parhelli0n: (Family)
Gill slept in her Princess Bed for the first time last night (and she slept like a rock!). I slept in my own bed for the first time in a week, and I have to admit, it was awesome. If only I hadn't left the door ajar... (Sammy poked his cold nose in at like 3am and jumped into bed with me. Ugh)

Last night, out of curiosity, I checked the pH of my fish tank (it had been on a downward slide for a while, given its dire need of a REAL cleaning-- vacuuming out the gravel was no longer sufficient). For reference, most fish (and my snails) prefer a pH of somewhere between 6.8 and 7.2. When I checked my tank water before bed, it was just under 6.0 (and near-fatal). That's pretty frickin' acidic for them, so I quickly grabbed a container to switch them to, so that I could completely overhaul my tank. Unfortunately, my tap water is about 7.2, which while closer to what they need, is a huge jump. I hemmed and hawed for a while, fearing the shock would kill them, and finally said screw it. I completely emptied and cleaned my tank, refilled it, threw some pHDown into the water (to bring it closer to 6.8-7.0), and reintroduced them. They survived the night, and seem to be doing well, so I think we've avoided a crisis for now. Holy crap, though. I've never had a pH reading so low, and I've had fish forever. I guess I need to make more time for tank maintenance.

I'm hoping the snow will abate at some point, so that we can go to the event we have scheduled for this evening. If not, though, that's OK. I wouldn't mind another night home in my own bed.
parhelli0n: (Family)
Gill slept in her Princess Bed for the first time last night (and she slept like a rock!). I slept in my own bed for the first time in a week, and I have to admit, it was awesome. If only I hadn't left the door ajar... (Sammy poked his cold nose in at like 3am and jumped into bed with me. Ugh)

Last night, out of curiosity, I checked the pH of my fish tank (it had been on a downward slide for a while, given its dire need of a REAL cleaning-- vacuuming out the gravel was no longer sufficient). For reference, most fish (and my snails) prefer a pH of somewhere between 6.8 and 7.2. When I checked my tank water before bed, it was just under 6.0 (and near-fatal). That's pretty frickin' acidic for them, so I quickly grabbed a container to switch them to, so that I could completely overhaul my tank. Unfortunately, my tap water is about 7.2, which while closer to what they need, is a huge jump. I hemmed and hawed for a while, fearing the shock would kill them, and finally said screw it. I completely emptied and cleaned my tank, refilled it, threw some pHDown into the water (to bring it closer to 6.8-7.0), and reintroduced them. They survived the night, and seem to be doing well, so I think we've avoided a crisis for now. Holy crap, though. I've never had a pH reading so low, and I've had fish forever. I guess I need to make more time for tank maintenance.

I'm hoping the snow will abate at some point, so that we can go to the event we have scheduled for this evening. If not, though, that's OK. I wouldn't mind another night home in my own bed.
parhelli0n: (Default)
TPK

Surfboard fish and Victor both died yesterday. I was sad, and for some reason unusually tired. I lay down to rest at 6:30 and slept through the night. I think I'm depressed. I'm incredibly disappointed at the very least.
parhelli0n: (Default)
TPK

Surfboard fish and Victor both died yesterday. I was sad, and for some reason unusually tired. I lay down to rest at 6:30 and slept through the night. I think I'm depressed. I'm incredibly disappointed at the very least.

Profile

parhelli0n: (Default)
parhelli0n

June 2009

S M T W T F S
 12 3 456
78 91011 12 13
14 1516 17 18 19 20
21222324 25 2627
28 2930    

Syndicate

RSS Atom

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Jul. 21st, 2017 10:34 am
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios