the tap it's about 7.0. I ran out and tested my main tank straight away. I always buffer it using buff-it-up, but I was worried. But, my tank was at a healthy 7.3. PHEW!!! So don't underestimate how quickly your pH can drop in unbuffered water.
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