A question of ph
I’m having trouble with keeping rasboras. they are fine for about five months, then one by one they get ill. My rainbowfish and mollies, though, don’t seem affected. any ideas?
Steve Says: there’s not a lot of information given here, but could it be that the ph is too high for the rasboras to handle long-term? Mollies and rainbowfish are able to thrive in conditions where the ph is higher.
Keeping alkalophiles in acidic conditions will cause acidosis resulting in:
excess mucus production on skin and in gills Grey/white spots around the head Gills becoming red/brown and inflamed Small red spots under the skin loss of balance/buoyancy control becoming both scatty and lethargic, and trying to jump Rapid breathing and/or gasping at the surface.
Keeping acidophiles in alkaline conditions will cause alkalosis resulting in:
excess mucus production
on skin Grey/white spots around
the head Fins and gills becoming ragged and looking eroded Gills becoming red/brown
and inflamed Small red spots under
the skin becoming both scatty and
lethargic and try to jump Rapid breathing or
gasping at the surface.