Originally Posted by londonlad_777
Im new here, and fairly new to fish keeping but feel i know some basics , got a settled comunity tank, with small fish. Have noticed a few fish scratching and felt i have maybe lapsed on the upkeep abit, did a test yesterday and all seemed ok:
Nitrate 20-30 max
PH low test 7.6+
PH high 7.8[does this seem high]
Its a low fairly low planted tank with a gravel sub, very much in need of a clean, although looks spotless until disturbed. Got some new plants on orderorder and not sure weather to not clean my gravel as im sure the new plants will benefit from the dirty gravel? And what about my water stats? Are these ok? Why are my fish scratching any clue in what i have said? Any help would be great thanks and hi....
Ps please excuse any spelling mistakes im typing this on my phone and the predictive text sometimes runs away with its self!!
Hi and welcome!
7.8 I perfectly fine. That's what my tanks all sit at.
your params look fine.
Do any of your fish have any little white spots that look like grains of salt?
How often are they flashing/scratching?
Sometimes fish flash but if it's too often you could have a problem.