03-20-2007, 04:50 PM
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Originally Posted by euphQria
water exchange was last done 3 days ago.
type of food used - Ocean Nutrition Community Formula
how often fed - once a day (never too much)
ammonia - N/A - no tester
nitrite - 0 mg/L safe
nitrate - ~80mg/L little high (could cause stress in fish, but not a loss of buoyancy) - I will get a bacteria/enzyme product
The water hardness is around 300 ppm though, in which desired aquarium fish hardness should usually be between 50-150ppm. Problems that arise from water too hard can affect the fish's ability to maintain correct balance between it's internal body fluids and the external environment. I should probably go buy a water hardness adjuster while I'm at it.
stop buying products to change water parameters, use natural ways like use driftwood or something to soften the water and in turn lower the ph, or do water changes to lower nitrate, ammonia, or nitrite, products nowadays dont correct the problem, they just delay it. Buying a ph adjuster will lower the ph for maybe 1 or 2 weeks but after that it will shoot back to the normal ph since the KH and GH stayed the same, constantly changing ph is worse than the wrong ph for the fish.