02-14-2010, 02:05 AM
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Originally Posted by RegalT
I've had my tank Established and Cycling for 5-6 months now, but I am occasionally losing fish and I'm not sure why. I have 75gl Community tank with a variety of fish and I'm pretty sure theres no bullying going on by how close I watch them. My liquid tests always fair well and never show any danger to the fish I stock. The one thing that always remains the High Ph level, Right around 7.8. I'm sure this is common for city tap water in the winter, but I wonder if it has been the culprit the whole time? I just yesterday began a buffer treatment to bring the Ph back down to 7.0, but now I wonder if I will be constantly chasing this with every water change. (I'm sure I will)
also one last question. I just bleached my Filter to my magnum 350 and have washed it numerous for about three days, but it still smells of Bleach... is it safe to use?
I would leave pH alone. You will indeed need to use buffer at each water change otherwise.
Would not use the pleated polishing filter after using bleach. Would keep all filter material wet in aquarium water or dechlorinated water when switching it out to use polishing filter or cleaning filter material.
Hard surfaces can be cleaned with mild bleach and water solution, then rinsed well and allowed to dry for 24 hours. Material that is absorbent or pourus, would be very hard to rinse the bleach from.
Would agree with batman, and replace the polishing filter rather than cleaning it with bleach.
Without knowing what species of fish you are keeping, would be hard to say if the pH is uncomfortable for the fish.