Originally Posted by KPainter
Huh. You learn something new every day. Thanks! I must have been equating the higher ph with hard water. All this water stuff is new to me. Good to know!!
Not a problem, always glad to help!
The pH and Hardness are quite related.
With Hard water, you will find a more stable pH as it is harder to change the parameters of the water.
With softer water, you will see that the pH can change much easier and faster than harder water.
Although the hardness controls how easy the pH changes, it does not dictate the actual readings of it. Hard water can have a low pH as Soft water can have a high pH and vise versa.
Byron has posted some really good articles and a well written post on hardness. If you look on some of the above posts, there are links to that thread. Very informative.
Now that we know you have soft water, the species of cories you want to keep are perfect.
Here are two other species of Dwarf Cichlids that like Soft Water you could keep:
Spadetailed Checkerboard Cichlid
Scientific Name: Dicrossus maculatus
Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid
Scientific Name: Apistogramma cacatuoides