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 Post subject: getting some plecos acclimating
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Hello Everyone and Happy Holidays,
I'm probably going to pick up 3 L14's plecos in the next couple of weeks to go in my Frontosa tank and I just wanted some advice on acclimating them to a higher PH and also quarantining them. Now I have a 20 gallon tank at home that is empty now I also Have an emperor 400 filter that's not in use and I was wondering the best way to set up the tank for a quarantine that it wont have too much of a cycle. I was thinking about using my existing tank water and putting just the biowheel from the filter in my existing tanks sump from now until I get the fish. any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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sunshine's come from 6.0 to 7.2.
frontosa are fine at 7.2, i'd keep it at about 7.2 to 7.4.

the sunshines will be wild, so they will be a bit less tolerant of the PH change than the frontosa.

do it over a couple weeks.
find out what PH the seller has them at and go from there.

to speed up the cycle, run your filter on your main tank.

then the day the fish arrive, take of the complete filter and put it on the Q tank, with water filled up from the old main tank.

no cycle needed at that point.
the filter will have plenty of bacteria since its running on the main tank.

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Hello Tr6,
Thank you, Now my ph coming out of the tap is super low like 6.6, now I add baking soda to the water but I also have coral skeletons in my sump which is what I believe keeps my PH at a constant level. I guess the best way to go about lower my PH is to start by taking out some of the coral skeletons first then just add less baking soda during my next water change. I also thought the fronts need a higher PH, also mine are tank raise (purchased them form razzo, great guy to deal with) so I just they will do better with lowering the PH.. Gus


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Frontosa prefer higher PH, in the wild they are above 8.

captive breds are usually lower than that, so a tank bred frontosa can get close to the PH of the wild plecos.

both will be fine in the 7.2 to 7.4 range.

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