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Old 07-13-2010, 11:08 PM   #41
 
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oops it is a neon! Well, all fish are happy, one catfish in particular has fallen in love with the plants and is preening away at them! The others are keeping the gravel clean.

Husband forgot to ring water board, however I have found the info for my postcode (zipcode?) on their website. The report was very detailed but the GH and KH values aren't stated.

The hardness level is described as "very soft". The hardness level is given in UK "Clarke" units, which is 1.575. I did a google search for a converter and found this http://users.tinyonline.co.uk/chrisshort/waterhard.htm which converted the above value to "22.49ppm as calcium carbonate". Does that sound right?
Don't know about the conversion, but 22 ppm certainly is very soft, so that matches. That is quite rare, from my experience, having very soft water in the UK. Lucky you.

This means you have very little if any buffering of the pH, so all else being equal, the pH in the aquarium will lower. The next issue then is to decide where you want it, and that of course depends upon the fish and where they come from. And by that I mean are they commercially raised in the UK (and thus probably in harder water) or wild-caught, or raised by someone with soft water. The species is often a guide, as for instance neon tetra are going to be commercially raised unless you have a store that specifically imports wild-caught neons. On the other hand, cardinals are more likely to be wild-caught; however, they are now being commercially (tank) raised in Europe, so you may have tank-raised fish in your store. Ask the store. Another point, if your water is soft so is the store's if it is in the same area, unless they do something to raise the hardness (some stores here do, I also have very soft water). I always ask the store what if anything they do to their water if I am buying fish from them for the first time. Since I add very little calcium to my tanks (because I have mainly wild-caught fish from SA and SE Asia) to keep the GH < 2 dGH [which is about where your water seems to be] I want to know if the store has raised their hardness to 12 or 15 or whatever so I can acclimate the fish better.
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Old 07-14-2010, 02:40 PM   #42
 
Well the fish are still all present and correct! I'll have to check with the shop about their water hardness. I did ask them what pH their tanks were but I can't remember what he said, I think it was around 7, so I guess they do harden the water with something.

I can't see anymore white spots, would they have shown up on the other fish by now if they had it?
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Old 07-14-2010, 03:15 PM   #43
 
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It is possible (or it may have been nothing or something else), keep a close eye on the fish.
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Old 07-19-2010, 04:00 PM   #44
 
They are all still well One of the bronze catfish is very partial to gardening, another loves dancing up and down and the other likes hoovering the gravel. The "dancing" bronze has also taken to, what looks like, cleaning my cory Zygatus (now named Ziggy!). I hope it is cleaning and not bullying!
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Old 07-19-2010, 04:39 PM   #45
 
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They are all still well One of the bronze catfish is very partial to gardening, another loves dancing up and down and the other likes hoovering the gravel. The "dancing" bronze has also taken to, what looks like, cleaning my cory Zygatus (now named Ziggy!). I hope it is cleaning and not bullying!
That interaction I have seen described as "tickling" and "kissing", take your pick. What it certainly is, is social interaction between corys, the prime reason they must always be in a group. Sometimes I have seen this exhibited solely among fish of the same species (my pandas for instance are at this nearly non-stop), but sometimes with other species too--a panda will sometimes engage a C. similis like this. Taken further, it is of course pre-spawning behaviour, though there would be more in evidence that this one "tickle" if that were the reason.

The barbels are of course very sensitive sensors, and these fish make good use of them in their social activities.

I doubt it is possible for a cory to be a bully.
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