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  1. Aiken Drum

    Help guppies keep dying

    How long have you had the guppies? How did you acclimate them to your tanks water?
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    Accu-clear overdose please help!

    Anything you can move from an older more established tank to a newer tank will help.
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    Accu-clear overdose please help!

    You can do what you suggest. If you start with a fishless cycle, then make sure you do a big (90% +) water change to remove any the toxic ammonia and nitrite before adding any fish. 2 weeks of fishless cycling will give your cycle a head start, but its unlikely to have completely cycled. What...
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    Accu-clear overdose please help!

    I would change 75% of the water today, and depending on how you plan on cycling the tank at least 1 more water change before getting fish. There is more to cycling a tank than you think. Its more than just seeing ammonia rising and dropping and then seeing nitrite rising and dropping. If you...
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    Accu-clear overdose please help!

    Just do a big water change. You do know that adding Quick Start wont cycle a tank dont you. You also need an ammonia source. Do you know how to cycle a tank?
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    Nitrates up, pH and total alkalinity down

    The master test kit doesnt include the tests for KH or GH which will tell you if you need to address hardness. But let us know what the test results are from what you can do. Would be useful to know what your aquarium is at, and what your RO water is at.
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    Nitrates up, pH and total alkalinity down

    If your RO is working correctly, then it should have zero KH/ alkalinity coming out of the filter (or at least very little). As well as buffering against pH drops, KH/ alkalinity is consumed by the microbes that cycle the tank. If you have zero KH/ alkakinity you have no cycle. If you have no...
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    I don’t think my 55 gallon tank has ever cycled in 1 year?

    The Fritz will either work or it wont. It has done nothing so far, there is no reason to presume it will do anything going forward. The microbes in the bottle are probably dead, they were probably dead before you bought the bottle. It wont hurt anything to keep adding it, but personally i...
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    Nitrates up, pH and total alkalinity down

    Distilled water will have no mineral content, so zero KH. With no KH natural acidification will cause the pH to crash. It would also cause some other issues that would be very apparent that you are actually reporting the opposite of. So getting some water parameters would be useful. People who...
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    Nitrates up, pH and total alkalinity down

    Without numbers its a little difficult to be precise, but here is some general information. Mollies tend to like harder water with a higher pH. Tetras tend to prefer softer water with a lower pH. Danios are going to prefer it somewhere in between. However fish can acclimate to a wide range of...
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    I don’t think my 55 gallon tank has ever cycled in 1 year?

    I would change 50% of the water. Your pH is dropping due to all the water changes, so add back a little baking soda.
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