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Old 07-26-2009, 11:26 PM   #1
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I am Rachel from Tennessee and I have three children...I want to get my tank fish ready but my kids are making it hard.lol. Two days ago my son decided to feed our phantom fish and now I have way to much fish flacks in my tank. I was already struggling with pH and now I know my chemicals are all out of wack. Anyway, I have a 55 gallon cornor tank. I am not sure what scheme I want to put in it and what fish will survive my children as well. My son really likes Nemo but I am not brave enough to takle a saltwater tank yet.

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Go buy yourself a freshwater api master test kit. we will need you to preform the tests and report back.

Remove the extra flakes with the next water change.
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As far as freshwater goes, it's more important imo to have a stable pH vs a specific number. The pH chemicals are a waste of money, I would just do a 20% water change once a week for the next couple weeks with no pH chem. Then from then on out, it will be 1 less thing for you to worry about.

I would go buy a bottle of Prime from petsmart or petco, use that with your water changes, and store all your other chemicals away.
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As far as freshwater goes, it's more important imo to have a stable pH vs a specific number. The pH chemicals are a waste of money, I would just do a 20% water change once a week for the next couple weeks with no pH chem. Then from then on out, it will be 1 less thing for you to worry about.

I would go buy a bottle of Prime from petsmart or petco, use that with your water changes, and store all your other chemicals away.
I could not possibly agree more.
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Great advice from Speakerman. And it sounds like python will be an important part of your routine to get extraneous things out of the tank. LOL
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I do not use chemicals in my tank if I can help it! I have been uisng the prime for my water changes and that is it...my pH is running around an 8.0. Of course with the vast amount of fish flakes in the tank that may no longer be true. I plan to vacuum it this week.
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Welcome to AA! Good thing to hear that you don't dose chemicals except dechlorinator/prime.
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