Anyone recommend fish that like hard water? I know cichlids come from hard water and rainbowfish as well. Any other reccomendations are appreciated.
I like this suggestion. They aren't as disastrous as the Malawian cichlids with the exception of large ones like Frontosas. Shelldwellers or julidochromis species get my vote.roud:Tanganyikan Cichlids.
I agree.roud: Angelfish, discus, apistogrammas and rams fall into the category where cichlids usually need soft water to become accustomed in captivity. Although some captive-bred ones are known to hae adapted to hard waters.macclellan said:you can't just say "cichlids," trackhazard. There are cichlid species that need extremely soft and others that need extremely hard, and everything in between.
Good old Texas Cichlids! all over down here in the Texas Hill Country, the hardwater capitol of the world.Anyone recommend fish that like hard water? I know cichlids come from hard water and rainbowfish as well. Any other reccomendations are appreciated.
A big Chunk of drift wood dropped mine fairly well when I used to careThanks for the suggestions. I had assumed that most (if not all cichlids) were hard water. Good to know there are differences. You learn something new every day.
I'm planning on setting up a 40-55 gallon tank as soon as we get our den redone. Plan t-wise, I'm looking at something not overly planted maybe with a dense grouping of plants somethat off to one side with the rest fairly open. I was looking for fish that will take advantage of the swim space. The water we have in our neighborhood is moderately hard and I am loath to try and mess around with the water chemistry too much through additives so i figured I would keep fish that were comfortable w/ harder water.
I wanted to try rainbowfish and/or cichlids but I have a 10 gallon tank full of red cherry shrimp that I want to move and I don't want them to end up being snacks. I was looking at tetras and danios but I've been reading that hard water really affects their lifespans and I feel weird keeping fish knowing that the conditions will lead to an early demise.
Can anyone tell me how effective peat is to reduce pH and hardness?