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Old 03-20-2011, 06:23 PM   #11
 
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I now have 4 albino cories happily floating in their bag in the tank. Well...they don't look very happy yet. They will be when they are out of the bag. They were a lively bunch at the store (soooo nice that it is literally 4 blocks away), so I went with it. I guess I could buy another tomorrow to make 5.

From some other posts I have read, it looks like it is more important that the water stay at a stable pH than the exact pH. I mention this b/c the store is right down the road and they use the exact same water that I am using, which means that all of their fish are currently adjusted to life at a higher pH. I asked the employees, and they seemed to think it would be fine. Opinions?

Fish store's fish dont stay long in the pH they have...and I dont think it would be wise to make a fish that prefers a lower pH be stuck in a higher pH...this will shorten their life span greatly, and cause other issues.
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Old 03-20-2011, 06:58 PM   #12
 
I have a betta (blue) with lemon tetras and cories in a 20 gal. My PH seems to stay around 7.4-7.6. I've had the tetras and betta together since December 2010.
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Old 03-20-2011, 06:58 PM   #13
 
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I now have 4 albino cories happily floating in their bag in the tank. Well...they don't look very happy yet. They will be when they are out of the bag. They were a lively bunch at the store (soooo nice that it is literally 4 blocks away), so I went with it. I guess I could buy another tomorrow to make 5.
Great to hear you some some cories in the tank! You can get 1 Bronze to finish a Albino/Bronze school, because Bronzes' are the non-albino version of albinos. You could also just do albinos.

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From some other posts I have read, it looks like it is more important that the water stay at a stable pH than the exact pH. I mention this b/c the store is right down the road and they use the exact same water that I am using, which means that all of their fish are currently adjusted to life at a higher pH. I asked the employees, and they seemed to think it would be fine. Opinions?
Yes, it is true. A Stable pH is more important than exact pH, but if the pH is off by far alot, even if the pH is stable, the fish still wont thrive. In you case, if the fish are captive bred and have been raised for at least afew months in an environment with a higher pH, your fish will probably never reach their full color potential. Most softwater species need softwater to breed, and they will not breed with such a high pH. If you are Ok with these last 2 points, then I suppose it is Ok. Anyone, feel free to correct me if I am wrong, though.
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:26 AM   #14
 
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Fish store's fish dont stay long in the pH they have...and I dont think it would be wise to make a fish that prefers a lower pH be stuck in a higher pH...this will shorten their life span greatly, and cause other issues.
That makes sense...I'd rather stay issue-free. Thanks for the advice!
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:30 AM   #15
 
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Great to hear you some some cories in the tank! You can get 1 Bronze to finish a Albino/Bronze school, because Bronzes' are the non-albino version of albinos. You could also just do albinos.
My cories are looking quite happy! Bouncing along in the bubbler and hunting away for food! Vahagan flared at them a bit when they were in the bag, but after I let them out he went over to 'his' area of the tank (someone at the store suggested I put a lot of plants in one spot for him to hang out in if I wanted a community tank w/a Betta in it).

I'm thinking I might get a couple of shoals of cories because they are all so darn cute and fun. There was also a cool looking ummmm zebra loach? that I was told would only grow to about 3 inches, so I might see if those can go in hard water.

Thanks for all the advice SmallFry!
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:31 AM   #16
 
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I have a betta (blue) with lemon tetras and cories in a 20 gal. My PH seems to stay around 7.4-7.6. I've had the tetras and betta together since December 2010.
Ooh, I'll have to look into it. Thanks!
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Old 03-21-2011, 10:10 AM   #17
 
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I'm thinking I might get a couple of shoals of cories because they are all so darn cute and fun. There was also a cool looking ummmm zebra loach? that I was told would only grow to about 3 inches, so I might see if those can go in hard water.
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For Zebra Loach I quickly found these conflicting (with your setup, conflicting, not inaccurate) statements. There may be others, but this is what I am pointing out:

"Ideal water parameters for Zebra Loach
Soft (< 10 dGH), slightly aidic to slightly basic (pH 6 to 7.5) water, temperature 23-26C/73-79F. At one habitat site the water was ~2 dGH, pH 7 and temperature 70F."

"Size
Attains 4 inches, frequently slightly less."

"Long-finned upper fish should be avoided to prevent fin nipping; suitable upper fish are barbs, rasbora, danios, characins."

"Generally peaceful, but like all loaches (to some degree) they establish a social structure within the group and there will be some in-fighting though not damaging if the fish are maintained in a group of at least six and there are numerous hiding places in the aquarium."

"Minimum Tank Suggestion
48 inches in length."
Yours is 32" in legnth I believe

So I don't think a/a group of Zebra Loaches will work.
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Old 03-21-2011, 10:28 AM   #18
 
Ohhhh goodness. I will never find anything.

Dear Fish Tank,
Please go down in pH.
Love,
Jamie
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:21 PM   #19
 
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Ohhhh goodness. I will never find anything.

Dear Fish Tank,
Please go down in pH.
Love,
Jamie
I had to laugh at this!!

I will do some research here in a little bit for fishies that can withstand not only your pH level, but that can also get along with your betta... I will have the list (cant promise it will be more than a couple), and be back here with it in about an hour or so.
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:52 PM   #20
 
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List of fish for a pH of 7.8 and probably safe to have as a tankmate with a Betta...

Zebra Danio
Glass Catfish
Spotted Driftwood Cat
Flame Tetra
Cherry Barb
Glowlight Danio
Platy
Odessa Barb
Rosy Barb

* You should pull up each profile and verify that your tank size is suitable for the fish, and take into account that a lot of these require a group of 6 or more...also with fish such as the Platy, you will need to take into consideration your tank's temp. Now the Odessa and Rosy Barbs are larger (like 3 inches each), and are active swimmers, so I dont know if your tank is long enough for them or not...but these fish demand a group so less wont work. Also I am not familiar with the Flame Tetra, so read up on it and if it has any nipping issues as that could be a problem with a betta.

All the fish listed above can handle a pH of 7.8 or even as high as 8.0.

Hope this helps give you a starting place for other tankmates. Let me know if I can help any further.
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