The best natural method is using crushed corral or crushed oyster shell in the tank...it takes a week or so to start to see an increase...you can either add it to the substrate or in the filter box wrapped in hose or netting of some type or both...but you also have to treat the source water for water changes too and with small tanks this can be a challenge......watch the fish...does he seem to have a problem with the pH and hardness....if not, I would leave it alone....but you also have plants and plants can benefit from the added mineral content....
Hi OFL, ^-^
I got my liquid test kit today and I had just a few questions,
my ammonia is fine,
no nitrate, no nitrite,
but my PH is still around 5.5 ( too low to be tested by AFI liquid, and almost too low for strips ) and my Alk is higher than my Hardness :/
today it was ridiculously higher, so I did some water change, but not a lot since I'd already been poking in his tank a lot today fixing some plants,
do you know any natural ways to ajust these water issues? if not should I get some products? or just leave them be?
it's also not currently aerated except for the filter if this helps at all,
thankyou :) :)
Well, my betta didn't die with the levels of toxins on the tap water over the 3 months it's been with me, it came with fin-rot, cured, it came back from my friends house after holiday with bacteria, cured, now the cloudy eye for the first time because of me, xD... curing hahahah
Its best to always try to use your source water....mainly because its easy and best to get the fish adapted to it...not to mention cost....lol.....
Yes, Epsom salt is safe long term and is often used for plant food too and you are correct with the aquarium salt......for resistant issues and kidney issues with this species of fish....not all species of fish can tolerate either of these salts....
Well, my tap water will kill me at the age of 38 max, I could try buying mineral water but feels like a waste of money in a way =/
Also, another quick question, since I kinda try to help people when most of US ppl are sleeping;
The Epsom salt is safe for long-term, just bad because the fish gets used to it, right?
And the Aquarium salt is not safe in long-term because it can affect it's internal organs, aight?
Also, I gotta thank you alot, when I first joined the forum I knew nothing about fish, since I had mine by surprise, you taught me a lot by the point of being able to help others, so thanks once again ;3
It depends on the illness and how fast you treat...Epsom salt is a good and generally safe product to use...but the number one medication is fresh dechlorinated water and water changes......the goal is to give the fish the tools to heal itself from a strong immune response.....
To be a good keeper of fish you must first be a good keeper of water
Freshwater fish thrive with fresh water.....