- Mar 8, 2021
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- Central VA
Alright so we just got back from the LFS. They tested our water and the GH is 5. I didn’t ask what unit of measurement that is in, but if it helps I know they used an API GH kit. I just realized, maybe I should have asked for KH too?
Thank you! I will look into all those and anything else that may do well in soft water! I appreciate all your help!The API liquid GH/KH test counts each drop as 1 degree, so 5 is most likely to be a GH of 5 dGH. This is soft to very soft water. If it had been in ppm, it would be even softer but that is not the unit here. Point is, it is soft water.
Livebearers (guppies, Endlers, platies someone mentioned) are no go, they cannot manage in this soft water for long. The cories, any cory, will thrive, as will most all fish from South America suited to this sized tank. Ember Tetra Hyphessobrycon amandae, The green or false neon Paracheirodon simulans, some (but not all) of the pencilfishes in Nannostomus, for an interesting (depending how you view them) somewhat "prehistoric" addition, a common whiptail catfish Rineloricaria parva (but not the much larger "Royal" whiptails). Not all of these obviously, but their mature size/numbers make them contenders. Then there are the "nano" rasboras from SE Asia, Boraras species.
Bettas also do better in soft water, correct? My LFS had some lovely bettas today, really making me wonder if I should give a betta another try... Betta Imbellis are A wild type betta, right? I have heard they are less aggressive and do better with tank mates? Would a betta imbellis work with my Pygmy Cories?
I looked online and it says they can but I don’t really trust what Google has to sayBettas also do better in soft water, correct? My LFS had some lovely bettas today, really making me wonder if I should give a betta another try... Betta Imbellis are A wild type betta, right? I have heard they are less aggressive and do better with tank mates? Would a betta imbellis work with my Pygmy Cories?
Hahahaha, for some reason my autocorrect is backwards, I spell things right and it turns it into the wrong spelling, so I have to go through and edit it. So frustrating!Indeed and I learned that the hard wga
Edit: Way not wga, the one time auto correct doesn’t work.
I think I have a temporary plan for the 10 gallon! I have 3
C. Hastatus who I know would love a larger school. I would like to set up the 10 gallon tank for them and encourage them to breed, in the hopes that they produce some babies and they can eventually have a nice large school in the 55 gallon tank! Thoughts on this? If it seems like a good idea, I will make a thread for all my Cory related questions!
Ok! I have a few questions about breeding corydoras, so I will make a new thread! Thank you for all your help, I really appreciate it!Yes, the 10g is fine for just the C. hastatus; I had my initial group of C. pygmaeus (six) in the 10g, and they began spawning, and I just left them alone (was trying to decide where to put them which is how they came to be in the 10g on their own). I saw an egg here and there, and some hatched. A few months later I had 20-25.
Wow! So the tank needs to be HEAVILY planted! Did you leave the adults in the 10 gallon for the entirety of the fry hatching and growing? Those fry are so cute ?