I've posted here awhile ago...I'm still struggling with keeping my fish alive. I kept fish for years, since I was a little kid, without much trouble. I never had any trouble until a couple of years ago when I got this 30 gallon hexagonal tank. Now it seems like fish never live for long, or something is always off with the water. I don't know why! Our local fish store closed due to the economy last year, and now I'm totally lost. I used to just take a water sample there and ask any questions I had.
My few remaining fish (couple of mollies and a pleco) just went belly up. I do a 25% water change every three weeks or so, just FYI. My tank has several plants including java moss, and a filter with a bio wheel.
I tested the water tonight and the nitrates are around 0 and so are the nitrites. The KH was 80 and the pH was up to 7.8. The GH was 300!
I will admit I used a diddly test strip for the water testing. There's not anywhere else to buy fish things around here, and I don't have money to order something online and wait for it right now.
Even if the strips aren't 100% accurate they can at least give a good estimation! I do have a water drop kit for the GH and KH, I just haven't busted it out.
I would like to get my aquarium under control so I can stock it with some pretty fish. (Which most unfortunately I have to buy at Petsmart.
) My baby and 4 year old love to look at them and feed them. I was actually thinking of getting a few goldfish since they are cheap and my 4 year old loves them more than fancier fish. How many inches of goldfish can fit in a 30 gallon tall tank? Maybe that's a question for another thread.
I would appreciate opinions and advice on my constantly messed up water!