If you have any ammonia then the tank isn't fully cycled. You should have 0 nitrites, 0 ammonia and maybe a very low amount (<50 ppm
) of nitrates. The general hardness should be between 4 and 12 GH
, Alkalinity between 4 an 8 KH
, Temp between 72 and 80 and a pH between 6.5 and 7.5 to be ideal.
's don't use wells but they sell RO
water which is better IMHO
. Yours may be different.
It sounds like you have a lot of evaporation from your tank. I usually lose a little under 1/2 gallon per day in my 90-gallon tank but it sounds like you are keeping it topped off pretty well. You might try increasing the water changes to every other week or even weekly. Water changes are your friend, especially if you are experiencing problems with the tank. I would try not to add all the water at once when topping off since sudden temperature changes can stress the fish and make them more susceptible to getting sick.
You first priority though should be to get the ammonia down. Ammonia is poisonous to the fish and needs to be addressed quickly. Although I am not much of a fan of adding chemicals to tanks there is a product called Quick Start by API some people use that adds the bacteria straight to the tank. I don't know how well it works but I have read that some people use it with some success.
In addition, I would like to recommend you get a RO
filter and make your own water. In the long run you will save a ton of $$$. A portable unit can be found on eBay fairly cheap.