03-20-2010, 07:44 PM
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Water Too Soft!
Hi, I am just getting started on setting up my first aquarium, I have 26 gallons (posted setup), I am in my second week into fishless cycling. I have been studying different fish that interest me, I really like several live bearer species and I am finding that my tap water is too soft for most of them, I wanted to know how hard it is to increase water hardiness, I have read some things that say its not too difficult and others that say you should choos fish that compliment your tap so I can't decide. My tap water chemistry: Nitrate: 0 (I understand this will change through the cycling process) Nitrite: 0 (ditto) GH: 0 Chlorine: .8 (used dechlorinator for tank) Total Alkalinity-KH: 0-2 PH: 6.5 (i have monitored this regurarly in the tank for the past 2 weeks since the Alkalinity is so low, it has came out pretty much the same evey time) The fish I am interested in: Dalmation (Marbled) Lyretail Molly Platies (have not dedided for sure, maybe a Mickey variety) Angelfish (love the Golden Veiltail), I know these prefer soft water, but also know I probably should only have one in my size tank. Maybe a Pleco if I can find one that will stay smaller in size.
Any recommendations about whether I should dive into changing my natural water chemistry would be greatly appreciated!!!