Originally Posted by fishcrazy1824
Yea it took me about 5 minutes to realize Walmart is a bad bad place in which to be a fish...:/
I do have a test kit but it is strips. I will def. take you up on your recommendation to switch to a waterbase...I have been reading a lot of posts and quite a few ppl seem to like them.
I just did a test when you asked and today...
my ph is at 7.7
ammonia is at 0
nitrites are at 0
nitrates are at 30
not perfect but not terrible...lol
I am glad you are directing me towards some plants...I would love to get some but from what i've read they seem complicated. Do I have to feed and fertilize them?
I love the bamboo
I've had it for 6 mos and it seems to be doing well. There are fresh growing leaves which must be a good sign... I would recommend keeping the leaves out of the water....they are too fragile to be completely submerged in my opinion. I started out with the leaves submerged but I had to do a lot more trimming because they didn't hold up as well as I would have liked...some of the littler leaves are submerged because of their position on the shoot, which can't be helped. (It grows algae and my mollys dine on it quite often) I got it mainly because of my Fiddler...it provides one of 3 options for her to get out of the water. Sidebar-- I loveeee my Fiddler...
Honestly everyone is going to suggest some high tech solution to plants but I have been getting away with good lighting and weekly dose of Flourish Comprehensive by Seachem ($15.99 at PetSmart for a 500ml bottle and you use 1ml per 10 gallon as if I remember correctly once a week). You don't need it but I am using it because I got some more plants and it has been taxing on the minerals. When I had fewer plants I didn't need it.
Some good low light plants that require little work are Java Fern
and Java Moss
can get messy.
I personally like Cabomba but it is considered high light (I just keep it closer to the light).
Make sure their good plants, sometimes petsmart has such bad looking plants. sometimes their amazing.
Your pH is a little high but nothing to worry about (7.5 is better but not necessary). Is the pH on your tap water the same? Also check the Nitrate in your tap water.
If your nitrate is lower in your tap water and your pH, doing a water change will lower those numbers. Otherwise you are fine. Nitrate you want under 20ppm but 30ppm is no danger. My tap water has 60ppm....dont ask me why...and why the city hasnt done anything about it. I called the water company. I guess I have to go do more about this now. Crazy.
Yea plants are def the way to go. They look amazing and they just make your tank super balanced :) my fish like them! :) especially my ottos.
How do you have your bamboo? can you take a picture? I am really curious because I like the look but dont know how to keep it out of the water... hahaa