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Post by sjones_1 on Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:34 pm

A little challenge to name types of fish suitable for hard water if anyone is up for it....?

I'll start;

Malawi Cichlids
Rainbow's
Tanganyika Cichlids
Guppies
Mollies

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Re: Hard Water Fish

Post by ladygoodwrench on Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:52 pm

I thought the Platy is suitable for hard water... I am not as knowledgable about these things like you all are... I also have White Clouds that seem to tolerate my hard water...
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Re: Hard Water Fish

Post by Star on Fri Feb 03, 2012 8:29 pm

Some killifish,
glassfish
x-ray tetra
Blind cave tetra

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Post by sjones_1 on Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:58 pm

X-ray tetra?

I thought they were south American and so soft water?

I like the killi idea. I used to keep those and some of them are really nice. I also like White clouds. Hadn't even thought of them.

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Barbs?

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Post by Star on Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:12 pm

x-ray's they are one of the few tetra that can do well in hard water, but I think for breeding purposes it has to be soft, but thats going off memory so dont quote me lol.

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Post by ladygoodwrench on Sat Feb 04, 2012 1:29 pm

sjones_1 wrote:X-ray tetra?

I thought they were south American and so soft water?

I like the killi idea. I used to keep those and some of them are really nice. I also like White clouds. Hadn't even thought of them.

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Barbs?

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I have cherry barbs in my tank.. I have hard water.. they do OK.. not one of the better choices I made.. but they tolerate it..
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Re: Hard Water Fish

Post by Star on Sat Feb 04, 2012 2:03 pm

Sam are you looking for some to breed? Tiger barbs are good, easy to breed but you do need a seperate tank to put the female in, then add the male late evening, they spawn over night and remove both fish and wait for the eggs to hatch Smile

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Post by N0body Of The Goat on Sun Feb 05, 2012 3:05 am

Synodontis decora; flavitaeniata; nigriventris; brichardi
Ilyodon spp.
Steatocranus spp.
Megalechis spp.
Brochis splendens
Odessa Barbs
Lemon Tetra
Persian Killifish
African carachins (Congo Tetras; Yellow Congo Tetras; Long-finned Tetras; Distichodus spp.)
Kribensis (although you end up with fry of just one sex)
Microsynodontis spp.
Empire Gudgeon
Northern/Southern Purple Spotted Gudgeon
Butterfly Goodeid
Indian Glassfish
Norman's Lampeye
Some Halfbeak species (Wrestling/Ebrardtii?)
Paradise Fish
Florida Flagfish
Orange Chromide

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Re: Hard Water Fish

Post by sjones_1 on Sun Feb 05, 2012 3:17 pm

Sam are you looking for some to breed? Tiger barbs are good, easy to breed but you do need a seperate tank to put the female in, then add the male late evening, they spawn over night and remove both fish and wait for the eggs to hatch

Since moving from a soft water area to a hard water area I'm thinking it would be better to try some hard water fish. In the past I've tried to keep hard water fish in the soft water area with no success and now trying to keep soft water fish is such a hassle in a hard water area that I'm looking to branch out into some fish I've never had before. Unfortunately, after years of keeping only soft water fish I know very little about hard water fish as I'd avoid them before.

N0body Of The Goat, keep them coming! It's great to see so many fish species that will tolerate harder water, Some I thought were soft water species and so hadn't even considered them for as suitable.

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