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Old 11-21-2012, 12:18 PM   #1
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Can water be too hard for African Cichlids? I did a GH test of the tank and directly out of the faucet. After 32 drops in each, I gave up. The scale only goes up to 16 anyway. I think it's safe to say that my well water is very hard. The Nitrate level is a total mess to deal with right now. Please say I don't have to bring the GH down as well, at least not simultaneously.

My new 50 ft Python totally sucks, and I don't mean in a good way. I couldn't get it to siphon right when run into the sink. Air in the tubing. So I threw it into the front yard. The speed improved a little, but the gravel cleaning is very low volume. As I said, it doesn't suck well, and 10% took forever to siphon out. And why waste all that water? I have to keep the water running into the sink so it maintains a full tubing. At least it filled very fast. No more buckets. Halleluiah for that.
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Old 11-21-2012, 01:36 PM   #2
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I have no problems maintaining full suction with my 50ft python. I have no air in the tubing when the water is let out to the yard
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Old 11-21-2012, 01:46 PM   #3
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Can water be too hard for African Cichlids? I did a GH test of the tank and directly out of the faucet. After 32 drops in each, I gave up. The scale only goes up to 16 anyway. I think it's safe to say that my well water is very hard. The Nitrate level is a total mess to deal with right now. Please say I don't have to bring the GH down as well, at least not simultaneously.

My new 50 ft Python totally sucks, and I don't mean in a good way. I couldn't get it to siphon right when run into the sink. Air in the tubing. So I threw it into the front yard. The speed improved a little, but the gravel cleaning is very low volume. As I said, it doesn't suck well, and 10% took forever to siphon out. And why waste all that water? I have to keep the water running into the sink so it maintains a full tubing. At least it filled very fast. No more buckets. Halleluiah for that.
You need to let the water from tap sit for 24 hrs before testing it.
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Thank you both. The Python worked much better today. Difference being that I didn't start with the sink this time. I just put it in the yard.

What about the GH? OK for now? As hard as it is, it must be like swimming in wet cement. Those poor fish.....
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Test the GH after you get your nitrates under control...one less thing to worry about
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OK, great!
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:57 PM   #7
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LOL, win the battle with nitrates first.

I wouldn't worry too much 'bout the hardness for Rift Valley Africans. I'm on a well and have the proverbial liquid rock for water. My GH has been anywhere from 520 ppm (30 dH)-680 ppm (40 dH) and my KH runs from 240 ppm (14 dH)-380 ppm (23 dH). My Africans do fine and breed like crazy.

I've had a heckuva time with other fish though, especially SA species from many families.

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Old 11-22-2012, 10:52 AM   #8
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Nitrate Battle

This morning the Nitrates are 40ppm! That's after just two 10% changes.

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!!!!
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