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  1. Thanks again! It will be here tonight. I have a canister filter so im going to put it in the top tray. Last question. Do you know how much I should use? Im going to research it more today. Thanks again for the help!
  2. So my tap water PH is 7.8 and the KH is around 80 ppm. I just did a water change yesterday as well.
  3. Great thanks! Crushed coral will be here tomorrow and I’ll test tap water now too.
  4. GH is high. It’s reading at 150 which it has been since I first got the tank. My API test kit doesn’t test the KH but I just used the strips because it does and it’s at 0 so definitely low. Here is the picture of the test strip. Any thoughts?
  5. Yes we have hard water. I had heard that it shouldn’t matter but maybe it does. It’s definitely hard.
  6. Sorry, I'm not understanding your question. PH is running 6.6. We have now lost 5 swordtail fry at about 2 months old or less. They are all the same size when they die. Also, have lost 3 Swordtails and Plattys. Best guess is around 3 years old.
  7. Thanks for all the advice everyone. The fish that have died are probably around 3 years old. It’s some of the first fry we raised.
  8. Great thank you! I have a canister filter so I’ll try adding crushed coral that way. Does it matter which tray I put it in? As for the snails yes my wife was over feeding. She cut way back on that so hopefully it’ll help. Thanks for the help! I want to start injecting CO2 soon but I read that will lower the PH so I figured I had better get it raised as well. Thanks again! Also, yes I just have platies, guppies, and swordtails. Thanks!
  9. Hi everyone! I have 2 questions. My tank is established (over 2 years) but the PH continues to stay around 6.6 which when researching seems low. I have Platies, Swordtails, and guppies. Should I attempt to raise it or leave it alone? If I need to raise it how best to safely do that? We have recently had a couple fish die with no signs of disease so wasn’t sure if it could be the PH. We’ve had 4 fry also die all about the same age. Second question, is my tank has been overtaken by rams horn snails. Started with one and now I wish I had taken it out. Didn’t realize how quickly they multiply! How can I get rid of these? Far to many to do it by hand. Thanks for the help as always!
  10. Great…thank you for the info! I will check out both and look at the resource. Thank you!
  11. Thank you ArmyVet! Yes that’s some of what I worry about because I’ve never done it but think it’s the right route to go. Any suggestions on what system to get? Thanks again!
  12. Thanks both of you! Getting rid of algae isn’t the only reason. If it helps great bit wanting the overall health of the tank to improve. I’m researching options now and trying to decide. Thanks!
  13. Hello! I’ve been reading the positive affects of using a CO2 Injection system in my 55gallon planted tank. Any recommendations as far as a system to get? Also, is it difficult to operate and keep the proper levels of CO2? I’ve been fighting Staghorn Algae and not getting anywhere. I read that injecting CO2 will eliminate it and also improve the health of the tank. Thank you for your help as this is new to me.
  14. Thanks everyone. I use Purigen instead of carbon in the Fluval. Should I remove the Purigen while putting the excel in?
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