I was worried about the soft water with some of my cichlids, too so I tossed a handful of crushed coral in the bottom.I lost fish this summer. The rest werent as nice looking as I expected from the results last year. Not sure if it was just so much rain that the water was way to soft or they didnt get as much sun or if it was the frogs or I waited too long and it was too cold.
These Odessa barbs are from a group I picked up at an auction last summer/fall so they're probably yours!Christine--you're where I was last year, with the Odessa barbs. Started with 12, ended up with close to 100. My Odessa barbs this year, which were tiny fry last year, also now look great. However, I only saw two fry all summer. I will note that I did not have any floating plants this summer, as I went with the lily (which bloomed regularly and looked great).