Currently I have
5 high fins - all male
2 gold juvenile gourami's (were supposed to be 2 females, however one is a male),
1 thick lip gourami- male (he's chill)
6 cherry barbs - all male
and 3 german blue rams ( 2 female and a male)
in a 55 gallon tank
Ammonia - 0ppm
Nitrites - 0ppm
Nitrates - 0ppm
pH - 8.0
(also have a bubble machine… I can't remember what it's called right now. Sorry)
I know my pH is high, I'm currently treating the tank with peat moss filters ( bought regular filters, emptied out the charcoal and filled it with peat moss ) it's been about a week since I did the switch and still no pH drop
maaaaybe a slight drop, but not enough for it to be noticeable while testing the water.
My tap water rages at 7.8 for pH.
Anyway, back to the Rams.
I found out the day I got them that the pH was off so I slowly introduced them to it not to shock their system.
I've only had them for about a week now and they've been fine up until today.
Their dorsal fin is tucked down, they're a bit pale in colour, I can still make out their black dots, but they don't have any of their gorgeous blues, their back fin is also really squished looking.
They've been like this all day and now two of them are hanging out at the top.
Everyone in the tank is eating well (I've been feeding them blood worms, and they just love it!)
I guess I need help figuring out how to handle my pH, and why they're acting this way.
I've lost four German Rams in the past month (probably bought sick fish.. They died the next day or 3 days after purchase)
These 3 have adapted well even considering how high the pH is.
What do I do?