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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-14-2013, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
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Okay, great! (:

10? Whoa.. o.O I think I'll probably stick to 8, I actually love having room for each individual fish. Schooling or not.

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Killifish are out of the question, right? I just found out my LFS keeps them in stock. @.@ Why must this happen? T.T

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Embers (and other tetras) like softer water with a lower ph... Your water is not ideal for them and they may not thrive.

Endlers are awesome looking fish and a trio or five of them would work well and look great, and they are better suited to your water.

I don't know a ton about killies but I think they like softer water with a lower ph as well.
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Your male betta would probably attack killies depending on what species they are.


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Yes, I just searched that up. I hate having hard water, being in a city and all.

I did see endlers, they're cute but not fish I would like.

Are there any schooling fish you guys know that like hard water?

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Killis also need colder water for most of their species as well.

And Endler's, they'll interbreed with your guppies as well so that's not too great.

And, fish will adapt to the hard/soft waters. pH is a little different so if you can at least cater to one need or another then that will be great. Another option is to get some driftwood and that will help soften your water in the tank. I also have hard water out of my tap but in my sorority tank I've got four pieces of driftwood; 3 Mopani and 1 Malaysian so it's quite soft ^_^ So as long as it's mostly stable you'll be able to do the Ember's as Tetra's are quite adaptable.

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To support lilnaugrim, I have relatively hard water, and I keep ember tetras with no issues. The males seem to colour up better (which is a shame, as I have mostly females :P ) but they cope fine with my relatively hard water. I've found no behavioural/physiological signs of anything being amiss because they're not in softer water. That said, I sourced my locally, but I just wanted to chuck the thought out there ;)

I've also got endlers, but they're not the favourites in my tank...the cories are, so if I were in your boat I'd probably add more of them! :P And I can't recall if they've been mentioned, but rasboras are very visually pleasing to me as well, particularly the Hengeli's and Harlequins. :D Good luck!
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