Originally Posted by Zephyrah
My Ph is 8.0 and the water is soft. I have been trying to get the Ph down a little, but I'm not having too much luck and the fish I have don't seem to mind. I have an EBJD, a few angels and a red tailed shark.
Thank you for the suggestions for the bristle nose. I will look for one (or two) of those :)
Well, now with this post I can see a couple of possible issues.
First, when you say you have been trying to get the pH lower, how are you doing this? Chemicals to lower pH are detrimental to most fish, and pleco are highly sensitive to such things, as indeed are most catfish. And as GH and KH are interconnected, what is the GH and KH of your tap water? Attempts to lower pH will often fail if the KH in particular buffers it. You can read more on the inter-connection here: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...quarium-73276/
When we have the numbers [you can get these from the municipal water folks, probably on their website] we can consider options, if any are needed.
Second issue I see is the Red Tailed Shark. Have you observed any interaction between this fish and the various pleco? There may well be, in future if not already; have a read of the profile (click the shaded names).
Third, is the EBJD a Jack Dempsey cichlid? This fish is not a good community fish, and being a substrate dweller it may take a dislike to intruders. In any event, having this in with angels may lead to problems as the two species mature. Read its profile too.