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Old 10-21-2012, 11:57 AM   #11
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Just went back & re-read, and caught that you added a new piece of base rock.... was it dry? If not, and it wasn't cured, I'm guessing something may have come in on that.....
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Old 10-21-2012, 12:14 PM   #12
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The base rock was a normal white rock like I always get. It was dry. I rinsed it off. But I just looked again and the water is cloudy now but the Blenny is doing great. He's eating! My scooter eats everything. I got lucky. Ammonia is 0. Testing nitrates/trites in a minute (we keep breaking test tubes so we only have two,lol) ph is low at 7.8. I guess we should add the buffer? By the way, thanks everyone for all the comments so far. This is still kinda new to us.
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Old 10-21-2012, 12:35 PM   #13
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I wouldn't bother with the buffer. A naturally low PH can sometimes be better than adding powdered buffer.

IMO not having any powerheads in the tank allowed the waste and food to accumilate onto the rock. Turning a high powered pump on could have stirred this up for your fish to ingest and if its riddled with bacteria and 'gone off' it would have a nasty effect on your fish.

Do you have a sump? you can put a filter sock on the overflow pipe to catch the debris. If i were you i would be carful obviously be use 1 over the power heads to blow all the debris off the sand and rocks to be collect in the filter sock. you'll need to leave the powerhead on for a couple of hours for best results but i would also be inclined to do a 20% water change just after you mix it up!

Obviously if you dont have a filter sock this cant be done!
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We don't have a filter sock. Lol. Oh and the trates/trites were both 0. So everything is good except ph. And the water being cloudy. I'm gonna test again tonight and see if parameters are still good or if ph increased. We turned on one of the powerheads and I'm going to keep an eye in the Blenny though.
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:31 PM   #15
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Low ph and heavy breathing fish has to be low oxygen u don't have enough surface agitation ....when u.added the power heads it could have caused a swing in ph due to more water movement which is a good thing but the swing could have been enough to kill a tang
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:48 PM   #16
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Yeah I figured it had something to do with the powerheads. Everyone else in my tank is fine now and ph is at 8.1. It's getting there. My Blenny pulled through and he looks better then ever. I appreciate all the feedback from everyone.
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