Darth Mollusk Posted June 30, 2022 Share Posted June 30, 2022 I've got a 20 L planted tank that's been doing great for a few months now, so I've stopped testing as frequently. Then, I noticed my two mystery snails slowing down a bit. I sort of figured they were getting up there in age, but checked ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate just in case. All fine. Silly me didn't check the PH for two days , thinking my hard well water wasn't the issue...PH went from about 7.4 to as low as 6.8 (Hard to tell on the strips). 🤦♂️ After I finished panicking, I did a 50% water change and now it's back up closer to what I'd expect. These strips are post change. I didn't think to take a photo in the panic stage. Because panic stage. New here means new tank, as opposed to old tank which had the crash. (Aquarium co-op test strips). On the API kit, my water is in that awkward stage straddling regular and high ph range. I have no idea what to make of this hardness reading. 😅 But it's always been like that. What would do this? Decaying plants, maybe? I have a baby snail Snursery in there and feed them zucchini--could that be it? Should I add a buffer? I've got wonder shell in there, but I don't know if that actually does anything. In the tank, I have a breeder box of teeny seed sized snails, two panda corys, three albino corys, two adult mysteries, six Harlequin Rasbora, three neon tetras, bamboo shrimp, and a few ghost shrimp. Fish seem to be okay so far I can see. It's the snails who look stressed. Any input would be greatly appreciated. I've never experienced this before. 🐌 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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