Spring water has no chlorates so the water does not need to be treated.
Stay away from neons and cardinals until the tank is mature (cycled and other fish are established and doing well.) These type of tetra's tend to need very clean water to do well. That said, change at least 1/3 of your tank's water at least once a week. Get a water parameter measuring kit - this should have a nitrate, ammonia, nitrite, and pH capability. Get a liquid test kit(s), never strips.
The key to healthy fish are large/freq. water changes and never over feeding. Don't change out the critical bio-media in the filter once it is cycled. That holds all the bacteria that purifies/converts deadly fish waste into safer nitrates. The weekly water changes keeps the nitrates low (no common filter removes nitrates.)
Best of luck but fish keeping does not need luck - just water changes.
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A 75 gal with eight Discus, fake plants, and a lot of wood also with sand substrate. Clean up crew is down to just two Sterba's Corys. Filters: continuous new water flow; canister w/UV, in-tank algae scrubber!! Finally, junked the nitrate removal unit from hell.
For Fishless cycling:http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
Before making fish suggestions we need to know the dimensions of that tank. Some fish suggested already would appreciate length, which a hex tank doesn't usually have. Unless the HOB you find has longer extensions, I would also suggest a canister filter so you can get the intake lower into the water column so there are no circulation dead spots at the bottom of the tank.
If it's called tourist season why can't I shoot them?
Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes that reason is you are stupid and make bad decisions.
I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
A moderator on a fish forum should be able to identify an oscar... Don't you think?
How do you get your water? Natural spring or bottled? If it's bottled there is an ingredient list (on the bottle or from the supplier) - check it for chlorine/chloramine. If present, you need to dose with Seachem Prime. I would think there wouldn't be any chlorine or chloramine in natural spring water. Get the API master test kit and also an API GH/KH test kit to test general and carbonate hardness - very important. Spring water can vary - might have the necessary minerals, etc, might not. Well worth the expense to be sure of your water parameters.
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75 gal - Smudge Spot Cories, Silvertip & Pristella Tetras, Scissortail & Red Tail Rasboras, Zebra Danio, Wild Caught BNP
Dual 29 gals - Diamond Tetras. Harlequin Rasboras, Bloodfin Tetras, Peacock Gudgeon
10 Gal - Mr. Betta's Fishy Paradise
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