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  2. Are you triggering the breeding or do the fish "just breed" for you? Increased feeding and water changes are good for conditioning but counter productive if you stimulate spawning by water change. You may need to achieve this as different discrete phases.
  3. There is a big difference between over feeding and increased feeding. Your tank stability shouldn't change with heavy feeding but your maintenance probably will. Live black worm might be an option depending on your substrate. Keeping a smaller tank volume is a lot more effort than a bigger tank volume in my experience. Does the female lay more eggs at breeding? Perhaps it's a problem of fertility? or a problem of incubation? Or perhaps just enjoy 2 or 3 babies per batch? Successful fish keeping is mostly problem solving but perseverence helps
  4. Here's a couple of phone pix that I put through Photoshop to try to make them clearer. Had to try to remove the ultra-violet glow off the water, but these should give an idea. The grass plants were good and green all over, but you see the mushy yellow colour now. I found a new bit of white stuff floating on the surface. And you can see the other plant underneath, which is getting many brown strands in it.
  5. Big fan of stuffing the bottle neck with filter wool, then topping it up with rainwater, then syringing out the rainwater once its loaded up with worms that wriggle through the wool. So many interesting ways to collect them :)
  6. A small power outage can ruin the most heavily aerated aquariums oxygen levels very rapidly. And a degree of heat can often be the difference between water holding enough oxygen to support fish life.... and not. Unlikely to be the black sand IMHO. Seems to be a scapegoat that much of the internet aquarists are fixated on, despite proof being VERY short on the ground.
  7. Call DPI and ask. May as well get the official answer. There are restrictions on areas, species, quantities and collection gear. Its not illegal but it is heavily regulated. If you want less official but no less correct answers, consider asking ANGFA :)
  8. I got them at Annerley Aquarium, and they were in a tank of thriving plants. I've since removed the white stuff, but if it comes back, I'll take a pic of it and post. I realise I'd have to start the cycling process all over again. That's alright, though.
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  10. It is fossilized coral. As to how much carbonates remain in them, that usually depends on how much rain water has fallen on them. Consider them at their most potent to be limestone AKA Texas holey rock.
  11. The addition of an airpowered sponge filter will boost your biological filtration capacity dramatically. Unless you are talking about pH crash when you refer to "throw out of balance" in which case testing and recording will allow you to get into a pH UP addition routine, to prevent souring. You may even find increasing the frequency of partial water changes is enough to maintain stability.
  12. Photos would help confirm if the plants are true aquatics, and the identity of the floating white stuff. Resetting the cycle now will add an extra week to the wait until you can add fish.
  13. Tank's been "cycling" for over a week now. Got a fair way to go, I reckon. But I've noticed the plants are starting to look a bit ill. The grass is yellowing from the roots up, and the long weed is browning on its stems. I've had a light on above it every day, all day, so I thought it was getting some UV. Then, this morning I noticed a small, (about ten cent size) patch of floating white stuff. I've never seen that before. So I'm thinking perhaps the tank has some sort of "infection" or other. It's an old tank which was sitting empty in my garage for yonks. No fish in it yet. So I started thinking maybe I have to "disinfect" or sterilise my water before I go any further. I've known about the effect of Ultraviolet light on bacteria, etc. and I googled it for aquariums. As everyone here undoubtedly knows, turns out there are plug-in devices on the market that emit UV and that can be submerged in fish tanks. Bit exxy, though. But I happen to have several of those dark-purple so-called "Black Light" bulbs which I used in my film-making days. They make fluorescent paint fluoresce. Good for special effects. So I was thinking, would these have any positive effect on my water, if left hovering over the tank for, say, two weeks? They're 25 Watt. Ta.
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  15. But Evertime i increase the food it throws the tank out of balance - I have them in a single tank - i dont have a large tank system - so im not shore how i can get more food into them with out upsetting the tank
  16. do you have any pics of the trets?
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  19. I would increase protein in diet. More shrimp or fish fillet. Just work out what they like and feed a lot more. This will encourage body size growth as well as gonadal activity, both will improve egg production.
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  21. Drop Bump, large $20 each... D,bloods $5 each...
  22. Hey mate Nice to catchup tonite. Enjoy the Electric Blues.
  23. Plenty of plywood tanks on MFK's. If you want a deep tank, you can use a welded steel frame for structural strength and line this with plywood or HDPE sheet. Ado_84 built some nice examples if you search this forum and he is local to Brisbane.
  24. Very welcome. If you have lots of baby fish or want to feed VE intensively, a culture takes about 10 - 14 days for the population to boom. So set up ten to fourteen numbered cultures and rob a different one each day in orderly staggered rotation. I sandwich a stretched ladies stocking between 90mm pvc pipe and a pipe fitting then trim to 25mm pipe length in a dropsaw to create a palm sized plate sieve for harvest. An adult worm is about 1.5mm long and the stocking is about 400 micron (0.4mm) which is a good harvest size for bigger fish babies. Don't forget to return the seived VE solution back to the culture as this has all the smaller worm sizes and eggs to grow for next harvest. You could also use a small net frame or coat hanger to make a stocking scoop net but it's best to stretch the stocking. Plenty of other ways to harvest if you google.
  25. @aquaholic99 vinegar eels arrived today.....thanks again
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