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SF Bay Area water question...
... East Bay, actually.
I guess this is slightly off topic, since it has more to do with fish than
with plants; please bear with me - I'm so distressed and heartbroken. For
the past couple of days, I've been having a major die-off. About two or
three days ago I did approximately a 30% water change in two of my tanks.
I've had ensuing losses from both. Is it at all possible that the water
suppliers have been adding something to the water as a "pre-emptive strike"
against biological warfare? Maybe extra chloramine or chlorine? I don't
smell anything, though.
The only other recent change has been a switch from using water conditioner
(Tetra's AquaSafe) to simple dechlorinator (Kordon's AmQuel). I did this to
benefit the plants, but now I'm thinking that maybe for the sake of the
fish, I should switch back to AquaSafe. OR, if in fact they HAVE increased
the chlorine/chloramine levels, should I maybe double the amount of
dechlorinator I add to the tap water? I can't imagine it being anything
other than the water; up until now, my guppies have been virtually
indestructible. Now a few of them have clamped fins and one or two are
Is there maybe a way to get information from the supplier without having to
be put on hold for eternity or getting the run-around, only to end up right
where I started? Last time I tried to get a water report, I got a lot of
attitude and confused-sounding people on the other end of the line.
Everyone just kept giving me "another number" to call, and finally, I went
full-circle when the umpteenth person gave me the number I originally
tried. I gave up. I have no test kit for chlorine, nor do I have access to
normalized silver nitrate and titration equipment. Any high school students
taking chemistry in the East Bay? ;o)
Please, even if you don't know but have been experiencing similar things,
I'd like to know. I still have a few fish that are borderline dead... I
added more conditioner, but it may be too little too late. Thanks for any