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making water alkaline for cichlids..

 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 12:22 pm Post subject: making water alkaline for cichlids.. Reply with quote

 guys,i  would  be  making  a  malawi  and  tangayinka  cichlid  tank  soon..i  have  googled  a  lot  and  found  out  that  these  cichlids  need  extremely  high  ph  of  over  8..how  do  i  make  my  tank  water  alkaline  for  these  cichlids?..a  friend  of  mine  suggested  to  use  baking  soda  to  increase  the  alkalinity  in  water..my  question  is  how  much  to  use?  also  ,if  i  use  coral  sand  in  my  tank,would  it  make  the  water  alkaline  in  any  way..my  tank  dimesions  are  48*15*18..please  help  me  out  guys...
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 12:37 pm Post subject: Re: making water alkaline for cichlids.. Reply with quote

 You  get  to  buy  cichlid  salts  for  the  cichlid  tank  which  make  the  water  alkaline.  This  would  be  the  safest  method  though  a  bit  expensive.  You  could  add  baking  soda  to  increase  KH.  Magnesium  sulphate  (Epsom)  would  boost  GH.  CaCO3  would  increase  both  GH  and  KH.  Whichever  method  you  use  be  careful  not  to  bring  about  sudden  changes  in  the  water  hardness.  You  could  wait  for  the  experts  to  comment  b4  you  do  anything.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 12:49 pm Post subject: Re: making water alkaline for cichlids.. Reply with quote

 This  might  be  useful  -Buffer  recipe
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 12:53 pm Post subject: Re: making water alkaline for cichlids.. Reply with quote

 I've  always  used  tap  water  for  as  long  as  I  had  Malawi  and  Tannganyikan  cichlids...they  even  spawned  in  the  same  water,  I  think  the  Kolkata  hobbyists  also  do  the  same  Smile  most  of  the  fish  that  we  end  up  getting  are  tank  bred  and  don't  require  any  alterations  in  water  parameters  except  those  regular  WCs  Chuckle  
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 1:29 pm Post subject: Re: making water alkaline for cichlids.. Reply with quote

 agree  with  Lawrence
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 2:04 pm Post subject: Re: making water alkaline for cichlids.. Reply with quote

 HI,  
 there  is  no  need  of  so  much  R  &  D  for  alkaline  water  if  not  possible.  
 If  you  are  going  to  is  coral  sand  then  there  would  be  no  problem  at  all....just  add  some  lime  rock  in  it  to  make  ph  8+
 Currently  I  have  36  x  18  x  15  tank  which  have  all  types  of  chichlids,  I  haven't  faced  any  problem  till  date  regarding  water  chemistry...
 have  a  look
 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 2:25 pm Post subject: Re: making water alkaline for cichlids.. Reply with quote

 u  can  use  the  regular  water
 other  than  that  only  one  more  thing,  don't  mix  tangs  and  malawis  in  the  same  tank
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 3:11 pm Post subject: Re: making water alkaline for cichlids.. Reply with quote

 thanks  for  your  comments..guys..
 @headbanger-  i  will  have  2  seperate  tanks  for  malawis  and  tangayinkas..
 btw,one  more  question  guys..if  i  use  normal  tap  water  and  coral  sand  in  my  tank,would  the  awesome  colours  of  the  malawis  and  the  tangs  come  out..or  as  long  as  the  water  is  not  alkaline,the  true  colours  would  never  be  seen..
 lime  rock  would  be  hard  to  find  in  where  i  live..would  plain  coral  sand  do  the  job?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 3:21 pm Post subject: Re: making water alkaline for cichlids.. Reply with quote

 You  can  use  the  Coral  Sand  as  substrate  for  Cichlid  tank  to  maintain  the  pH.  
 
 For  the  Malawi  tank  I  have,  I  use  the  regular  borewater  and  it  is  working  fine  for  me.
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