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post #31 of 165 Old 09-12-2013, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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I actually plan to divide my new tank when I get it here (240g) to have a small gravel area. I want to do that because it's hilarious to watch my clown loaches digging in the gravel ..they pick up the gravel and exuberantly toss it to the side then stick their head back all the way in the hole and keep doing that. Anyway..my point is you can create a divider with tank safe wood or large smooth rocks then one side sand other gravel. The Corydoras will really love the sand and it just looks so nice in an aquarium.


(I'd like to add..I would highly doubt the accuracy of the erratic reading you were getting for KH, GH and PH from your strips. Likely you didn't have a swing in that at all..was just faulty strip results. API also sells a liquid KH test kit which I have one of. KH is what would cause the swings in your PH so maybe grab that when you're at the petstore too..or order it)
I've been using the API liquid kit for a couple days now. My PH is still kinda jumpy. This morning I got 8, but I just tested again and now it's at 8.2. I just can't get my PH to hold tight!

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post #32 of 165 Old 09-12-2013, 04:29 PM
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I've been using the API liquid kit for a couple days now. My PH is still kinda jumpy. This morning I got 8, but I just tested again and now it's at 8.2. I just can't get my PH to hold tight!
Did you try both the high range and the regular range PH test? In any case I'd now highly recommend buying the API KH test to help you get an understanding of whats going on. (the GH isn't so important to know when it's a matter of PH swings...just the KH)
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Did you try both the high range and the regular range PH test? In any case I'd now highly recommend buying the API KH test to help you get an understanding of whats going on. (the GH isn't so important to know when it's a matter of PH swings...just the KH)
Yep, I did both. Regular gave me a 7.6 so I retested with the high and it gave me 8.2. My oh seems to always be at 300 with the strips, but I'll order an API liquid test.


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Just snooping around online, and was wondering what you all thought about this sand: 28 lbs of Genuine Beach Sand Aquarium Sand Craft Art Wedding Soft Caifornia | eBay

I think it would look really pretty.

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OK, so I finally got a chance to check our plain tap water. I have been just testing it straight out of the tap and getting lower ph readings than what I'm seeing in my tank, and couldn't figure it out. I didn't know there could be such a large difference! I let a glass of water sit overnight to let any extra gasses dissipate, and now I just got a reading of 8.4 from plain tap water. So that must be why my ph wants to sit around 8.2. I'll continue doing water changes with distilled water and hopefully notice a difference over a couple weeks.
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post #36 of 165 Old 09-15-2013, 08:21 AM Thread Starter
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Df brought home some tetras Friday might. More than what should be added at once, by far, but he's convinced I'm just overly paranoid. His family never did anything special with their aquarium growing up and he says their fish were fine for years, so when I try to explain about water testing and treatments, and water changes, I just get him shaking his head at me.

But anyway... Everyone has been adjusting fine. No issues, no jumps in nitrites, nitrates, or ammonia. In case anyone is curious, there are 11 tetras... Along with our 3 neon tetras, guppy, and peppered Cory.


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I did another two gallon water change with distiller water and am now getting a ph of 8. So it's slowly lowering. I'll test again tomorrow morning to see if its staying down.


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What kind of tetras did he bring home?

-Kristen's tanks:

14g Tall:
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16g Aqueon Bowfront:
Planted, eco-complete, 8 Ember tetras, 7 Green neon tetras, 6 Harlequin Rasboras

36 Aqueon Bowfront: Planted, sand, 10 Julii cories, 8 Zebra Danios
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What kind of tetras did he bring home?
Black phantom and long fin reds. They are so pretty!


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Bear in mind, tetras are community fish and do best in minimum groups of 6 (your neons included). Without those minimums, they can become aggressive toward each other, shy, destructive, you name it. Hopefully as your tank matures, you can fill out those schools. Even expand them beyond the minimum. Cories are the same way - they need at least 6 to be healthy and happy.

-Kristen's tanks:

14g Tall:
Planted, eco-complete, Red Cherry Shrimp

16g Aqueon Bowfront:
Planted, eco-complete, 8 Ember tetras, 7 Green neon tetras, 6 Harlequin Rasboras

36 Aqueon Bowfront: Planted, sand, 10 Julii cories, 8 Zebra Danios
7 Cherry Barbs, Asst snails & Ghost shrimp
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