Originally Posted by Oldfishlady
Are the fish having problems??? and are you breeding/spawning delicate species of fish???
What is your KH/GH/pH????
Most of the home water softeners only change one Ion for another and this ends up being really bad for the fish.....
The fish have ich right now (2 only out of them all) due to me not quarantining the new fish I added. STUPID ME. She died yesterday, so today I jumped on getting their cure started.
They were losing activity (the Glow especially) but ever since I added a tad of aquarium salt (half the recommended amount, I added 2 tbsp and it's 20 gallons of water) they have all livened up quite a bit. They've all returned to their active, happy selves. The Glow is even eating now which I'm satisfied about.
Unfortunately I only have test strips currently (needed a cheap, quick thing since my money has gone to curing the ich!) and it just says extreme hardness and high alkalinity. pH was 8ish I believe (dumb memory, can't recall exactly).
I add a pH tab and it has gone down from what I can see. I haven't added a pH stabliizer in awhile so I just think it was from that. I don't add anything new into the tank and the pH has stayed the same over the couple weeks until recently.
I am not breeding/spawning. Well, the fish breed themselves, and if this ich cures up, I'm going to raise the fry to *hopefully* gain store credit to help me out with purchasing things for this hobby. I have a separate 5 gallon tank to set up for the fry until I can afford proper lighting for plants. I plan on using val. grasses ALL over the tank and putting in small rocks with holes and plenty of hiding spaces to hopefully keep the fry in there in the future.
@bahamut- I never thought of it that that is what comes up!!
And I'm still a "beginner" but I'm a fast learner so I find myself to be slightly above intermediate now. Once I learn more "scientific" things about aquarium keeping will I move onto advanced. I just find it difficult to gain accurate information to move up!