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Re: Acclimating to "normal" water conditions



Mike,
63ppm is the total hardness.  I will try the Hydrochloric Acid first and
then I will break down and get a RO unit.  The idea of aquiring rainbowfish
is too scary!

I am ready for the eliz male.  Let me know prior to sending him so that I
can take off that day.

Thanks,
Francine


On Tue, 06 Mar 2001 17:46:17 -0700, apisto@listbox.com wrote:

>  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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