I decided to plunge into getting myself an aquarium. However, it looks like I am starting off on the wrong foot. I purchased a 29G kit with power filter, heater, and some odds and ends. In the kit included a "water conditioner" kit that was supposed to take care of any type of water, good or bad. I only wish
I assembled and filled the tank with plastic plants and a rock formation or two and let the tank settle and filter for about 2 days. I had a very basic test kit that hinted at the pH being high, but nothing to worry about. At the local pet store I stumbled upon some 5 in 1 test kits that test nitrate, nitrite, hardness, alkalinity and pH.
I apparently have very hard water that also has a very high pH level, 8.4 at least since that's as high as the test strip goes.
I have some clown loaches and cycled through 3 angle fish, which only one has survived. A placo and some smaller midas cichlids which seem to be doing fine. However, the water is starting to cloud.
The tank is only a few days in and its a bit early to tell, but are chemicals the answer to my obviously "bad" water? The pet store recommended some "Wardly 3 in 1 water conditioner," but I am unsure of where to start.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!