Speaking of water barrels. I have city water
at 7.6 ph. I do w/c for a Discus tank. I use
peat in my tank for the discus to try and
lower the ph. I age my water to also try
and lower the ph.I age my water in a 33 gal.
barrel for a week with dechlor and agitation
with a power head.
Do you think a week is too long to age the
water. I am thinking that it might get a
little contaminated. Sometimes with
aged water, there is a film that builds
up with little crawly things in it.
I was thinking of reducing the aging period.
Unless your breeding Discus, or keeping wilds, (Everyone, here, breeding uses r/o water, due to the need of low TDS) the pH of your tap is alright. Discus hatched in captivity don't require low Ph, that is why some keep discus in community tanks. (the largest breeder, here, hasn't tested his Ph in years) just acclimate using the drip method.( I would forget the peat moss)
Also I would join the SimplyDiscus Forum, if your main concerns are the fish.
Lots of folks dump tap water into their tanks, (Python) and then dose with Prime, their tank volume. We don't like this method, and dose the barrel instead. Ours is the preferred method......according to the instructions on a bottle of Prime.
Our criteria is to match the temperature of the tank water, (to within a couple of degrees) after treating with Prime.
There is some discussion, on the time frame of using Prime...........apparently within 72 hours or so, the treated water needs to be filtered, for the Prime to effective. We have had no issues with Prime. If you use Prime and have questions, a good source for answers on any Seachem Product is their forum.
Where did you get your 33 gallon barrel?
I would not put any scummy water with bugs in my discus tank! However, if its not broken, why fix it?