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PostSubject: expensive Aragonite or pool filter sand    Sat Aug 17, 2013 4:53 pm

Starting a 40 gallon breeding only tank to house 5 or 6 females and introducing male as needed( yellow labs). I want to try to maintain the most ideal breeding conditions . I have read varying opinions of how to best achieve this and using an Aragonite based substrate  is where  I am leaning . More opinions are appreciated ...

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PostSubject: Re: expensive Aragonite or pool filter sand    Sun Aug 18, 2013 12:46 am

I'm sure they would think they would do very well with the Aragonite. I just have plain old gravel and they breed like Guppies.

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PostSubject: Re: expensive Aragonite or pool filter sand    Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:26 am

If your water source is soft (low GH) with low alkalinity (KH), you WILL need to add Ca, Mg, and alkalinity (carbonate and/or bicarbonate) for Lake Malawi cichlids, but you can do it just as well with "rift lake salt" additives or "crushed coral" aragonite gravel placed in a filter. You dont have to cover the tank bottom with it. Ron didn't mention his water param's.
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