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Hey guys,

I'm planning on how to stock my tank. My research-internet-travel things have given me a lot of info about cardinals. The thing that sticks out to me is water hardness. Where I live, the pH is just above neutral and the water is moderately hard. I assume that rules out cardinals?

What about neons? I hear they're less finicky about water params.

What other options of tetras or any other (non cory) fish do I have if I plan on having honey gouramis?
 

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Your water params will be OK for cardinals or neons. The 92 mg/l is ppm, and this equates to 5 dGH. I know this is high for any soft water fish, strictly speaking, but I have several tanks of wild characins in my soft water that I keep around 5 dGH. Harlequiin Rasbora fall into the same camp. Also consider one of the other closely-related species of rasbora, either Trigonostigma espei or Trigonostigma hengeli. The latter is y personal favourite of the three, as it has a lovely metallic glow that the other two lack. Check the profiles. These two are seen less often, but they do appear from time to time.

Byron.
 
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