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Old 02-05-2013, 02:53 AM   #1
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Hardwater, high pH centerpiece fish.


I have been looking for a good hardwater fish for a while now. My tap water is really hard and has high pH, the pH can be adjusted within reason, but it is too much of a hassle to soften it.

So, are there any good centerpiece fish you can think of?
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:57 AM   #2
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Most live bearers are good in hard water. Sounds simplistic, but how about a male Swordtail?
Many Rainbow Fish are good in a wide range of conditions. A small group would be really showy in a tank of about 4' or larger. They are all pretty active fish, and really need the space.
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Also! I have a 55 gallon tank if that helps your opinion at all.
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flowerhorn cichlid
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I have a Golden Gourami that tolerated my 8.0pH, 400ppm TDS water... who knows if he likes it though
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If there's no plants central american or African cichlids would suit well in that pH level.
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:22 PM   #7
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Sailfin Mollies maybe right up your alley.

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most angels can handle high ph tap water due to being bred in captivity. Just dont get anything wild caught and make sure you acclimate them

and i know others are suggesting them, but steer clear of livebearers unless you want a tank overrun by them or have a really good way to keep the population under control
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Can't go wrong with angels. I have 2 in my tank and they get along with everyone.
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