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Old 08-16-2019, 06:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: What GH range is optimal for platys?

Platies have been domesticated for so long that they are very tolerant of water chemistry. My favorite fish reference is Seriously Fish http://www.seriouslyfish.com/species...rus-maculatus/

Their recommendation:

Temperature: 68-79F (20-26C)
pH: 7.0-8.2
Hardness: 10-30 dH (160-530ppm)
"As long as the ph remains above neutral this fish is one of the best species available to the beginner."

I keep three color varieties of X. maculatus and I never worry about water chemistry, but my tap water is relatively hard and always well above pH 7.0. On the rare occasions when I have tested the water, GH was 150ppm, KH 160-180ppm, and pH 7.8.

I'm glad to see another platy fan on the forum!
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