07-16-2011, 07:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron
Dolomite gravel is the best substance for this, a suitable quantity placed in the filter is how I used to do it when I had livebearers.
I don't quite understand your comment on Tiger Barb; this fish is not a good community fish, which is what I intended to say previously.
It is always best to select fish suited to the tap water, rather than trying to adjust it. Less chance of problems. The incredible variety among soft water fish should allow you to find something, and many of them are peaceful and compatible. Browse through the profiles, especially the characins, Cyprinids, and catfish. Water params are given for each species, along with compatibility issues if any. Remember that the minimum tank sizes are for the recommended number of that species; any other additional fish would mean more space.
Thanks again for that wealth of information!
With regard to the dolomitic gravel, will that leave a precipitate on the tank glass? I'm thinking of a cupful in the filter, then just monitor the KH and adjust as necessary.
Thank you for pointing out my misread on the tiger barb note....I'll add those couple I have to take to the pet shop along with the red tail shark.
That's what I'll do, browse through the various profiles of the fish and see who is compatible with who. I don't plan on having a bunch of fish in the tank, I would rather see a lot of plants.
I put several fish in the new tank and everybody seems to be doing OK. I'll move more over tomorrow if everything appears normal.
Thanks, I don't think you can get this kind of objective information from a pet shop.....They always seem to have an agenda, like to sell you something.