Originally Posted by joe1992w
Thanks for all the help and advice it's very much appreciated. i don't know if you noticed my edit of my least post that gave a link to the values of my tap water in my area but you didn't mention it and i was hoping you could give me some more advice if it's needed that directly relates to my tap water. thanks alot
I did miss it, thanks for pointing it out. That is good that they provide that list of what's in the water. I'll just mention a couple of things from the list.
Iron, copper, manganese and lead are heavy metals and at specific levels toxic to all fish and plants (and all life organisms for that matter). The first three are also micro-nutrients required by plants to grow. However, you don't want lead in the aquarium, so like most of us you use a water conditioner that detoxifies heavy metals (most do but some may not, they will say on the label if they do). The micro-nutrients can be added via liquid plant fertilizer in safe levels.
You have nitrate at 44 mg per litre, which my conversion chart says is about 44-45 ppm. That's high; most of us prefer nitrate to be under 20 ppm. Most (but not all) of the common fish can manage with 40 ppm but they shouldn't have to. The solution here is to use a water conditioner that detoxifies nitrates. Nitrites are also mentioned though very low, but again a good water conditioner will handle that too. [More on conditioners in a moment.]
The calcium and magnesium are the minerals that create hardness in water. And your water is very hard according to these numbers, and the nice conversion chart they provide ["Convert your water hardness" arrow]. The pH at 7.2 seems low for such hardness, but there are chemistry reasons for this that I frankly don't fully understand so I'll leave it.
Where this gets us is that livebearers will do fine in your water as is (using a conditioner of course). So will most plants. Some of the tetras will manage, but many will find it too hard long-term. The best way to soften hard water is with Reverse Osmosis (RO) unit. We can go into that if you ask. If you check the species profiles we have, the water parameters and the fish's adaptability is noted for most of them, so that will give you an idea of what fish you can easily acquire when the tank is cycled.
For plants, Vallisneria does exceptionally well in hard water; it can assimilate carbon from carbonates as well as the more usual CO2 (carbon dioxide). Most of the stem plants will be OK, and the common swords like Echinodorus bleherae will do well.
On the conditioners, Seachem's Prime is one of the best for your situation; it handles chlorine, chloramine, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate and heavy metals. You may find other brands in the UK [I'm sure Seachem is available there] but make sure they will handle what is needed; some do not.
Keep asking...we're all here to assist when we can.