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  1. I have both in my 34g tank which is set at 77f and both are doing well and generally always swim around the tank together.
  2. It will be fine that close. Once the plant has established and you have some good new growth trim it back and it will send out new shoots.
  3. Good luck, I hope it goes well for you. The best thing about those plants is that you will easily be able to propagate them when they grow and have more plants for free. The cardinalis can be made to grow really bushy. The anacharis grows really quickly and once it has doubled in length I would cut it in half and replant the trimming.
  4. I would suggest cutting it back and then either tying or gluing the cuttings back on. Then keep trimming it back every few weeks and it should start to fill in and grow a bit denser.
  5. @Zenzo I did try to raise the PH slowly with crushed coral and very small water changes over the last two weeks, but once it got above 6.7 he got really moody and laying on the bottom of the tank. Took the crushed coral out two days ago and the PH has returned back to where it was and has returned to happy and chasing his tank mates around. 🤷‍♂️ Have had a least a dozen over the years and never come across it.
  6. I would say that you would usually start to see the results after about a week. If you put the crushed coral in a media bag it can easily be removed. I'd recommend just adding a small amount to begin with if you really want to maintain a low PH. I have 12 cardinal tetra in my 34g and will usually be fine in a higher PH, I have kept them in water ranging from 6 - 7.5. Stability of your water parameters is more important. But if you did want to lower your PH again you can use peat filter media to do it. But long term I would suggest that you let your tank find its balance rather than manipulate the PH as it will be a lot harder to maintain. I have never used baking soda myself, so I don't know, but believe others on the forum have
  7. Does anyone keep their betta in low PH water. Mine gets very upset when I try to raise it. It is currently between 6 - 6.5 depending on the time of day. Have never come across one that likes it that low.
  8. When the PH drops below around 6.5 ammonia starts to convert to the less toxic ammonium (this is down to ion exchange and not really important to know) which will slow down the cycling process. Depending on what fish you are looking at stocking wise this shouldn't be an issue, my betta tank has 11 glowlight tetra and 3 skunk Cory's in with him and is heavily planted, the PH is between 6 - 6.5 depending on the time of day. Your PH level will be lower as a result of the fluval stratum (can drop below 6 depending on the water you start with and size of tank). I use it in my tanks as I find it very good for growing plants with my tap water. If you are looking to raise your PH I would suggest maybe adding crushed coral to your filter or just in a media bag. The effects of the stratum lowering PH tend to lesson over time my 34g has settled at 7 - 7.5 after about 4 months.
  9. @lmhicks101 I really like alternanthera cardinalis, hygrophila rosae australis, pogostemon erectus and limnophila sessiliflora for stem plants. Water lettuce, limnobium laevigatum, phyllanthus fluitans (red root floater) and frog bit for floating plants.
  10. I would agree with odd duck, it doesn't sound like your tank is cycled yet. I'd aim to get ammonia levels to about 2ppm and set the temperature to between 26 and 30 degrees C (not sure what that is in f) as this is the best range for bb growth. Keep an eye on the PH as when it drops below about 6.5 it will change to the less toxic ammonium which will also affect the cycle, if possible avoid doing anymore water changes (will take longer to cycle with water changes). 12 cardinal tetra is going to be to many to add to anew tank in one go IMO. I would suggest not adding more than 6 at a time and then leaving for 1-2 weeks before adding more fish, depending on water perramiters. Something else you can try is maybe adding a few fast growing stem and floating plants.
  11. Cleaning out the pipes on the air lines and canister filters.
  12. You should be OK with that, I believe most fish can cope with a change of about 0.5 every 30 minutes.
  13. Would agree with hobbit that doing a water change would be beneficial. Another thing you can try is using peat filter media to help bring your PH down, it will also help with softening your water if that's what you want to do. Whatever you do don't give up this hobby is really rewarding, we are all still learning all the time and have made the odd mistake along the way (have accidentally killed my fair share of fish over the years).
  14. Only the second time I have seen them all at once in nearly 3 months 😂.
  15. Did some tank maintenance today on my betta tank and added some more plants to my 34g. Starting to get a nice boom in the bladder snail population to feed my assassins in the 34g. Also got to see all my ottos at once 🙂.
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