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For breeding, yes they require a low pH. You COULD start a second, smaller tank and use that as a breeding tank. At least with the smaller one you could manage it easily, efficiently, and safely. Plus, any fluctuations won't hurt any fish because it will be empty most of the time.

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Secondary tanks are usually used when breeding anyways, as this also could act as an initiation tank for fry.
 

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This is mainly for wild caught angels. As a species they do prefer soft acidic water but if you find some that have been locally bred they will be acclimatised and much more adaptable.

Good luck with your tank :D
 

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ok so yes you have a good point, i could get a smaller aquarium, but i just have a few last questions: will these fish be ok in my aquarium with high ph? angels, bala sharks, clown loaches, dwarf gouramis, rummy nose tetras, zebra danios, and some platies?
 

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Don't know with firsthand experience, but here's what I do know from my trusty Tropical fish book right here. Let's see. . .

Angels: Most likely.

Bala Sharks: Prefer up to 7.8, so I'm sure they will thrive in 8.0

Clown Loaches: Generally prefer soft water. Not sure they'll be too happy in 8+

D.Gourami: Prefer softer water, up to 7.5. Should be ok in 8.0. My friend's tank was 8.5 and they were fine for an extended period of time.

R.Nose Tetras: If you plan on breeding them, they REQUIRE soft water, since high levels of calcium ions induce sterility in this fish. They can tolerate up to 7.5, so they may be ok in 8.0.

Z.Danios: Prefer soft to neutral pH. You may be pushing it with 8+.

Platies: Will be fine in 8.0


Disclaimer: This is third-party info, so I'm not responsible if any go belly-up. ;)
 

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Platties will do very well in this type of water. All livebearers prefer this type of water, especially mollies and guppies. The others prefer lower Ph values but can adapt. Again, if you go with locally bred fish, you are much less likely to have any problems.

If you are looking for other suggestions for your water then most rainbow fish (not threadfin althoguh again, they will probably be adaptable) do well in harder more alkaline water. Kissing gourami, paradise fish, pearl gouramis and blue gouramis also will do well that I can think of just now.

Hope that was of some help.
 

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thanks this has been alot of help and i am sure my fish will do well thanks for your time and help if anyone has any more suggestions or comments feel free to post
 

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i can post pictures of the aquarium with the few inhabitants it already has but in the near furture ill post pics of the completed tank
 
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