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Old 09-16-2006, 07:35 AM   #11
 
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I don't see any questions requiring that answer.
If you have more questions, feel free to ask.
The temperature depends on the type of fish you will be keeping. Most tropical community fish will thrive in temperatures between 72F to 82F, but when you decide what kind of fish you want to have, do some research on them so that you know what they do best in. If do you decide to keep goldfish you do not need a heater because they thrive in temperatures between 65F and 75F (about 68F to 72F being ideal).
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Old 09-16-2006, 10:19 AM   #12
 
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ok i bought some tests

the results were as follows

ph.9 i know this is high

amonia 0.0mg/l

nirate 10mg/l

nitrite 0.1mg/l

how do i lower the ph level so that it stays at a consistant level
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Old 09-16-2006, 11:38 AM   #13
 
You can add peat or wood, which releases tannins. But this makes your water light brown.

You can also use pH lowering chemicals, but I normally don't like doing it, becuase it may cause your pH to shift, during water changes.

What type of substrate are you using? Does it contain coral or seashells?

Do you have any seashells as decor?

Coral or seashells in an aquarium can increase the pH in the water. Have you tested the pH in your tap?
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Old 09-16-2006, 12:16 PM   #14
 
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What type of substrate are you using?
whats that lol

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Do you have any seashells as decor?
no,i have coral

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Have you tested the pH in your tap?
no i havent but i assume its same as i only put water in yesterday with no chemicals
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Old 09-16-2006, 12:20 PM   #15
 
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Subtrate means are you using ' gravel ' , ' sand ' or anything else to put on the bottom of the tank.

I would still test your pH in your tap to be safe so than you will know its not something in the tank which is making your pH go high.

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Old 09-16-2006, 12:27 PM   #16
 
You said you have coral. Real coral will increase the pH in your water. Unless you want high pH, I would remove it. Cichlids and salt water fish are the only fish that require high pH.
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Old 09-16-2006, 03:16 PM   #17
 
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yeah i have gravel m8,the ph is high bbut i imagine it will settle over the 2 week cycle period
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Old 09-16-2006, 03:47 PM   #18
 
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So do you have coral in your tank or not? If you do take it out. And test your tap water for the pH.
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Old 09-16-2006, 05:01 PM   #19
 
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lol im such a div.is this coral???



if my ph is to high how do i lower it with out more chemicals,is there a natural way
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Old 09-16-2006, 05:52 PM   #20
 
Doesn't look like coral, but I'm not sure. But it could contain some kind of calcium carbonate. An easy way to tell is if adjust your pH is to test your water from your faucet tap. If it's lower than your tank, then something in your tank is causing high pH, which could be the rock. So then, basically remove the rock, replace all of the water and check your pH again.
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