Hi All, new member here
I am starting a very exciting project of breeding fish for a living. I have been dreaming about this for a long time and decided to give this a serious try. I am starting relatively small with a fish room containing about 50 aquariums of about 100 liters each and decided to start with Corydoras catfish. I have most things setup and waiting for fish to arrive next week. I have a lot of experience with growing some ornamental and edible fish in closed systems so I know a lot of the basics and I have also bred gouramis and bettas in the past. I could really use your help with some tips on breeding corys, I have read a lot on the subject and watched a lot of youtube vids but there is nothing like the help of experienced fish lovers to help with specific issues.
Starting with the common bronze/albino corys (C. aeneus
So..my questions is this: The water I use is soft (5 german degrees which is about 90 ppm
CaCo3). To my understanding this is good for corys. however.. the ph is about 8 which to my understanding is way too high. Can I breed this species in that ph? That would of course be the best as tampering with ph is not easy but I am assuming this will be a problem. I know about RO
, Peat moss, driftwood etc.. but this is not an option right now due to budget issues (RO
for this kind of volume is too expensive for me and I would have to wait for ages for the other stuff to arrive). I am looking for cheap and easy ways to lower the ph, I don't have fish in my tanks yet so I am happy to experiment with anything. I've read that vinegar could be a solution? Any other ideas or thoughts? Would greatly appreciate your advice especially from those who tried it out. Thank you!