Ive been having some recent trouble in one of my tanks with livebearers, in which an ammonia spike claimed the lives of my swordtails, guppies and platies but not my neon tetras, angelfish or corys. My tank parameters say that the tap water i use is soft and acidic:
PH 6.0- 6.4 mg/l
GH 125 mg/l
KH - 50
So not optimal conditions for my livebearers but fine for my tetras and corys. Leading to one conclusion, my water chemistry is unsuitable.
Thinking about trying to prevent any more lives being lost in the future and being able to keep the fish I love, i had a thought. Forgive me if its a stupid question. But I was wondering if I could use the natural well spa water from my local town here in the UK (Buxton water) having looked on the specifics of the well water on the site it says the PH of the well water is 7.4 and these are the specifics:
Temp. at source: 81.5°F (27.5°C)
chloride 37 mg/l
TDS 280 mg/l
Hydrongeniccarbonate 248 mg/l
Magnesium 19 mg/l
Nitrate 0.1 mg/l
Potassium 1 mg/l
Sodium 24 mg/l
sulphates 13 mg/l
Could I use the spa water for my tank- is it safe? The PH is a lot better for the livebearers but what about water hardness - would this water be better than the tap water? Hopefully someone with good water content knowledge can help me with this one. As the well is open to the public I can collect using 5 gallon bottles several times per week and just heat to correct temp in a bucket for water changes?
Im not sure if this will help, but is a description on the buxton spa water:- "Buxton is one of the purest natural mineral waters in the world. According to the British Geological Survey, the water that emerges from the source today fell as rain over 5000 years ago. During its long underground passage, from a depth of 1500 metres, the water filters through the ancient limestone of the Peak District, acquiring a natural balance of minerals during its long journey. The water emerges at a temperature of 81.5 F regardless of the weather"
Many thanks for everyones help in advance.