Just checked my tap water. It has a pH of 8.4-8.8!
Did you remember to shake the water in a jar very briskly for a few minutes to outgas the CO2? If yes, then this should be a fairly reliable number.
Lost a neon last night. It was one of the ones that I put back in.
This is not really a surprise, if this was one of those with spots/blotches. Sometimes these last, sometimes not.
Here are water test results: |
Going to be getting the pH taken care of asap, whats a good goal?
What do you mean by taking care of the pH? And as part of this, what is your tap water GH (general hardness) and KH (carbonate hardness, or Alkalinity) as these are closely related?
Nitrates at 40ppm is high. What is the tap water nitrate?
NO3, I have 2 aquaclear 50's on the tank running 24/7. Filter 1 has sponge that is 2 months old. Rinsed with every cleaning. Charcoal a week old. Biopellets about 5 months old (pet store was out of these). Filter 2 sponge 5 months old (still looks to be in great shape, rinsed every cleaning). Ammonia absorber week old. Biopellets 6 months old. |
Every cleaning I vacuum the gravel. Have 1 live plant and a moss ball. Aeration was on 9 hours a day, took it off timer and now running 24/7. Aeration is 2- 8" strips on either side of tank with large bubbles using a tetra whisper60. I use topfin water conditioner with every fill.
Nothing wrong here with respect to cleaning filter, etc. I would increase the plants, but given all this aeration and to allow you to keep it running, floating plants would be best. They assimilate CO2 from the air, not the water, so driving CO2 out with bubblers is not an issue, and it will allow more oxygen (sort of). Water Sprite is ideal, or Brazilian Pennywort.
Water changes (what you mean by "every cleaning" I assume) should be weekly, and change half the tank.
Now, a side comment. Soft water fish like neons will have some issues with a pH at 8. But I want to see the GH as this is even more significant. And any attempt to adjust pH must first deal with the GH /KH or it will almost always fail.