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Old 01-02-2012, 11:32 AM   #21
 
ok - now I am confused. I tested the two containers of water this morning (the one with sand and water and the other with only water).. They had a 7.6 PH reading. I then tested my tap water and it had a 7.0 PH reading. How could the water (by itself) increase in PH over night?
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Old 01-02-2012, 11:46 AM   #22
 
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ok - now I am confused. I tested the two containers of water this morning (the one with sand and water and the other with only water).. They had a 7.6 PH reading. I then tested my tap water and it had a 7.0 PH reading. How could the water (by itself) increase in PH over night?

Hard to say. Perhaps the container you had the water in, has properties or reside of something that increased your PH? Re test to check for sure your water out of the tap.

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Old 01-02-2012, 12:13 PM   #23
 
hmmm.. Well to be on the safe side (since this might be coral sand) I am going to run out to Home Depot and get some play sand. Thanks for all of the help.
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Old 01-02-2012, 06:19 PM   #24
 
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Perhaps it's from the CO2 off gassing. CO2 is an acid which lowers the pH. When it off gasses the pH will raise.
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:13 PM   #25
 
well I must say, this sand looks a lot better.
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Old 01-02-2012, 10:20 PM   #27
 
powder blue dwarf gourami

while at the pet store today, I saw that they had some powder blue dwatf gourami. I know I had said I wanted the honey gourami, but do you think the powder blue ones would also be suitable in my new tank (when I get it all set-up)? I do not want to end up with fish that are fighting.

Also, I did not see any bolivian rams. Does anyone happen to know if these go by another name? OR is there another cichlid that would be suitable in my 30 gallon (with the fish mentioned below)? THANKS!!



The plan for my 30 gallon:
Aqua clear 70
5 pepper cory
2 honey gourami
1 bolivian ram
6 lemon tetra
6 harlequin rasbora
2 or 3 malaysian trumpet snails
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Old 01-02-2012, 11:09 PM   #28
 
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ok - now I am confused. I tested the two containers of water this morning (the one with sand and water and the other with only water).. They had a 7.6 PH reading. I then tested my tap water and it had a 7.0 PH reading. How could the water (by itself) increase in PH over night?
As nubster said..
Tapwater comes out under pressure and with some CO2 .
After setting overnight,,the CO2 is off gassed and the pH will rise a little.
My tapwater comes out of the tap at 7.2 if I test it right after drawing it.
After setting overnight,,the pH is 7.4 to 7.6.
Good news is,that both of your samples test the same after setting overnight, so the sand is not likely to cause any issues.
Over time,, the pH in my tank drops to around 7.2 through natural process of bacteria breaking down organics. Happens in most tanks, unless buffers are being used to prevent it.
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Old 01-02-2012, 11:16 PM   #29
 
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while at the pet store today, I saw that they had some powder blue dwatf gourami. I know I had said I wanted the honey gourami, but do you think the powder blue ones would also be suitable in my new tank (when I get it all set-up)? I do not want to end up with fish that are fighting.

Also, I did not see any bolivian rams. Does anyone happen to know if these go by another name? OR is there another cichlid that would be suitable in my 30 gallon (with the fish mentioned below)? THANKS!!



The plan for my 30 gallon:
Aqua clear 70
5 pepper cory
2 honey gourami
1 bolivian ram
6 lemon tetra
6 harlequin rasbora
2 or 3 malaysian trumpet snails
I would personally stay away from powder blue gourami for many of these fish are prone to iridovirus or.. Dwarf gourami disease.
Honey gourami are said not to affected by same.
Bolivian ram is sometimes called ruby clown cichlid and one would in my view work in your tank but not enough room,territory,for two in my opinion.
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