HI everyone, Just starting with this hobby with a small 35L aquarium. Currenty putting it through a fishless cycle as I dont want to make any fish suffer.
I have added Nutrafin Cycle plus to introduce some bacteria that I need, and will be putting a couple of drops of ammonia in to try and kick start it, however I will be waiting a few weeks forthe correct levels before I even consider introducing fish.
Current problem I have at the moment is very high GH when I have done an early water test. It is currently showing at 500ppm, and possibly more as the strip does not go any higher.
Ive looked at a few options, either buying an addtive that will soften the water, or using the peat method.
If I could ask a few questions please:
1) Can peat be purchased that can be placed in the HOB filter to reduce the GH?
2) Is it a good or bad idea to use an additve for GH?
3) What product is best to use to introduce bacteria to the tank? (i do not know anyone else who owns an aquarium to pinch a bit of gravel off them to get the bacteria going)