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tmassey18 created the topic: the test says water is to hard

How do I get water to not be so hard I have 2 oscars they get to swimming around then stop and lay on bottom I changed water today. Please help.somebody all my other levels are ok.
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DRACO replied the topic: the test says water is to hard

how long have you been keeping them?
what is the tank size?
any idea about water parameters? ammonia? nitrite? nitrate? pH?
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tmassey18 replied the topic: the test says water is to hard

I just got them sunday and its a 55 gallon tank there still lil I just snt want them to die man I did water change today. Its a hexagon sorta its a corner tank nitrate was 20ppm ph was 7.0 Alkalinity 120 nitrate .5ppm hardness was 150
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Rocksor replied the topic: the test says water is to hard

Everything is fine with the water, just your nitrate is high. You need to keep nitrates below 20ppm.
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DRACO replied the topic: the test says water is to hard

hardness can be check with rock salt... 1:10 ratio will do...
that is how we counter hard water being used in refrigeration...

i agree with Rocksor, you need to watch the nitrate...
but i am confuse... you have 2 nitrate info...
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tmassey18 replied the topic: the test says water is to hard

Ok so wat should I do
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Rocksor replied the topic: the test says water is to hard

50% water change, bring nitrates to 10 ppm. However, 20ppm wouldn't cause them to lay at the bottom.
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tmassey18 replied the topic: the test says water is to hard

O there up at top now
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gorgoroth replied the topic: the test says water is to hard

just on a side note, a 55g isn't big enough for 2 oscars, it's barely big enough long term for one oscar. even tho they are still little, they are already producing alot of ammonia which ultimately leads to high nitrates and lots of needed waterchanges.

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