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Old 05-09-2011, 06:50 PM   #11
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Welcome to AA!!! I have a constant PH of 8.2 in all 3 tanks in the house. I tested my tap water as well and its also 8.2. All my fish (mollies, skirted tetras, and corydoras) and doing great....
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Old 05-09-2011, 07:09 PM   #12
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Ok just took some readings.

Softened water straight out of tap pH 7.2
Tank water pH 8.4 with API liquid test and pH 9 with dip stick
Ammonia 4ppm
No nitrites.

Anything I should be doing ?
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the liquid kit is far more accurate than the stick method. Most fish you get these days are captive bred, and will tolerate a better range of ph than they would in a natural environment, so that being said, I would say you just need to start looking at individual types of fish that you would enjoy, and then seeing what fits best. Its generally easiest to pick one species you like at first, and then work around whats compatible with them, instead of picking a bunch of different fish you might not like.
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as far as your setup, all you really need to do is wait. once your nitrite readings start to go up, then you should start adding pure ammonia daily to keep the levels around 3ppm to feed the bacteria. if you havent already, here is a great starter guide to cycling your tank. The (almost) Complete Guide and FAQ to Fishless Cycling
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Great , thanks for the reassurance. I shall eagerly wait.

Will try and narrow some fish choices down and also keep you posted for any developments .

Thanks once again.
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no worries, look forward to seeing some progress.
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Old 05-12-2011, 11:52 AM   #17
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Hi again,

Two weeks now and no change in ammonia, no nitrites present added some tetra safe start again two days ago.

Added a couple of fish flakes as someone else suggested. still nothing. Parameters all the same as last time. Did use dechlorinator, heater is on. Hmmmmm

Any suggestions?
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Old 05-12-2011, 06:02 PM   #19
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An easy fix would to add distilled water to your tap water to bring the pH down to 7.5-8. This would be better I believe than adding chemicals. I like to do things the easy way!
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The problem with trying to control it with distilled water is, if you use too much, there will be no buffers in the water, and the tank could suffer a pH crash. If you use too little, the pH will not be the same as the water in the tank, and pH swings are dangerous for almost all fish. A pH of 8.4 is suitable for most common fish so long as they are acclimated. Are you planning on keeping something that needs a specific pH?
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