02-23-2016, 08:42 PM
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Near San Francisco
| | Re: Are these params ok?
Always include the units when you post numbers.
Is the KH 53.7ppm? and the GH 143.2ppm?
Hobby test kits are not accurate into the decimal range, are you using lab grade testing supplies?
If these are ppm, then I would say the KH is about as low as is reasonable. As it drops lower it allows the pH to change more easily.
The GH is higher, well suited to most community fish that have been raised in captivity, or fish from moderately soft water. Perhaps some live bearers would be OK in this water, too.
Too hard for wild caught soft water fish, though.
Not hard enough for Rift Lake fish.
Most of the plants that we keep in aquariums are quite adaptable, and these parameters are just fine for almost all plants.