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by NancyD
Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: PH Problem (too alkaline)
Replies: 24
Views: 700

Re: PH Problem (too alkaline)

That's great, Jim! It sounds like you may have seasonal well water issues that are better for fish in the wet season. Could be it's diluting whatever it was there before...10-40 ppm nitrate is a big swing too. Again, it could be seasonal & your plants help too. I have medium to heavily planted tanks...
by NancyD
Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Live plants with loaches
Replies: 5
Views: 549

Re: Live plants with loaches

Wow! That was a great tank, Erik! Bob, I'd go with java ferns & anubias on rocks or wood. I'm not a moss fan, too invasive. I had trouble with clowns especially with swords a crypts. I haven't kept dojos, I think they're not big veggie fans (other than peas) or leaf botherers, but more diggers in a ...
by NancyD
Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Weather loach tankmates
Replies: 3
Views: 277

Re: Weather loach tankmates

Maybe think about rosy barbs or denisonii barbs as tankmates. Like Bas Pels said sewellia are not the best choice.
by NancyD
Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: PH Problem (too alkaline)
Replies: 24
Views: 700

Re: PH Problem (too alkaline)

High pH is often associated with high GH. I forget, have you tested for GH & KH? Nitrate? Java fern & vals like hard water, I don't think moss cares. Like Molly said KH could be any amount but 3 or 4 gdh of KH help to buffer the water (hold pH steady). Just to repeat, you want to avoid a roller coas...
by NancyD
Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: PH Problem (too alkaline)
Replies: 24
Views: 700

Re: PH Problem (too alkaline)

Well, the shells, coral & calcium substrate may be adding to your high pH (+ GH) troubles now. You can't just say it was fine 2 years ago, there can be a cumulative effect especially since you've moved...I do understand, we used Lake MI limestone rocks for years but it was a long time before we knew...
by NancyD
Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: PH Problem (too alkaline)
Replies: 24
Views: 700

Re: PH Problem (too alkaline)

I agree with Bas, there's no telling what your castle or rocks are made of. That white lumpy rock is concerning...The castle also might trap detritus leading to anaerobic pockets...those might cause trouble as well.

I like all your plants! & your kuhli looks fat & healthy...but something is wrong...
by NancyD
Sat Oct 05, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: PH Problem (too alkaline)
Replies: 24
Views: 700

Re: PH Problem (too alkaline)

Well, I lived in N. DE 20 years ago, so I understand the limestone thing...by memory of that time...we were on city water then...not well water. Fish can adapt to a wide range of pH variables over time, but I find it disturbing that it's both your hard water, high pH guppies & your soft water, lower...
by NancyD
Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: PH Problem (too alkaline)
Replies: 24
Views: 700

Re: PH Problem (too alkaline)

I suspect it's something other than just high pH in your well water causing trouble. Guppies like higher pH/harder water. You're likely causing a yoyo effect with your additives & that can be very stressful. If, as I understand you, your kuhlis & cories are ~10 years old? That's a ripe old age & pro...
by NancyD
Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Looking for loaches... Help?
Replies: 2
Views: 273

Re: Looking for loaches... Help?

With goldfish, I'm thinking you want weather loaches (aka dojos). They're not legal to keep in many states, check it out. When I lived in NE it wasn't a far drive to...several states where you could buy them,,,& they were often for sale in MA even though...on the illegal list...I don't think F & W r...
by NancyD
Thu Aug 01, 2019 1:20 am
Forum: Freshwater Forum
Topic: Stiphodon genus of the Goby
Replies: 504
Views: 515463

Re: Stiphodon genus of the Goby

Spectacular pics as always, odyssey! I missed some of your earlier pics until now, amazing! Thank you!
by NancyD
Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Gluing Plants on to driftwood
Replies: 6
Views: 485

Re: Gluing Plants on to driftwood

Grasses, depending on what type, may be a lot more difficult to grow than Java ferns & anubias. Most grasses are planted in the substrate, not glued anywhere.
by NancyD
Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Khuli loach query
Replies: 2
Views: 340

Re: Khuli loach query

Any fish may jump. It may help if you have floating plants so they can have an idea of the tank's upper limits. I kept pangios in a 10g & then a 20g long, both shallow tanks. But I also had many plants that some liked to hang out in near the surface. I had no jumpers. It's not a matter of loach size...
by NancyD
Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Botia dario compatibility
Replies: 3
Views: 392

Re: Botia dario compatibility

Oh, I think your tank is way too small to add any loaches. I'll have to look up some of your fish but still...the tank is too small. Sorry, I know that's not what you hoped to hear.
by NancyD
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Back at 'er
Replies: 4
Views: 481

Re: Back at 'er

Hey andyroo, it's nice to see you again & welcome back to loach keeping. Any chance of pics of your new little darlings? I wonder just how long your inverts survive hungry little loaches, lol. Nothing like live foods to grow them up fast!

Congrats on the PhD!! That's wonderful! What field?
by NancyD
Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: loach talk!
Replies: 18
Views: 1294

Re: loach talk!

Thanks Fran. I've been offline for a few weeks (vacation!) but I think I've got it now :D or at least I did today, lol, for a while.

See you here & there I hope. Thanks for the hints, they helped.