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Problem with some kind of bloom?
Old 06-13-2011, 06:18 PM   #11
 
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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?
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Old 06-13-2011, 07:49 PM   #12
 
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I'm using Top Fin Premium Quality aquarium gravel from Pet Smart.
Top Fin&#0174 Premium Quality Aquarium Gravel- 5lb - Fish - PetSmart

Would this type change ph? Is it considered calcareous or limestone? I tried to do a search on it and can't find exactly what type of gravel this is.

No other substances going in the water except for that little bag of Chemi-Pure carbon I have sitting on top of the bio balls, and a water conditioner from Top Fin.

Most of my fish are livebearers and are happy little campers. The Black tetras and my Cory Catare also seem to be thriving in this aquarium. I may move one or two into the 20 gallon and see how they do.

Would my aquariums be considered hard and alkaline then? Where can I get and read up more on soft, acidic and hard alkaline waters on this site? I'm gathering all the info I can!
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Old 06-13-2011, 08:04 PM   #13
 
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I'm using Top Fin Premium Quality aquarium gravel from Pet Smart.
Top Fin&#0174 Premium Quality Aquarium Gravel- 5lb - Fish - PetSmart

Would this type change ph? Is it considered calcareous or limestone? I tried to do a search on it and can't find exactly what type of gravel this is.

No other substances going in the water except for that little bag of Chemi-Pure carbon I have sitting on top of the bio balls, and a water conditioner from Top Fin.

Most of my fish are livebearers and are happy little campers. The Black tetras and my Cory Catare also seem to be thriving in this aquarium. I may move one or two into the 20 gallon and see how they do.

Would my aquariums be considered hard and alkaline then? Where can I get and read up more on soft, acidic and hard alkaline waters on this site? I'm gathering all the info I can!
The numbers you posted previously were 75 for hardness and 300 for alkalinity. I assume these are ppm (parts per million), so that equates to 4 dGH and 16 dKH. The high KH should buffer the pH, preventing changes, unless something in the aquarium is affecting it. That gravel link says nothing about the gravel's properties. Do you still have the bag? Sometimes it says on the back.

Carbon will not affect pH. The reason I think this should be investigated is the significant difference between tap and tank. Sudden pH changes can be detrimental to fish. The tanks have gone up, they could suddenly drop.

I would like to see the data from your water supply people, can you send me the link to their website?

I don't think we have any general hardness sticky here, this issue just crops up in various threads. I have been meaning to put something together.

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Old 06-13-2011, 08:32 PM   #14
 
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I'm not exactly sure if this would be the link you would be needing from our water supply.

The Official Winslow Township, NJ Website - Connecting to the Water System

We also just recently (in May) had our water tested and I have a cert of analysis. If you need info from there let me know and I can post that as well.

We have well water here.
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Old 06-13-2011, 08:41 PM   #15
 
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I'm not exactly sure if this would be the link you would be needing from our water supply.

The Official Winslow Township, NJ Website - Connecting to the Water System

We also just recently (in May) had our water tested and I have a cert of analysis. If you need info from there let me know and I can post that as well.

We have well water here.
If you're using well water in the tank, that is what needs to be tested for hardness.
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Old 06-14-2011, 10:32 AM   #16
 
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Yes, the tap and tank water supply comes from the same well source. Only thing I can think of that makes the different Ph's from tap to tanks is the water conditioner. Thats the only other thing I use other than the gravel that I posted the link to.. Unfortunately I didn't keep the bag, but I plan to go to the fish store this weekend and will take a look see for ingredients. Ialso plan to get more plants to see if that will help.

Today I will transport a couple of the fish from Bio Cube to 20 gallon.
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