Need suggestions based on my water
The water in my area is very hard but my ph is low. I wanted to get Apisto's since I fell in love with them but I also don't want to get cichlids that I have to constantly add things to the water to make them confortable. Apisto's I know, like low ph with soft water so I'd have to add something, probably chemicals, to soften the water. If I do africans, I have to increase my ph, more chemicals. I want a cichlid that stays somewhat small, 4 inches or less, that aren't going to kill my pleco or cory's. I don't care for Serverms(sp?) or the flowerhorns. I need suggestions since I'm only a few weeks away from being completly cycled so I have to start planning. Plus, any water changes I do I have to do very slowly since the fish I have now are used to they're conditions. Oh yeah, I've always had salt in the tank since I had livebearers so it would be no big deal to have to maintain salt.
Keyhole cichlids, cories, razzies, gouramis,...........
Please don't use chemicals to alter the ph of your tank. The chemicals lead to instabilities and are very harmful to the fish. Better methods are:
To soften water: Driftwood, bogwood, peat, indian almond leaves
To harden water: Crushed coral added to filter or substrate
Bear in mind however that a stable ph is much more important for your fish than a specifis ph. If properly acclimatised, tank-red fish are mostly very adaptable.
I really think I'm better off making the water softer with peat or almond leaves than trying to raise the ph. Plus, this will still make it possible to have a bunch of apistos, expensive but they really struck me.
i LOVE my apistogrammas. Like Falina said, a stable ph is better than a specific one. my apistos live in water that has a ph of 7.6 and are perfectly happy :)
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