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Old 04-22-2013, 01:48 AM   #1
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pH incompatibility


I've got Platies, which like pH > 7. And I've got Harlequin Rasboras, which like pH < 7. My pH is pretty low. I'd say somewhere in the 6.4 to 6.6 range. That's bad news for the Platies. What kind of effect will this have on them? What will happen to my poor platies if I continue to keep them in the wrong pH? Is there a good safe way to raise the pH to neutral 7?
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:05 AM   #2
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pH isnt all that important for most fish, so long as it is stable. its just the concentration of the hydrogen/hydronium ion: H+/H30+ (H+ + H2O -> H3O+). i wouldnt worry about it too much. but some livebearers like some salt, and that is a different story.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:00 PM   #3
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I have my platies in about 6.4 pH. As long as you have acclimated them appropriately, and maintain stability then you should be ok. My platies bred until they all died from inbreeding issues.

Though interestingly enough, pH is not as much of an influence as TDS is due to osmotic regulation.
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:54 PM   #4
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I have my platies in about 6.4 pH. As long as you have acclimated them appropriately, and maintain stability then you should be ok. My platies bred until they all died from inbreeding issues.

Though interestingly enough, pH is not as much of an influence as TDS is due to osmotic regulation.
Oh, thats good to know. I was planning to buy mollies to fill my 29g. Do all livebearers die out from inbreeding?
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:26 PM   #5
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eventually they can, mine lasted for years... Ill never own another live bearer again, they are like rabbits
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