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Re: Acclimating to "normal" water conditions



Francine,

Your water is very strange. High pH water usually has a high carbonate hardness.
Is your dH total hardness (dGH) or carbonate hardness (dKH)? Either way you
should be able to acidify your moderately soft water by adding a few drops of
Hydrochloric Acid to a vat of change water first. I use muriatic acid, which is
an industrial grade HCl. If all else fails, your water would work exceptionally
well for rainbowfish from New Guinea.

Mike Wise

FBethea wrote:

> 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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