Ph crashes/betta fish-please help! Mar 20, 2014 10:17:24 GMT -5
Post by bsg on Mar 20, 2014 10:17:24 GMT -5
Hi, I hope Carl can help or someone with knowledge of ph! I've never had fish before and am now taking care of a relative's betta (he has chronic SBD from either injury hitting side of bowl or high ammonia and nitrites and fin rot because they didn't learn about fish care.) I'm cycling a 5 gallon for him with a sponge filter but in the meantime he is in a 1 gallon bowl (he freaked out in a temporary 5 g. Sterilite container and seems more comfortable in the 1 g. because of the SBD) I have been doing 40% water changes with Prime everyday and 100% once a week. There is also an anubias plant in there (he likes to rest under the leaves and amongst the roots-it keeps him from floating above the water) that is keeping the ammonia and nitrite at 0 ppm (our tap has .5 ammonia) Temp is 76 to 78. He eats well (I feed him small meals of a NLS betta pellet soaked and cut up into tinier pieces and frozen daphnia/blood worms when his bladder is not too distended) and comes to the front of the bowl to greet me and blows bubbles. He is so sweet but the fin rot is getting worse. I know that the stress from chronic SBD can cause fin rot too. I have tried clean, warm water and he has been on Triple Sulfa, Paraguard, Kanaplex (not at same time) and am back to just clean, warm water but since it is getting worse I tried looking up more info and just learned that while the anubias is keeping ammo etc at 0ppm it can cause morning ph crashes! So this morning at 8am I tested his water and our tap- his was 7.2 and tap was 8.3! What should I do? How do I keep the ph constant during water changes and prevent ph crashes in the morning? I thought I was doing good keeping ammonia and nitrite at 0 and now I learn that the poor little sweet guy has been/is dealing with huge ph issues! I am trying not to panic and am so worried, please what should I do?