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I'm trying to stick with the widespread advice to not mess with the water. However, every time I do a water change, my chemistry fluctuates like crazy. I did a 50% water change today and my GH dropped from 7 to 4. My KH dropped from 8.5 to 7 (I added 1tsp of baking soda so I added 1/2 tsp during the change to account for what I took out). My pH dropped from about an 8 to 7.4. What do i do here? Regardless of whether I add something or not, my chemistry keeps changing.

Did you give an analysis of your tap water in another thread? I don't remember. Someone recently had very good Tanganyikan water out of their tap. It is sounding like your tap water is much softer in GH and has a lower KH than your tank water.

You could also do smaller water changes more frequently to reduce drastic changes.
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I'm trying to stick with the widespread advice to not mess with the water. However, every time I do a water change, my chemistry fluctuates like crazy. I did a 50% water change today and my GH dropped from 7 to 4. My KH dropped from 8.5 to 7 (I added 1tsp of baking soda so I added 1/2 tsp during the change to account for what I took out). My pH dropped from about an 8 to 7.4. What do i do here? Regardless of whether I add something or not, my chemistry keeps changing.

Do you use an active substrate/decor? If so, this could be your cause for fluctuation: it hasn't had time to buffer the tap water. If not, it could be a seasonal change in water source for your municipal water source? I know that in a city near me, during the summer they switch to a well from a river and back again in the winter. I'm not sure if it is the same for you.
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General Shellie Discussion / Re: New to fish - questions about my multis
« Last post by AsstToTheRegionalMgr on September 23, 2017, 08:43:47 PM »
Don't worry about your gh kh etc. the key is stability of your parameters, most of these fish are tanked raised anyhow. Buffers can cause many problems with fluctuating parameters. Just my opinion by the way.

I'm trying to stick with the widespread advice to not mess with the water. However, every time I do a water change, my chemistry fluctuates like crazy. I did a 50% water change today and my GH dropped from 7 to 4. My KH dropped from 8.5 to 7 (I added 1tsp of baking soda so I added 1/2 tsp during the change to account for what I took out). My pH dropped from about an 8 to 7.4. What do i do here? Regardless of whether I add something or not, my chemistry keeps changing.
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General Shellie Discussion / Re: New to fish - questions about my multis
« Last post by jerrytheplater on September 22, 2017, 04:20:31 PM »
Posting photos

1 Click reply
2 Look under the dialog box for "Attachments and other options", click.
3 Look under "Attach" for the shaded box "Choose file". Click
4 Search in your computer for the photo you want in the open dialog box. Note file size restriction of 999 Kb per photo or a total of 999 Kb for four photo's.

I use picresize.com if the file size of my photo is too big. Save a reduced file size photo along with your full size one.
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General Shellie Discussion / Re: New to fish - questions about my multis
« Last post by scotty88 on September 21, 2017, 11:59:06 PM »
Don't worry about your gh kh etc. the key is stability of your parameters, most of these fish are tanked raised anyhow. Buffers can cause many problems with fluctuating parameters. Just my opinion by the way.
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General Shellie Discussion / Re: New to fish - questions about my multis
« Last post by AsstToTheRegionalMgr on September 21, 2017, 09:36:49 PM »
My water is consistently at a GH of 7 even with cichlid sand and crushed coral in the filter. Do you think it's worth buying Tanganikan buffer or cichlid salt to boost the GH? I'm interested in breeding them.

Also, anyone know how to post a pic? I THINK my fish are juvies but can't tell for sure so I was going to post one up to see if anyone can tell.
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Setting Up for Shell Dwellers / Re: A little help with my first shell dweller tank
« Last post by jerrytheplater on September 21, 2017, 04:11:15 PM »
Up for a drive to Bradley Beach NJ? http://www.shelldwellers.com/index.php?topic=7722.new#new  9 mulites for $30.00. Pickup only.
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Setting Up for Shell Dwellers / Re: A little help with my first shell dweller tank
« Last post by jerrytheplater on September 21, 2017, 04:08:40 PM »
Great news on the peace in your tank.

Ely's. First owner opened it somewhere around 1928. The current owner is the son of the person that bought it from Ely. At least that is how I remember it. The store is a wooden house built in a flood plain. The backyard is a swamp. Kind of an interesting store to visit. Maybe 20 minutes to drive there for me.

New store opened up in my town. Aquarium's by JJ. https://www.facebook.com/aquariumsbyjj/  JJ mostly services tanks for clients. His wife is the one in the store most times. He does have a large batch of Julidochromis marlieri at a great price of $10.00 each. Maybe an inch long or so.
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Setting Up for Shell Dwellers / Re: A little help with my first shell dweller tank
« Last post by n25philly on September 21, 2017, 02:33:32 PM »
Oh, and the rescape was successful, I moved the hornwart to remove the divide in the tank and while the new guys have made the back corner their territory they do come out now and none of the fish that were already there are giving them a hard time anymore.
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Setting Up for Shell Dwellers / Re: A little help with my first shell dweller tank
« Last post by n25philly on September 21, 2017, 12:45:05 PM »
Only place I've ever seen ones that weren't tiny was Ely's tropical fish, http://elysfish.com/, where he had one really big one.  The place is kind of a dump but his selection was great.  Too far for me though doubt I'd be going back anytime soon.  Contact him before hand if you want to check it out, he doesn't seem to actually update the stock list on the site.
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