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Old 08-09-2012, 06:05 PM   #21
 
Thank you, Nemo. :)
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:16 AM   #22
 
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That's why I was wondering if adding the Kent Cichlid Essential would add those necessary minerals.

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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.
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Old 08-10-2012, 03:58 PM   #23
 
Byron, what books do you have on cichlids? I know David Boruchowitz has one but I'm sure there are others and I'm always on the search for more fish books. :)

I will certainly look into the crushed coral/aragonite. Thanks. :)
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Old 08-10-2012, 07:30 PM   #24
 
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Byron, what books do you have on cichlids? I know David Boruchowitz has one but I'm sure there are others and I'm always on the search for more fish books. :)

I will certainly look into the crushed coral/aragonite. Thanks. :)
I have a couple but they are more than a decade old now, and I use the internet more for research on fish, as things are changing so fast now that a book is out of date by the time it is printed. There are some good cichlid sites. The ACA has one, and there are others; most include a forum so I won't link them.

The substrate is the way to do this, it worked well for me, and it lasts forever. CarribSea make a couple of sands from crushed coral and aragonite, I have their gravel that i experiemented with in the filter to raise GH but as I said the ph went through the roof so that didn't work.
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Old 08-10-2012, 07:41 PM   #25
 
Byron, that is the problem with books, isn't it? They're always finding new species or variants so books get outdated fast. I'll definitely check out the ACA. Thanks! :)

And I will look into the aragonite. Should I get the Cichlid specific substrate from Caribsea? The only other aragonites I've seen were packed in ocean water.
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Byron, that is the problem with books, isn't it? They're always finding new species or variants so books get outdated fast. I'll definitely check out the ACA. Thanks! :)

And I will look into the aragonite. Should I get the Cichlid specific substrate from Caribsea? The only other aragonites I've seen were packed in ocean water.
If it is made for rift lake cichlids, that's fine; it will be calcareous. Make sure it is sand; these fish as you probably know do a lot of sifting through the substrate and sand is better than gravel for this.
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Old 08-11-2012, 06:56 PM   #27
 
Okay. Thanks again everyone. :)
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