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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. 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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