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Old 05-15-2008, 09:25 PM   #1
 
is my water ok?

10 gal.....3 pictus and 2 upside down cat fish...planning on getting a 55 gal soon
nitrite is 3.0
gh.75
.kh 180.
ph.6.4...
nitrite 6.0

i change my water 2 or 3 times a week and i cant get my ph rite its always acidic even the the alkalinity test is high im using a 6 in 1 test strip and i also put in a cycle enhancer any 1 have any ideas i also tryproper ph 7.0 wich never works and ph up wich doesent work
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Old 05-15-2008, 10:33 PM   #2
 
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First of all, your tank is overstocked. At this rate, you need a 75g. Either move them to a large tank or rehome them and get smaller specimens instead. Pictus catfish need plenty of swimming space to be able to swim around, not to mention the fact they grow to 8 inches. What size are they currently? If your upside down catfish is a Synodontis nigriventris, they can reach 4 inches. I would say 30g is the minimum for that.

Second, what brand of test kit is it? Test strips are so unreliable and inaccurate. You'll do better with an API liquid test kit. Test your water parameters with that kit. Which one is your nitrates, the 3.0 or the 6.0? Both are labelled as nitrites. Nitrites at that level is very dangerous. How are the fish doing? At this rate, they would have suffered severely from nitrite poisoning.

Test your tapwater's hardness levels with the API. If hardness levels are indeed low, put a bag of crushed corals or oyster shells in your filter but bear in mind that you must address your fish's space issues first before you proceed to this step. Avoid all chemicals except dechlorinator. I would expect nothing from the pH up at all. If the effects wore off, the pH will simply swing back thus stressing and killing your fish. Throw it to the bin.
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Old 05-15-2008, 10:45 PM   #3
 
im getting a 60 to 75 gal tank week.my nitrate is 6.0 my nitrite is 3.0. my question is what do i do to get my ph rite im using the test kit u get at petsmart.
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Old 05-16-2008, 01:51 AM   #4
 
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im getting a 60 to 75 gal tank week.my nitrate is 6.0 my nitrite is 3.0. my question is what do i do to get my ph rite im using the test kit u get at petsmart.
Place a bag of crushed corals or oyster shells if your hardness levels are low. Use another kit before you try though.
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Old 05-16-2008, 11:51 AM   #5
 
Your levels are high since you have too any fish in the tank that you have. The good bacteria doesn't/can't break down the amount of waste in the tank and bring to levels down. You have to remember that all of the reading effect eachother. Did you test your tap water? What's the ph of that?
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