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  2. A pH lower than 7.5 may crash. Goldfish thrive in any stable pH from somewhat below 7.0 to over 9.0. Since a low pH can cost you your cycle, life is a lot easier if you maintain a higher pH. A natural pH in the 8s is very difficult to change.
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  4. Nothing magical; it's just a number I shoot for. Goldfish thrive in a PH between 7.2 and 7.6. As you pointed out adding baking soda does raise the PH so I try to stay closer to the 7.6 to find a balance between the idea PH level and KH. If the water is a couple of points below or above 7.5 I don't worry about it too much as long as the water is stable.
  5. Curious - is there something magical about a 7.5 pH? Our water supply is similar - 0dKH and not much GH either, but it is very clean and a pH of 7.0 out of the tap. The same readings if aged overnight. For my tropical fish tanks, I use Seachem Alkaline Buffer and Equilibrium (plants/shrimp) to keep the values stable between water changes. For goldfish, I use enough baking soda to bring up KH to 6dKH and Repenish for GH. The baking soda raises pH to 8.2, but it's rock solid stable and doesn't move at all between water changes or if I've been on vacation for several weeks. I've sprinkled their tub with some Aragonite sand, that would also be a natural buffer but it doesn't affect the pH.
  6. I spilled my fish food and now I need to get more fish food. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. Wow that really does look like salon packaging! Very slick. It definitely makes it easy to tell at a glance which product you grabbed though, and that’s a big plus.
  8. Happy Easter to everyone who celebrate it. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  9. The reason I'm using the Equilibrium is to increase the GH back up to an acceptable level and add back in the needed minerals to the reverse osmosis water. Right now it takes about one teaspoon of it per 7 gallons. When I was doing my research it seemed like this was the easiest way to do it for now. When I switched over to reverse osmosis water I was more interested in getting it right starting off rather than experimenting and guessing with alternatives that I haven't fully researched yet. When I mentioned that I was having wild PH swings with my tap water I mean it was crazy wild. When I filled the bucket it would start off around 6.6 - 6.8. Later in the day it would jump up to around 7.6 and then settle back down to around 6.8 the following day. This couldn't have been good for the fish when I was using the tap water to do a 20% water change.
  10. I have quite pinpointed how much baking soda I need for a 7 gallon container yet. Sometimes I overshoot it and have to dilute it with more water to bring it back down to 7.5, sometimes I have to sprinkle little bits of baking soda at a time to inch it back up to 7.5. Right now it's somewhere close to 1/2 teaspoon for 7 gallons. I'm going to have to get some measuring spoons to narrow it down(my wife won't let me use hers). I'll let you know what I come up with.
  11. On the ECR website, is there a way to view ONLY the fish that are available? I don't really want to see the mixed in fish that have already sold.
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  13. Koko already mentioned this but Thank You.
  14. And say a prayer for me tonight - my husband is sanding our living room drywall after skim coating the whole thing and, after a YEAR, it will be painted and I will have use of it and flooring down within the next week. Excited doesn’t begin to cover how I feel about this 🥳
  15. I throw no shade on the algae - my tank looked atrocious for months! Some seasons of life are better for pretty tanks and higher aesthetic maintenance than others. Personally if the water quality is good, the rest gets a shrug from me 👍
  16. Definitely be careful with the water changes and buffering, smaller changes are better. I like Equilibrium as a product but it is expensive, baking soda and crushed coral/aragonite sand are much cheaper ways of buffering and pretty gentle. Wonder shells are good too but I’m afraid they’d exhaust too quickly in your tank to be cost effective.
  17. For daily water changes, I recommend 10% of the tank volume per day. Double that for every other day changes. It won't change the temperature enough to bother the fish. Experiment with known volumes of water to determine how much baking soda it takes to get the pH to 7.5. Then determine how much you have to add to get and maintain a pH of 7.5. Once you have this information, share it with us for further advice. If your small town has a farm store, you might get some crushed oyster shell (intended for chickens) which can help stabilize the pH over a long period of time.
  18. Please read our guidelines for healthy goldfish. Pay attention to stocking levels.
  19. He is difficult to photograph but probably partly due to my cold. He is almost all white. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  20. Oh your so lucky. I really like the white and yellow guy
  21. If you can get a photo I would like to see this mystery fish... Maybe someone else might know too
  22. Still neck and neck.. I might have to had TD vote to un tie it
  23. As of last time I checked yes, he is still alive acting like he has no care in the world. (Watch out he is actually a female fish?) Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  24. If you want you can start a thread in the D&D section and we can take a look at what might be causing all of this. Im thinking something is linked as the first fish had SB disorder and then one with Dropys. Sounds like it could be bacterial.
  25. Yup I had to use one of those when I had my 80 Gallon tank
  26. Did it make it. It interesting thing, but I would be wondering the same thing.
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