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FatWigglyFIsh 06-28-2012 03:31 PM

Fish sensitivity to heavy metals etc.
 
Hi All...I am new to Tropical Fish Keeping. I need some help...BAD! I have been trying for years to keep goldfish. I am CRAZY about ranchu, lionhead and orandas. There is something in my well water that is killing my fish. I have a 50 gallon tank in the house that is filled with a combination of Sparkletts and well water from my friends house 20 miles away. It's a pain driving for my weekly water changes to my buddies house for water. I would love to have a pond but I think a tanker of Sparkletts would break the bank.
I am going to begin water testing, to see if we can straighten out our water. I found a testing lab to help me. I am starting my testing with heavy metals (arsenic, Zinc and uranium are in the area) as well as Flouride and Nitrate. Does anyone have any idea what levels of these items are detrimental to my fish? Any ideas what else I should be testing for? Thank you.

Olympia 06-28-2012 04:11 PM

I don't know for sure but I have to say if it's safe for you to drink it should be safe for the fish.
Do you know the levels yet?

Byron 06-28-2012 04:33 PM

How did you deduce the fish were dying from something in the water and not something else?

If it is the well water, getting it analyzed to ascertain just what is in it would be useful.

FatWigglyFIsh 06-28-2012 07:24 PM

All of the results for the standard testing is 0. Nitrites, Ammonia etc. My neighbors who had fish had the same problem and they gave up. I can't imagine what else it would be...open to all ideas.

Byron 06-28-2012 08:01 PM

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Originally Posted by FatWigglyFIsh (Post 1133622)
All of the results for the standard testing is 0. Nitrites, Ammonia etc. My neighbors who had fish had the same problem and they gave up. I can't imagine what else it would be...open to all ideas.

Are you on the same well? Or is this municipal water that happens to come from wells? If the latter, the municipality should be able to tell you the water data.

FatWigglyFIsh 06-28-2012 08:08 PM

We all have our own wells. As the crow flies we live about 1/4 mile apart. It would make sense that the ground where the water is found for each well is similar. All the wells in the area were dug by the same company and are all avout 350' deep.

mysticganja420 06-28-2012 08:23 PM

From my own exp. having a vac. house in fort mohave AZ on a well, the water is very hard with lots of minerals(what hell i forget now) And was told its just fine for watering but drinking and so on had to install a water filter... so imho i would say it the well water just a exp. i have long hair so just 2 min in the shower out there without the filter on just pure well water and im spending 30min trying to comb it out lol... but im new here so maybe 1 of the other members can chime in on this but from my own personal exp. thats what happend to me on my well

FatWigglyFIsh 06-28-2012 08:29 PM

I agree...there is lots of junk down there, I just have to find out what. I have the same problem with my hair in the shower too. A little research tells me that goldfish do better in hard what than soft. I am guessing arsenic, which I think is down there...not so much.

mysticganja420 06-28-2012 08:36 PM

@FatWigglyFIsh a friend of mine who watches my house out there who has fish, he just go's down with a few 5g water bottles and filels them up at a filter staion for i belave 35c a gallon(im cali/AZ) if you have one of them that cleans the water thats a easy way to get the tank up and going and wwater changes.

FatWigglyFIsh 06-28-2012 09:16 PM

Thanks I will look into it.


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