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- Awesome find.....does their water come from a well too....be sure and do a slow acclimation to the new water to be safe...but I am sure you already planned on doing that...lol......
I understand...due to my disability I am house bound myself and depend on others to get me around.....and what is neat about local fish clubs is that they usually will have a web-site and forum that are free with monthly meetings that you don't have to go to and usually they post the meeting-minutes on their web site....they can be a great resource of information....They have list of local clubs in the back pages of most of aquarium magazine....if you don't have any magazine with a list let me know your state and I can give you their address...you could at least give them a look...lol.....
- 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 :))
- Jrf456-it is really best to get the proper size tank and keep the proper numbers for a sorority of females to limit stress and problems that result..I would not keep 2 females in 5gal...
inkrealm-not sure if IAL will stop tail biting...but the tannins they create can help with stress...add the IAL to stain the water a nice amber color and see if that helps your Betta
Punki-no problem happy to help anyway I can..wish I could be of more help....your water sounds pretty bad...to bad you don't have any local fish keepers...what about a fish club I know you have them in your state....that would be a good resource for local water information....
- 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 :))
- Yes, I collect and use lots of rainwater and mine is a kinda yellow color as well...it has never cause any problems for my fish- I also use lots of dried oak leaf in my water...I add 4-6 inches of dried leaves to my rainwater buckets to start...the decomp of the leaves has never caused any problems for me- I also have lots of live plants......this is what you need to do too...lots of live plants to help keep your water safe....water lettuce, frogbit, duckweed and some swords, naja grass would help with both ammonia and iron...I am not sure if the iron is the same.. my water and soil are high in iron, however, it doesn't change the color of the water...I will have to look and see what levels of Iron are fish safe... I want to say under 1mg/l but not 100% sure
Have you talked with any local people that keep fish, like a ma & pa type fish shop that use your local water...they may be able to give you better information on safety....