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Hemichromis elongatus (Five Star General)

5 years 9 months ago #34426 by mikeg2929
Unless they are wild, i would bet they are reasonably acclimated to our water. Trying to keep the PH low is a real hard game to win, and you risk wild PH swings.

A canister filled with peat, a ton of driftwood with lots of gaps, nooks and crannies, oak leaves can help push down the PH, but if you have liquid rock, it probably wont work. Fluctuations are as bad as keeping them in too high of a PH.

I never saw a fish i couldnt get to breed after feeding them on copious amounts of live food. Black worms really do the job.

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5 years 9 months ago #34425 by sunfighter
In order to get the pH down, you'll have to soften up your water by adding DI or RO water. Do it slowly to avoid osmotic shock. I would drain half of the water in the tank and add RO to top it off over several days. If you're using a canister filter, put some peat moss in it. Driftwood is good. If the pH is still high, use RO water for future water changes until it comes down. Keep track of how much RO you use and test your hardness. You will need to keep blending RO in your change water Keeping a low pH is kind of a hassle in this part of the country. I have some fish that need it down to nearly 5, which means straight RO. a peat bottom with driftwood and changing plants regularly, because not many do well at that pH.

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5 years 10 months ago #34417 by Matt

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5 years 10 months ago #34416 by scubadiver
I can't see the pictures can you update them

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5 years 10 months ago #34415 by Matt
B) Has anyone had experience with the Five Star General ? I have them now for about 8 months now . Pick a group of them up at a GCCA Swap. Grew them up in a 55 gallon tank with Red Tops . Red Tops are gone now and the group is by them self now . The male is around 5+ inches now . You cant really see the stars now because he had turned mostly green and fins are black as coal . The female is about 4+ now also and still see her stars but fins have turned black also . The other 4 are also 5 to 4 inches and move around the tank . Trying to keep the ph down but no luck to much Im still around high 7 to 8. I have a clay pot in the tank male been hanging around it but that's about all . Is there anything else to try them to spawn ?

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