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Old 08-30-2005, 10:54 AM   #1
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hard water...hard enough?

My tap water is fairly hard (an 8 [143 ppm for both] dGH and dKH I think). Anyway, it took several drops to make the color change and the carbonate and general hardness were very close to each other. I think this is good water to start with for malawi cichlids, isn't it? The pH has always tested around 7.6 - 7.8. I've tested it with several electronic instruments, strip tests, and reagent kits.

Do I need to add anything to increase the pH and hardness for malawis or is it basic and hard enough?
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It sounds like it would be perfect for malawis.

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as long as your not trying to get them to spawn. you should be fine..
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Good. I don't like messing with water in that way. I'm gonna put clown loaches in there with the cichlids so not having to harden the water will help them too.
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as long as your not trying to get them to spawn. you should be fine..
Might even be fine there...I have seen Malawis spawn successfully in similar water.
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as long as your not trying to get them to spawn. you should be fine..
Mine just spawned in 7.6 pH with soft water. I believe it was 2 drops in the AP test kit for the hardness levels.
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I should say overworking yourself to induce them to spawn
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