Originally Posted by mariah
My tap water PH is about 6.6ppm and my tank water is 7.5ppm. it has been set up for a year and thats the same ph it was when i first got it. I was going to do the whole crushed coral thing in the filters but I think i am not going to change anything. As they say, the same PH is better then the PH jumping everywhere. I think 7.5ppm isn't to far from what the african cichlids need. If i were to get the PH up to about 8ppm then when i do a water change i will shock the fish because i dont use buckets, i fill the tank up right from my tap. I am on a well, not city water. I am getting at least 6 electric yellow labs but maybe 8. I wanted the afra cobue orange back but I think it might be to hard to get. what else would go with yellow labs? I want different colors (not all yellow) and at least 3 different kinds (including the yellow labs) There is currently 2 bnp's in the tank and the tank is 55 gallons.
Your correct with the pH issue. Stability is key. So if they've been in that pH for a year then leave them alone. Most fish stores don't maintain proper pH meaning 8.0-8.2 anyway. They maintain a neutral pH
As for stock. You could some red zebras, maybe some cobalts maybe even johanni. I have just about all kinds.
Goggle those and see what you think one thing to remember is yellow labs are considered less aggressive then most so you wanna be careful about what you add. My yellow labs do fine with everything in my tank and never had any issues. My red tops and others are the trouble makers.