Stocking ideas for hard water tank

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Stocking ideas for hard water tank

Post by Weatherman478 » Mon Nov 25, 2019 18:48 pm

Hi,
My first post here. Please go gently. I have a Juwel Lido 200 tank. My PH is about 7.9-8.1.My KH and GH are off the scale. I know that the water is ideal for African cichlids but the width of the tank (71cm) will be a major problem. I have looked at Shell Dwellers and to be honest they just left me cold. Are there any other options like Gourami or other cichlids I have not thought of? I really do not want to go down the RO water route

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Re: Stocking ideas for hard water tank

Post by Gingerlove05 » Mon Nov 25, 2019 20:45 pm

Hello and welcome :)
What is off the scale for hardness? Do you have a reading for the hardness?

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Re: Stocking ideas for hard water tank

Post by Weatherman478 » Mon Nov 25, 2019 23:38 pm

I cannot remember the exact figures at the moment but my water hardness is is in excess of 34dh. I live in rural Suffolk which has some of the hardest water in the country.

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Post by plankton » Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:23 am

Welcome to the forum. :)
What would you like out of the tank? Colour, movement, breeding, interesting activity, etc.....???

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Re: Stocking ideas for hard water tank

Post by fr499y » Tue Nov 26, 2019 12:03 pm

There is still loads of choice. Post what you require and what you don't want to stock and we can think of something :D

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Post by Weatherman478 » Tue Nov 26, 2019 14:21 pm

Hi, I would like a colourful tank with fish which have character. I would ideally like to breed some. I am trying to avoid the normal run of the mill Guppies ect. I prefer a planted tank but I am happy to go down the rocky landscape as long as the fish make up for it.

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Post by Weatherman478 » Tue Nov 26, 2019 21:04 pm

Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Post by plankton » Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:36 am

Rift Lake cichlids are full of colour, that would be the rocky tank. Be careful not to mix veggies with carnivores as meat will give veggies bloat.
You could probably squeeze 15 in a 200l, although 71cm isn't very long for a 200l. How tall is it?
If you're looking for a tankful of smaller fish, you could start with a trio of scarlet baddis (one male, two females), with celestial pearl danios (sometimes still sold as galaxy rasboras :rolleyes: ), green rasbora and dwarf anchor catfish, maybe with some x-ray (pristella) tetras for a bigger size.

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Post by Weatherman478 » Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:24 am

Hi,
The tank is 65cm high and 51cm deep. You have given me some good options to think about.
If it was your tank what would you do? I am open to all suggestions.

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Re: Stocking ideas for hard water tank

Post by plankton » Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:40 am

Personally, I prefer lots of smaller fish, I don't have "centrepiece" fish.......

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