07-19-2012, 11:33 AM
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Originally Posted by emeraldsky
Specifically where I am, the PH is 7.8, I was able to get that tested.
I will definitely look into RO water since I've never used it before. Do you know which fish would be best in my type of water or would using the RO basically open everything up to me?
There are a number of fish that would be fine, but our issue here is dealing with a very small tank, so our selection of fish becomes much less, and that tends to take us into mainly wild-caught species that obviously have more restricted water parameter preferences. There is usually some degree of adaptability, but this varies with species; and I am one of those who remain convinced that fish will be more likely to live healthier and thus a more normal lifespan for the specie if I pay attention to their parameters.
Mixing RO with tap is how you do it, as this allows some mineral to remain. I would myself start with maybe 1/3 RO mixed with 2/3 tap. Mainly to get the pH a bit lower. Have a browse of the profiles, looking for "dwarf" species among the cyprinids especially. Ember Tetra is about the only tetra (characins) and there are a couple anabantids.