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    crapola.......I did see washed out looking rasberry (painted) in another tank but their color was nearly gone even before they were sold. Mine has lost no color so it was my hope they were not of the painted variety.

    Can I send you mind so only one of us could hate our fish?

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    Heck no, I don't want no more of those darn things. As a matter of fact I tried to talk my 5 year old into letting them go live with a friend who also bought just a couple, then found out they were dyed, won't buy more even though they should be in larger groups.....she refused to allow "her" fish to leave. AAARRRGGG!
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    i just don't agree that tetra should be in hard water. it's not their ideal conditions, so why subject them to it?

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    Sometimes I think far to much emphasis is placed on pH. In their native habitat the pH will fluctuate with the seasons (dry season versus rains & flooding) and the amazon basin is especially prone to these pH differences. The majority of tetras can be kept in a pH range of 5.5-7.5 with only a few exceptions. Neon tetras for example can be kept in water with a pH from 5-8. Their IDEAL pH is about 6.8 and to offer them the very best, yes you should try to give them water close to that Ph but they will still do well and even thrive in water of ph 8, which is far from their ideal, as long as all other environmental factors are optimal, ie. diet, temp, water (no ammonia or nitrite, low nitrate). These fish will undoubtedly never successfully breed in water that hard (they may try but viable fertilization would require much lower pH and softer water). But the point is, they can be kept happy and healthy in quite a wide pH range. Should they be kept in conditions that are not their ideal? Probably not, but then keeping fish in a captive closed environment is not really their ideal conditions either, but we do the best we can for our fish anyway knowing that although we cannot possibly replicate their natural environment in every way (well not unless you intend turning your rather large garage into an indoor aquarium lol) we can strive to give them their natural conditions in as many ways as possible and hope they will be forgiving about the few little things we can't manage.

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    Very well said Aurora. As I said earlier....I tried the whole RO thing to soften my water after learning most of my fish "needed" a lower ph. It was not only a PITA, it wasn't working out too well. As I continued to lose fish I finally gave up. Have I lost any fish since then....yea, a couple, but my clown loaches whom I was trying sooooo hard to keep are doing great, and this is the longest clowns have stayed alive in my tanks!
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