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Water Hardness - Lurkers

Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 3:21 pm
by Smashtoad
Hi Guys,

I want a Hairy, but there is a nice looking subadult suvatti at a LFS. It's been there for at least two months, so he must be a fairly hardy specimen, considering he's on disgusting pink gravel with nowhere to hide.

My tank is cycled, but newly. I am in Central Indiana, and the water is very hard and alkaline. I plan to cut with RO, but I am wondering if I could get your thoughts on the ability of the SE Asian lurkers to adapt to harder water, if the water is kept pristine? I have had many congos over the years in Indianapolis tap water, and they all did fine, but the one time I tried to keep a suvatti...I lost him. I'm not sure what happened, but I don't want to repeat that with him, or a hairy if I find one.

Thanks.

P.S. Sorry to hear about the Pufferpedia. That freakin blows. I loved that thing.

Re: Water Hardness - Lurkers

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:58 pm
by Pufferpunk
They are not going to care at all.

Re: Water Hardness - Lurkers

Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:13 pm
by pufferjw
Agree with Pufferpunk, they'll be totally fine with the water as is. Softer water fish do perfectly well in hard water unless it has an EXTREMELY high GH. Also I wouldn't even add RO water, the risk of an inconsistent pH outweighs any sort of benefit it would bring.

Re: Water Hardness - Lurkers

Posted: Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:12 am
by Smashtoad
My GH is around 160ppm. What do you consider extremely high?

Re: Water Hardness - Lurkers

Posted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:12 pm
by pufferjw
160ppm is only around 10 dGH, that's honestly pretty moderate. By extremely hard I'm referring to water over 400ppm/24 dGH

Re: Water Hardness - Lurkers

Posted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:58 am
by Smashtoad
That's good to hear.... thanks