09-17-2009, 04:48 AM
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Originally Posted by MoneyMitch
ok sao i went and got a giant amazon sword plant and threw it in, i also bought some stuff called cycle to use and i went and got some tap water conditioner for the water change. on my tap water its no nirate, nitrite ammonia or any of that just crazy gh kh and ph of course (hard water).
second question, i use a hose to fill up my tank from outside, is it ok for the fish? i mean its not at temp or conditioned i just plan on adding conditioner after i fill it up and let the waters temp even out without "preheating" it. sry for rambleing money
I agree with others as to water change to keep ammonia levels from becoming dangerous. I always tried to not let them get higher than .50 between changes with .25 for smaller more sensitive fish. I have used a garden hose when first filling my tanks but I also use PRIME water conditioner that addresses heavy metals along with ammonia,chlorine,chloramines,and nitrites.
Water added to the aquarium should always be as warm ,or slightly warmer, than the water in the aquarium. Sudden changes in temperature are stressful for fish and can and do cause problems. When fish become stressed, they're immune sytem, which allows them to fight off many bacterial pathogens and or parasites becomes weakened. The fish are then much more suceptible to disease.
I regret I am unable to help in regards to the product you mentioned for I have not used it.
I am assuming you are using the outside water because water from inside is possibly going through a water softner? If not, I would fill my buckets from the tub inside taking care to use conditioner such as PRIME on the new water BEFORE pouring the new water into the aquarium. Would also be easy to make water temp more suitable for the fish.
Last edited by 1077; 09-17-2009 at 04:51 AM..
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