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Old 08-30-2016, 10:23 AM   #11
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Thanks Autumn!

I'm currently researching dwarf cichlids, and found my way over to shell dwellers.. In particular the Neolamprologus brichardi (Fairy cichlid) which likes high ph, which comes out of my tap that way, and numerous other things I think work for me.

Blue Rams are gorgeous, but water conditions will be harder to keep. Still working through it




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Old 08-31-2016, 01:04 AM   #12
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Lol, I have NO IDEA! Help!
Tank4: 68 litres... Still too small for cichlids...

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Thanks Autumn!

I'm currently researching dwarf cichlids, and found my way over to shell dwellers.. In particular the Neolamprologus brichardi (Fairy cichlid) which likes high ph, which comes out of my tap that way, and numerous other things I think work for me.

Blue Rams are gorgeous, but water conditions will be harder to keep. Still working through it

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Ah yes, the tap. Best to have peace of mind to keep what is best for your tap water.

Always can use RO/DI to cut the rock water - an option if you are wanting a challenge.
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Old 09-02-2016, 08:56 PM   #14
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So I've been really busy with kids, work Etc and haven't been able to research what RO/DI is. I assume oxygen and injection might be part of the word equation.

I've also taken the tank to the next step of clean progress having scraped off the blue paint on the rear wall, and neatening up any silicone slips- and started washing the tank.

Next step. Figure out what fish I want, get substrate and background

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Hey life is like that!

RO/DI - Reverse Osmosis / De-ionization
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RO/DI - Reverse Osmosis / De-ionization

Thanks Autumn, I just researched what you said and I'm definitely not going to go that way! Not until I have a lotto win

In the meantime, would it be feasible to used the filtered water from out kitchen tap. It's a reasonable quality drinking water system, as follows, would this help to soften water?

When you guys talk about buffers in the water, is that referring to ph up or ph down, and is it ok to rely on that to get your water right? And just use tap water, not filtered? I already use tap water with QuickStart and stress coat when i add water to my existing tank, but that's a smaller tank ..

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STAGE 1 FILTER - Sediment Polyspun (5 Micron)

Dirt, Sand, Sediment and Organics Removal.
Dense layers of the poly spun filter provide more opportunity to collect and capture contaminants. This adsorbent pre filter can be used for mains water filters or reverse osmosis systems.

STAGE 2 FILTER - Matrikx PB1 (1 Micron)

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1 micron absolute filter for outstanding lead, chlorine, taste and odour reduction. Parasite, turbidity and cyst reduction, including Cryptosporidium, Giardia, Entamoeba and Toxoplasma (meets NSF/ANSI Standard 53).





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Around here with our lfs, you can buy it in 5G containers for .50 per gallon. So to me that is reasonable for not having to set up your own system and upfront expense. Just an FYI.
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Thanks Autumn, hadn't considered that.

So I want to build this tank for a pair of dwarf cichlids. My fish store seem to stock South Americans so I'm going for a darker look to the tank. Got some garnet sand today from the hardware store (sold as sand blasting sand - lol), how do you clean this stuff? Same as gravel? But won't the sand disperse with the water when washing in a bucket? Or that's the right approach, just be careful when swirling it around so as to not lose the sand?
feels like a silly question.

Also, I grabbed some cool rocks off the retention wall at the beach today and gave them a clean. How do I know if they'll be ok for my tank? My husband is a geologist, but he's no help! Lol


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Or could these quarry type rocks be adding hardness to the water? I need softer water for blue rams as far as I know
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