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post #21 of 24 Old 10-14-2011, 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Maxillius View Post
I use a product that i add to the water to lower mine i use sera Ph minus
but i guess any brand would do they even sell those that add electrolytes to the water at the same time altho i do not know if they are good or not, you will have to keep cheking your ph at least twice a day if your cycling according to my experience ph can vary alot and according to byron if it goes up 7 it isent good. It happend to me once i came home from school and all my fish where pale and not looking good i did a ph test wich was above 7 so i lowered it slowly and everything is fine now you will just have to test it often! :)
now im no expert so dont take this as immdiate advices .. i would wait for confirmation for experts hehe
but ph minus works!
Please have a read of the article I linked previously. It will explain the connection between hardness and pH, and this is critical. Using pH adjusting chemicals may or may not be safe. Until we know the hardness, and perhaps other factors, I do not recommend this.

The other issue is an example of what I wrote earlier, on the ammonia/ammonium issue when pH is acidic and then becomes basic. The described symptoms indicate ammonia poisoning, which at the very least will stress the fish but if prolonged can kill them.


Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #22 of 24 Old 10-14-2011, 12:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron View Post
This is due to the hardness; I linked an article detailing this in my previous post, it will explain the connection.
Agreed, I just don't see the need to mess with water parameters if you don't need to. I think that is more work than it is worth unless you have unique or delicate fish.
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post #23 of 24 Old 10-15-2011, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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Hi Looks like my readings are stabilising
Nitrate coming down but nitrite still at 0.8 after major water changes
Figers crossed
14th Friday Night
Ammonia 0
Nitrate 30
Nitrite 0.8
did a 35% water Change; added cycle
15th Saturday Evening
Ammonia 0
Nitrate 20
Nitrite 0.8
did a 35% water Change; added cycle

Thankyou all for your contributions / feedback
Shall post more readings and updates as soon as i have any
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post #24 of 24 Old 10-17-2011, 07:28 AM Thread Starter
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Hi Folks
Looks like the readings have come down further..
16th Sunday Evening

Amonia 0
Nitrate 10
Nitrite 0.3
Rinsed the filter in the siphoned out aquarium water
35% water Changed
Single Dose of Cycle added
Shall continue to monitor.. Once It looks like there wont be any more spikes i shall drop to 20% water change every other day. and gradually reduce to 25% per week
Thank you all once again.. i am glad i asked you the question else i wouldnt have known what to do, have done 15-20% water changes, kept trying to feed the guppy and would have lost him...

Great article on PH Byron; shall leave my PH as it is..

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