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wendi 02-01-2007 12:18 AM

Ph problem

Help!!! The Ph in my fresh water is out of control!! Does anyone have "the secret" on stabilazing it?

FDStation152 02-01-2007 12:30 AM

You'll have to give a few more details on your tank before we can be of much help to ya.

wendi 02-01-2007 12:38 AM

Ok here goes:
55 gal tank, dual bio wheel filter system, various population of guppies, silver fish, clown loach, pleco.

I checked Ph after my mollies started dying off. I never had any problems, now Ph is 8.5+ off the charts. I did a 25% water change first, cleaned gravel and used Ph down. Still high

Next (about a week later) a did another water change.....still high. I bought this powder staff that is supose to "automatically" stabilize to 7.0. What a crock! Still high! I look a little bit ago and one of my clown loaches has died.

No sign of disease, or fungus.....nitrite, nitrate, hardness is all with in normal, but Ph is still high!!

FDStation152 02-01-2007 12:47 AM

do you use tap water for your water changes? also what kind of decor is used in the aquarium?

wendi 02-01-2007 12:55 AM

yep, I use tap, but I also use declor (forget name, but it helps with slime coat). I also keep close eye on temp of water when filling to keep around the same to avoid stress.

FDStation152 02-01-2007 12:58 AM

have you tested your tap water? and i meant decorations

wendi 02-01-2007 01:01 AM

oops! eyes are getting sleepy. :roll:

As far as decorations: I have plastic plants (no real) a fake log for loaches to hide in. I think its resin or plastic, and some bubble stones.

FDStation152 02-01-2007 01:12 AM

Hmm...not sure whats causing it...might still be the tap water. Any snail problems or anything like that? I'd check the tap water and go from there. Also those chemicals you were speaking of can be extremely harmful to the fish so until to find out what is causing the problem in the first place.

wendi 02-01-2007 01:15 AM

ok, so if it is my tap water, then what? I heard something about putting peat moss in my filter? Not sure where to get it?

FDStation152 02-01-2007 01:28 AM

well we can discuss means of fixing that once we discover the problem. Peat is one method but until the root problem is discovered theres not much use in discussing fixes.

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