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licorice gouramis, shrimp and care

My LFS has 2 licorice gouramis. How "shrimp safe" are they and what conditions do they need to thrive?

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low ph like 5.0-6.5 less like 4 for egg hatching a black water tank would be perfect so leaf litter low gh and kh 78-82 degrees and if the shrimp will fit in their mouth they will eat them, they might eat flake most need live food , this is what I remember off the top of my head, very beautiful little fish, so to keep them they have very specific needs and I am actually kind of surprised a fish store is selling them because of their need of live food and the water conditions required.They will eat like baby brine shrimp and they like anything small enough to fit in their mouths, I will own some someday when I have more time to get the stuff they need and to have the time to take care of them. Other than that they are kind of like bettas need hides plants are a plus and are air breathers like bettas
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Alright, there goes that idea. Just tested my PH and it's 7.6

And my LFS only got them because some one ordered them but never picked them up. They only have 2

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yeah very beautiful little fish but yeah they have special needs
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Not sure if my other fish/shrimp would mind a low PH, but in the future, how can I lower the PH? I have quite a lot of drift wood in my tank, but that has done nothing for the PH

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indian almond leaves, alder cones, also aquasoil will drastically lower your ph


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well you have to use chemicals which is risky, you need to get the ph in the tank right before fish, them once fish are added you have to prep water for water changes and get it to where it needs to be before adding it to the tank, or buy a RO water system and use things like peatmoss pellets in the filter and drift wood and so on. if you had an RO system where you could store the water in a barrel and add oak leaves and so on for tannins and to lower the ph it would work, but yeah time and money, my ph is like 8.0 and the water is hard so it is a nightmare to work with so I have learned to keep fish that can tolerate it and use peatmoss pellets and driftwood.

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indian almond leaves, alder cones, also aquasoil will drastically lower your ph
This is true depending on the buffer the gh or kh whichever it is the higher those are the harder it is to lower
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Would there be any benefit to my current fish/shrimp/plants by adding indian almond leaves to my existing tank? Don't want to tint the water tho. I like how it's crystal clear. But if it could help my current stock, then it's a consideration.

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Just went to test my gh and kh, master test kit did not come with it. Grrrr

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