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post #11 of 12 Old 01-21-2012, 03:50 PM
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I would get some live plants in that tank. Plants can take up many toxins and would probably help with this water. I would also boil what goes in the tank if you are being told to boil the water for domestic use or drinking. Acceptable levels of many metals and substances that are safe for humans can be quite the opposite for fish. Alternatively, use RO, distilled or rainwater but the tap water mixed with whichever should still be boiled. RO or distilled on its own is not good as it is too pure to support life; rainwater alone would be OK if you had any and assuming no pollutant source in the area.

On the hardness issue, diluting with RO, distilled or rainwater is again the best way to go. But be careful, as mollies need hard water. Commercially-raised angelfish can manage in medium hard basic (pH in low to mid-7's) water, and this is as soft and low (pH) as it should be for mollies. They develop health issues in soft or acidic water and rarely live long.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #12 of 12 Old 01-21-2012, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Byron,
I will start to collect rain water to dilute the tap water. I have to get a decent storm to first get the dirt and pollution that collects off of the roof and then the water turns crystal clear. I will store it in some of the rain barrels sold at big hardware stores. It has to be covered because where I live mosquito larva shows up in uncovered water in about a week in the warmer months. The good news is I can get a ton of water in a decent storm. I will also look into replacing the small incendescent bulb that came with the aquarium hood with a small florescent and at least get some of the floating plants you like to use.
Thanks again for your help.
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