It does not look like either water is appropriate to the livestock you want to keep. You will have to change the water or change the livestock.
Either get the RO system (portable- hook up when needed, disconnect between uses) or buy RO to keep these fish.
Sell these fish and shrimp, and buy livestock suited to hard water.
my cost is minimal, between $4 and $8 to do water changes on all of my tanks. the tank i am specifically speaking about was built for hillstreams. i will not break it down and sell of my favorite fish, my dream tank that i spent over a year planning and building.
Originally Posted by CrypticLifeStyle
Whats the PH of your water left in a bucket for 24 hours?
8.4 after 48hrs. i had run a gallon with an airstone for 24hrs, and then promptly forgot about it. so it sat outside on my porch for another 24hrs uncovered. i am going to try again and skip the forgetting about it part.
Fish are pretty adaptable to PH as long as they are acclimated slowly. My tank uses tap water (8.1 PH out of the tap) and I keep cherry shrimp and neon tetras without any issues.
hillstreams really aren't that adaptable......although now that i think about it the LFS in San Antonio that regularly sells them keeps them in Tap water, and they do well....idk if i want to risk losing the last 5 of my hillstreams.....
I have to wholeheartedly disagree with the comment that you need to break down the tank and wait until you have more money. Many, if not all of us, started in low fund situations and we learned alot and made the best of it during those times. All of my previous tanks were bought dirt cheap.. aka used.. and were lit with cheap lighting solutions. Some had CO2, some did not. I never saw a correlation between how much I spend and how satisfying my tanks were. I did see a correlation between times when I made the effort to learn what I was doing and those times when I just half assed it.
With regards to RO, keep in mind that every additional step you add to your water changes is just that much more work. I have liquid rock where I live and I started to do RO but I'll be honest, mixing and matching parameters every single time I did a water change became a chore. I have since switched to straight tap, treated with Prime and I have been able to grow all of the staples that I used to.. rotalas, bacopas, hygros, UG, HC.
I suggest you give it a shot with your tap water and learn how to deal with it. It may be a PITA to learn it, but that's part of the fun.
i'm not at all concerned with the plants, i could not care less how the water effects them, besides hillstreams don't really need the plants anyway. in nature there are no plants in their streams, just over hanging ones.
like i said i spent a year planning, buying, and building this tank. the stand cost me around $400 and took me 6 months of working in a LFS to buy. the tank was $1 a gallon buy 8 months before i actually built the tank.
im thinking i may just switch the two betta tanks and my crayfish/cichlid tank to the tap water. and keep hillstreams on r/o. only thing is i have SAEs in one of my betta tanks and i worry they won't be happy in the tap water.
Will, you're in Florida....the largest fish and aquatic farm state..
...do you think we ship in bottled Evian?
no, i heard you guys use Voss.