I've come to the conclusion that poor tap water quality has slowly degraded the health of my work fish while I've been trying (vainly) to cycle his tank. I dose with Prime every day that I'm there
, and water change 3x per week. I've been trying to cycle his tank ever since I bought it with absolutely no success. His water parameters didn't budge over the course of I think about 6 weeks. The ammonia from the tap reads at 1-2 PPM depending on the day.
A week ago I threw out the filter that came with the tank (Aqueon Minibow 5 gallon) and bought him a sponge filter. But, Mr. Kitty is sick now. He went through such a slow, gradual decline that I didn't even see it until a week ago -- it snuck up on me.
Should I make a drastic change and buy bottled spring water for the rest of the fish-in cycle, taking into consideration Mr. Kitty's delicate health and keeping him as safe from ammonia as possible? Or should I bite the bullet and continue using tap water?
I'm worried about my desk buddy Buttercup, too. He's fine right now
, and he'll be getting a sponge filter tomorrow.