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the value of a good test kit
I'm new here and I'm not sure where to start this thread. Also, I'm sure that many of you know that a good water testing kit is a good thing to have. After a 25 year lapse, I decided to set up an aquarium once again. My fish were dropping dead as fast as I was buying them. I thought our well water was fine for the aquarium but I bought an API freshwater master test kit. What I immediately found out was that our well water was extremely alkaline. I tried fish that could tolerate the high PH but was still losing fish. Just one or two a day. Now I get all of the aquarium from a spring that gushes water out at the foot of a mountain. It test 7.0 and has solved the dead fish problem. BTW I had tried natural drift wood but it wasn't bringing the PH down. I'm lucky to have the spring a couple miles from home.
Originally Posted by Den Socling View Post
Have you cycled the tank? The problem may not be the minerals. There may be traces of ammonia in the water. Starting up a tank really requires using a very hardy species of fish. Probably the toughest fish out there are Rosy Red Minnows. I used them in a 40 gallon plastic bucket while I sent up my 300 gallon tank and they thrive in very marginal water conditions. You might give them a try to cycle your tank.
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