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by FranM
Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)
Replies: 112
Views: 33932

Re: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)

I don’t know what it is that keeps 0 KH for tap. I don’t have plants either so no CO2.

Going to do what Loach has suggested and do a BIG w/c hoping the KH difference doesn’t shock fish. I will monitor PH often for the next few days.
by FranM
Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:14 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)
Replies: 112
Views: 33932

Re: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)

I know very well your water has no buffering capacity. But you only need adding soda bicarbonate if the KH is about to drop to zero between water changes. You sent a lot of info, Loach. I have to go back to look at it. I can try not adding baking soda each water change but I bet I would still need ...
by FranM
Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)
Replies: 112
Views: 33932

Re: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)

Bas, let me say this. Tank PH is 8.0. I add baking soda with each water change to keep a consistent KH between 3-5. My tap water is 8.2. KH out of tap is 0. Is it possible PH will not drastically fall over a few days without adding baking soda to the newly added water? Last water change was 3/8, 40%...
by FranM
Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)
Replies: 112
Views: 33932

Re: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)

Don’t I need the KH to be existent? If I don’t add baking soda the KH will be nil. That can’t be safe.
by FranM
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)
Replies: 112
Views: 33932

Re: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)

There are many differing opinions on TDS.

Anyway, I cleaned the filter and TDS dropped about 30 points without a water change. I found that interesting and somewhat telling.
by FranM
Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)
Replies: 112
Views: 33932

Re: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)

I am adding stability because of all the new matrix that I had added into the filter in December. I am trying to seed it as quickly as possible, and according to Seachem and other fish keepers, that adding Stability breaks down the seeding time greatly. I am trying to keep the parameters as stable a...
by FranM
Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)
Replies: 112
Views: 33932

Re: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)

I am NOT going to break the filter apart yet but do my typical 33% (approx 40 gallon) w/c. TDS before. No addition of baking soda during w/c. No addition of Stability. TDS after. TDS after the addition of Stability and baking soda. I will update by Friday night. Thanks, Loach! Before: 289 After: 22...
by FranM
Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:06 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)
Replies: 112
Views: 33932

Re: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)

I am NOT going to break the filter apart yet but do my typical 33% (approx 40 gallon) w/c.

TDS before.

No addition of baking soda during w/c.

No addition of Stability.

TDS after.

TDS after the addition of Stability and baking soda.

I will update by Friday night.

Thanks, Loach!
by FranM
Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)
Replies: 112
Views: 33932

Re: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)

Just a quick reply right now. The reason I’m going to take the filter apart is because I believe that if the filter media is dirty, that is going to keep up the TDS reading, correct?
by FranM
Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:31 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)
Replies: 112
Views: 33932

Re: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)

I have been very diligent with the water changes, especially while the Silver-dollar was going through with issue with the lump on its side becoming exposed. I was changing 25-30 % every two days. I make sure that water does not go above 20 ppm of nitrate. When it reaches that 20 point, I change app...
by FranM
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)
Replies: 112
Views: 33932

Re: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)

So I used to add prime to the bucket of water I was filling from the sink to ensure that prime was hitting every bit of water going in simultaneously. Water changes were taking forever, rather the refill was taking forever and I wanted to just to keep the steady flow of water going into the bucket w...
by FranM
Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)
Replies: 112
Views: 33932

Re: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)

Next w/c I will check TDS before and after. I will still be adding half Prime upfront then half at the end, while adding baking soda throughout the water replacement. I will check reading. Then I will check after Stability.
by FranM
Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)
Replies: 112
Views: 33932

Re: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)

I have to add Prime upfront and then I pour in the baking soda as I add water so as not to change the parameters too much.
by FranM
Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)
Replies: 112
Views: 33932

Re: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)

I’m sure Prime, Stability and baking soda must have a noticeable impact on TDS.

I wish I was good with the math to replicate the dosage on a must smaller scale to see the before additives and after result.
by FranM
Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)
Replies: 112
Views: 33932

Re: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)

Yeah. I’m shocked at how the fish has survived! So TDS In tank is 291 Tap water is 90 16 oz of tap water with about a 1/8 of a teaspoon of baking soda added shot the number to 587. I added 3 teaspoons of baking soda to the water change water yesterday so it’s hard to accurately determine total disso...