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 Post subject: Fish and there water
PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 5:05 am 
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Location: west bridgewater
I was in a forum were a ? was asked about keeping Rams in hard, basic water. I suggested they go with some Africans or CA cichlids since the pH was 8.2. I got many resonses saying pH and GH is overated and a Ram would acclimate and live just as well.
Ive always put fish in water that was close to there natural habitat. My tap is between 7.0-7.4 so for my CA I add some crushed coral to the gravel and filter keeping it stable a 7.6-7.8. For my SA I use alot of driftwood and make sure the new water is about 6.4 and use a softening pillow if needed.
Am I wasting my time and would Rams even breed at 8.2?
Thanks Scott


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 Post subject: Re: Fish and there water
PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 12:48 am 
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Location: Chelsea,Ma
In my experience, most captive bred fish will survive in harder or softer water then
their natural habitat. They may not thrive and breed. However a P.H. of 8.2 is extremly high for a soft water fish. Wildcaught fish really need to be in water that is very close to where they came from.
Captive bred Rams are one of the delicate fishes that should be kept in softer or at
least neutral water. For breeding, I would think the P.H. should be in the mid-6's or so. In a P.H. of 8.2, I doubt a male and female would even look at each other.
I also like using driftwood, leaves (oak,almond) and peat to soften hard water.
Joe F. has been breeding Rams-Maybe he will chime in...........
Tom


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 Post subject: Re: Fish and there water
PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 7:59 am 
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Location: Hingham, MA
Yeah, even mildly alkaline water is thought of as pushing it with German Blue Rams. That's way too high.

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