So if anyone's seen my other recent thread, catastrophe struck last night when the ph in one of my tanks crashed. I've been keeping fish for a while now and it's never happened. In fact, I've just never had much trouble with ph.
My fish are doing ok now...so far and the ph is back to normal...for now, but I've been doing some research on the situation so that I have something to do other than freak out
I've come across crushed coral and I'm wondering how to use it. Do I just toss a bag in my canister filters and leave it? Or is it only for when there are problems? It seems from what I've read that it just generally helps your water stay buffered? But it also raises ph when it's too low, so if it just keeps going then of course it wouldn't be something to use all the time. If it is something I can just toss in the filters and leave though, does the effect wear off? Does it need to be replaced? And if so, how often?
On a side note, I've been doing so much work with tanks with this ordeal, and it's all cold and dry outside, so my hands are really dry. Just thinking about it now because it hurts to type lol. But I'm afraid to put on lotion in case something happens, like another crash, and I need to shove my hand in the tank and pull out a fish to transfer to Medical (oh I have a whole room for that now lol). Lotions can have some crazy chemicals in them and the last thing I want to do is cause additional problems. Anyway, sorry if I sound crazy - maybe just sleep deprived
but IS there some lotion I don't have to worry about using? Or, again, just crazy and don't need to worry about it?