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- 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....
- 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.
- Hey OFL,
Could you take a look at my post about my injured female?
I've treated her with some aquarium salt and a bit of "wound-ease" but I'm not sure if that is the way to be going about it.
It won't let me post the link here, but it's in Diseases and Emergencies and is titled "Hmm... Hutch's interesting injury" or something like that.
- Tannins-either IAL or dried oak leaf...I use oak leaf 10-12 crushed per gallon in my pre-mix treatment water
I feed fresh garlic to all my fish daily since it is part of my homemade food I make...long term feeding of fresh garlic can help boost immune response and control internal parasites in my experience.....