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Re: NFC: Flag fish deaths

I saw a suggestion in someone's reply that you use crushed coral to 
raise the pH. THat might be fine for the fish, but be careful with the 
plants. Many plants will NOT appreciate an increase in hardness and/or 
pH. Crypt species come to mind immediately. I recently switched two 
large C. wendtii from an "old" tank with soft water to a newer tank that 
had harder water and got to watch the dreaded "crypt melt". Maybe I got 
the wrong impression, anyone else heard this about plants and water 

>From: "Kudzu" <Kudzu at airnet_net>
>To: "NFC" <nfc at actwin_com>, <nanfa at aquaria_net>
>Subject: NFC: Flag fish deaths
>Date: Wed, 4 Nov 1998 11:40:54 -0600
>Reply-To: nfc at actwin_com
>I had several store bought Flag Fish, jordalle floridae,
>they have recently died one by one. I had them in my planted
>tank for algae control. The did a wonderful job too! But
>that is another story. Slowly I am down to 2 fish. One male
>and one very sick looking female.
>This is an established tank, heavily planted, and on new
>fish in a year? The female is now starting to look very pale
>and she is hiding in the plants. I have no idea what is
>going on. I have been wondering if maybe they need something
>food wise that I have not been providing? The male is very
>colorful and looks great. Anyone offer any suggestions that
>I might look into?
>I want some more but I want know if I am doing something
>wrong first.
>Jeff <*\\><
>Old Bedouin saying: "Trust God, but tie up your camel, lest
>you lose it."

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