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  • Posted on: 26/5/2010 11:39
Re: Problems with a high ph #1
It is a local breeder (have been there myself), rather than import, and the whole of my area is of quite a high ph, just to note. Like I said, I'm still trying to figure out the best way to have a long term, stable ph, at least for my first two tanks, next ones will be stocked with fish that are suited to the ph, which I've already stated.

True, the gravel is quite large, but the two sizes i had available, I thought this size was best. I use a piece of air tube to syphon, rather than an electric vacuum as my other tank has aquaria sand, waiting to do my first water change (only been a day).

The deep clean was suggested by a member on betta paradise because my betta died, and it was just to ensure that there were was nothing in the tank that had pushed the ph up, etc. I removed all of the sand and threw it away, rinsed it down to get rid of any left over grains and then used hot water (not enough to crack the glass) with a solution of 16 parts bleach to 1 part water. Rinsed again with cold water after a few hours (the tank was not left full with the solution), rinsed a few times again, and then wiped down and dried. Left for a few days before putting the washed gravel into the tank and setting up.


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  • Posted on: 26/5/2010 1:15
Re: Metabolic Bone Disease. A triangle of events. #2
Just tried a different calcium dusting product, and its been a few months since I've bought it, as It was quite a large amount.

I bought a reptile calcium supplement "without D3" guessing this is no good?

I have a 10month old Female Bearded Dragon who eats crickets, locusts, mealworms, morio worms, wax worms as a treat and a range of fresh veg. No health problems, and gets a regular check up with a herp vet.


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  • Posted on: 26/5/2010 1:02
Re: Problems with a high ph #3
Just checking, as of course all my lfs' have a ph of 7.8-8.0, and with the usual losses, they don't seem to have too much of a problem. I'm still keeping an eye on ph regularly, and considering certain options of reducing it as a long term basis, though of course I know this is difficult, my larger future tanks will be based around fish that are more suited to this ph level.

I understand about exponential rates and levels of ph, i.e. acidic and alkaline.


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  • Posted on: 25/5/2010 20:34
Re: Problems with a high ph #4
GH is 19
KH is 13

Off the scales both of them. Talked to another lfs today, and their ph is also 8.0, so is it that much of a problem? All my fish seem to be doing well, only ever had one death which was my fighter.

(on a side note I was deep cleaning my tank - the problem one with my fighter, and is now being used as a temp home for 5 WCMMs)
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  • Posted on: 24/5/2010 22:38
Re: 17L Planted Tank #5
Thanks, been really helpful!

Wanting to get my tank sorted ASAP as its just taking up room in the kitchen.

Off to get plants tomorrow then :) Thanks for all of your advice.


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  • Posted on: 24/5/2010 18:50
Re: 17L Planted Tank #6
So, I'd only need the substrate if I were to get the Cryptocorne? And could just plant the others in the gravel? Or should I just get the substrate anyway? Any brands you can recommend?

Thanks for the help :) finding it all very interesting :D


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  • Posted on: 24/5/2010 18:22
Re: 17L Planted Tank #7
Low lighting, and currently my ph is around 7.8, experimenting with bogwood and RO currently to get that down, and getting gh and kh testing kit over the next few days.


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  • Posted on: 24/5/2010 16:24
17L Planted Tank #8
I'm looking to make my smallest tank a planted tank with a few shrimp and possibly snails.

I already have gravel, and have washed it thoroughly, and deep cleaned my tank.

I want to have a really good go at planting this time, as my plants in my axie tank don't seem to be growing much!

Basically, what plants would be suited to cherry shrimp (or any other available shrimp that someone can suggest)? And any suitable snails as "tank mates" for these shrimp?

Also, most importantly, is it worth getting plant, eco substrate to support the plants?

If there was any left over, it would be going in my next tank.

(I have a 25W heater and a matured sponge filter, along with salvinia natans - floating)

Thanks!


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  • Posted on: 24/5/2010 16:09
Re: Problems with a high ph #9
So, if I were to get the RO Water (sold at ?1 for 25L at my lfs) would I just use it along with my normal water changes, 50% RO to 50% tap water + dechlorinator to all. Or would I need to experiment with the proportions to get the required ph? Also, have to acclimitise all of the fish I have in my tank as if they were new?


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  • Posted on: 23/5/2010 20:38
Re: Problems with a high ph #10
The 17L is going to be used as a plant and shrimp tank, going to get a much larger tank to section off for bettas.

My lfs sells RO Water 25L for a ?1, so will see how the bog wood effects, and try that, more worried about ph shocks.



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