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post #11 of 16 Old 11-18-2008, 01:10 PM
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Yep...you can purchase RO/DI water from stores, but in the long run it's likely going to be cheaper just to purchase your own system.

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post #12 of 16 Old 11-23-2008, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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Well my fish seem to be doing a lil better now. It was only the neons that were dieing, and im guessing because of the ph, but just a couple of days ago my ammonia went up and has stayed up for a few days and my serpea(long finned one, my favorite fish ) died, im guessing because of the ammonia. I put in some more neutralized(not tap water conditioner) to try and fix ammonia problem, and now they seem to be fine. I also put in tap water conditioner tho, because I think i have lots of heavy metals in water. I did test for copper and had none, so thats good.

Another problem im pretty sure im having is i put way too many fish in tank before tank is cycled(i think its still in processs of cycling, since ammonia has gone up now).

And like Tyyrlym said my bigger gourami was starting to bully the smaller one for a few days(fin nipping), but now they seem to be perfectly fine, and the smaller ones fins are pretty much fully healed. My tiger bar is also starting to chase around the other fish(wasnt before ). I read that that 1 by itself will be more agressive, and putting a few of them together will stop them from bullying the other fish. True?
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post #13 of 16 Old 11-23-2008, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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And I have gotten my ph stable down around 8(was like 8.6 before), Ive just gotta add a dam lot of ph down chemicals every time I change water. Think using the ph down chemicals(using API ph down right now) is fine?

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post #14 of 16 Old 11-24-2008, 04:13 PM
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I would use the reverse osmosis water from the grocery store. A guy from my LFS said that the RO/DI water would not be the best choice for my tank. Mainly because I have a planted aquarium and the RO/DI water does not have any of the nutrients and you will have to add them to the water if you want to grom plants. Not sure if you're growing plants or not but if you are, it's something to consider.

Also, try buying fish from a different store. I was buying some fish from a LFS here and every time I bought a fish from them, it died. I tried a different store, and all of this fish I bought from them are still alive and very healthy. I went back to the original LFS where I got the fish that always died and I tried another, it died the next day. I'm not sure why, but I am not going there anymore I know that.

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post #15 of 16 Old 11-26-2008, 08:23 PM
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I would use the reverse osmosis water from the grocery store. A guy from my LFS said that the RO/DI water would not be the best choice for my tank. Mainly because I have a planted aquarium and the RO/DI water does not have any of the nutrients and you will have to add them to the water if you want to grom plants. Not sure if you're growing plants or not but if you are, it's something to consider.
Well, pure ro water is not good for fish as well as plants. It lacks minerals essential to growth and survival. Fortunately, there is a simple fix: ro water additives that contain all the minerals you need for balanced water . Also, in the long run a ro unit will be way cheaper than buying from a store every week. I would save up and buy one if I were you, then when you get multiple tank syndrome you'll be able to get any fish you want!

20 gallon long: 3 adult Neolamprologus similis + about 11 fry of various ages; low light planted tank
20 gallon long:2 freshwater dwarf puffers (Puff Puff and Poofer); medium-light planted tank
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10 gallon: 1 male betta named Dante; low light planted tank
2, 5.5 gallon tanks that are currently empty (I see more fish on the horizon )
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post #16 of 16 Old 11-29-2008, 12:19 AM
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Can you list the fish that you have in the tank now? Many of the fish you initially listed are schooling fish that will do much better in groups of six or more. If you've got the stocking room, I suggest bringing the school sizes up. You might need to return some of the fish so that you can get appropriate school sizes of the other types of fish. This is especially important with your tiger barb, as he will definitely be quite aggressive if left as a single specimen.

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