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Apistogamas and water chemistry.

Can anyone tell me if the tank raised Apristogammas still reqire acidic soft water? I know many types of fish have been fully converted to most tap water and want to know what others think or know. They are beautiful fish and I don't want to kill them or make them just exist in the tank.

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Re: Apistogamas and water chemistry.

Like many other species I find apistos readily adapt to whatever they are in. My tap is 7.2 and that's what they get. Once you get a generation born in that environment those will do even better. All fish love clean water, that is the most important quality to look for.
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Re: Apistogamas and water chemistry.

First I know this thread is almost 1 yr old.OP still visits site(thanks!).
From my several spawns and raising of Apisto c. I can and will say they do fine in regular water.
I converted all of them just like my GBR around 4-6 weeks of age.
Note that being said they are best bred and fry then raised in a much softer water.
I'm not really clear on how this impacts the fry so much(got enough trouble with raising these fish) but much documentation has info how the eggs won't except fertalising in "harder water".The eggs supposedly will be to hard for sperm to permeate the skin,and thus are nill.
I think the toughest question is when to start switching the water for the fry? As much of what is lacking in softer(ro/di) water is minerals and traces.... that may help fry growth?
Conditions fish thrive in, (in nature ) are not always necessary,in home tanks,but for breeders is often the hardest part to master?
My juvi GBRs are in 100% tap(7.6 pH),and they love it.

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