Originally Posted by bobbiemarie23
I think i've narrowed it down to high ammonia levels. i did alot of reading and think i added to many fish at once and there was probably over feeding, my boyfriends seems to think the eat lots! i havent allowed anyone but me to feed the fish in the last month.
I checked my pH and my levels were at 7.6!!
i did a small water change then i added pH down and im now at 7.2 and will retest soon.
my fish are even looking happier!
i really hope im on the road to recovery lol
Trust me there is nothing wrong with the ph 7.6 for the fishes you mention.(many other's)
Using product's like ph up or down has negative effect on fishes for each time you change water,,the pH will fluctuate and eventually return to the original 7.6 due to the buffering capacity that your water has.
Fluctuating water chemistry is hard for fishes to handle and their immune system weaken's, which in turn makes the fish more suceptible to disease,parasites,bacterial pathogen's,fungus,etc.
Tapwater and a good conditioner like PRIME is all you need to keep a wide variety of fish along with regular maint ,water changes.
Vaccum one half the gravel in the tank one week ,and the other half the following week,clean filter material each week in old aquarium water (not tap water).
Feed fish once a day and no more than you actually SEE them eat in a couple minutes.