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Water tested everything! What do I do?
Old 05-15-2010, 12:24 AM   #61
 
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[quote=TexasTanker;384104]I'm super paranoid about the four fry I found and finally broke down and bought them food. They are segregated into a fry net thingy. They're not hiding in the rocks or plants anymore. I think they're teasing the adults.

I FINALLY got my 48" Coralife light ballast thing. I put a 6700 Daylight bulb and a colormax. I'm not sure I like the Colormax though. With just the daylight, my blue platy actually looked blue. Now they're back to white with visible internal organs. I'm going to experiment with the lights. The ballast came with the 10,000k daylight and the acsomething blue light.

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I also bought prime for future changes. It also says it has some kind of fish coating stuff in it. I read allllll the bottles and it all said that.????[/quote

I just tested the water and the NO2/3 is going up and the PH is going back down.

GH 120
KH 0
PH 6.5
NO2 3
NO3 40

Gonna do a water change now.

SO, where do I get dolomite and does it have a different market name? I asked and I got blank stares back.

Prime contains substance (I suspect salts) that stimulates fish to produce it's own slime coat which all healthy fish are capable of.
Other products claim that their product actually contains product to provide slime coat (aloe or other oil perhaps tea tree oil?)
Quote from my bottle of Prime..'Prime also promotes the production and regeneration of the Natural slime coat."
Makes no claim to provide slime coat .
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Old 05-15-2010, 09:11 AM   #62
 
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Okay that makes sense. I saw the "Provides Slime Coat" on the front. Read the back with my thinking cap and it makes more sense now.
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Old 05-15-2010, 09:23 AM   #63
 
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Last night during the water change I was inspecting the water for fry. What I found totally grossed me out. Little worms that resemble inch worms in their movement. It was almost teardrop shaped when stretched. White to sand in color and about an inch long. I also noticed these teeny tiny little bugs that I can't describe but to say they look like dots on crack. The single snail I first saw is now dozens of tiny snails of the Malaysian trumpet variety. My fish seem fine but in my googling of the worms last night I found an article that says detritus worms (which could resemble my worms... or most any worm) can kill KH and lower PH rapidly during a wormy population explosion. I happen to have that problem. My KH is non existent and it's a battle to keep my PH above 6.5.

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Old 05-16-2010, 04:46 AM   #64
 
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Last night during the water change I was inspecting the water for fry. What I found totally grossed me out. Little worms that resemble inch worms in their movement. It was almost teardrop shaped when stretched. White to sand in color and about an inch long. I also noticed these teeny tiny little bugs that I can't describe but to say they look like dots on crack. The single snail I first saw is now dozens of tiny snails of the Malaysian trumpet variety. My fish seem fine but in my googling of the worms last night I found an article that says detritus worms (which could resemble my worms... or most any worm) can kill KH and lower PH rapidly during a wormy population explosion. I happen to have that problem. My KH is non existent and it's a battle to keep my PH above 6.5.

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All manner of planaria and or copepods can be found in aquariums where they often pose little threat and many are eaten by fishes. Large infestations are usually associated with perhaps more than minimal organic waste that is allowed to build up or from possible over feeding.
Often reducing the amount of food available by either reduced feedings and or gravel vaccuming will result in fewer numbers. I seem to recall that you used approx 30 lbs of mature gravel for the tank?
Could be that they hitch hiked in with the mature substrate or on recently added plants. If you are feeding sparingly, both the snail population and the worms,bugs,etc should thin out due to lack of food available.
I would in this case consider gravel vaccuming one third of the tank once each week and a different one third each time. in this way you can reduce numbers of the offending worms,bugs,and perhaps snails without disturbing too much of the nitrifying bacteria that gathers on substrtae as well as in the filter.
To keep pH above 6.5 i would consider the dolomite or crushed coral in mesh bag placed in filter compartment as mentioned earlier.
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Old 05-16-2010, 12:25 PM   #65
 
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I would in this case consider gravel vaccuming one third of the tank once each week and a different one third each time. in this way you can reduce numbers of the offending worms,bugs,and perhaps snails without disturbing too much of the nitrifying bacteria that gathers on substrtae as well as in the filter.
To keep pH above 6.5 i would consider the dolomite or crushed coral in mesh bag placed in filter compartment as mentioned earlier.
I've been vacuuming the gravel at each water change. The plants I put in then pulled out were super messy and I'm still rehabbing the tank from that little fiasco. My levels are elevated because of the cycling process, but not high. I'm testing daily right now.

I'm still looking for the Dolomite. The owner of one of the LFS is what I'd call old school and probably won't look at me like i'm insane. Some of these other places are killing me. Their response to any question is chemical. Its not all together surprising to see the differences between chem-trolled tanks and actual freshwater tanks. I'm a newbie to all of this and am learning new stuff almost hourly and still I'm treated like a prodigy when I tell other customers that I maintain the tank sans chemicals.
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Old 05-19-2010, 04:44 AM   #66
 
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If the dolomite proves elusive I think crushed coral would make a decent substitute, even if it's not quite as magnesium-heavy.
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Old 05-19-2010, 12:52 PM   #67
 
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If the dolomite proves elusive I think crushed coral would make a decent substitute, even if it's not quite as magnesium-heavy.
Yes, I agree; I've had to go this route myself. Coral will maintain a stable pH. I still have conflicting info on the hardness aspect, but no matter, it works on the pH.
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