In a galaxy far, far away, some 20 years ago...my husband and I were successful fish keepers. We had three freshwater tanks, with the largest being a 100 gal. Our favorite fish we're our Dempseys, an arawana, and the tank of Discus. I truly thought when I married, that my husband was a "fish whisperer".
Fast forward to this past April, my son gave me a 30 gallon for my birthday:lol: My husband and I do not recall water testing, and needing to be educated in water chemistry. I have spent many hours researching all my questions. I have visited this forum many times and have found it to be one of the most knowledgeable. I finally realized, that if I was going to be a "fish whisperer", I had to align myself with true masters!
Welcome to the forum!
LOL. Welcome to the forum :wave:
We're here to help so ask anything you need to along the way.
If you are using ONLY RO water, you must buy a mineral supplement. Fish take minerals from the water and will start having deficiencies without these minerals.
welcome to forum.:-) it is very informative.loads of information.
My initial tank set up was tap, until discovering my water quality. Have been using straight RO for a while. I have read online the importance of minerals. So far, this topic of discussion seems to be above the knowledge of the employees at the local fish store. We recently installed a soft water system. My reverse osmosis filters this same water.
Using the API 5 in 1 test strips, here's my results:
PH, Tap water=7.5+, RO and Tank=6.5+
GH, Tap=0, RO, Tank=0
KH, Tap=240!, RO=maybe 40 Tank=40
Nitrite, Tap, RO, Tank=0
Nitrate, Tap=40, RO=20?, Tank=40
What are my best options? I came across a product, RO right 1000gm on Aquarium Guys site. I also recall a product, Seachem Trace Elements. And I read an article on basic water chemistry, live aquaria, which states the easiest way to add minerals is in the form of a calcium-based rock. I know some suggest using part tap water, but I am assuming this would not be a consideration for me.
So far, I have one live plant cluster which looks healthy. I had noticed a couple skeletized leaves recently, which are now non existent. I have not put my gravel back in since a recent amonia spike. I have a bio wheel, which I have added zeolite crystals. Will it be possible to create a naturally balanced planted tank?
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