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post #11 of 14 Old 03-26-2009, 07:11 AM
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I too ,stayed clear of saying ALL fish Cause not all fish will adapt. I have some tank raised Discus that adapted to my tapwater and for that, I'm thankful. I would not attempt to place wild caught specimens in this water.Ph 7.4 KH approx 10 or a little less For it would be way different than water where wild caught fish were gathered from.

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post #12 of 14 Old 03-26-2009, 09:02 AM
I'd just leave it alone. I once used pH tablets which only worked for about two days. Your fish will probably adapt to it.
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post #13 of 14 Old 03-26-2009, 12:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Fishin Pole View Post
i agree with what both Byron and 1077 are saying thats why i used the term "MOST" fish can adapt..........not all.....It wasnt intended to mean all fish.........But as i stated, i seen african cichlids in very low Ph water that have thrived........Thrived enough to breed outside of there perfect water conditions
It is true that if a fish spawns regularly, it probably means it is in good health and comfortable in its environment. And African cichlids are hardy fish, but...I am skeptical about a pH of 6.6 for fish that all the authorities say requires pH 8-9 or higher. It also seems odd that an aquarist who is (or should be) concerned about the fish he maintains would attempt keeping these fish in a pH of 6.6 when it is so easy to raise pH and hardness by using dolomite or crushed coral in the substrate or the filter. I kept these fish back in the 1980's, and with very soft and acidic tap water had no difficulty keeping the aquarium at pH 8 and would never even think of doing otherwise. I'd be interested in what other aquarists who maintain rift lake cichlids think on this issue.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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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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post #14 of 14 Old 03-26-2009, 03:43 PM
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I was skeptical too when he told me his Ph, but he has no reason to lie to me about it, and as i stated before, his tank has always been in A1 shape and his africans thrive, i have a few of the fish that he had raised from offspring in his tank........I have the opinion, that if something works, go with it.........I keep my Ph in my african tank right around 7.8..........i also used crushed coral in my substrate to get it that high, but i refuse to use a chemical all the time to raise it anymore........No need to make a chemical soup for the fish
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