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Re: Acclimating to "normal" water conditions



Francine,

Not to overstate the obvious, but with that number of tanks and the clear
investment you have, financially and emotionally, why not do RO and rig up a
semi-automatic water changing system?

Just a thought....

Bob

----- Original Message -----
From: "FBethea" <FRANCINEBETHEA@excite.com>
To: <apisto@listbox.com>
Sent: Tuesday, March 06, 2001 6:04 PM
Subject: Re: Acclimating to "normal" water conditions


My tap water is 8.5 with dH coming in at 63 ppms.  I am so frustrated at
this point that I have considered raising Africans. Actually bought
brichardi and n. mealagris and then realized that I will have to modify for
their water changes as well.

I do have success with getting my apistos to spawn, but it becomes a
headache doing water changes.  Before I bought this house and expanded my
fishroom to 27 tanks, I used distilled water for changes.  But with the
amount of tanks I have now, hauling in distilled water at 89 cents a bottle
would be inane. I sometimes go in the fishroom and just stand there and
wonder what the hell am I doing this all for. Yet, the c barbatus spawned,
the bristlenose spawned ,all the apistos and the killis.  Unfortunantly, my
fry survival rate has fallen off and I am greatly discouraged.

I have been photographing my fish and others and have been successful. Maybe
that is what I should be doing instead of maintaining and breeding species
that I am unable to perpetuate.

Ready to sell out,
Francine



On Tue, 06 Mar 2001 13:51:02 -0700, apisto@listbox.com wrote:

>  Francine,
>
>  I don't consider anything liquid with a pH 8.5 water; that's more like
liquid
>  cement! If your water has an equally high carbonate hardness (alkalinity)
then I
>  would definitely mix the tap water with softer water. Some apistos will
handle
>  living in your tap water, but I doubt that blackwater species will.
>
>  BTW the elizabethae Išana male is now over 3" SL with lots of red on the
body.
>  Let me know when you want him.
>
>  Mike Wise
>
>  FBethea wrote:
>
>  > I am curiuos to learn how people on the list go about acclimating their
fish
>  > to normal water conditions.
>  >
>  > My tap water is 8.5 and the rain water is 6.0.  Will I have to mix the
rain
>  > water with tap until I get 7.0 thereabouts?
>  >
>  > Francine
>  >
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