fish scuffing like mad

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Postby tankgirl » 2005-12-04 22:05

paramaters fine, Ph still terrible though, 6.5, added 2 shells so far and another stone from the beach.

was wondering, i put a plastic tube in the tank (for hamsters), cos i couldnt find any pottery tubes (caves) for the pleco. the plec has taken up residence in the tube and seems as happy as larry, but can the plastic be doing something to irritate the fishes skin? could it be causing the scuffing? the danios seem to be affected the most, female guppy a little, neons/tetras no scuffing wot-so-eva (although i never saw the tetras scuff even in the beginning when they had white spot), pleco fine too. danios are going MAD. all the fish who are scuffing are doing it off the tigerseye stone i have in the tank...
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2005-12-04 22:29

Lol - the tiger's eye is probably the best thing for getting rid of itches. Is it tumbled or rough?
I'm guessing you cleaned the pipe totally - boiled and the works?
Do all you can to bring the pH down obviously - that won't help matters. Try crushing the shell into small peices - it'll work faster.
Also, throw in some aquatic salt - that should help.
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Postby KittyKat » 2005-12-05 13:10

Quirlys you mean pH up?

have you checked if the plastic to see if it's toxic?
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Postby susankat » 2005-12-06 06:19

You can mix some baking soda in a little tank water and put in there it will raise the ph. Do a little at a time until it gets to the ph you want. Write down what you add as you will have to do it again as the ph drops.
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