11-28-2012, 11:00 AM
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Well, I haven't done much to the aquarium over the past week. I've kinda let it do it's thing, filters running, lights on rotation, etc. Nothing has been added or subtracted from the tank. However I've noticed the PH has dropped and stayed down over the last 3-4 days. It's gone down to 6.6 when it's always been 7.5 or close to it around water changes.
Ammonia hasn't dropped or risen, it's still about .25-.5
Nitrites are still high at 1.0
Nitrates are high at about 40-80
The General hardness stayed the same at 4 drops or 71.6 ppm
However the KH has dropped, it only took 1 drop to turn color.
I've got a 32 gallon Rubbermaid Brute can started now to age water before it goes into the aquarium and it's been up and running for 12-16 hours and the PH in there is a whopping 7.8, same water from the same place. I soaked the can over night with water before I started using it, no cleaners. If I ever get this crap straight, I'm going to be in good shape, since I have an auto top off, which I've never had before, an aging barrel, just stuff I didn't have as a kid. Mom has kept a tank going for years growing up and to this day, she's NEVER used a test kit, just measures water temp with her hand and dumps it in the aquarium, has had great success with fish, has a kissing gourami that is pushing 6 years old I think. Me? I test, and read, ask stupid questions, and I get the most outta whack attempt at an aquarium. I keep aquariums like mom cooks....
I'm doing a large water change now, maybe tomorrow will yield some better results on the ph. Why would the KH drop suddenly? Every time I've tested it in the past, it has always been consistently 3-4 drops.