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Old 03-27-2011, 04:07 PM   #1
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What fish like high PH like 8.0 beside African cichlids?

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The PH in my tank is high thanks to crushed coral. What fish beside African cichlids like a high PH?

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There are actually plenty of fish that like higher pH. Some SA cichlids, (Gymnogeophagus and Australoheros from Uruguay) quite a few species of pleco's (L-204 from Peru in particular) and most livebearers come to mind.
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Most any fish will acclimate just fine to that water though. Why are you using CC if you're not trying to raise the pH for any specific purpose?
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Hi

Thanks for the answers so far. I use crushed coral for 2 reasons, the first one is economical as I just got back in the hobby and that's what I had saved in the basement.
The second reason is I used to keep large fish and I used to always have problems with very low PH until a petstore owner told me to try crushed coral, I did and it worked . I am not sure what I will be keeping yet this time soI want to see my options.
So most fish will adapt huh? What if I do a community tank with (Sharks, barbs, 1 pleco, algea eaters, gouramis).
Will all these above adapt to 8.0 fine?

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Depends... How big is your tank?
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Old 03-27-2011, 05:23 PM   #6
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Hi

My tank is a 55 ga filtered by an ehem canister 2215. I have crushed coral on the bottom with a nice amount of rocks all over. No plastic plants yet but I will add some.

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Crushed coral won't buffer the pH at 8.0, max for that is about 7.6. An eheim 2215 on a 55 is a bit low on circulation, only turns over the tank volume 3x/hour max. Alright for smaller fish, not good for cichlids.
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Thanks I will add another eheim, I have two.

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Old 03-29-2011, 01:56 AM   #9
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How about a pair of oblongums? Mid-size cichlid, males 6" max, females about 4", general disposition about the same as keyholes. Play well with anything aside from other oblongums after they pair off IME.
Adult male:


Adult female:


Pair together:


I have over 100 juvies available, most are ready to pair off now.
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Wow these are nice. They remind me of the convicts a little.

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