Originally Posted by Cyanide
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.