Originally Posted by kritas
Soft water refers to water under the P.H. level of 7.0 (also referred to as acidic water). Waters above 7.0 are obviously referred to as hard water(more commonly known as alkaline waters).
yes bigk 54, rams require acidic waters,
Actually, soft water refers to the dissolved content, which is measured in gh, kh and some other things, like TDS (total dissolved solids). Alkalinity and hardness often go hand in hand, but not always. For instance, my tap water is *extremely* soft and my ph is almost 9!
The rams can probably be adapted to a highish ph, but you would see nicer colors and breeding behavior in more acidic water. What have you tried to reduce your ph? Neutral Regulator by Seachem is a good product. You can also buy RO water at your LFS and mix it with your tap water.
As for fish, why not keep a pair of Apistos? Rams are fun, but pretty run of the mill. There are a lot of really incredible dwarf cichlids such as the many different color morphs of a. cacatoides.