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LaurenKK 01-29-2014 03:30 PM

stocking suggestions based on my parameters
I will be getting a 50 gallon tank this week and plan to plant it heavily.

The water from my tap is (after D-Klor and resting for 24 hours):
pH: 8.0
gH: 6-7
kH: 6-7

I haven't had any ammonia/nitrite/nitrate register.

I'm finding that a lot of the fish that I am drawn to require pH closer to 7.0 and water a little harder.

I have a BN pleco that I purchased on the bad advice of my LPS for my 3 gallon tank, so this new home is for him. I realize that my pH is higher than what plecos supposedly prefer, but seems to be doing fine.

I fully understand how the pH scale works, so I know that decimal points can be disastrous, but how far is too far?
Should I worry more about the pH or the hardness?
How far along each scale can I dabble?

Do you know of something, anything, that can be happy in there with my pleco that I haven't come across yet?

Here's' what I (think) I've found:
nerite snail
ghost shrimp

I really would to actually have some fish in my FISH tank :)
Also, what are some online resources for fish & their basic needs, as well as places to purchase them? My nearest specialty shop is 60 minutes away, so I may have to order by mail to find what I need. Same info for plants would be awesome as well.

Flint 01-29-2014 04:52 PM

My pH is high as well, at 8.0-8.4 and very hard with a KH and GH around 14-16. However, I have managed to keep my neon tetras just fine the last few wleeks. Fish can be acclimated to higher pH but rarely to lower pH. I would stock what you want unless it is a fish that requires a higher pH than you have.

If I am misunderstanding and you want only fish that prefer high pH, I'm pretty sure that's only certain cichlids. I can't help much in those matters.

LaurenKK 01-29-2014 05:07 PM

no, that helps very much! I did not know that about pH, so that opens up a few more options for me.


Flint 01-29-2014 05:42 PM

The higher the pH, the more essential minerals and such there are in the water. Fish that prefer a lower pH, take what they need and there is simply excess. When fish from a higher pH are introduced to a lower pH, they can't get the amount they need, which is why it is extremely difficult.

Acclimate slowly and you should be fine. Some fish will just not tolerate higher pH, but there are far more that will. Just do your research and ask us!

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