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Joliet Jake replied the topic: Re:Hello everyone

Joe,

I don't envy your position knowing what I now know. (that your aquarium is still uncycled etc.) It's really a "Catch 22" for you as you need a certain amount of ammonia to help get the tank cycled, yet you don't want ammonia because it is detrimental to your Oscar's health. Now I agree with Penn that you should use some form of ammonia negating chemical, even though I view that as last resort. Because you have "keeper" fish in the tank, you must do what is best for them, even though that may prolong the time it will take to cycle your tank. I myself would think that 50% daily water changes might be in order plus add the ammo lock etc. and carbon in your filters too. You have that new canister filter, you can load up the empty sections with carbon and just remember to throw it away after a week or two. If left in the filter, that same carbon will begin to work just the opposite and begin to leach toxins back into the water. Put it in fresh, use it and replace it after a week or two (considering you have high levels of ammonia.) I really think that massive water changes will be key to keeping your fish alive and you may have to do that for some time since the tank isn't cycled. Good luck and keep us all posted. ;)

Ken, 51, NJ-USA (2 Tiger Oscars)
Need to give away one healthy 1 year old Oscar if you know of anyone interested. See the adoption thread for photos. Thanks!
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Joliet Jake replied the topic: Re:Hello everyone

jabdo07 wrote:

I have a full API test kit, PH high range=7.4
PH =6.5


Joe,
It can't be both. It has to be one or the other. The normal PH test usually measures PH in the range of 6.0 to 7.6 or something similar. But if you have very Alkaline water and your water measures at or near the high end, then you use the "High Range" PH test which measures roughly from a PH of 7.4 up to 8.8 or so.

So, if your water is normally acidic to neutral or even slightly alkaline, then you simply use the normal PH test. If your water is normally very Alkaline, then you use the High Range test kit.

For instance, if you think it's 7.4 and 7.4 happens to be the lowest mark on the High Range kit, then forget that High kit and go use the normal PH kit instead. In other words, your test may be indeed "off the scale" (on the high PH test)but the lowest it can possibly read is 7.4 since 7.4 is the lowest mark on that kit.

There is a huge huge difference between the 7.4 and 6.5 readings you stated.

Ken, 51, NJ-USA (2 Tiger Oscars)
Need to give away one healthy 1 year old Oscar if you know of anyone interested. See the adoption thread for photos. Thanks!
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Joliet Jake replied the topic: Re:Hello everyone

jabdo07 wrote:

I then lowered my ph to around 6.5 to help in bringing down the ammonia.


What was the PH before you lowered it?, and how did you achieve that (what did you use)?

Yes, a lower PH is helpful in a situation like you have (ammonia) BUT you have to be careful about lowering the PH too. If it was 6.8 and you lowered it a tad quickly to 6.6 or so, no big deal. But any change in PH beyond a .2 differential in less then a 24 hour period could be detrimental to your fishes health.
(It's got to be done in moderation and likewise when you let it return to normal too.)

Oscars (as many fish) can handle the change of PH but it must be a gradual change, not PH shock.)

Ken, 51, NJ-USA (2 Tiger Oscars)
Need to give away one healthy 1 year old Oscar if you know of anyone interested. See the adoption thread for photos. Thanks!
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Joliet Jake replied the topic: Re:Hello everyone

NO Word from Joe today? Now that makes me nervous (for him).
I hope things didn't really go against him and his Oscars.:huh:

Ken, 51, NJ-USA (2 Tiger Oscars)
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