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post #11 of 13 Old 06-28-2011, 11:10 AM
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Shell Dwellers are the best beginner cichlid IMO.
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post #12 of 13 Old 06-28-2011, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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The hardness is of more significance than pH itself, since the hardness normally determines the pH and any fluctuation that may occur. If you can post the link to the water supply, I can take a look. One sometimes has to calculate the hardness from the data.
Here's the link Byron. I just want to say how impressed i am with the willingness to help an inexperienced person by all of the folks on here are. Thank you so much.

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Here's the link Byron. I just want to say how impressed i am with the willingness to help an inexperienced person by all of the folks on here are. Thank you so much.

http://www.ddcwsa.com/images/stories...estresults.pdf
Well, I dug around their website and found references to adding minerals to regulate the pH, but nothing as to hardness. You should contact them directly and ask about GH and KH. Buying a test kit just to check this seems a waste of money when it is public info. You pet store might test it too; if they do, get the numbers so we know exactly what we're dealing with.

This is only a guess, but if they are increasing the pH it would seem to suggest that the water may be soft rather than hard. My water is like that, near-zero hardness so they add some ash or something to increase the pH to 7 or 7.2 because acidic pH tends to corrode pipes, water tanks, appliances, etc. Of xcourse, I suppose they mioght add something to lower the pH, but this seems highly unlikely.

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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]

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