08-10-2012, 09:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Sakura8
That's why I was wondering if adding the Kent Cichlid Essential would add those necessary minerals. Kent Marine Cichlid Essential | Products
The Kent Marine website also says that for Victorian cichlids, a GH of 5 is acceptable. So if I can raise the GH to 5 and add the trace elements, I should be okay hardness and pH wise, right?
EDIT: Almost forgot. The water softener is a salt-based one. Sadly, there's not much I can do about it since it's not my house. :(
The cichlid sources I have suggest a GH of 12 dGH or more and a pH around 8 for Lake Victoria species. I haven't researched this sufficiently to be able to suggest differently.
Using the preparations is fine, but there are simpler methods to raise GH and pH. I do have to wonder why one would want to spend money on a product that has to be added regularly, when the substrate can handle the issue permanently. I know that in my case, with near-zero GH out of the tap, having to add Equilibrium to get the GH up to 5 dGH for the plants is expensive, and I wold certainly do this another way if one were available. I did try the crushed coral/aragonite method, but sadly it resulted in a pH close to 8 and that is simply not possible for my wild caught fish from waters with a pH of 5.