01-08-2013, 11:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron
Welcome back. Very sorry to hear of your health issue; nothing is as relaxing as a successful fish tank (I'm always falling asleep in front of mine) so let's all work to create it.
Any idea as to what your tap water parameters are? Cichlids are not "easy," and a 33g would mean dwarf species which can be even more fussy. The hardier tetra like some of those mentioned in the previous post are probably the best idea, but knowing the GH and pH of your source water will help us narrow this down. Staying with fish well suited to your water also makes life easier with respect to tank maintenance.
Oh gosh it's been so long I'll have to get back in the groove of all this terminology haha! I used to have it down to a science, I'm so disappointed this hobby got moved to the back burner. From what I learned throughout my journey I found my water source was very hard, with a (ph I think?) of around 7-8 and it was tricky to regulate without the funds to afford the good quality chemicals to fix it down to 6-7. After a while I strictly bought gallons of the Nestle purified water (that similar to what mothers use as water for their formula) but it was getting crazy because I'd be buying 10-15 one gallon jugs at a time :/ Your comment "Staying with fish well suited to your water" was definitely a quick lesson learned and was why I gravitated toward the more hardy Mollies and Platties. I don't think the Angelfish liked it very much :/ If I were to have to use my tap water, I will definitely find out exactly what it is and get to back to you, because then we can start from there.