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Old 12-19-2010, 03:49 PM   #1
 
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i have a spare 20 gallon long tank which i will set up after the holidays. I love the lake tanganyika biotope but i know i cant keep cichlids in that size of tank, so my question is what type of fish will thrive in this set up. . . . http://fish.mongabay.com/images/stei...ichlids_01.gif

Please recommend the amount of fish to the species you suggest.
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Old 12-19-2010, 05:01 PM   #2
 
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What are your water parameters? This will help any of us suggest possible fish.
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Old 12-19-2010, 05:27 PM   #3
 
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Its an empty tank. I want to know what fish(es) will thrive in that kind of aquascape
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Old 12-19-2010, 05:28 PM   #4
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Byron is talking about you pH level and any other parameters that are strange coming from your tap
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Old 12-19-2010, 05:40 PM   #5
 
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The PH level that comes straight from the tap reads 7.4 - 7.6 .
But by adding Driftwood or Aragonite i can lower or higher that PH so i dont understand why that would help choose fish. (sorry if i sound rude, im really not trying to be)
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Old 12-19-2010, 10:17 PM   #6
 
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incase the link wont open , this is the setup i would like. . .
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Old 12-20-2010, 05:41 AM   #7
 
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The PH level that comes straight from the tap reads 7.4 - 7.6 .
But by adding Driftwood or Aragonite i can lower or higher that PH so i dont understand why that would help choose fish. (sorry if i sound rude, im really not trying to be)
I recommend you read up on what you said. Yes driftwood and certain rocks can lower/higher the pH but we're talking very small difference here. With your tap water, driftwood without RO water will drop the pH to 7,3 if ur lucky.

Correct me if I'm wrong, whoever managed to change the pH more significantlly.
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Old 12-20-2010, 09:00 AM   #8
 
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Somehow we have got off on the wrong foot! Im not here to argue nore am i here to compete with some of the vintage fish keepers that know way more than i will ever do ! However i am here to learn from those people and have fun along the way . . . . too much to ask ?

Instead i got a "I recommend you read up on what you just said".
Lucky for me i already read about the PH levels when researching some Southeast Asian species, so with a little adjusting and a DIY concrete background, i manage to keep the water in that tank 6.2 would that be a significant change ?
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Old 12-20-2010, 10:08 AM   #9
 
Change in PH would also depend on the amount of buffer in your tank, low buffered waters would be subject to larger PH changes but much more difficult to keep stable. If you are willing to go through the trouble of altering your water for the fish instead of picking fish necessary for your tank, I think you could consider in investing in dwarf cichlids. If you can get the right conditions, you can try blue rams (sensitivie to water, must be careful with water parameters) or Bolivian rams (not as sensitive as blue rams to water but requires more space and gets twice as big). Otherwise, i think a school of neons would look excellent in that setup. Both those cichlids have profiles here, read up on them and decide on what you would be willing to do for your water parameters before setting them up.
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Old 12-20-2010, 12:10 PM   #10
 
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thank you
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