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new guy here, I have a 20 gallon tank that hasnt been used for 2 years, got it out, cleaned it up and am ready to get started. When the tank ran before I encountered some problems that hopefully someone can help me with. For one I have well water that runs through a water softner. pH at the tap is 6 but will quickly climb to 8+ and stay at a very high level. Had a very hard time keeping fish alive when it was purchased and started trying to get it cycled, got frustrated and eventually gave up. I cant afford to buy water for this tank, but seems to me the pH staying high is inhibiting both my cycle rate and retention of fish. Are there fish that are better suited for the higher pH before I tried swords and danios and guppies just to get the tank cycled, but unfortunately they all met an untimely demise and after 3 months of not being able to get my tank stable I gave up. I have to tell you that the tank was NEVER over stocked 5 fish was the I had in it at any one time. Does anyone have any suggestions. thanks in advance for your answers. ???