Originally Posted by Animalfreak
Well it is well water. My LPS is like 45mins away from us and I can't drive yet. If I wasn't to do the guppies what could I put in the tank? I really don't want hard to care for fish or goldfish.
With hard water your choices are pretty much cichlids, livebearers, goldfish, or some of the more adaptable tetra. But it really depends on how hard your water is. In medium hard water (7 - 15 GH), a lot of tetra can manage. That's why we need to know just how hard your water is. Since you have well water, you should have a water quality report from the people who check your well. Ask your parents for it. We need the GH and KH.
A planted tank will reduce the pH (not GH) but only if the KH is already low. In hard water there isn't much to be done to reduce the hardness except cutting the hard water with RO water or rainwater. While it may not seem important to us, hardness and pH of the water matter greatly to the fish, and keeping a fish in parameters it can't handle will lead to a shortened life span and less vibrant colors.
Create, I hope you plan to upgrade for your tiretrack eel. They grow about 3 feet long and need a 130 gal tank. It will do best in a brackish tank. (Source