06-13-2011, 05:18 PM
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Originally Posted by FlashGuppy
Thanks for that link Byron. I did read it...and am still trying to digest the info.
I've spent time reading today and reading and reading....lol....some of the threads on bacterial and algae blooms. I'll get to understanding it soon I'm sure. I will leave the bio cube alone and get more plants this week.
I just did a ph test.
My new 20 gallon - 7.6
Bio Cube - 7.6
Tap water - 6.4
Need to find out if I have any strips left for testing the hardness of the tap. I'll be back and post that later. Thanks again for your help.
The tap water hardness is very unlikely to change, so we can assume the previous numbers apply.
On the pH. Both tanks are 7.6 while tap is 6.4 so something in the tanks seems to be affecting the pH. This would most likely be calcareous gravel or rock (limestone, marble, tufa, coral, etc). Any of that in your tanks? This is fine for livebearers, ideal in fact, as they would not do well in soft water on the acidic side.
Any other chemical or substances going in the water?