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    reefkpr

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    Livebearer water chemistry.

    Post by reefkpr on Mon May 21, 2012 3:42 pm

    I have doing some research on the best water chemistry to keep and grow out livebearers. I keep coral skeletons in all my livebearer tanks to keep the ph up and keep my guppies in crushed coral. The attached articles stress the importance of many minerals and trace elements for livebearers. What do you do to maintain the best quality water chemistry for your livebearers? Have any of you used the Wonder shells advertised in the last link?

    http://www.wetwebmedia.com/FWSubWebIndex/poeciliids.htm
    http://www.americanaquariumproducts.com/Livebearers.html
    http://americanaquariumproducts.com/MedicatedWonderShell.html
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    zeketaz

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    Re: Livebearer water chemistry.

    Post by zeketaz on Mon May 21, 2012 3:58 pm

    What minerals and trace elements do fish need? Never heard they need any. They don't absorb anything through their skin do they? I know shrimp are touchy and need stuff in the water but I alway thought fish got everythin they needed from their food we feed.

    Very interesting articals though not that I understand it all lol.

    joefish72

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    Re: Livebearer water chemistry.

    Post by joefish72 on Mon May 21, 2012 6:14 pm

    Luckily my well water is super hard I dilute it with RO. I also use shell in my filters to help keep Ph up.
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    Fern
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    Re: Livebearer water chemistry.

    Post by Fern on Mon May 21, 2012 10:03 pm

    The wonder shells may be worth experimenting with, it kinda sounds like it could be worth playing with. Well water is full of all the good stuff that most city water is lacking...


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    joefish72

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    Re: Livebearer water chemistry.

    Post by joefish72 on Tue May 22, 2012 5:17 pm

    I don't know about that wonder shell but if I was to start messing with water chemistry I'm sure I'd kill everything I'm keeping. After setting up the R O it took a couple months of water changes before I noticed a die off of my fish. Then it was a mad dash to get things on track again. I got the water mix ratio figured out and since then I wouldn't even think of messing around with it again.

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