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    From what i read , guppies would prefer slightly alkaline water . But since its a planted tank with CO2 , it would inevitibly turn acidic , anyone encountered any fatal encounters after putting gupps in ?? been wanting to put some in for about a week but slightly hesitant [:]

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    Read that guppies need a PH of a least 7 if not higher.

    To achieve such PH, you need to increase your KH to at least 5. So that the CO2 level is in the good range for your plants.

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    hmmmmm.... cos i tend to have quite a high kh , while a ph of about ~6.5-6 is norm [:] can i classify it as Safe for guppies ? []

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    i m not sure what is the specification for guppies. but i have guppies in my tank for 3 week already, around with few otos,shrimps, and to my surprise i found added members in my tank this afternoon( baby guppies). haha...so i think my tank is ok for guppies, correct me if i m wrong.
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    ph = 7.2
    Kh = 6.5( too high?)
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    If the water pH is low, u might find the guppies sluggish behavior and get fin rot easily.
    That's my experience.
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    I thinking of rearing guppies too in my planted tank. But am afraid that the ph is too low for the guppies. So in order to rear guppies, I have to raise the kH, am I right?

    Presently using a CO2 tank with manual regulator, any suggestion to how to prevent pH drop in the time that lighting is off?

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    erm , vent the CO2 into open air instead ??

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    On 8/15/2003 4:12:27 PM

    I thinking of rearing guppies too in my planted tank. But am afraid that the ph is too low for the guppies. So in order to rear guppies, I have to raise the kH, am I right?

    Presently using a CO2 tank with manual regulator, any suggestion to how to prevent pH drop in the time that lighting is off?
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    Raising KH does not mean PH raise .

    it just means a higher tolerance before a PH Swing .

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    Will addition of coral chips help???
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    Raising KH will raise pH as well but up to a max ph of 8.2...
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    It is that with higher kH, the pH swing is smaller for a fixed amt of CO2 dissolved?

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    jhseah,

    My guppies recently had this funny behaviour.. They started to swim in a "wobbling" manner. Is that swim bladder disease or something else?

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    What kind of wobbling manner?
    Is it swimming upside down, staying at bottom?
    Guppies seldom kena swim-bladder leh.

    Besides that, any other difference?
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    I've read from one book that says that when MM photosynthesis it actually brings the pH up. how true i'm nto sure.
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    On 8/18/2003 4:56:25 PM

    What kind of wobbling manner?
    Is it swimming upside down, staying at bottom?
    Guppies seldom kena swim-bladder leh.

    Besides that, any other difference?
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    Not upside down..

    They looked normal when they are swimming but the moment they stay still, they seems to be wobbling whether on the surface or at the bottom.

    It's definitely not the normal stable condition if they are okay.

    Other than that, I can't see other difference.

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    How old is your gups?
    Are they eating well?
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    IMO, most guppies sold in shops were grown in higher pH and slightly salted water. This way the disease incidence is less and guppies like this slightly brackish water. If the guppies are introduced into fresh water immediately, the shock may cause them to develop diseases that they are not prepared to deal with. To transfer them to a planted tank, I suggest that you first put them in a tank with some salt and slowly dilute with water from your planted tank over a period of 3-4 weeks to finally achieve fresh water. By now the guppies should be well acclimatised and happy.

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    Guppies are remarkably hardy (at least those cheaper $0.5-2.0 strains). I have a few living in my water lily trough with irregular water change (2weeks to 1 mth), little food (some bloodworms every 2-3days) and no filter/airpump, etc. They do well in our planted tanks too. The only problem is that my cories almost never get the eat anything when the lights are on.

    No experience with the more exotic types though.
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    Hi,

    Just came across this thread. I'm keeping Moscow Blue guppies in my planted tank. PH is about 6.4 and they all seem healthy and active. In fact, I've had several batches of baby fries already.

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