|Re: Accidental tank acquisition|
Subject: Re: Accidental tank acquisition
by fcmf on 16/9/2019 15:05:52
Thanks for the update.
RO water sounds a good plan under the circumstances. Although the aquatic centres may say the fish can 'tolerate' harder, there is a difference between 'surviving' (but consequently leading a shortened lifespan) and 'thriving' (living in the conditions at which the mid-point hardness is generally the optimum level but the range cited is that which bona-fide research identifies as being able to be tolerated) - and I think you've probably gathered that and that it's better to keep the fish in the correct conditions than repeatedly having to medicate to address the effects of sub-suitable conditions.
Since posting the other day, somehow I realised I'd overlooked and omitted to include this https://www.fishkeeping.co.uk/modules/ ... esheet.php?caresheetID=72 - and it looks as though keeping WCMMs together with weather loaches is fine despite the potential size difference, and so possibly one exception to the usual rule-of-thumb of "if it fits in the fish's mouth, the fish will eat it".
All sounds great in terms of the RO unit installation (which I'm afraid I can't help with as I have no experience of these but someone else may be able to) and house renovations - I hope the fish appreciate the admirable effort you're making for them. :)
In terms of size of tank becoming detrimental, it's likely more 'months' than anything else. Fish tend to / ought to reach their adult size within a year or two at most (cf links below and re goldfish), and so stunting and its consequential effects come into play very soon and not able to be redressed if left too late.
http://injaf.org/articles-guides/do-f ... o-the-size-of-their-tank/
https://www.fishkeeping.co.uk/articles ... -size-life-expectancy.htm