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which is true for orandas?
Hi , its been so long since i've posted lets see... i was using vendors drinking water to do my water changes and it was so great but now ;since i can't carry the heavy water containers, i have to use tap water which has a ph of 9+ mediun hardness(i assume due to the ease of lowering the ph with peat extract) i don't care to adjust my water by the gallon so i am considering changing my entier tank to a red cap oranda set up, i've always wanted to but heres my hang up i find alot of conflicting information like the forums suggest a higher ph 8.6 ? but pet stores stay firm at 7.2 and thier fish do look good as well as grow quickly. They also have said that they are hearty fish and that i could simply do a water change with unadjusted tap water and that it should adjust itfself without negatively affecting the fish. I assume with the large amount of waste these fish give off i will have to do either two small or one large water change a week,do you think this method of water change is safe enough for red cap orandas and which ph have YOU KEPT YOURS in ? Thanks for any help, really need to know which is safest, remember tap water is my only option.
All goldfish require alkaline water as the acidic water forces their slime coats to peel off. I've kept mine in a pH 8 and above.
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Hi lupin, 8 is approx where my waters hanging at. I have no faith it will stay there tho. As i do water changes ammonia present or not it has to shift eventually. I"ll try it and see how it goes.I think i'll do 2 water changes a week with only 10 gals this alone will take me long enough!I found a petstore in boca that has hand picked , smiling goldfish, they"re so cute!
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