11-18-2006, 02:21 AM
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Wild angelfish, yes... but the angelfish I speak of, when attempting to put them into "soft water" with a pH of about 7.0, they all died. This was the reason we found out what they had been bred in, because we had no idea why fish that looked perfectly healthy were all dead within 24 hrs. What a fish is bred in can say a lot. My boss at one time attempted to acclimate some of them down to lower pH slowly, over a period of a few weeks, because a customer wanted to put them into a soft water tank... again, all of the fish died once the pH hit 7.5 Those from that same shipment that were kept in 8.0 standard tap water did fine.
The store I worked at did a lot of independent research that other stores do not. We also went through an extensive training program that other stores don't do. Our training was constant so that we were always up to date on new products and new information that scientists were finding out about various fish and their habitats. If other LFS's would do 1/2 of the training we had, there would be many more happy customers and many more happy, healthy fish. We worked closely with our local breeders, learning what they were doing and why it was working, how to replicate it, and even at times, how to enhance/alter it to make things even better.
We did a lot of in house breeding, also. Our piranah display was a good example... we were selling piranahs (babies) to our distributors, regularly... hundreds at a time. Because we had limited space and the breeding could get quite expensive, we were limited to what we were allowed to breed ourselves, but there got to be quite a bit after a while.