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post #41 of 49 Old 05-16-2013, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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Tank:

GH 5 drops using API liquid test meaning 89.5ppm
KH 7 drops meaning 125.3ppm

Tap:

GH 3 drops meaning 53.7ppm
KH 3 drops meaning 53.7ppm

I think I read the results the way I should
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post #42 of 49 Old 05-16-2013, 07:39 PM
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Tank:

GH 5 drops using API liquid test meaning 89.5ppm
KH 7 drops meaning 125.3ppm

Tap:

GH 3 drops meaning 53.7ppm
KH 3 drops meaning 53.7ppm

I think I read the results the way I should
Is there any calcareous rock/gravel/sand in the tank? Any of these made from limestone, marble, dolomite, aragonite or crushed coral? Just wondering about the rise between tap (lower) and tank (higher).

Aside from that, this is still soft water, which is fine for all named fish except the guppy that should be in a bit harder water.

How are things going on the health front now?

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post #43 of 49 Old 05-16-2013, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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Have this, Top Fin® Starry Night Aquarium Gravel - Gravel & Sand - Fish - PetSmart

About 40 pounds worth.

Health wise everyone seems to be doing ok, everyone seems to be very active and no signs of distress. The danios still have the discolorations though but are very active.
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Have this, Top Fin® Starry Night Aquarium Gravel - Gravel & Sand - Fish - PetSmart

About 40 pounds worth.

Health wise everyone seems to be doing ok, everyone seems to be very active and no signs of distress. The danios still have the discolorations though but are very active.
That link doesn't seem to be correct... if it says in the info or on the bag that it will not affect water chemistry, you're fine. Isn't much anyway, it is still soft water so fine for those fishies.

Keep up with your weekly water changes, and monitor the fish. Might be fine now. Let's hope so.

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post #45 of 49 Old 05-17-2013, 08:19 AM Thread Starter
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Lost an oto this morning, did not appear to be nipped on. Was sitting at bottom of tank upside down. May have just died.


Water change tonight along with testing again. Should I do anything about the pH?
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Lost an oto this morning, did not appear to be nipped on. Was sitting at bottom of tank upside down. May have just died.


Water change tonight along with testing again. Should I do anything about the pH?
Not at this time certainly. When fish are recovering from something, the less stress the better, and fiddling with water params is stressful. Something is being added to your source water to raise pH [this is common in areas with soft water, I have it here] but we can look into this later.

Otos are not hardy fish, so I wouldn't jump to conclusions over losing one. Again, stability is the key, until we can be fairly certain things are settled.

Byron.

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post #47 of 49 Old 05-19-2013, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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Did water change last night. A lot of the gravel was pretty clean when I vacuumed it.

Just tested water now, figured give it time to equalize the new water. Some of these test colors are hard to tell apart but this is the best I got:

pH 7.4 not sure why it dropped, did not do anything other than water change
Ammonia 0
NO2 0
NO3 5
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Did water change last night. A lot of the gravel was pretty clean when I vacuumed it.

Just tested water now, figured give it time to equalize the new water. Some of these test colors are hard to tell apart but this is the best I got:

pH 7.4 not sure why it dropped, did not do anything other than water change
Ammonia 0
NO2 0
NO3 5
No problems here.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #49 of 49 Old 05-24-2013, 03:41 PM Thread Starter
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hmm lost another neon last night. Found him bifurcated on the inlet for the filter.

Will do another change tomorrow and do tests again. Eventually things should settle down and I won't have to keep putting up posts!
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