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post #1 of 22 Old 03-05-2014, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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How can I raise my PH for my Platies?

I currently have a 10g tank with one adult Platy and two 6 month old ones. I recently tested the PH and it was at 6.6. How can I naturally raise this so my plates are happy? They seem "lazy" now, barely moving and sometimes sitting at the bottom of the tank. Can PH cause this for them?
The PH has been around 6.6 since I set the tank up in September. There is a bridge decoration that might be ceramic, as some have said that can affect the PH. Anything I can do for the fish without chemicals?

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post #2 of 22 Old 03-05-2014, 06:34 PM
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Have they been acting this way since you got them?
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Have they been acting this way since you got them?
Originally, I had 2 female adults in one tank. They were very lively until a month or 2 ago. One died of unknown reasons recently, and she was acting strange like these too.

The younger fish were born of the deceased fish about 3 days after we got them. They lived in a net breeder in the main tank for a month or two, and then were moved to their own 10g with 2 snails. A majority of the fry died of scoliosis and were weak to begin with. I now only have 2 which are the 2 in the tank with the adult now. The 2 young fish are the strongest of their siblings, apparently, and I have noticed, the least abnormally shaped (they look normal). Now, one of them darts around the tank and all of them sometimes just rest on the gravel or mid-water.

The PH in their tank was different, somewhere in the 7 range. Did I just mess up my fish?
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Sounds like symptoms of nitrate poisoning. Do you change water regularly?
For nitrate controll I recommend 50% water change every other week, or when your test results show a spike.

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Sounds like symptoms of nitrate poisoning. Do you change water regularly?
For nitrate controll I recommend 50% water change every other week, or when your test results show a spike.
I'm going to change the water now, thank you.
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Ph can affect health of fish as the adjust to it. Usual symptoms of ph shock are gasping at surface, frayed fins and flare up of lymphocytosis. Also fish will be susceptible to bacterial and fungal infections.
I NEVER recommend altering ph unless you fail to establish a healthy nitrogen cycle because of acidic tap water.
But... crushed coral and limestone will slowly raise ph over time if your water is very acidic. Keep posting so we can follow your progress and offer advice as needed.Thanks!
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post #7 of 22 Old 03-05-2014, 09:10 PM
the way to raise or control ph level is a driftwood,so try adding one.But if it dosent works go for a ph buffer or a ph controll system,but it may be quite expensive.....
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I did a 50% water change last night and the fish already seem happier! What I think was the problem was a small thing within the filter that was meant to be bio filtration. The box says to not throw it out, but it never said anything about cleaning it. I lifted the filter's lid, and under condensation, in letters raised slightly and in the same color as the filter itself, it read "do not dispose bio-filter, but rinse as necessary." There was a decent amount of gunk on it which I washed away. And the water, which I thought had a tiny tint to it, is now clear. I haven't tested the PH yet, but will when I get home.

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What are your readings for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate?
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What are your readings for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate?
Haven't checked those either...
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