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post #21 of 21 Old 03-06-2010, 04:24 PM
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Originally Posted by shootingstar26 View Post
Well, when I test my water it reads 7.6 (that's the lowest, the next highest is 7.2) when I tested it at PetCo the other day, the assistant got 7.5. When I asked for water hardness he only told me that my water was "hard."
Just in case, I have 1 x fluorescent bulb and 1 x CoralLife Nutrigrow specifically for my plants.

by the way, that fish you have as your avatar is absolutely gorgeous. Is it some sort of puffer?
The avatar is Centromochlus perugiae, sometimes seen under the former genus name of Tatia perugiae, commonly named a spotted woodcat. It is a small catfish from South America, quite peaceful. It has a very large mouth opening for so small a fish, it reminds me of a vacuum the way it sucks in bloodworms. It would do the same with small fish or fry if they were present. And it hunts at night. This is a true nocturnal fish, spending the daylight hidden in tunnels in wood, coming out at night and foraging for food very fast. I have my three trained to come out for bloodworms around 5 pm, and if I go in front of the tank around that time, they will be waiting at the entrance of their respective tunnel (they reside in the standing piece of wood at the far left of my 115g under the filter return because they like a current), their eyes and noses peering out. As soon as the tank glass slides back, all three rush out and swim very fast around the wood. Other than this, I never see them.

Livebearers will do well in your water. And while many plants will adapt fairly easily, there are some that really thrive in harder water. Vallisneria is one. The small "corkscrew" species is quite beautiful, and well suited to livebearers. Mollies are great with Vall, as they browse algae from the leaves. Years ago I had a nice aquascape with black mollies and all Vallisneria, it grew like weeds; sends out runners with little plants very fast once it is established in the tank. Some of the larger species would suit your taller tank nicely, have a look at the photos of Angel079's vallisneria, they were in another thread yesterday, here it is:
Java Fern will do fine too. Anubias I suspect will, though it is an acidic water plant, but quite hardy. Ludwigia should be good.


Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

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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