Can Fish that have been adapted or brought up in hard water still ok in Hard water (thrive/ and live out there natural life span)in the long run?
Yes, but there is a difference between acclimated to hard water and raised in hard water. Fish are very adaptable and IMO I could careless about any fishes 'recommended' water hardness or pH. The best water for any fish is the water its parents were bred in. We have pretty hard water around most of the twin cites, but a number of people can breed discus and rams in pretty high pHs (around 8). You won't have the same results if you try to acclimate a fish that was raised in soft water to hard water.
In my expierience, some do, some don't.
Fish that do adapt can do well but may not breed successfully, (ie) eggs don't hatch ,eggs are eaten,low numbers of eggs and or survival rates of resulting fry.(hard water can affect egg fertilization,embryo development)
Those fish that don't adapt are often sickly most of the time. Fin rot,fungus,ICH,bacterial infections are common, and fishes seldom last longer than a few day's,week's, month's.
These symptom's are also common with poorly maintained aquariums as well.
ok, so how about : dainos, bettas, paradise fish, angel fish(not altum), black skirt tetras, three spot gouramis, oplaine gouramis and tiger barbs? I have read the stats, and it appers they like acidic to neutral conditions, yet they a reputed to be very hardy fish and can do well in many conditions. I would really like some of these fish, however I don't want to get them if it means messing them up. The pet store near my house carry's all of the above listed, but has switched them to hard water.
what is your water hardness and pH? It would need to be way up there to pose much of a risk.
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