Doesn't like Kool-Aid
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Hawthorne, New Jersey
I have to agree with 2la on this one.
You guys bring up some really excellent points. "Why fight your water"? However part of the fun, at least for me, is keeping the plants and fish I want to keep. Settling for something you don't want stinks. I think waiting and saving to get the equipment needed to keep the fish one might want is a great thing!
My tap water has a pH of about 8.8 and a KH of 11 and GH of 15. It would be difficult to keep the plants and fish I have now if I didn't use an RO system. Difficult to the point of absolute frustration!
I don't like most cichlids. I would not want to keep them, even though my tap water is ideal for them. I like a planted aquarium! That is why I am here. If I could not grow plants, I would not have an aquarium at all!!
In my opinion, Raul should not settle. He is a young man, and at this point he may have to postpone his foray into Chocolate gouramis, but he should not give up on the thought of keeping them. See, in the long run he will actually be happier keeping the fish he wants to keep. The fish that pique his interest. The fish that will make him really enjoy the hobby we all enjoy so very much!!