Hi, my name is Kate and I basically know nothing about fish, but thought it would fun to to start an aquarium and learn about the hobby.
I had a bit of a rocky start, I tried using SafeStart in a 5 gallon aquarium with one fish. Sadly, that didn't work out and I lost the fish during a Nitrite spike. So, I did some more research, got a bigger fish tank (10 gallon) and went with a fishless cycle, which I just completed.
I just added 2 fish yesterday - glofish danios. Wow, they're pretty active and the bigger one seems to chase the other one all around. The fish store said they were peaceful fish, but perhaps they just need more numbers.
My pressing question is I'm a little concerned about pH and KH
. My pH is kind of variable. In fact, I had a bit of a pH crash during my fishless cycle, but a big water change and adding a little fish food got everything going again. I got a API KH
test kit and it shows 2 dKH
or 35.8 ppm
according to their chart. The fish store said I could use baking soda to raise the KH
, but I was a little nervous about playing around with the water chemistry when I don't really know what I'm doing. Is there an ideal level for KH
or does it depend on the fish. The insert says 0 - 11 for most tropical fish, but also that the KH
should be adjusted to 3 - 6 (50 - 100 ppm
). Is adding baking soda the best (safest) way to go? Do you just add it to the tank water?
The community looks great, finding the almost Complete Guide and FAQ to a fishless cycle was incredibly helpful.