11-07-2009, 01:42 PM
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Originally Posted by oldfish
I have very soft well water - hardness = 0; however my PH is 8-8.5. When I first moved here I tried to lower the PH without success. Then I tried to increase the hardness - without success. Finally gave up and for 4 years the fish have been healthy, the water clear. Then a few months ago - went green.
Have just but 50 gallons of well water into my newly cleaned 55 gallon tank. (The fish are in a 30 gallon green water tank -- and will have to wait until the new water cycles.)
If you wanna speed up the process of cycle in your new tank:
Take any & all filter media you got in your old tank, rinse it out in the new tank, then add all the filter media into your new pump, switch all plants etc to the new tank ~ Et volia cycle done quickly and you can move the fishy over.
I done that for all my tank, works wonderful and safe. Now rinsing the filter media out in the new tank WILL make it cloudy/ dirty for few hrs till its all sucked up in the filter again, BUT that way you have all established bacteria in your new tank