02-19-2013, 03:25 AM
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Well I have very bad news for this ongoing saga. Three days ago I went to the local petsmart and spoke to the alleged "Fish Expert". I told them about the problems that I have been having with my ph. They suggested that I use this wonderful (NOT) product called Perfect PH. I bought the product and retuned home with it. I put in the recommended amount and went to bed. Woke up the next morning and fish were ok, less the cloudy water. I went out for the day and when I returned home half of the fish were dead floating covered in a white film. I quickly scooped out the remaining alive and half-alive fish and transferred them to my 10 gallon tank that I had prepped for when the female guppies gave birth. I dumped in some slime coat and prayed for the best. when I woke up for work today (well yesterday 02/18/2013) A good portion had died. So the only survivors were the 2 Pearl Gornomies, 2 clown loaches, Raphael catfish and tire track eel. I am pretty sure that they all had a chemical burn due to the fact that after they died they all turned pale white.
So now I am going to drain the 55 gallon tank, add fresh water and live bacteria and cycle it again. As for the ph when the tank is up and running I'm just going to leave it alone. Either the plants are responsible for lowering it after I raise it or the filters for filtering out the additive. Either way I'm just going to leave well enough alone this time ... Hopefully I don't lose any more of the fishies in the mean time. I'm not mad about loosing over $100.00 in fish but sad that they died. Now that I need to restock the tank in a few weeks any sugestions on what to get that would work well with the remaining survivors and with a ph of 6.0 or lower?