06-28-2012, 03:31 PM
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Fish sensitivity to heavy metals etc.
Hi All...I am new to Tropical Fish Keeping. I need some help...BAD! I have been trying for years to keep goldfish. I am CRAZY about ranchu, lionhead and orandas. There is something in my well water that is killing my fish. I have a 50 gallon tank in the house that is filled with a combination of Sparkletts and well water from my friends house 20 miles away. It's a pain driving for my weekly water changes to my buddies house for water. I would love to have a pond but I think a tanker of Sparkletts would break the bank.
I am going to begin water testing, to see if we can straighten out our water. I found a testing lab to help me. I am starting my testing with heavy metals (arsenic, Zinc and uranium are in the area) as well as Flouride and Nitrate. Does anyone have any idea what levels of these items are detrimental to my fish? Any ideas what else I should be testing for? Thank you.