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Christople 12-27-2010 12:35 PM

peat moss
Hi I was wondering about peat moss. I am not sure if I have soft enough water for my rams to be in the mood for breeding and I heard about peat moss. The pH is around 6 so I am good there but I need softer water. Would peat help

catdawg426 12-27-2010 09:21 PM

Ya it would help. The problem with peat moss I've heard is that there is no good way to tell how much it will soften the water. It could also lower your pH too which you don't need. I would slowly add it to your filter, and see if your pH goes down or your fish's behavior changes.

Christople 12-27-2010 09:51 PM

well I am learning that my water is good... I have a dgh of around 4 or 70 ppm... Is this soft enough for them.

catdawg426 12-28-2010 11:50 AM

Ya I think that's pretty good...

Byron 12-28-2010 02:03 PM

If we are considering the Bolivian Ram, no issues period. If it is the common or blue ram, you're probably OK depending upon the source of the fish; if the fish are wild caught attention must be paid to the water parameters much more than tank-raised. Not sure if this is the same as another thread on gold/blue rams I responded to, but if it is--gold rams and German Blue are hybrid fish developed from the wild strain, so all will be tank raised. You're fine.


Christople 12-28-2010 02:21 PM

ok thanks I don't know if mine are wild or not but the male is perfectly fine

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