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.
Re: Metabolic Bone Disease. A triangle of events.
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.
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.
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?