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Old 03-17-2007, 08:47 PM   #11
 
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Thanks for your replys...

I'm a bit confused about what Kh testing is. If i remember back from school i think K meant Potassium!??.

Since the Akalinity is off the chart what is the best way to do water changes?
I was told that adding a heap of chemical to increase acidity at once can stress the fish.

Thanks again.
kh means karbonate hardness, the number of H+ molecules in the water i think

yes adding chemicals to the water all at once will stress the fish, hence the drip acclimating, if you are using RO water you create it before it goes in the tank. You will need to read up about using RO water and chemicals to change ph somewhere else since it is long and i really cant be bothered explaining it (plus i dont know a whole lot about it)
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Old 03-17-2007, 10:38 PM   #12
 
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Adjust the water you are adding to the tank to the same parameters is the tank before adding it. It will be apian to start with but it will become second nature after doing it for a while. A simple KH, GH and pH test before the water change and the adjust the tap water to the same numbers.

But definately drip acclimate the fish unless your LFS is on the same type of water and doesn't use RO water, then it may not be neccesary.
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Old 03-18-2007, 10:59 PM   #13
 
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I'm assuming you weren't planning on using the rainwater for your fish, which due to pollutants is just a bad idea all around. I'm not sure where you are located, but in NJ we call it "well water". Most have public water, but some areas still have well water. My old house had a well for water, and the water was horrid! make sure you test the hell out of it. I HIGHLY recommend having a water company come out and test your water fully, they usually do the testing for free. We installed a major filtration system and that helped a lot. We had extremely hard water and lots of iron to name a few. A RO filter is the best, but is also the most costly. If you are in the US, PM me and I can give you the name of a great company that we dealt with in Pennsylvania, they ship nationwide. They were awesome.

I'm wondering if you could get your fish used to bottled water and then use that until you know what's in the bore water?
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Old 03-18-2007, 11:25 PM   #14
 
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I'm wondering if you could get your fish used to bottled water and then use that until you know what's in the bore water?
That's a very expensive method unfortunately. Investing an RO unit might be the best you can approach.:)
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Old 03-18-2007, 11:51 PM   #15
 
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I'm wondering if you could get your fish used to bottled water and then use that until you know what's in the bore water?
That's a very expensive method unfortunately. Investing an RO unit might be the best you can approach.:)
matters how big the tank is to me, lets say a 2 gallon tank and you change 1/2 gallon per week, then all you need is half a gallon of spring water which costs like a dollar. But if you get an RO unit and add all the trace elements and stuff it will cost you a lot more than a dollar a week. anything above a 10 gallon should use RO water, but if its below 10 gallons bottled water should do. But since you have goldfish im guessing you have above 10 gallons so an RO unit is for you, the bottled water was just to clear things up.
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