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Re: Fish

> >...but I am getting really worried about my catfish. He doesn't move
> >hardly at all any more.
> I just had the same problem with my Otocinclus afinis - how high is your
> Apparently, the Oto likes it btw 5.5 and 6.5, and I had it at 7.5, no

From my limited experience, I doubt that it's quite that simple.  7.5
doesn't seem to be a problem for many oto keepers.  I don't pretend to
understand this stuff, but I've also listened in on several conversations
among apisto keepers, in particular, pooh-poohing the idea that pH really
matters that much.  From their perspective, it seems to be more a question
of what is in the water that causes the pH to buffer at that particular

Like I said, I don't pretend to understand the debate over pH and I've
probably misphrased it.  What I do understand, however, is that when my
husband and I first got started in the hobby, we killed more than our fair
share of fish through well-intentioned efforts to get the pH right.
Stability does seem to be much more important than finding the precise
"right" pH by adjusting it with bottle A, re-adjusting it with bottle B,
etc., etc.

> > i am sure this will sound like a dumb question to most of you - however,
> > of my fish has dissapeared in my 95 gallon (now heavily) planted tank. i
> > can't seem to find her anywhere within all the growth without ripping up
> > every plant. yes, she is probably dead, but what about the rotting

I'm willing to bet that you'll find her.  I lose my 4" yoyo loach and my 4"
krib regularly.  I've been certain that both were dead several times, only
to walk past the tank two weeks later and see them happily picking at the
substrate at the corner of the tank.

Alysoun McLaughlin
Wheaton, MD