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New to Aquariums: Should I Go Tanganikya?
We've bought a new 55g tank with 2 bio wheel filters, 2 carbon filters, LED lighting, 2 long air stones.
We're on well water in Western WA, giving us a standard pH of 8.2. Two weeks into a fish-in cycle (8 guppies, which will probably end up moving), my NH3 is close to 0, NO2 is 0, NO3 is 5. We had originally planned to keep silver dollars, gouramis, glass cats, etc, but I can't get my pH down. Don't have a GH reading offhand, but I suspect it's high, as adding neutral water only brings pH down temporarily. Lots of mineral buffers.
We're thinking that rather than fighting what we've got, we might as well go with it, and keep a Tanganyikan tank.
Can you all recommend a selection of fish, and how many of each, we should stock? I've done some reading, and the numbers of species for Tanganyika is overwhelming! Is it true that we shouldn't mix Malawi fish with Tangas?
And how about plants? Should I just give up on plants altogether?
Any advice will help! Thanks!
Last edited by Oryx; 02-09-2014 at 10:29 PM.
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