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Old 07-25-2012, 01:13 PM   #11
 
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OK. What do you think of sparkling gouramis? Would it be OK to keep 3 - one male & 2 females - if they can be sexed, if not, what would you suggest? along with the sparkling gouramis I would like to have some small corys.

What do you think about keeping sparkling gouramis? I don't really care if the spawn.

I now realize I am VERY limited with a 10 gallon tank. I will probably upgrade to a 20 in a year or so, but that is all I have room for or want to deal with....I have had saltwater and reef aquariums before and will never go there again. I want a simple, attractive, active planted community tank. I just added some Java moss to my Java ferns, small cryptos and anubia.
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Old 07-25-2012, 01:24 PM   #12
 
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OK. What do you think of sparkling gouramis? Would it be OK to keep 3 - one male & 2 females - if they can be sexed, if not, what would you suggest? along with the sparkling gouramis I would like to have some small corys.

What do you think about keeping sparkling gouramis? I don't really care if the spawn.

I now realize I am VERY limited with a 10 gallon tank. I will probably upgrade to a 20 in a year or so, but that is all I have room for or want to deal with....I have had saltwater and reef aquariums before and will never go there again. I want a simple, attractive, active planted community tank. I just added some Java moss to my Java ferns, small cryptos and anubia.
This is fine. A trio (1 male, 2 female if you can, but at the small size usually seen in stores this is tricky), some corys, and some other fish, perhaps one of the "dwarf" sepcies of rasbora in Boraras? Assuming you have soft water or at any rate water that is not hard as rock, there are quite a number of choices.

BTW, if you have male and female of gourami, they wil spawn, unless they are not happy. Like cichlids, spawning is pretty much a guarantee, and the male gourami will guard the egg nest.
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Old 07-25-2012, 02:03 PM   #13
 
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My water isn't extremely hard, but it is not soft either or acidic. The pH has been staying at 7.6. I have put some bogwood in and I can do some RO water with wter changes, but I guess I would rather not have to alter what it is extremely.

I know I can get the Celestial pearl danios but on the fish profiles it says they need extremely soft water - dGH below 5! Is that true?? I don't know if that is possible here.
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Old 07-25-2012, 03:28 PM   #14
 
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My water isn't extremely hard, but it is not soft either or acidic. The pH has been staying at 7.6. I have put some bogwood in and I can do some RO water with wter changes, but I guess I would rather not have to alter what it is extremely.

I know I can get the Celestial pearl danios but on the fish profiles it says they need extremely soft water - dGH below 5! Is that true?? I don't know if that is possible here.
When one has to give numbers for GH and pH, which is the only way to narrow it down, I try to be as liberal as I can in the Profiles while remaining with the recommendations of knowledgeable biologists. There is always some flexibility/adaptability. But soft water fish tend to not last long, or be as healthy, in water that is hard. Depending upon the species somewhat.

It also depends upon your actual GH. I have fish that prefer GH near zero, but I keep my tanks between 5 and 6 dGH for the plants. But this is still very soft to soft. If your water is around 9 or 10 dGH you are probably OK. If it is around 18 dGH, not so. Any idea what it is? You can find out (or should be able to) from the water supply folks.

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Old 07-25-2012, 04:40 PM   #15
 
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I still do not know how to figure my dGH. The local pet store's worthless test strips and my worthless test strips say total Alk between 80-120 and total hardness between 75-150 so what does that tell me??
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Old 07-25-2012, 08:03 PM   #16
 
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I still do not know how to figure my dGH. The local pet store's worthless test strips and my worthless test strips say total Alk between 80-120 and total hardness between 75-150 so what does that tell me??
The KH I don't care about, it has no impact on fish [it does serve to buffer pH]. The GH is the hard mineral, and 75-150ppm is equivalent to 4 to 8 dGH, so that is very soft to soft. No problems for these fish.

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Old 07-25-2012, 08:32 PM   #17
 
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Byron is right - assuming that those 'worthless test strips' are correct.

My friend was using test strips (I think by API), and according to those, and to the fish shop's strip tests, she had hard water. . . I finally convinced her to get the API Gh & Kh liquid test - turns out she's had soft water all along! Of course now she's dealing with hard-water fish in a soft-water tank, and figuring out how to fix problems that she thought she wouldn't have in the first place!

I really have to recommend you get a more reliable test, if you really want to be on the safe side. The water hardness test by API is only around $7, and it's worth it to know for sure where you stand, I think.

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I can't wait to see what you end up with in this little tank, I'm sure it'll be great! Once again, kudos to you for asking all the right questions BEFORE you buy! Wish we all could have been so clever!
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:25 PM   #18
 
+1 to you for doing your homework first! And I second the decision to plug 30 bucks into a "master" kit for some of the basic stuff. They last a long time and may be cheaper in the ultra-marathon run.

My experience with adding cory cats was not good :\ I thought I had space for them, but didnt have enough shelter for them. With 7 danios in my 10g I thought that a group of 3 small corys would be okay. Hindsight, they are shy fish, danios are the kid with ADHD, lock em up in the same room together and things dont go well. Maybe other's have done better with them or i've done something wrong myself.

-edit- and they are zebra danio, not CPD, so they are twice the size of CPD i believe.

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