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I vote no.
As OP has already noted,neon's aren't all that hardy to begin with, so keeping them in hard alkaline water prolly ain't gonna do nothing to help em out.
Guess it comes down to how many are you prepared to lose in the effort.

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My neons are fat and happy at a ph of 8.4
Just a month ago you were losing fish at rapid rate according to previous post's and reported your pH at 7.5
What tank are your neon's in and why the difference in pH from 7.5 which the neon's could handle,to 8.4 which would not be as comfortable for them?
 

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Well of course they are.
Some species can adapt more easily than other's, but it often pay's to keep many of the tetra species in softer water not withstanding those who may very well be exception's and those who for unknown reason's attempt to get the fishes to conform to what THEY feel the fishes should accept.
I would imagine that the less chemical's and or mineral salt's that planted tank folks often use(ie) excel.glut,metricide,powdered fertz peroxide,would maybe have more of an affect than would a tank sans plant's, where maybe only tap water make up would/could be issue.
In any event,many (including myself) try to keep fishes somewhere in mid ranges suggested by most literature dated,or more recent,than attempting to keep them at upper ranges with respect to Temp,pH,GH.
My two cent's.
Ain't it great?? even the dull and or ignorant get to voice their opinion's through this forum and other's.
Why I remember "Party lines" where you might pick up the phone to call someone , only to discover that a neighbor, or perhaps someone several miles away might already be on the phone speaking to another neighbor and you would have to wait your turn.
These were the day's that the Neon's were considered very hardy fishes before all of the agricultural run off,and increased chemical, pollution in our waterway's got to present condition's.
Don't hurt to try and give fishes a break I don't think, assuming it is their long term health that is of primary concern.
Other folk's are merely fish collector's in my view who stock their tanks through attrition mostly.
 

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All I meant is that even the dull and the ignorant have a right to be heard and to voice their opinion's.
I am sometimes considered dull and ignorant but my dog's love me.
As to the rest of my views as posted,,I'll stand by em as being just what I said they are ..my views.
Oddly enough,,they are often shared by other's.
Have a coke,relax.
 

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Go for the neons. There all coming from over seas and there tank raised. A good breeder measures his succeed by the 1000's per month and most dealer stock them in hard water around here. Also you could try to buffer your ph and try to get up to your ph. But I don't think you'll have any problems.

Is part of the problem.
As you say, they are bred for number's as opposed to quality or attempting to create stronger fish.
Ditto for fancy guppies,platy's,mollies nowday's.
 

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i think the hardness and ph is too high. Remember, 8 is 10time more alkaline than 7.

+one, PH is logarithimc scale
8.4 pH is ten X more alkaline than 7.4
I can keep the neon's at 7.4 fairly well for over time,,my water in the tank drift's downward toward's pH 7.2
If I had pH of 8.0 or above,I might not want to subject fishes that thrive in more neutral environment to such extreme difference.
 
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