I took a trip today to go to a well-known fish store. This place was like Disney World for fish! The staff was fabulous and so helpful. Here is my problem....my tank H2O tested at .25 ammonia, 0 nitrites and .5 nitrates. I tested my Tap H2O and it tested .25 for ammonia (0 for nitrite/nitrate). I brought samples of my tank and tap H2O so they could test it at the store. They got the same readings of .25 ammonia for my tap H2O. The woman who was assisting me told me that I had 2 choices.....I either use bottled H2O to do water changes or by a tap water filter. She told me because my tap water contains ammonia and if I keep using it I'll never get my ammonia down to zero. Well, I have to admit, that made sense to me.
I ended up spending $80 bucks on a tap water filter by Aquarium Pharmaceuticals. Well the piece of crap leaked from both ends and took forever to fill up 5 gallons! I plan on taking it back...I don't expect things to leak for $80.00! It looks very cheaply made too! Does anyone have any experience with this product?
I bought a bunch of plants and pulled out all my plastic stuff. The store sold me Seachem Flourish Excel, Potassium and Trace. (I just pray they didn't come with snails!!!! ) I also got the root tabs. I have no idea what type of plants I have...I just asked her to pick me out some easy to grow stuff that doesn't need to much light.
What should I do about my tap H2O? Should I just trade in the tap H2O filter for another one? I don't want to spend the rest of my life buying bottled H2O!!! Thanx, for any advice!
I down graded my 6 inch bubble wand to just a single stone. Do I need to just remove the stone entirely?