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post #21 of 24 Old 07-29-2009, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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The store owner told me the sand with live bacteria would benefit my cycle and be good for the cichlids. I just want a few. I'm not dead set on cichlids. I will test the ph of the tap water and give u a reading tonight of it and my tank again. The cichlids I was looking into were very small orange ones. What do you mean by cycling from the start? I guess that means another 6 to 8 week adventure lol hopefully with less problems. I will go tonight and get 2 hardy fish and see how they hold up.
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post #22 of 24 Old 07-30-2009, 09:21 AM
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The store owner told me the sand with live bacteria would benefit my cycle and be good for the cichlids. I just want a few. I'm not dead set on cichlids. I will test the ph of the tap water and give u a reading tonight of it and my tank again. The cichlids I was looking into were very small orange ones. What do you mean by cycling from the start? I guess that means another 6 to 8 week adventure lol hopefully with less problems. I will go tonight and get 2 hardy fish and see how they hold up.
When we have the tap water pH reading we will know more what to suggest (I and others). "Small orange" cichlids sound like African rift lake cichlids; they will not stay small, and as far as I know most if not all of them are aggressive by nature and a 10g is not going to be suitable for anything but a pair, but I'll leave it for one of the cichlid experts to comment further. A high pH is suitable for African rift lake cichlids, mandatory in fact (in my view), and that may explain the sand (which I suspect is the cause for the high pH, but your tap water test will confirm this).

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post #23 of 24 Old 08-01-2009, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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ok here ya go just tested the ph of my tap water and it had a reading of between 8.2 to 8.4. Tomorrow I want to just go get a small cichlid, I heard they are pretty tough and see if it survives. I am going to test the water of the aquarium one more time just to make sure the levels are not too high.
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post #24 of 24 Old 08-02-2009, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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MMMMkkk just to make sure I did a water test one more time before adding a fish. the ph is still at 8.0 to 8.2, the ammonia is almost 0 like it has a tiny tint of yellow green so it is smaller than 0.25. The nitrite is still 0 and the nitrate looks a little higher than 10 but definitely not high enough to be 20. Im going to get a small fish today and see how it works out.
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