Best tropical fish hard water

Aquarium Water Hardness

Aquarium water hardness is a part of the aquarium water chemistry that is often not fully understood. In all, it is not that complicated. Fish tank water hardness is measured in degrees of hardness. Many home aquarium water test kits will give you measurements in either Degrees of Hardness (dh) or in parts per million (ppm).

When we discuss aquarium water hardness, we are simply looking at the amount of dissolved minerals in our aquarium water. There are two distinct measurements of aquarium water hardness. When you test your water you will test for General Hardness (GH) and Carbonate Hardness (KH).

General Hardness (GH)

The General Hardness (GH) of your aquarium water is a measurement of dissolved magnesium and calcium. The (GH) of aquarium water can have effects on your tropical fish so it is very important to ensure that the tropical fish you choose to keep will thrive in your water.

There are species of tropical fish that live in soft water and others that live in hard water. Like with many other aspects of tropical fish keeping, I suggest you research what type of fish you would like to keep and then test your water before purchasing any tropical fish. This will ensure that you do not put a tropical fish in danger or lose your money when fish begin to die.

Most tropical fish will survive in the average water from our tap (chlorine and chloramine removed) with no problems. Unless you test aquarium water hardness and notice that you have extremely hard aquarium water or extremely soft aquarium water you should be just fine. Please note that when you read Tropical Fish Profiles and the fish you really want to keep must have soft water and your water from the tap is very hard, your fish may become sick, or even die. Some fish will adapt just fine. I will tell you that successful breeding and the overall coloration of the fish can be linked to the proper/natural water hardness.

Good luck

by OwnedBy_a_Siberian

I recently set one up, and thank goodness my brother is a fish know it all. he helped so much. His first piece of advice was get a good biological filter and cycle the tank. google this. the "cycle" stuff you buy at the store helps, but it doesnt REALLY cycle it.
after you've gone thru your ammonia, nitritie and nitrate spikes - and everything tests safe, you can start to add fish. but add them slowly (not a lot at once) or you can spike again and put stress on the fish.
its best to test the PH of your water before picking what kind of fish you have


by bigdaddylove

Get a small plastic pond the can stand by it self ( not one made to be put into the ground) they're a little hard to find but they are out there. get an undergavel filter and two powerheads; one for the under gravel and one for the fountain. Buy about 20-30# of natural looking gravel. Next go to orchard supply hardware (OSH) and buy aquatic plants. Pre spring and spring/summer have better selection. Get dwarf umbrella plants, japanese rush and whatever semiaquatic plants they may have. I believe the grower is called Water music or something like that. OSH has the best selection and prices as far as I am concerned

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