yes we have hard water here in foggy(this morning) London
not sure about the rest of the country..i think Cornwall is softer...
Ph in my tanks have always been around 7.8....and my fish store
is not far from me,so i'm guessing the same water....but nope they die,
and i get thoroughly disheartened,as i think they are such pretty fish..hayho,
cichlids(mabuna) always thrive..to such an extent i get bamboozled with fry.
almost had a melt down last night,the shower leaked down the wall to the fuse
box.......yeah i know who in their right mind would put a fuse box
under the bathroom,(was there when we moved in)and the power cut out...i nearly cried...however
OH quickly restored the situation,and the happy hum returned to my filter,
stuff the freezer full of food lol i wasn't worried about that!
Botine loaches....i'll have a lookie round for them..thanks