05-07-2009, 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by el Mattador
My KH is 180, and my gH is 150. I was reading about my fish and the website said that my julii likes soft water. It did not mention any of my other fish (the ram is dead), so I assume they would all be ok with softer water. My idea was to do small water changes, maybe 10% bi weekly, with filtered softer water, and over time it would lower the hardness of my water without harming the fish. The website I got the information about the julii liking soft water was aquaticcommunity.com, and like I said, it did not mention that my other fish like hard or soft water. Does anyone know of another website that might show this type of information for all my fish?
I fully answered your question on softening water in my last response to your previous thread entitled "Ram died after a week" and 1077 gave you advice there as well. As he said here, softening water with fish in the tank is dangerous. Peat filtration is the best option in your situation as it is gradual. Other means usually don't work because of the buffering agents in the water that counter it. I explained why this is dangerous to fish in the other thread.
There are many websites with info on fish species. Fishbase, Seriously Fish, Practical Fishkeeping, Fish Profiles, etc. Do a Google search of the fish name and dozens if not hundreds of sites will display. It is best to check several sites to ensure you get the correct information. As others have posted on this forum, there is conflicting information out there, but if you see the same information on several sites it is probably reliable. Then there are books like the Aquarium Atlas series by Baensch and Riehl. Volume I is worth having by anyone seriously into tropical freshwater fish.