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post #11 of 12 Old 06-12-2013, 05:33 AM
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It was like 20 inches in diameter, and about 28 inches tall? I don't exactly recall, but it was something like that.

I put kuhli loaches on the bottom, though I later determined that to not be large enough for them. I had a GBR and neons for the lower region, orange flame tetras for the middle, and black neons and a betta for the top.

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125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
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post #12 of 12 Old 06-12-2013, 10:15 AM
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Originally Posted by gema View Post
Hi Byron.

I have soft water 2.2dGH and pH of 7.2 from the tap but has naturally lowered to 7 in my tank which I'm guessing will happen in my husband's tank as well?
Yes, nothing should be different unless something is plac ed in the tank that targets GH, example calcareous rock or gravel or sand will harden the water. But otherwise, expect the parameters to be much the same. More organics (wood, leaves, detritus) will soften slightly of course.

You have many options for fish with soft water. There are several cyprinids that would work, the rasbora especially. Among the characins the pencilfish, some of the tetra (the non-active species). Catfish, corys will be fine. Avoid loaches (other than perhaps kuhlii), they need swimming room and most grow large anyway (for this setup).


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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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