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Re: N. guntheri
I use fresh RO water plus RO water with peat extract (from another barrel of
RO water and sunken peat moss), a small amount of old marine water for salt
and minerals, and one or two peat pellets. The water is acidic to start and
remains acidic. I also put in Java moss for hiding and to take up noxious
chemicals, and sometimes duckweed, which also takes up chemicals. I aerate
gently. I change water when I harvest the peat moss which is usually once a
month. My fish stay healthy and do not die because I feed only live foods and
occasionally a small amount of frozen. I never use flakes in peat tanks,
which degrade water when the particles sink and rot in the sediment. Sick and
dead fish almost always are the result of using dry food in small tanks.
Robert J. Goldstein, Ph.D.
Robert J. Goldstein & Associates, Inc.
8480 Garvey Drive
Raleigh, NC 27616 USA
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