12-20-2007, 10:21 PM
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New test, new results......
I picked up test strips just to see what the differance between the strips and my master kit. Ammonia is reading the same on both kits, and it has come down since last week, and everything else is close. I'm going to try to find a lfs tomorrow that doesn't test with strips since they're going to get the same thing I did since we're using the same strips. My nitrites came up a bit also which makes me think that it's at least moving in the right direction.
I didn't want to use chemicals in the tank but I had to do something that day or I'd loose the fish I upgraded for! I bought bio-spria(?) and put that in about 4 days ago and the only other thing I've used is Stress Coat. I'm done with the other stuff if it's just going to screw everything up. Speaking of my little friends, Plecky and the 2 cories are doing fine. He's been coming out to play once the lights are of and he's also been nice enough to rearrange the tank to his liking! He has low spots in the sand where he sleeps and just kicks the sand around when it's not confortable for him. I think he likes his new bigger home!!! The cories have gone back to chasing themselves in the reflection up and down the walls.
I am concerned with my kH being so low. Doesn't the kH basically stabalize the pH? Also I have very hard water so what's the best thing to use to soften it? I want to put Apisto's in the tank once I'm ready and they like soft water with low pH. Oh, I was also told that the ammonia isn't killing the fish since my pH is so low. It's not as toxic with lower pH levels? If I bring the pH up to 7.0 with high ammonia then it would really affect the fish. Any input on this one?