Freshwater Chemistry help needed!

Discussion in 'General Freshwater Information' started by biolojest, Jan 8, 2007.

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  1. biolojest

    biolojest Plankton

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    Getting the CO2 going again has done the trick - pH back to 7.0 and I've added enough tap water to get the kH up a bit to buffer it. Thankfully no more deaths, but I lost quite a lot of fish before getting this sorted - live and learn.
    I've put a couple of pics in the photos section Matt - my computer skills arn't up to adding a thumbnail here! Your tank looks excellent Travis, and I agree a well planted freshwater can look just as good as a marine.
    Thanks,
    Ben.
     
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  3. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Glad to hear it Ben. Good to know.

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    Great plant tank!
     
  4. tmgrash

    tmgrash Astrea Snail

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    thanks

    Thanks Ben, your tanks looks real nice as well. Glad to hear you got your ph straightened out.

    Travis
     
  5. arookeral

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  6. Tangster

    Tangster 3reef Sponsor

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    FYI in the future if any of you ever have a problem with a Spike in Carbonate levels or sudden upward swing in PH just pour Club Soda into the tank at a rate of 10 oz per Tank 50 gallons and that will pull it back in line add as needed with a 1/2 hr between dosages .. Club Soda should be close by for any reef keeper . Its is just CO2. And Far better then mixing vinegar and water and guessing at strength. Works for freshwater also..
     
  7. djnzlab1

    djnzlab1 Aiptasia Anemone

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    Hi,

    HI,
    I used to have lots of problems with alk drops and acid ph spikes until this PHD, told me to try a little of the crushed coral in the gravel it stabilizes the PH at 7.4 , I thought it would bother my fish but have kept many this way for over 5-6 years and never had a problem with death, Most ph spikes in fresh water usally due to free carbonate completly used up, I used to dipstix for carobonate but the crushed coral worked so well I stopped.
    I have usally one well rinsed cup of the FLa crushed coral to 100 gal tank.
    It sounds crazy but works for me.
    I do use some salt for my south american cichlids most plants hate salt
    Doug