Stable PH Levels - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 21 Old 07-07-2010, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Welsh's Avatar
 
Stable PH Levels

I'm not sure whether this is the right section so I apologise in advance

Last week I pinched some rocks from my mothers flower pots outside and boiled them before adding them to my shrimp/snail tank, I didn't know these rocks could raise PH so I was over the moon when my levels raised from 7.4 to 8.8 in a few hours. The next day I did my water change only to find that the levels were back down to 7.4, the tank is only 2.4 gallon -11 litres and I really want to get strong shells on my snails, I feed them Hikari Crab Cuisine and other calcium enriched foods but there shells are still getting really damaged. In the tank there are 2 baby snails which love to jump off the top walls, which of course is damaging there shells further. I've now replaced the rocks with sand and really need a stable source of calcium for them. I have tried cuttlebone, shells, egg shells but no such luck, I don't really want to add chemicals to the tank but if there is no other reliable method then I guess I could.

Thanks :)
Welsh is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 21 Old 07-07-2010, 01:49 PM
Member
 
bearwithfish's Avatar
 
i am just trying to get a clear picture .. you have a 2.5 salt water tank and your looking to get better calcium for your inverts right?.... have you testes your Cal. yet? and what are the results .. we don't want to advise you to add anything to the tank with out first checking your water parameters...
post a full spectrum if you are able and we can move from there.....

Back in the Game!!! Live Bearers in a 40 Breeder
bearwithfish is offline  
post #3 of 21 Old 07-07-2010, 07:11 PM
Member
 
onefish2fish's Avatar
 
dont boil rocks if water is trapped inside they can explode.
onefish2fish is offline  
post #4 of 21 Old 07-08-2010, 08:34 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
Welsh's Avatar
 
Sorry, I should have said its a freshwater tank.

When I say boil I just poured hot water from the kettle over and left them to soak lol
Welsh is offline  
post #5 of 21 Old 07-08-2010, 08:58 AM
Member
 
bearwithfish's Avatar
 
ahh ok i will move this thread over to Fresh water for you so more people can help out....

Back in the Game!!! Live Bearers in a 40 Breeder
bearwithfish is offline  
post #6 of 21 Old 07-08-2010, 08:59 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
Welsh's Avatar
 
Ok, Sorry, I should probably read more carefully in the future lol
Welsh is offline  
post #7 of 21 Old 07-08-2010, 09:21 AM
Member
 
bearwithfish's Avatar
 
no no not at all at first glance i would have probably done the same.... no worries....

so glad you did not actually boil the rocks (i have made that mistake once and ruined a new pan!!!)

also this being more about your inverts shells.. there are some great articles on her by a gentleman named Byron that are fantastic (not discounting any one else mind you) search some of his posts..
also i have heard of others putting Tums in the tank for them to nibble on and that appears to help as well...

Back in the Game!!! Live Bearers in a 40 Breeder
bearwithfish is offline  
post #8 of 21 Old 07-08-2010, 10:03 AM
Member
 
Byron's Avatar
 
I appreciate the vote of confidence, but I must dissappoint Welsh this time...I know next to nothing about inverts. I do know that snails and shrimp need calcium for their shells/exoskeleton respectively, and normally this comes from the water if it is basic and moderately hard (out of the tap). I'm wondering if the damage you mention might be something lese? I'll leave that for an invert expert, several members here have these fascinating critters.

Byron.

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]
Byron is offline  
post #9 of 21 Old 07-08-2010, 10:06 AM
Member
 
onefish2fish's Avatar
 
i believe your looking for "Lupin"
onefish2fish is offline  
post #10 of 21 Old 07-08-2010, 10:08 AM
Member
 
bearwithfish's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by onefish2fish View Post
i believe your looking for "Lupin"
DOOOOOOHHHHHH .. please forgive my laps in memory

Back in the Game!!! Live Bearers in a 40 Breeder
bearwithfish is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Help with PH levels Riskbling Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 3 11-17-2009 11:50 AM
kH levels SubAtomicScope Freshwater and Tropical Fish 4 08-25-2009 02:46 PM
how to keep ph stable ? Busgod Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 9 03-07-2008 11:05 AM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome