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post #11 of 19 Old 06-03-2008, 07:30 PM
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Try testing your tap water. 8 is just too extremely high for those fish to have produced it by themselves and it's a miracle any have survived, especially the cory.

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post #12 of 19 Old 06-03-2008, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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I will. Should I let it sit out over night before testing it??
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post #13 of 19 Old 06-03-2008, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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I just tested straight out of the tap and the ammonia was 0 and the Ph was 7.4. I'm letting some sit out over night and test again in the morning to see if it changes any. Strange! Any ideas?
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post #14 of 19 Old 06-04-2008, 03:48 AM
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What type of dechlorinator are you using to treat water ? Are children feeding these fish ? You MUST have zero ammonia and nitrite for fish to survive. The ph can be dealt with later but for now I would train my efforts on achieving the zero ammonia and nitrites. It does not make sense that ammonia from tap is zero yet ammonia in 10 gal is eight? Rather than mess with ph while fish are in the tank, I would get large rubbermaid tub and gallon jugs of distilled water. I would then try mixture of dechlorinated tap water mixed with distilled to achieve desired ph. You could then use this water for water changes.

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post #15 of 19 Old 06-04-2008, 07:33 AM Thread Starter
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Hmmmm . . maybe I've been feeding them too much. I've been feeding 2x a day two pinches of flake food and a couple of shrimp pellets the 2nd time for the cory, but the guppies seem to enjoy those too. No way would I let my kids feed the fish - maybe when they are older.

I use Jungle Water Safe Plus and then Jungle Start Zyme with water changes.

I will start doing water changes with the mixture you recommended and see where that gets me. I guess I'm thinking it must be the feeding as thats the only thing that makes sense. I don't have a gravel vac yet so I probably get one of those and start cleaning.

Oh, one more thing. I also checked the levels for my goldfish tank and the Ph was 8 there also, although the other levels were great with 0 ammonia so obviously its not my water. Hmmmm . . .
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post #16 of 19 Old 06-04-2008, 07:35 AM Thread Starter
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Its not my water for the ammonia anyway.
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post #17 of 19 Old 06-04-2008, 08:01 AM Thread Starter
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You guys are going to be sick of me, but I really appreciate all of your help in figuring out what happening with my tank. I decided to test this morning since I did a water change yesterday and found that the Ph has come down to 7.4. Is that normal for just one change? Both readings for the ammonia and the nitrate are still the same, but I thought the Ph was interesting.
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post #18 of 19 Old 06-04-2008, 09:03 AM
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Weekly water changes with good dechlorinator such as prime or amquel+ along with vaccuming the bottom at each water change should provide you with improved water conditions. You will want to change at least twenty to twenty five percent of water each week. Didn't know how old kids were but they do watch and learn . Some are more resourceful than others . You may not need to mess with ph at all .I only mentioned a way to adjust it if you felt it necessary. Most fish can adapt to differing ph values as long as change is gradual. I believe ammonia is your biggest enemy .

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post #19 of 19 Old 06-06-2008, 08:03 AM Thread Starter
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Okay, things seem to be getting under control. I did all API kits tests this morning and the ammonia is now down to .25 (thank goodness!), Ph is showing 7.8, nitrate is 10 and nitrite is 5. Also, I got a little desperate yesterday as all the guppies were at the top of the tank gasping for air. I was almost ready to put them in with my goldfish because their tank is established, but then ended up just moving the filter cartridge from the goldfish tank to the guppy tank to see if that would speed up the process. It seemed to help the ammonia as it was 2 yesterday. It certainly didn't hurt so far. Any comments would be great! Thank you!
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