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dolphinsrok 06-23-2008 10:34 PM

Changed tank to cichlid tank
 
my 1st tank a, 35g I started the tank about 3 months ago with some mollies, red plattiea and neon tetras then decided to buy 3 electric yellow cichlids and they were fine until one day i see my largest plattie (bigger than the cichlids) on his back laying on the sand with his head missing and part of his fat stomach eaten. Pretty horrific scene so 2 days later I gave away all my fish except the 3 yellow cichlids. Last week i bought 1 orange cichlid, 1 blue cichlid and 1 livingston cichlid which looks like a army camoflauge. I have live plants, anubas, and plan on getting plants the livingston is comfortable with like tall grass but i need to raise my ph, i'm at 6 now, what's the safest way to raise ph?

I'm at the tail end of my cycle, I''m getting small amounts of nitrates but no nitrites and very little amonia. I'm worried about the ph and don't want to raise it the wrong way and hurt something. I'm not using any salt but will consider it if it helps. thanks[/u]

volzb1 06-23-2008 10:47 PM

I use baking soda to raise the ph in my african cichlid tank. It's a 27g and I put a pinch in the current from the filter. Wait about 20 mins. before you test the water again. Be careful not to try to raise it too fast or you might end up going too far the other way. Hope this helps. It has always worked for me .

dolphinsrok 06-23-2008 11:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by volzb1
I use baking soda to raise the ph in my african cichlid tank. It's a 27g and I put a pinch in the current from the filter. Wait about 20 mins. before you test the water again. Be careful not to try to raise it too fast or you might end up going too far the other way. Hope this helps. It has always worked for me .

Excellent thanks, for the advice! I use freshwater sand, are there any rocks that can help also?

iamntbatman 06-23-2008 11:30 PM

You can also use crushed coral in your substrate or your filters or both. Watch out with those live plants. The cichlids will most likely eat them.

herefishy 06-23-2008 11:32 PM

Dolomite works well too.

Mr.Todd 06-24-2008 01:23 AM

I use crushed coral for my substrate. You need to make sure to raise the pH very slowly. I am not a big fan of artificial chemical additives just because you will need to be constantly maintaining them with water changes and whatnot. pH stability is much more important then having it right on...

And yea, your plants are doomed :-)

volzb1 06-24-2008 10:56 AM

no more plants....just stems. haha

okiemavis 06-24-2008 06:24 PM

I'd also recommend identifying all those cichlids and making sure they are all african, and what size they get to and if they're compatible. You'll also want to find out your kh and gh as this is important for african cichlids. They are use to a high gh, and a lower one can hamper their ability to osmoregulate.


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