so ive bene keeping fish for as long as i can remmeber and NEVER had this issue.
i have a 30 gallon fish tank, it was set up 2 yrs ago with no problems, when i moved i broke it down and 3 of the remaining fish whent into a 10 gal.
i reacently reset up the 30 gallon.
but now im having major water quality issues.
from the tap, even WITH a britta filter, our water is EXTREEMLY hard and extreemly alkaline...
right now were running a ph of 8.5, KH of 300 and a GH of around 200
ive tried buffers, ive tried peat in the filter, theres driftwood in the tank, nothing seems able to lower it.
after cycling i was down to 0 amonia 0 NO3 and 0 NO2 and after the first week ph was at 7.5 and around 180 on the KH and 150 on the GH
so i moved the fish in form the 10 gal
right now the rainbow shark and the 2 serpeas out of the 10 gal old tank are doing fine...a 3rd serpea that was in there died after a week but he was a new addition.
in that week of course everything jumped a little, partial water changes as per usual 25% water changes, with aquasafe water conditioner.
now its week 3 and my ph is 8.5, Kh is 300, gh 200.
NO2 is running .75
NO3 is 25
and i ran out of amonia stuff but cloudiness suggests thats high too!
i havent added fish, i havent added any rocks or deco, ive been doing 25% daily water changes for the amonia NO2 and NO3 of course doesnt help with the Ph, KH, or GH.
im at a loss, i just dont know what to do, ive NEVER had this issue before.
should i just put them all back in the 10 gallon, empty the 30 gallon and refill with bottled water?! theres nowhere that i know of locally that i can buy preset water (our only local LFS is a small petco) and there was a recent study that showed 3 of the major bottle brands of water in our area are just tap water from NY...
any ideas? thoughts?!
we have a filter on the tap that was reacently changed...so imagine how nasty our town water is?! (town/city water NOT on well)
im not willing to give up,
i realy dont want to over treat the tank trying to bring the ph down...but its also my mothers tank and she doesnt want cichlids which of course is the only real possibility with high ph...even then i think were too high for cichlids...so i need to figure something out.
thanks in advance.