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  1. Sakura8
    03-26-2012 03:52 PM - permalink
    Hey, I'm glad you enjoyed the movie. I haven't even read the book. I have a huge list of books I've been meaning to read but I keep getting busy with fish stuff. o.O

    I guess as long as Kei eats every now and then. :/ If he can resist the mosquito larvae, he's probably sick though. Bettas do love their live foods.
  2. Sakura8
    03-21-2012 08:59 PM - permalink
    Yeah, once you start using buffers and chemicals it gets tough because if you don't maintain the pH and all consistently, the wild pH swings can kill the fish pretty fast. R/O kits are nice but you're right, so expensive and also bulky.

    Haha, so I got one vote for clown loaches from thekoimaiden and one vote for cichlids from you. I need a tiebreaker. XD
  3. Sakura8
    03-21-2012 06:19 PM - permalink
    Yeah. I think neons are really much more hardy now because so many are commercially bred. I was reading and cardinals need like 5.0-6.4 pH to do well. They definitely aren't as adaptable as neons.

    I'm really torn about the 55 gallon. When it's free, I'm not sure if I want to put a bunch of Malawi cichlids in it, huge schools of tetras, or 3 clown loaches. I'd love cichlids because I'd love to see them breed. But I've also loved clown loaches. Too many fish, not enough tanks!
  4. Sakura8
    03-21-2012 04:48 PM - permalink
    Okay, now that I've gone back to check the profiles, they tolerate the same pH and hardness. Although the book does call bloodfins hardy.

    I know what you mean about the many fish thing. I agree, I like one or two big schools better and it's better for the fish because schoolfish are happiest with 6 or more.
  5. Sakura8
    03-21-2012 11:59 AM - permalink
    Smart of you, I totally didn't even think of trying to find the numbers on the water facility website. Way to go. :)

    A huge school of neons really are a sight to see. And 12 neons or bloodfins and a gourami should be great. A big school will also keep the tetras occupied so they aren't tempted to nip the gourami's ventral feelers.

    And I'm so glad to hear Kei is eating! Go Kei!
  6. Sakura8
    03-19-2012 12:40 AM - permalink
    With the numbers, you have to get a special GH/KH test kit from API. I've seen Bloodfins in my Petsmart, otherwise an LFS might have them. Ultimately, don't worry if you can't find Bloodfins 'cause it sounds like neons will do fine too. :)
  7. Sakura8
    03-19-2012 12:02 AM - permalink
    The Bloodfin can tolerate up to 9.0 ph and 20 degrees hardness. Uhm, scientific name is aphyocharax anisitsi ('cause there's another fish also called bloodfin that is different). Hmm. Interestingly, what I'm reading is that neons can tolerate up to 8.0 and a hardness of 25 degrees so you should be fine if you get those. Same with peppered cories.
  8. Sakura8
    03-18-2012 11:59 PM - permalink
    I had panda cories and they did NOT do well in my alkaline water. Sadly, it took the deaths of about 10 of them before I realized that. :( Sorry, my pandas! As for tetras, I have neons and rummynoses and all are doing well. But I also have a household water softener so my water from the kitchen sink is really soft but really alkaline. I was told at one of my LFS that of the two params, it's best to try and match the hardness one.

    Do you know what your hardness is in specific degrees? You might be better off with some of the African tetras who come from hard waters, instead of the usual south American ones like neons.
  9. Sakura8
    03-18-2012 11:41 PM - permalink
    Thanks, Kfry. Just as you posted that they sent my password.

    Uhm, yes, neons and cories do best in soft, acid water. So, in fact, do gouramis. So one thing you might try is using peat in the filter or using a commercial peat extract like Kent's Blackwater Expert. This tints the water tea-colored, softens the water, and also lowers the pH (although not by much, sadly - it lowered mine from 8 to 7.8).

    The cories will probably do okay because peppered cories are very hardy but the neons may have a limited lifespan.
  10. Sakura8
    03-18-2012 10:21 PM - permalink
    How long did it take for aquabid to send you a password? I just registered 'cause I need to order medicines and I'm wondering when I'll get my password. Also, now that I'm registered I have no excuse not to order a fish from there. >.<

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    I live in Ca. I absolutely love animals. I enjoy the outdoors,
    Fremont, CA
    Snowboarding, fish keeping, school, Minecraft
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