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Eclypse 12-22-2008 06:37 PM

New tests
Ok, so I got me some test kits and The tank water seems acceptable, but thats my unexperienced opinion.

Nitrites are a a great 0, but ammonia is a little high, with a reading of 0.25 maybe less. It was somewhat green, but more yellow. And PH is a little under 6.

So, is this bad? this is a reading from today, and the scheduled water change is for tomorrow.

Also, do plants lower PH? or make it go up?

I'm also going to start increasing the water changes to 50% weekly because of water clarity issues. I've lowered their food stuff, yet it seems to get worse.
Could this be algae suspended in the water? What kind of lighting should I use to lower the algae issue?

cerianthus 12-22-2008 09:17 PM

During the cycling period, it sometimes stays cloudy for while. Try not to use any products to clear up (mostl likely only temporary solution and it can affect test results).
But, if ph is as low as what you say it is, this may be the reason why you have cloudy water. When very acidic (would consider tank water at or below 6 ), you may loose bio-activities (nitrifying bacteria) which can give you cloudiness.

Since you may be just developing Ammonia problem due to disturbances to beneficial bactria by low pH, would recommend small partial water changes at a time. Massive water changes at one time might make the problem worse.
Once Nh3, NO2 are staying zero , may want to raise pH gradually using sodium bicarb (simple baking soda, dissolve little in water and use dropwise until you are more comfortable with using your homemade solution). You may want to measure amount of water and baking soda and use same amount all the time so that you will know how much of mixed solution to use down the road when needed.
Remember, never raise pH when NH3 is present in tank water. Google for fish tank water chemistry and you will find some reading materials which I feel is essential in successful fish keeping (Cycling,etc)
I don't know much about your tank wether it's been running while (I assuming this since low pH) or if this is new set up.
Test your tap water for pH and NH3. Knowing your tap water will help you understand a bit with water chemistry.
Should do lots of reading for fishes sake. Have a Happy and SAFE Holidays, everyone!!!

Eclypse 12-23-2008 06:09 AM

Oh, the aquarium isn't new at all. Its been up for a few months now.

I'll try that, hope to see some improvement.

Eclypse 12-23-2008 06:34 AM

Ok, so i've think i've made a connection with my water clarity issues to an algae infestation....
Does anyone out there have any suggestions to good products to use that won't harm plants or fish?
These icky microbes worry me mainly because they may lower oxygen levels in my tank.... and... well, my fish need it.
This seems somewhat promising: - Aquarium Algae Control and Water Clarifier

I think i'll want to try that baking soda thing too to raise the PH in my tank. I'll do the tests again today before the water change and see if my levels are stable enough to use chemicals or stuff.

And they say a picture is worth a.... well, you get it.

Eclypse 12-23-2008 03:53 PM

Ok, so the water quality seems at a good stability.
Nothing changed so far. I'm going to try the baking soda thing.

So, anyone got any opinions about that Algone stuff?

I might instead go see if the LFS has a diatom filter for rent.

iamntbatman 12-23-2008 10:30 PM

I wouldn't try adjusting your pH and clearing up the cloudy water at the same time. That sounds like a recipe for disaster, to me.

Your tank doesn't appear to have an algae bloom. Algae blooms are unmistakably green, whereas your water is just milky. It seems more like a bacterial bloom to me. I would do a 40% or so water change on the tank, wait a few hours, then do another if needed.

Eclypse 12-25-2008 09:45 AM

no no, thats just the picture.
Its very much got a greenish tint. And there is quite a bit of algae growing of the decorations and plants.
Even the water I took out was greenish in the bucket.

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