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Old 04-13-2011, 05:33 AM   #21
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You must be quite the hobbyist.....I've heard Discus require specific water softness in order to thrive. Do you use rain water?
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You must be quite the hobbyist.....I've heard Discus require specific water softness in order to thrive. Do you use rain water?
I keep two 55 gallon drums upstairs and gravity feed the water into the tank when needed. To raise them, I purchased a water softener system, without which, the eggs would not have developed. They also require acidification of the water, so I use a swimming pool product sold locally to acidiy water. It works well.

I don't raise them anymore, too much labor and money and no buyers, but it was fun doing it once. I still have some of the fish that came from that experience.
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I use peat moss in my tetra tanks to acidify it....Discolors the water at first but then disappears.
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I use peat moss in my tetra tanks to acidify it....Discolors the water at first but then disappears.
How cool... I remember reading that neon tetras lived in discolored/murky water. I remember seeing a picture, and your comment brought it all back to me.

I'm really hoping to have some kind of native fish to watch once I've got my stream/pond established. ....and still have areas restricted for frogs, toads, salamanders, and such.

When younger, I really did enjoy tropical fish; now I think I'm focused on the outside and natives.

Thanks for the memories. (BTW, I always loved including a school of harlequin rasboras in my tanks.)
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Ahhh the neons... SO bold and SO bright!
I've a school of about 9 of them in my tetra tank. I love the the cardinal tetras but I have not seen them in years. They're like a neon but the red extends ALL the way under the vivid aqua stripe. I think they're a bit more hardy than the neons.
Rasboras are nicely marked and also very nice hardy fish. White clouds as well. They're small and kind of silvery blue but if you take the time to notice, their other subtle colors shine quite nice. I'd love to order the long fin white clouds if I could find them!
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You make me look back more fondly on my experiences with fish. When we moved from our first apartment, I gave my tank to my sister...I didn't want to be bothered with setting it up again.
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It does take a while for things to settle and a lot of watching for disease outbreaks caused by stress when you move them....
It's best to move the gravel in its used state rather than cleaning it if you can....filter materials too as a matter of fact!
They balance out MUCH sooner if the GOOD bacterial base is kept intact.
It is a pain moving them none the less but well worth it once all in.... all done.
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That makes lots of sense.

I'm just glad I gave them to my sister, I remember visiting and enjoying them there without any of the work. ~smile~
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