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Hi I plan on getting a few rummy noses and a heavily planted ten. As of now the pH is 6.2 and I don't know the hardness but ADA brings it down. On the topic of hardness does API make a dGH test kit? My master test kit didn't come with one. and if the do what is the cost. I would expect my dGH is around 3 ish or so acording to m lfs test. What do you guys think.
Check with your water board they usually test those. If you can't find that on their website then call they should be able to tell you.
I also thought that either the profile or some regular say that Rummies need a large shoaling group of 10+. The profile says 6+
fish profile http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/p...my-nose-tetra/
Googling around I see test kits for $20.
Agree, contact your water supply folks, rather than wasting money for a hardness kit that you will likely never use after the first time.
With a pH of 6.2 you're probably fine. But this species is wild caught and sensitive, especially to "new" tanks.
And yes, rummy nose tetra should be in larger groups. This is one characin that almost always stays together as a group, it is about the closest thing to a true schooling fish that you can find in freshwater, thought most of the rasbora species are similar. But it should have larger groups. In my view, a 10g is not sufficient size. A 20g long (at 30 inches) would be the shortest tank I would put this species in. They do like to swim, end to end, usually in the evenings.
I have a group of 20 in my 115g, both the Brilliant Rummy Nose Tetra (Hemigrammus bleheri) and the False Rummy Nose Tetra (Petitella georgiae). They remain together almost constantly, among the plants during the day (the P. georgiae are out a bit more than the others) and swimming back and forth for a couple hours prior to lights out. They do not like bright light overhead, so always have floating plants. And lots of substrate-rooted plants.
well then I guess it is back to cardinals for me. M lfs tested the gh and is between 3 and 5 so there is perfect.
Those 20g long tanks are ideal for these fish; I don't have one, but I was looking at them recently and thought "if I had another shelf somewhere..." but my fishroom is now full so I'd have to construct a two-tier shelf to fit in any more tanks.:roll: A 20g long with rummys, a couple species of cory, sand substrate, lots of plants...wow.
Something else just occurred to me as I posted this. With that water, there is a host of fish species that others with hard water can only dream about, that are small and several could go in a 10g. If this is of interest, I can expand.
Please do and thanks for all the help. I was think some dwarf cichilid or a few clown killies or kilies but what co you think.... I am soooooooo glad I have this water too.
Killifish are certainly viable. Other small fish are Ember Tetra, dwarf rasbora of the Boraras genus [Boraras brigittae is one in our profiles], Dario dario. Sparkling gourami. There are a few other dwarf gourami species, Eyespot Gourami is one, not too common though. Pencilfish, like the Dwarf Pencilfish, Coral Red Pencilfish or Purple Dwarf Pencilfish, Diptail Pencilfish. Not the Golden though, it is too active and needs a good sized group. For substrate fish, any of the three dwarf cory species are ideal. A single Farlowella vitatta would do a terrific job on algae, and it is an interesting fish. And shrimp would fare well with any of the afore-mentioned small fish.
The tank measurements are the following, 20x12x10. Is four inches that big of a difference... I personally don't like the look of gouramis but it's just me, I thought the checker board cichilid likes bigger tanks. I will probably go with cardinals . How many clown killies could I have and could I mix them with other killies or is it a species tank... So I was thinking rams or Apisto cactouides if thats how you spell it.
Killies I have very limited experience with, from the 1980's and only another species, the Australe.
Oh I see now... thanks I will go with rams for the fish because I have a lot of experience with them and I have a hug tub that I have set aside for babies to grow and I might be able to make a buck.
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