Does your local store sell RO filtered water? My local maidenhead aquatics does at £4.50 per 25 liters. For my sons tank I used this water for water changes to take the hardness out as well as the other unwanted extras.
Thanks! Being a newbie other than helping my son thus far with his small unplanted tank I have read books and talked to shop keepers and come to the conclusion that real plants are not required when you have a decent filter. From your post this is all wrong, hence it sounded a little 'harsh' a judgement on those who think otherwise.
I'll take your list here and go and do a little research as I'm setting up a new tank this weekend so I might as well try and get it right! Thanks.
Initially I'm going to get a few neon tetras to test the water, then I have to re-home my sons tetras, corys and mollies so I can repair his tank... after that I've not decided! I'm still trying to plan an interesting community that works well together.
Thats a bit harsh, but - if a newbie like me was to change from fake to real plants what would you suggest as being the lowest maintenance easy care options? After all I like fish not plants! Currently I have tetras, corys and mollies so south american plants should fit best.
Hi, Tomorrow I should recieve my new 100gal tank. Thats either a shed load of trips to the fish store for water (15 at least) or I have to use treated tap water. A problem I have with this is that the tapwater in the area is quite hard (South East Hampshire) and has a Ph of 8 naturally. Boiling or Britta-filtering the water can reduce this hardness but for 380liters thats a lot of time and energy.
I've heard I can add something to my filter media to soften the water over time but I'd like to hear from someone with personal experience in changing water hardness and Ph. Obviously I'd like the end result to be stable too!