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Old 02-12-2011, 08:50 PM   #1
 
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PH too high?

Ok so I am unsure about ph I hear a lot of conflicting things. Right now my ph is at 7.2 is this too high? I hear that its supposed to be at 7.0 >> ... Also I just cleaned the tank like three hours ago if that changes anything. There shouldn't be any nitrates and the PH level should be stable as I use Nitraban in it and that supposedly helps with both things. I also don't know why but my tank is cloudy ._. it's not overly so but just enough that you can tell, the color of the water is tinged white. All of the fish seem fine and I don't think ammonia is the problem though I don't have a liquid test for the parameters of the tank, and I just ran out of the strip test. Should I get a liquid test how much do they cost? Sorry for such a long post^^'
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Old 02-12-2011, 09:40 PM   #2
 
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Ok so I am unsure about ph I hear a lot of conflicting things. Right now my ph is at 7.2 is this too high? I hear that its supposed to be at 7.0 >> ... Also I just cleaned the tank like three hours ago if that changes anything. There shouldn't be any nitrates and the PH level should be stable as I use Nitraban in it and that supposedly helps with both things. I also don't know why but my tank is cloudy ._. it's not overly so but just enough that you can tell, the color of the water is tinged white. All of the fish seem fine and I don't think ammonia is the problem though I don't have a liquid test for the parameters of the tank, and I just ran out of the strip test. Should I get a liquid test how much do they cost? Sorry for such a long post^^'
First of all what fish do you have?
Do you have any nitrates or nitrites?
Yes, you should definitely get a liquid test kit, preferably the API master test kit

EDIT: also, pH is most likely not the problem and for now DONT tinker with it, its most likely ammonia/nitrate/nitrite and if your fish a hardy enough to stand that, they can definitely stand a pH of 7.2. Only african cichlids, or delicate south american cichlids would struggle at that pH
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Old 02-12-2011, 09:49 PM   #3
 
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I have three Rainbow fish, one hi-fin pleco, one striped peacock eel, four fancy guppies, and a crab; I found one last strip and it says I have no nitrites or nitrates ._. but it could be wrong I hear they aren't the most reliable. Though if they were too high my crab would have nitrite/nitrate poisoning. I think I will buy a test kit tomorrow... It will be easier for the diagnosis of my tank ^^
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Old 02-12-2011, 09:51 PM   #4
 
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I have three Rainbow fish, one hi-fin pleco, one striped peacock eel, four fancy guppies, and a crab; I found one last strip and it says I have no nitrites or nitrates ._. but it could be wrong I hear they aren't the most reliable. Though if they were too high my crab would have nitrite/nitrate poisoning. I think I will buy a test kit tomorrow... It will be easier for the diagnosis of my tank ^^
ok a few more questions, what is the size of your tank, how long have you had the tank, did you cycle the tank, how did you cycle the tank, also, during your last water change, about how much of the water did you change,
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Old 02-12-2011, 09:57 PM   #5
 
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Aquarium Water Testing: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Freshwater Master Test Kit

this is the test kit you'll want to buy. Its probably the best/ most accurate, and is used by almost all the members of this forum
also we have some stocking problems that we may need to work out, but first lets get the cloudy water problem taken care of
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Old 02-12-2011, 10:02 PM   #6
 
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My tank is 25 gallon and I've had it for about four months >> or maybe five months. I cycled it by transferring my fish from my other tank into my new tank, which were my gourami and my pleco oh and my some of my guppies. I no longer have the gourami sadly as he kinda went aggressive after I added the new fish after the first three weeks. When I changed the water I took about 30%-40% out it was time for the big change so I scrubbed everything under water to get rid of some of the algae. Thanks for the test kit info <3
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Old 02-12-2011, 10:10 PM   #7
 
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My tank is 25 gallon and I've had it for about four months >> or maybe five months. I cycled it by transferring my fish from my other tank into my new tank, which were my gourami and my pleco oh and my some of my guppies. I no longer have the gourami sadly as he kinda went aggressive after I added the new fish after the first three weeks. When I changed the water I took about 30%-40% out it was time for the big change so I scrubbed everything under water to get rid of some of the algae. Thanks for the test kit info <3
ok, i think we found your problem. By scrubbing all your decorations you likely killed the beneficial bacteria in them. These bacteria help make sure that your ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite levels are good. Since you have a pleco, you should have no big algae problems unless your keeping the light on too much. If its a planted tank you want 10-12 hours, if its non-planted you want 8-10 hours. If you ran water through your gravel as well than we may have a big problem, otherwise it shouldn't be that bad.
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Old 02-12-2011, 10:18 PM   #8
 
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OOOO ok, its non-planted... so I shouldn't have scrubbed the decorations >>. Well as long as it's not going to become progressively worse. I never rinse the gravel unless it's new and being added. T.T I was so worried, I was praying my fish weren't going to suddenly die. But since their going to be ok I'll just monitor it closer for the next few days to make sure it doesn't spike and definitely get a master kit <3 thank you so much for the help
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OOOO ok, its non-planted... so I shouldn't have scrubbed the decorations >>. Well as long as it's not going to become progressively worse. I never rinse the gravel unless it's new and being added. T.T I was so worried, I was praying my fish weren't going to suddenly die. But since their going to be ok I'll just monitor it closer for the next few days to make sure it doesn't spike and definitely get a master kit <3 thank you so much for the help
you didn't scrub with soap did you?? Also, you shouldn't have taken the decorations out of the water in the first place or washed it. The chlorine in tap water kills a lot more bacteria than the scrub, although they both kill a good amount.
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Old 02-12-2011, 10:41 PM   #10
 
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No o.O soap is dangerous isn't it?
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