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Okay! Thank you, Byron, for your advice ^-^ It really helps. I know I'm not the best fish wrangler (really, I'm a noob - I thought these little suckers would be easy to handle!) I've also got AquaSafe (from TetraAqua) that's just a plain ol' conditioner + bacteria. Would that be better than Neutral Regulator? The guy at the specialty fish store told me that my water was too alkaline (higher than 7 - it was like at 8.4, and I know what he means), so he said Neutral Regulator would be good for that, because it cleans out chlorine, ammonia, and resets the pH. So I bought a teeny little bottle. Another member did mention that LFS people DO tend to sell you the wrong things or give you the wrong advice; I'm just a little torn! But thank you anyway for the advice about the weekly water changes.
AquaSafe is a standard water conditioner, and when you change water that's all you need, a good water conditioner. AquaSafe is basic, it neutralizes/detosifies chlorine, chloramine and heavy metals. I use Kordon's NovAqua which does the same. If you have ammonia in your tap water, one that detoxifies ammonia (like Prime) is also good. Whatever, a water conditioner is it.

Subsequent posts have stated the fact about trying to alter pH and hardness, and I agree; it is more trouble than good becasuse there is more affecting your water that what these things can handle.

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Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
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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 youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre 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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