Setting up a New Aquarium and Having Prob with Water Prep.

Updated on May 16, 2009
T.T. asks from Keller, TX
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This is my first aquarium (29 gal) tank.

I have NO fish in it at this time - trying to make sure the water is safe first.

I added tap water and the Tetra Aqua Safe
As well as the Easy Balance with Nitraban.

It has been two days and i tested the water using a Quick Dip Strip


Nitrate (NO3): 0 SAFE
Nitrate (NO2): 0 SAFE
Hardness: 150 HARD
Chlorine: 0 SAFE
Alkalinity: 180
Ph: 8.4

Are test strips percise?

I am not aware of what is good and what hard water ok?
is the ph level and alkalinity ok when setting up a new tank?


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answers from Dallas on

hi i have a 30 gal aquarium and i never test the water
at first i just add the water with aqua safe and then i keep the filter running for about 2 to 3 days and then i add the fish and they are healthy and happy



answers from Dallas on

I'm not positive about the hardness (I don't think it is an issue), and the pH depends on what you plan to keep in it. Look up whatever species you are wanting and see what pH they prefer.



answers from Dallas on

It has been a while since I set up a tank, so I checked one of our books. It says the pH should be between 5.8 and 7. Let the tank run for a few more days and test it again. You can buy products to raise and lower the pH. The only additive we use on our freshwater tank is Prime. It removes nitrates, ammonia, adds slime coat, etc. After a couple of weeks, add a couple of cheap tetras to your tank. They will start the nitrate cycle and help the tank get established. Then add your other fish. If you are looking to raise Cichlids or some other specialized breed, you probably want to do some research on their particular environmental needs. At this point, we no longer test our tank. We use a python to suction off some of the water and debris when we are doing a partial, fill it back up with tap water and dump in some Prime. We have a mixture of tetras, bottom dwellers, a couple of Gouramis and one goldfish won at a fall festival. Good luck and enjoy your tank!


answers from Dallas on

We have a 29 gal tank and we just use the gallons of spring water from Tom Thumb. Never any issues. In the beginning we bought about 35 gallons. Then we keep some onhand to refill when necessary.

About every 3 months or so, we change out about 1/3 of the water with fresh spring water from TT. Everytime I do something to change the water or add water, I add a little stress coat to the water. it supposedly helps the fish.

Good luck

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