Another fish I like - Silver Tip Tetra

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    AnnaEA Member Member

    Unlike most tetras I've looked, this one seems like it would be more comfortable with the alkaline water I've got.

    So, another option for my 'school' tank, if I decide to go that way. A better option then neons or cardinals, it looks like.

    And my LFS has these -- though they have them labeled 'gold tetras' *lol*

    So far, my LFS is not proving the most reliable folks in terms of using the standard common names for things -- I'm going to have to go latin to make sure I end up with the fish I want.


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    Gunnie Well Known Member Member

    Sounds like a plan! Those fish are very pretty! ;) ;)

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    newbie101 Well Known Member Member

    ug I know how you feel Anna, my tap water pH is like 7.8 or something, as I live in a city on limestone. So my tank pH is always at about 8 :mad:
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    AnnaEA Member Member

    Eh. Emma , I know the feeling.

    My tank seems stable at 7.8 pH right now -- and that is my tap water cut 50/50 with RO water!

    Straight from the tap it tests off the chart for pH, hardness, kH...... on the other hand, even cut 50%, I've still got a 180 kH -- so very very stable water.

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    newbie101 Well Known Member Member

    I use about half (sometimes more) RO water angelfish or discus for me I guess...
  6. 0morrokh

    0morrokh Fishlore VIP Member

    Hey, my water is probably OVER 8... :-\ I don't use RO water though--anyway, the fish at the lfs live in the same water as mine. Personally, I don't think pH is that important unless you're keeping very delicate fish or breeding, say, tetras. Hey, I've kept 2 Otos without changing the water at all.
    Just a nots, livebearers like hard and alkaline water.
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    AnnaEA Member Member

    If our water weren't softened, I'd probably not mess with it.... but I sort of figure that water we can't drink and that kills yeast is probably not good for fish. :mad: It's scary scary water -- if you leave a cup of it out on the counter to evaporate you get salt crystals in the bottom.

    On the other hand, as my land lord pointed out when I asked about it, it is less expensive to pay a few bucks more rent a month for the water softener then it would be to move every other year because the pipes need to be replaced because of calcium deposits.

    So..... six of one, half a dozen of the other, and I I figure I can afford another buck a month for additional RO water for the tank, on top of what we buy to drink and cook with.