Hi, I'm having a fin melt issue with one of my crowntails and now one of my plakats (bottom fin) and learned some very helpful info here about water hardness and ph being too high for some tail types. My water hardness as of 3 days ago using a test strip was about 75, alkalinity 120, ph 7.2. From what I understand ph of 7 is ideal for crowntails and I read about using indian almond leaves.
I'm worried about just plopping an almond leaf into the tanks and seeing what happens because I don't want to mess around with ph and stressing out my fish. Also, my water change schedule is usually 50% every 5-7 days for my 10 gallon and 100% every 4-5 days for my 3 gallon unfiltered tank. I'm not really able to do small water changes every day. I would prefer something I could add to the water every time, so the ph/water softness would get to a certain number and then be the same every time I change the water.
I did find some indian almond leaf tea bags online, which seemed like a good idea because from what I am reading I could mix them with warm water and add a fixed amount of the "tea" with each water change. Is this a good idea? Or is there anything else that is recommended instead?
I'm actually wondering if the test strips are even accurate or if my water is worse than the test says because I see so many with beautiful crowntails on here that don't look like they have any issues at all and mine always seem to right away. I'm ok with buying the liquid test kit especially if I'm going to be messing with the water parameters but I will have to order that online.