My neighbor whom i dont talk to sat a 10 gallon outside just today, 2 days after i buy one, one appears. Hes planning on getting rid of it and my dads already trying to get it off of him to give me, he doesnt seem to understand the space issue :)) Though the idea of putting a tank outside on my porch sounds alittle interesting, i think ill get it and hold onto it for the possible future :) Again ty for the help. Ill check back later for the address. :)
Im living in central Florida and yes, its well water, the guys that work there live around here and have the same iron problem so they bottle their water from there to drink lol. Ive been adding it slowly to their vases that are sitting in the ten gallon throughout the day. No issues so far and the temp is a steady 78. I am gonig to keep an eye on their levels (so happy i can now :)) but i plan to do 2 50% changes a week with vacuming once a week unless i notice anything a bit high. I was told that a fish in cycle isnt recommended but im stay at home and i enjoy water changes as long as i have the water so i think itll be okay. I put plants ad sand between the two mesh dividers and after its done cycling i may add a few ghost shrimp.
I will have to research a fish club. I dont drive atm (working on that, panic attacks so im in therapy lol) but once im on the road i definitely want to get to know others in the hobby. Thanks for the suggestion :)
Later in the night i as feeling pretty frustrated about it and my dad suddenly told me that up at the nearest gas station on his way to work they have clear water in their hose and he can fill up jugs there for free for me, and that his wife is needing a liquid test kit for her koi pond outside so i could use that, after 25% my tap and 75% the gas stations tap and priming it overnight, a test kit showed all of the levels in an acceptable range and the 10 gal is clear finally :D Im just letting the water warm up and im going to move the two live plants i currently have into it. My males tank is cycled (only 3 gallons so not stable i assume) but it does show results of being stable so im going to move all of his items to the tank as well before moving him in. Maybe that will help start the cycle process. At least i now have a decent water source to mix with my tap that doesnt cost :))
I havent been able to find any in the area, only a petsmart an hour away tests water, but thats where i go for everything basically. I have only an Anubis nana, and a couple of clumps of java moss atm not enough for a ten gallon i suppose. I can test ammonia at home but otherwise id need to run out. I think ive read the same about iron level and mine is a bit higher so i thought a half/half of rain water and tap would be good. I also like to use oak leaves. I dont mind the light yellow tint but this is far deeper colored. I guess my next trip will be another water test along with some additional plants. Ill let this filter until i can make it out again. Finding a knowledgeable person on fish seems impossible around here so ive just been trying to research and learn myself with the numbers i get. I just dont want to hurt the fish in this process. Thanks for the suggestions and experience, good to know that it looking yellow isnt an odd thing at least :))
Theres no fish in the tank atm, scared to use it, but buying gallon after gallon of spring while this cycles would be horrible. BTW the iron lvl in my tap is ferous iron and its 1.5mg/l and theres also tannins in the well apparently, so its pretty ugly once it sits. I use prime and AP crystal clear (because the crystal clear seems to make the iron clump a bit and sink) But yes my question is about the rainwater, id hate all this effort go to waste but i imagine if its pollen it may eventually rot and raise ammonia?
Hi OFL :) I had a question, i bought a 10g tank and decided id use rainwater/tap water since my tap has high iron levels. I caught the rain today from the middle of my yard (which is covered by trees, everywhere is lol) and the water looked clear until i jugged it then i could see a bit of a yellow tint to the water, figuring the activated charcoal filter would probobly take care of it and it looked better then my tap i put it in the tank, only to see that in that amount it looks orange. We dont get much rain in FL but weve got a rainy week ahead so i was hoping to jug up quite a few gallons during it, even bought kids pools for the purpose, but not sure why its orange/yellow. Finding a spot that doesnt have oak/palm trees is quite difficult so im thinking maybe its pollen? Or tannins? Im just not sure. Ive read you gather rainwater for your tanks sometimes so i wanted your input.
I have a bit of java moss and an anubis. Ill look for an iron test kit and grab some prime next time im out. I wonder if it will help with the color a bit, sitting it out awhile seems to help some also. Feeling a bit of hope now, thanks :)
You seem to know alot about water, especially well water. I made a post but i dont have a test kit. Could a high amount of iron affect a fish? I imagine it could, but what about letting it sit out and settle a few days. It still has a tint but not so orange. Id like to use tap instead of buying water all the time but the water here is gross, leaves bubbly foamy stuff on sinks and discolors clothes ect.
I had no idea it was your birthday, happy birthday to you! Sorry if im interrupting anything but i was just hoping that you could take a look at my newest post, coraline is much worse and im not sure what my options are at this point, its not looking good for her sadly.