I am a member now! My tap water contains high levels of lime. Is there something to do or use to stop the build up. The build up occurs overnight. It builds up so fast that scrubbing does no good. I know I can clean it with vinegar and it works, but I can't break down my aquarium every time the build up needs removing. It really is unsightly and it drives me crazy. I get "it" about distilled water. Is the same thing true of bottled spring water? My tap water is very hard and has a high Ph as well apparently high lime and calcium levels. I have not worried about them and my little black moor is just fine. He would just like the lime/calcium ring gone,or do we learn to live with it?
Hi! Have you actually had your water professionally tested to determine lime & calcium levels? Honestly, I would keep using your tap water. Goldies do better in hard, higher ph water and it also means you have very stable water.
Its a pain in the behind, yes, because my water is the same way (turns anything it touches white) but my goldies are happy. It just takes a bit more work to keep things clean. I use a plain scrubber sponge (NOT antimicrobial) daily to keep water lines off the inside of the tank & have to clean the outside/light fixtures, etc frequently with vinegar.
Thank you, today is cleaning day. I cleaned everything 1 week ago, except the filter. Water levels are perfect. Can I clean my filter now and not cause a cycling problem?
I have to clean 2-3x a week, especially with messy goldies. For cleaning the filter, just swish the filter media in a bucket of used tank water. For cleaning the filter housing, remove the media to a bucket of tank water. You then can take the filter housing to a sink & scrub it with vinegar. Rinse it very, very well. Refill it with conditioned water and replace the media.