08-22-2010, 05:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron
I skimmed through this and did spot a couple of things. Your water has sodium (200 ppm) and nitrate (50 ppm). Plus of course the chlorine and usual stuff. I would certainly recomend a good water conditioner like Prime.
As for the hardness, I didn't spot this although with a lot of work one could probably deduce it a bit from all the various minerals. I was looking particularly for calcium and magnesium and didn't see either mentioned. Ask your local fish store, they have probably tested the water themselves. They should at least know the answer, hardness and pH can be crucial to some fish.
I agree with Byron on this, however. Fish, no matter what kind, should be living in chlorine-free water. Unfortunately, the better part of tap water these days does have chlorine, so you should probably add some water conditioner to your tank water. You can find this for a couple of dollars at any pet store or online.