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Old 08-22-2006, 10:32 PM   #11
 
About how big are the marbles?
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Old 08-23-2006, 12:00 AM   #12
 
also are the marbels painted at all? perhaps the paint could be contributing and i agree with blue u should ideally be testing your water at home and GH & KH are more important than PH. you can get darker / natural looking gravels which dont show the waste as much.. ( i should know i have white gravel lol :( ) also what else is in the tank in the way of decor? ornaments ect?
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Old 08-23-2006, 10:07 AM   #13
 
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well, they are thumb-nail sized marbles of different colors, but they arent painted. they seem to me to just be colored glass...i have two fake plants and a rock formation, all bought from the aqua dept at lfs.

if pH isnt that important, howcome everyone makes such a big deal about it? and what about the fish that cant survive in tanks with higher pH? and why dont the people who are supposed to be experts on setting up tanks tell you to check your gH and kh?

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Old 08-23-2006, 10:38 AM   #14
 
what is your ph if you dont have a test kit go to the store but the might not have the best test kit so it might be off by a little.
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Old 08-23-2006, 11:09 AM   #15
 
You really should never use marbles as substrate for an aquarium. Marbles allow leftover food, waste, and debris to become trapped, which can lead to bad water conditions and sick fish. Keep the aquarium's colors simple and natural. Brightly-colored substrate can make the fish shy and less active.
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Old 08-23-2006, 11:39 AM   #16
 
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these are some not so great pics of my setup...it does look kinda bright through the lens of a camera...but i didnt think it looked too bright to the natural eye....hrm...

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Old 08-23-2006, 11:43 AM   #17
 
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Hey, I love the decorations, the fake plants almost look real and you have a cool feature/cave in there. I've got to say, the marbles dont look so great. If you like the colorful feater go with blue gravel. But more natural is black. Either would look good, but not marbles.

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Old 08-23-2006, 12:55 PM   #18
 
Well said, Nick :D
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Old 08-23-2006, 03:58 PM   #19
 
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thanks guys!

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Old 08-23-2006, 04:10 PM   #20
 
ph is important to an extent obviously if ur PH was extreme of either end of the scale you would need to do sumthin about it but the reason for this is usually because with extreme ph readings your GH & KH are likely o be a little out there aswell.. correct me if im wrong anyone??

LFS usually wont tell u these kinds of things either because they dont know themselves.... or they want to get u to buy as many things as possible including wasting time & money on PH up & PH down water treatments which usually cause more problems than they solve....
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