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rsheets 11-04-2010 10:16 PM

cardinal tetras what water paramiters do you have?
 
I am curious. Those that are successful at keeping cardinals, what water params do you have including nitrate. I find it hard to keep nitrate below 30 is that a problem?
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kitten_penang 11-06-2010 01:04 AM

if theres plants that shouldn't be a problem.all mature tank have nitrates.

rsheets 11-06-2010 09:29 AM

No plants. I have silver dollars. Cool then. What about ph and stuff?
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kitten_penang 11-06-2010 12:26 PM

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/p...ardinal-tetra/ heres the info you need

Byron 11-06-2010 12:35 PM

Kitten has linked the profile, so that covers everything; I'll point out highlights.

Cardinals need soft, acidic water; I have mine in water with a GH of 1 dGH, and pH is around 6.2-6.4 although I feel this pH is a bit high for them. You'll see in the profile the pH of their native water is below 5. And most are still wild caught.

Another issue is plants. They need plants, more for the security. They occur in natural waters either thick with plants, or well shaded by overhanging vegetation with lots of roots, branches, etc in the water. They occur in very dim light. In a tank with no "cover," a white substrate, and direct overhead light, they will always be stressed.

In a suitable environment, they will live more than 10 years.

rsheets 11-06-2010 02:56 PM

I have a lot of fake plants. My ph is 7.5. I was wondering if anyone was successful with that ph?
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kitten_penang 11-07-2010 02:05 AM

7.5 is high.mostly chilids do well at that ph.fishes like tetras do well in a lower ph.use coral sand or oh buffers to lower it as they won't last long with such high ph

Byron 11-07-2010 11:39 AM

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Originally Posted by kitten_penang (Post 507878)
7.5 is high.mostly chilids do well at that ph.fishes like tetras do well in a lower ph.use coral sand or oh buffers to lower it as they won't last long with such high ph

coral sand will raise pH...I used it in one of my tanks for that purpose.

kitten_penang 11-07-2010 11:53 AM

opps... sorry mis info thanks for catching it bryon =)


heres what you really need adding wood, plants and peat moss or you could use artificial PH blockers


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