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    Adding Driftwood, do's and don'ts?

    Bogwood from LFS.
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    Adding Driftwood, do's and don'ts?

    Hosed it down with tap water
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    Adding Driftwood, do's and don'ts?

    Update on the driftwood addition, it looks lovely in the tank. However.. Unfortunately I had 4 Angelfish die within 72 hours of putting it in the tank, it was soaking for 4 days, and was washed beforehand, I'm happy with the tannins in my water so didn't think it needed soaking for much...
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    Adding Driftwood, do's and don'ts?

    Thank you so much! I have hard water where Iive, (kh 9) and my PH is high (7.8), its all very stable and I test the water regularly. I already have an air stone, so will adjust the output if needed once the wood is in the tank. I only have plastic plants as well at the moment. In regards...
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    Adding Driftwood, do's and don'ts?

    Morning all! I am hoping to add a large piece of driftwood to my established tank within the next couple of weeks, I will be buying from my LFS. My tank has been running with tropical fish for over a year and before that was Coldwater fish for 5 years. I was wondering if anyone had any...
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    High Nitrate levels in tap water

    Hi all I have a very high Nitrate level in my tap water, when tested it went pretty much immediately up to 160ppm. I also have very hard water. I have been struggling to keep this under control, my tank Nitrates have always been higher than they should be 60 - 80ppm. I have tried to introduce...
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    PH and KH

    I have Gouramis, 2 have died recently with no signs of illness or injury and these are the only tests that are coming out higher than the recommended, by process of elimination I have come to the conclusion I need to try lowering both the GH and KH slightly to then also lower PH slightly. I am...
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    PH and KH

    Thanks for your reply, I need to lower it, KH should be 4-8, and GH should be 4-12 so both are too high. PH is also sitting at 8 and I need to get that down to nearer 7.4. RO systems are reasonably pricey, don't look too easy to sort out, and from what I read are not necessary for a...
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    PH and KH

    Hi All I have high GH siting at 14 and KH sitting at 10, I researched this quite a bit and just wondered if anyone on here has any solutions/ideas/tips and tricks to safely and effectively lower both? My PH is also higher than I would like it to be as its sitting at 8 but I know I cannot...
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    55 Gallon Tank Blue gourami looking unwell

    Thank you, it's horrible loosing fish, really upsets me, it's all a learning curve and I just want to get to the bottom of it so I don't end up loosing anymore. My display tank is my pride and joy!
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    Fish lethargic & losing color, please help!

    Thank you for your response. I have done all of the above, Inc checking my tests and taking to LFS, all appears to be well. same readings as before which aren't showing any issues. I do have surface agitation, my filter output is just below the water level and moves the water round...
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    55 Gallon Tank Blue gourami looking unwell

    Its 55 gallons
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    55 Gallon Tank Blue gourami looking unwell

    Unfortunately the poor thing died today wish I knew why. Hopefully everyone else will be OK.
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    Fish lethargic & losing color, please help!

    Hi all Can someone please help me figure out the problem with my tank.. Tank What is the water volume of the tank? 225L How long has the tank been running? 4 years Does it have a filter? Yes Does it have a heater? Yes What is the water temperature? 25.5 What is the entire stocking of this...
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    55 Gallon Tank Blue gourami looking unwell

    Thank you! I'm hoping that someone can help and he pulls through. The background is from All Pond Solutions. I've bought a few from them over the years, great quality. Buy the right length for your aquarium and the width can be cut down easily with a knife. It is mounted with Juwel poster fix...
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