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    Quote Originally Posted by kim92 View Post
    Unless wild caught, the fish will acclimate to whatever water conditions the OP's water is.
    No they won't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madagascariensis View Post
    Thanks Talldutchie, forgot to mention that.
    pH is approx. 6.8-7
    Moderately hard
    Tank temp. Approx. 23.5degrees Celsius in winter and 25-26 in summer.

    The blue tetras are a stunner but I doubt I will be able to find them.
    Lemon tetras, 5 banded barbs

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    No they won't.
    Yes they will.

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    Lol, guys. You both have a point!

    TD-- You are obviously right in that the fish probably won't ever reach their maximum awesomness in conditions that aren't just right.

    Kim92 -- You are right in that they will acclimate to it and be just fine to suit most people (unless they are crazy sensitive like Discus).

    Depending on the size of your tank I'd go with Serpaes. I absolutely LOVE them.
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    Yes they will.
    Right! Sure! So any fish has an infinite capacity for osmotic regulation? Funny, somehow all the scientific papers I've read failed to mention that.

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    If I can find them I might just as well go with blue tetras, or else harlequin rasboras. my tank is quite hermetically sealed so jumping shouldn't be a problem.
    Serpae tetras are some pretty fish, but aren't they quite nippy? I haven't thought of barbs yet, but the five banded ones re interesting too. apparently they are peaceful unlike
    tiger barbs which they resemble.

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    No they won't.
    I agree. I get tired of hearing this blanket statement. Fish have evolved for thousands or millions of years to thrive in certain conditions in nature. Some species are more adaptable than others, however they will do best when kept at or close to the conditions they evolved to live in. Too many people confuse being alive with thriving.

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    Hyphessobrycon colimbianus, currently my favorite fish.

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    I agree. I get tired of hearing this blanket statement. Fish have evolved for thousands or millions of years to thrive in certain conditions in nature. Some species are more adaptable than others, however they will do best when kept at or close to the conditions they evolved to live in. Too many people confuse being alive with thriving.
    Thank you! That pretty much sums it up.

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    I disagree. And I am tired of hearing that captive bred fish have to be kept in the PH, GH, KH ,that comes from the lake, or river where the species originated from as a blanket statement. Define thriving. I define it as dying of old age, and reproducing during their life. Do you know how many fish people keep that are wild caught, and do just fine in conditions that are not the exact same as the lake or river they came from? Look at angel fish. They were the discus of this hobby 40 years ago. Very difficult to keep in the aquarium. Heck look at discus. Not nearly as difficult to keep as they were 10 years ago. Saying that captive bred fish must be kept in the conditions identical as to what they are in the wild is not only misleading, it is not true. Good luck to the OP with his choice.

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