04-29-2009, 03:10 AM
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Were it me, (and it ain't) I would indeed purchase the test kit. API freshwater master kit is used by many. I would not use any chemicals or tablets or pH adjusters. I would only use dechlorinator such as PRIME or AMQUEL+ and tapwater during water changes ,and I would perform these water changes once a week or whenever ammonia or nitrites were above .25 according to the test results from afore mentioned test kit. You are seeking a stable enviornment for your fish and this is easier to achieve without the assorted chemicals or tonics added to this environment. Ammonia,and nitrites kill many fish but these can be controlled through water changes and by not over feeding or overstocking.Live bearers and goldfish actually prefer slightly alkaline to hard water so your pH would be fine for these fish as well as most others with the exception of fish like cardinal tetras who prefer soft water as do some other fish. Always easier to keep fish that do well with the water that you have readily available (tap) as opposed to trying to adjust the water to suit the fish.Always easier to raise the pH than lower it but with the pH you posted,, there are few fish that you couldn't keep. Everything added to the tank or water, affects the chemistry of the water and makes it more difficult to maintain a STABLE enviornment. The simpler ,,the better.Get the PRIME or AMQUEL+ And the TESTKIT.