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Try to keep all of your tanks at the same pH and temperature so that you can easily move a fish without having to re-condition the tank in an emergency situation.
A pH of 7.6 - 9.0 is fine for Tropheus. It is important to keep it constant and not move a fish to a tank with a radically different pH.
Water hardness is not crucial to proper Tropheus keeping. As long as your water is moderately hard to rock hard your fish will do just fine.
I use four gallon buckets to do water changes, which generally are about 30-40% every week (or two if I'm feeling lazy, but really it is important to keep a good schedule).
To Each Bucket I Add:
- Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Tap Water Conditioner
- 1/2 teaspoon SeaChem Tanganyikan Buffer
- One squirt Kent A F Cichlid Rift Lake Trace Elements
- Make sure the temperature is the same or slightly warmer
- Temperature is usually 76-78F, which is a good range for Tropheus and most Tanganyikan cichlids, but tends to rise during the summer. I use a fan aimed at the tanks if they get too warm.
- pH 8.0 - 8.2
- Hardness is around 150 ppm (moderately hard)
© Copyright 2001 Jessica Miller, all rights reserved
Miller, Jessica. (Febbraio 01, 2001). "Water chemistry". The Cichlid Room Companion. URL consultato in data Dicembre 10, 2013, da: http://www.cichlidae.com/section.php?id=70&lang=it.
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