Hi, I setup my first tank (46GL) at the beginning of the year, and have changed 25% of the water every 10 days. I have several plants and some wood. But, each fish I buy; within a few weeks spend more time on the floor of the tank, and then a week later is dead.
I have had dwarf gouramis, mollys, platties so far, all having the same result. They don't appear to be ill, I just think something is not quite right with the water.
My basic water test today showed the following:
1.NO3 Nitrate: Your value is 20ppm. Result is OK.Maintain in an ideal range of 0 to 40 ppm.
2.NO2 Nitrite: Your value is 0.0ppm. Result is OK. Maintain in an Ideal range of 0.0 to 0.5 ppm.
3.Total Hardness: Your value is 25ppm. Result is LOW.Maintain in an ideal range of 50 to 150 ppm.
Solution Recommendation: General rule is to let your fish adjust to local tap water and not adjust.
4.Total Chlorine: Your value is 0.0ppm. Result is OK. Maintain Ideal value of 0.0ppm.
5.Total Alkalanity: Your value is 0ppm. Result is Low. Maintain above 80 ppm.
6.pH: Your value is 6.2ppm. Result is LOW. Maintain in an Ideal range of 6.8 to 7.8 ppm depending on species.
Also, bought test strips for ammonia, and they showed zero reading
I live on Vancouver Island if that makes a difference.
Any help greatly appreciated!