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gtitan56v8 12-22-2007 12:48 AM

discus emergency!
 
Help! Ok, I was doing a routine ph test on my discus tank, number was 7.4. Higher than I like by almost one whole point. So like always I added API's ph down. I had a major bounce and now my ph is 8.0!!!!!!! I am freaking out and have limited knowledge. I dont want to chemical the crap out of my fish but I am struggling. My bounce was caused by hard water. I took 4 gallons out and put in distilled to try and soften it.

Tank info... 100 gal, 4 med discus, tetras, not planted

Lupin 12-22-2007 01:45 AM

Re: discus emergency!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by gtitan56v8
Help! Ok, I was doing a routine ph test on my discus tank, number was 7.4. Higher than I like by almost one whole point. So like always I added API's ph down. I had a major bounce and now my ph is 8.0!!!!!!! I am freaking out and have limited knowledge. I dont want to chemical the crap out of my fish but I am struggling. My bounce was caused by hard water. I took 4 gallons out and put in distilled to try and soften it.

Tank info... 100 gal, 4 med discus, tetras, not planted

Stop adding pH down. It is not proving useful and will do more harm than help. What decorations are you using? What substrate are you using? What is the pH of your tapwater?

gtitan56v8 12-22-2007 02:45 PM

tank decorations are slate, plastic immitation stone bridge, black river rock, lava rock

substrate is tahitian black sand

tap water ph is 8.6 and moderately hard

Falina 12-22-2007 08:38 PM

Definitely don't use ph down. It causes major intabilities. If the discus are tank bred they are likely to be able to adapt to harder waters.

To soften the water it's best to use driftwood, indian almond leaves, peat to the tank.


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