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  1. Default Hard water and high pH.


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    I first came here for advice a couple of years ago when we first obtained our 50g tank. After days of reading up on this and that, I'm back.

    In some ways all of my research has helped tremendously and in other ways, I think I'm more confused lol. Either way, I'll get on with it!

    As stated, we have a 50g tank, we've had it for a couple of years now. All is well, except for losing most of our fish after having a house fire a couple of months back and the pH.

    I recently learned that the pH can't easily be lowered to 7.0 like we need due to our water being very hard. After research, we decided to try blackwater extract, it hasn't much helped, but we added it to the tank yesterday.

    During all of my reading, I noticed that some fish actually prefer higher pH. I got to thinking that maybe, it might be smarter to go with fish that prefer higher pH than to drastically tamper with our water.

    Any thoughts or maybe suggestions to get the pH down?

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    Finding fish that do well in the water you have is always easiest and a 50g gives you plenty of options. African cichlids are the obvious choice. If you really want to lower the pH you have to deal with the GH of the tank. A good RO water system is the easiest way.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


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    We have a simmler problem my water is usually 7.4-7.6 ph and a little hard. But my local petco and petsmart have the same water as i do. It is diffcult do lower water ph. The best way i know would be to invest in a Ro water unit.
    Fishes go "pook pook"
    read sitcky at top of a section for good info

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    I was actually considering moving our one lone zebra danio and 2 ghost shrimp to a smaller tank. Then turning our 50g into a cichlid tank. However, I have no experience with cichlids.

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    Because you have hard water you will want to get African cichlids. Very basic advice is stick to species from the same rift lake and set up the decor for the fish, some want open water some want rocks. Pick some you like and bring the list here and some of our people with rift lake species experience can help you decide on final stocking choices. With Africans it's important to have the tank ready to house the entire all at once. This is done by using ammonia to build up a good size bio-filter. Here is a list of some of the fish available in the hobby separated by lake, click on the fish and most will have a picture. http://www.davesfish.com/ Here is another link that will give you specific suggestions that will work for a tank like yours,http://www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/cookie_cutter_55g.php Keep in mind though that just because they are from the same lake does not necessarily make them compatible. Let us know what you want and we will help you along.
    Last edited by mommy1; 04-12-2014 at 06:59 PM.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


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    You'll want to check the footprint of your tank before looking at specific cichlids - a 55gal/48" length is generally the smallest you can do full sized cichlids in. Yours is a 50 and if its a short tank, then you will have to take that into consideration when choosing which cichlids you want.

    My 50 gal is only 30", and I would not stock any peacocks or similiar sized cichlids in it.
    Last edited by sheamurai; 04-12-2014 at 07:30 PM.
    20gal long planted community

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    Our tank is 48" long. Thanks mommy1, I will get to reading!

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    You would do great to have an all male Peacock tank... aulonocara are easy, stay small (4in) and are pretty docile when it comes to overall attitude in the african cichlid world. Also - the most important part - they are BEAUTIFUL. I would suggest getting a good cycle going back on your filter and making one bulk purchase of multiple 2in fish. You will get the most bang for your buck and you will allow them to grow with the tank. In a 55 gal tank with the propper filters (300-350gph) you could house a male group of 15 to 20 peacocks as they require overstocking to limit aggression.

    Feel free to google aulonocara in images... you will see why this is a wonderful choice for yourself.
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    Oh one place I would highly recommend - KGTropicals.com - hes very good about getting you males even at a very small size and has a great rep for customer service, prices are fair and he will always send you the biggest in the batch.
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    I was looking at cichlids earlier and fell in love with the "colbalt blue zebra cichlid". They're beautiful. Would they be suitable? And what could be stocked with them?

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