Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: West Hollywood, CA
Fish for hard water 2.5 gallon
My mind is blanking on all the nano fish I know of and I need advice.
The setup: 2.5 gallon heavily planted that's been running for a few years.
It had phoenix rasboras but over the years they all died off one by one. I think my water is just too hard for them, even with Aquasoil. Plus I do 30% weekly water changes with tap water and that might be leading to a big weekly swing in pH.
There are pumpkin shrimp in the tank so whatever fish I end up choosing needs to be somewhat shrimp friendly.
My tap water here is hard. Something like 14dH.
What I need: Tiny fish that can handle hard water. Fish that prefer it, even better. Fish that aren't so active they can't be kept in a small tank. Also, they have to be able to eat frozen/flake food. What is this miracle nano fish?
So far off the top of my head the only thing I could come up with is a scarlet badis. But I'd only be able to keep one since it's impossible to find a female and two males would stress each other to death, right? That happened in my 36 gallon so it'd be WAY worse in a 2.5.
I've also considered CPDs and endlers but they seem too active for a 2.5?
What options am I missing?