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 Post subject: PH biochemistry of Cichlids and other fish
PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 5:00 pm 
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Cichlids, as with every other fish, have specific water PH requirements; does anyone know the biochemical reason for this? In other words, what goes wrong within a fish when the PH is too high or too low for it and why is a given PH level fine for one fish but lethal for another? Thanks for taking the time to reply.


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 Post subject: Re: PH biochemistry of Cichlids and other fish
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There is no biochemical reason that I know of, the main reason is that is their natural habitat. People try to mimic their natural environment to bring out the best health and behavior from their fish. Fish can tolerate all kinds of PH levels and survive. Notice how i use 'survive' instead of 'flourish.'

In the wild in lakes and rivers the ph can swing from 5-6 to 7-8 during the day. With the addition of large vegetation the ph has huge swings in the wild. I dont think PH is as important as gh or kh. Alkalinity will dictate your ph anyway. Fish will react more to the amount of minerals in your water, which is what PH is a reflection of.

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 Post subject: Re: PH biochemistry of Cichlids and other fish
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Noted.

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