06-21-2011, 12:24 PM
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Hi Icbrent, and welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.
Yes indeed, I never miss "Farlowella" in posts, one of my favourite fish. There are several species under the general term Farlowella, the "Royals" are much larger fish than the common smaller Farlowella vittata. This species is in our profiles, click on the shaded name. I have kept this species for years, and recently (last summer) spawned them several times and the surviving fry are doing well. There is a thread on this if you're interested, in the Freshwater and Tropical Fish section.
To the issue of water adjustment. This can be highly dangerous, but is possible naturally. Don't use chemicals or "pH adjusters" as they rarely work. First, we need to know your water parameters (office water), particularly hardness (both GH and KH) and pH. The water supply people are the best for this, many now have a website with water data posted. This info is critical, since hardness is closely linked to pH and is actually more important. Once we know this, I can go into safe natural ways to lower the hardness and corresponding pH.