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Tanganyikan PH question

3 months 3 weeks ago #37593 by mikeg2929
Replied by mikeg2929 on topic Tanganyikan PH question
Great question. Consistency is key. I used the Kent products for years and had pretty good success. I also just used baking soda and seas salt with great success. Finally, I did nothing and just ran the water straight from the tap. Guess what? Great success. Whatever I did, whenever I did it, it always seemed to work ok, and I became an advocate of doing less. I like in suburban cook with direct access to Lake Michigan, just like Scubadiver. One thing I would do is avoid driftwood - it releases tanins and can lower your hardness. My tanks were always bare bottom or beach sand. You can use a buffering substrate (basically crushed limestone) and that will help, too.

Good food, clean water, and space and you should have healthy fish.
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3 months 3 weeks ago #37592 by scubadiver
Replied by scubadiver on topic Tanganyikan PH question
I have kept and bred many Tangs in our local water with no buffering.

That being said I have had luck triggering some tangs to spawn by adding salt

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3 months 3 weeks ago #37591 by Shell
I have heard two schools of thought about keeping Tanganyika cichlids and the PH of the water.

One is that normal (local) PH is fine to keep them.

The other is that you need a PH buffer to get the PH up to 9 to keep them healthy.

My PH is around 7.6 ish from the tap and I have not used any buffer yet.

Is it really needed? Is it better for the fish to bump the buffer to 9?

Your insights and comments would be helpful.

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