So recently i have been thinking my 10 gal. tank has been looking kinda dull. Although Honeycomb is thriving with his weekly water changes and as energetic as usual, my tank just feels like it needs more activity. I am afraid of converting it into a community though for the following reasons:
1) I have had Honeycomb in this tank for 2 YEARS and i am concerned he will not welcome any newcomers and either be aggressive( which he usually isn't) or become very stressed and ill
2) I have had a community tank before and have had the following fish and invertebrates( not all at the same time):
-oto (otoniculus sucker fish)
-2 Zebra Danios
-3 neon tetras
-1 mystery snail
and now i have Honeycomb who is thriving and has lived longer than ANY other fish i have owned. Out of all my fish, the Danios lived the longest, but they all died very strange deaths. One neon disappeared completely,(checked filter everything, probably snail ate it), the other two died of ich that bloomed after they were introduced in my tank for a couple of days. The oto just died, probably because my tank has high ph (7.8-8.0) and Alkaline water. The guppies died, one was bloated and the other just died. And the Danios, which ALMOST lived a year died. One seemed to have passes from TB, it was all bent and contorted, and the other just passed away.
So just by reading this (ugggh i know i write too much :)) you can tell i have had bad experience with ANY fish besides BETTAS!
NOTE*: When i had all of these other fish, i was still fairly new and didn't think about my water parameters. I only cleaned my tank 3 weeks-to a month(i know-that was realllllly sad and stupid of me), but now my tank gets cleaned EVERY week thoroughly.
I have a TOP FIN 10 gallon glass tank (originally from a kit) with a standard TOP FIN HOB power filter with cartridges and activated carbon i clean and replace every month-2 months. I also have a Neptune Submersible heater.
Here is what my tank looked like when i bought it from Petsmart:
I add to my water 1) Tetra Aquasafe (dechlorinates and conditions)( 2 teaspoons per 10 gallons, i add 2 teaspoons per 20% water change)
2) Tetra Easy Balance (stabilizes water chemistry) (says to add 2 teaspoons per ten gallons) (i add 2 teaspoons per 20% water change)
My current water parameters BEFORE my water change today:
hardness:75-150 (not as hard as usual, frequent water changes must be helping)
i do not real want fish that will breed readily
NOTE*: I am using JUNGLE 5 IN 1 TEST STRIPS QUICK DIP
HERE IS THE COLOR CHART FOR THE STRIPS I AM USING:
I have also attached a picture of what the strip looked like after putting it in the tank water.
Thanks, and i apologize for all the lllooooonnnngggg writing, i just want to make sure my pets are as healthy and happy as possible! Any serious answers and thoughts are welcome!