03-19-2009, 10:20 AM
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Hi WezzO and welcome to the forum and the hobby. As we are both in the Vancouver area I can certainly recommend the best stores. But the first thing is for you to decide what kind of tank/fish you want so we can resolve the present problems. A 10g is not the place for experimenting with any fish that looks nice in the store, and as others have mentioned you have a mix of fish that is going to cause you big trouble if they stay as they are and any you add will in my opinion continue to die. This may be because of the water, but probably more because of the type of fish and being overcrowded. This all leads to stress and that causes disease, partasites and death.
Vancouver water is soft and very slightly acid (the pH this week was 6.8, some weeks it is 7.0) so you are in the fortunate position of being able to have almost anything, since it is easier to raise pH to 8.0 (as must be done if you want the African cichlids) or keep it as it comes out of the tap if you want south american tetras, SE asian fish, etc. We can go into this more once we know what you intend to keep. Getting a larger tank is a good idea, but even a 20g is small quarters for African cichlids; as others have noted, they are agressive fish.
Let us know what you want, and I'm sure others here will have suggestions. Let me know which part of Vancouver you're in and I'll recommend fish stores.