I will be getting a 50 gallon tank this week and plan to plant it heavily.
The water from my tap is (after D-Klor and resting for 24 hours):
I haven't had any ammonia/nitrite/nitrate register.
I'm finding that a lot of the fish that I am drawn to require pH closer to 7.0 and water a little harder.
I have a BN pleco that I purchased on the bad advice of my LPS for my 3 gallon tank, so this new home is for him. I realize that my pH is higher than what plecos supposedly prefer, but seems to be doing fine.
I fully understand how the pH scale works, so I know that decimal points can be disastrous, but how far is too far?
Should I worry more about the pH or the hardness?
How far along each scale can I dabble?
Do you know of something, anything, that can be happy in there with my pleco that I haven't come across yet?
Here's' what I (think) I've found:
I really would to actually have some fish in my FISH tank :)
Also, what are some online resources for fish & their basic needs, as well as places to purchase them? My nearest specialty shop is 60 minutes away, so I may have to order by mail to find what I need. Same info for plants would be awesome as well.