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post #21 of 22 Old 05-13-2012, 10:10 AM
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Hey Byron i miss typed in the earlier post my PH is low, which i assume is from the mopani wood. I have added some busted up shells i had from a previous tank which has seemed to help it stayes around 7.2 now. As for my tap water it has been a consistent 7.6. As for GH and KH i have no idea what that is, I have a master kit that tests for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and ph.
You can ascertain the GH and KH from the water supply people, they may have a website, or they can tell you. GH is general hardness, KH is carbonate hardness also called Alkalinity. We need the numbers for these in order to assess what the pH is likely to do. And GH as well as pH does affect fish.

The wood might lower the GH/pH slightly, but not significantly, but here we need to know the KH as this buffers pH.

Back to the fish, you have a mix of soft water and hard water fish which is going to be problematic. Livebearers need the harder water, especially molly, or they will have health issues and likely premature death. Soft water fish like loaches are happier in softer water. We can discuss this more when we know the numbers for the GH and KH.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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Thanks to everyone for your help. since my move i have not lost any fish and tanks are looking better than ever. I will post pictures soon.
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