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vsimo last won the day on April 13

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    Retired railway track maintenance manager, not a grumpy old man (only sometimes) been fishkeeping for 50 years or so and still learning.
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    Freshwater tropical fish keeping, orchids, gardening, family history research, plastic model buildin
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    Retired and loving every minute of it

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  1. Lights

    I have Petworx LEDS on all my planted tanks. They are great on 12 inch deep tanks and fair on 18 inch deep tanks but I think 18 inches deep are the limit of their light for plant growth. I wouldn't consider them for growing plants in a 2 foot deep tank. They are also limited to growing low and medium light plants, they do not have the power for high light plants. Also the legs on them are crap, they are hard to adjust and tend to jam up.
  2. Great idea. I have a small colony of half a dozen Anomalochromis thomasi and forgot about their snail killing habits. I'll split them up into pairs and put them to work. Hopefully get them to breed at the same time. Thanks for the tip Rod.
  3. Thanks for the advice but not really the solution I had in mind. Clown Loaches can grow up to a foot long and are a schooling fish. Too big for my small setup. Guess I'll see what chemicals the LFS sell and take a punt on using it.
  4. Is there a safe snail killer around for use in freshwater planted tanks with the fish still in them. My tanks are plagued with miniature flat ramshorn snails that only get to about 2 mm big. I am using snail traps which get rid of the bulk of them but there are always a few left and they breed like rabbits. I don't like using chemicals in the tank but want to wipe out these pests once and for all. Regards, Vic
  5. Sick of it

    Recently read where scientists have worked out earth's atmosphere is mainly nitrogen but the atmosphere around Uranus is rotten egg gas (Hydrogen Sulfide).
  6. snotty algae

    Either that or give us a few hints about it, like colour, is it firm or slimy and generally what it looks like.
  7. I have found these leeches in my tanks from time to time. I think they are pretty harmless. You usually find them stuck to the bottom of ornaments or filter bases. If you find any lift them out carefully with a pair of tweezers and discard. If you decide on more radical treatments seen in Google etc. come back to the forum and run it past the members before you start. The Sterazin you are trying will not affect these leeches but is handy to keep on hand for other problems.
  8. They look like snail leeches. Best bet is to Google 'snail leeches in aquarium'. The information on them is a bit vague but there are some treatments mentioned.
  9. Breeding Tank Sponges

    I have 2 x XY360's in each of my 4 ft tanks and used 2 x XY360's in a 6 ft when I had it. I've used both the coarse (high flow) and fine (not high flow) and both work well. My preference is for the fine mesh (not high flow). No particular reason but I felt the fine mesh seems more robust and found the coarse mesh rough on the hands when washing and there is the chance that very small fry could get caught in the larger (high flow) mesh. I wash the filters monthly and found when I washed the fine mesh they released more gunk, indicating they may work better. These are only my opinions based on my observations and not backed by any science. thanks Vic
  10. You lot have to be kidding. I have one son coming around mowing the grass. The other son doing the shopping and fish tank cleaning ( under supervision) and a wife waiting on her poor wounded husband hand and foot. I don't think the toe will ever get better.
  11. New plan to lower pH. Lashed out and bought a 3000 litre rain water tank. Plan to use a blend of tap water, rain water and Supachlor to provide the perfect water conditions for the fish tanks. All I need now is some rain. Oh and the big toe I broke shifting the tank into position with bare feet to heal up. Doctor reckons 6 to 8 weeks and the toenail he removed will not grow back.
  12. Sand

    Sand is good, the year before last I changed all my tanks from gravel to sand but made a couple of mistakes at first. Depth: keep it to about and inch (25 mm). I went too deep the first time and the bottom of the sand goes anaerobic and turns black. When you first place the sand and water in the tank run a large knitting needle or chopstick in a grid pattern through the sand several times to get rid of all the air bubbles trapped in it. The first time I made both the mistakes above and had big blue green algae problems. I ended up stripping all the tanks down again within 2 months, reducing the depth and scouring the sand and have had no problems since. Vic
  13. inert substrate sand

    In Rocky I buy pool filter sand from Swimart. Only one size grain but I found it ideal. $20 for 20 kg. They should have shops around Brisvegas.
  14. This makes a lot of sense. I knew something was hiding in the GH but never knew lime was calcium hydroxide. Also forgot what GH measured. Based on the advice I've decided to go with a rainwater / tap water mix. Only need the rainwater tank installed and some rain to start. Only have sponge filters - useless for ion exchange resins. Not up to sneaky chemistry tricks - flunked science at high school Never put two and two together with snails - always had a few (miniature ramshorn types that only get a mm or 2 big) but lately they have blossomed. Obviously down to the calcium. Thanks for the heads up, much appreciated.
  15. Ray and Rod, thanks very much for the replies and the great advice. I had become so frustrated with the quality of the water and lack of breeding activity I wasn't thinking clearly. After reading the advice I decided to have a go at rain water so got the local bloke out for a quote on a rainwater tank. I also checked out that Supachlor link and it sounds great. Definitely worth a try. Now I'm thinking a mix of tap and rain water with a dose of Supachlor will solve the problem. Until the rainwater tank is set up and we get some rain in the great Rockhampton desert I'll get some Supachlor and treat the water change tap water with it to slowly start the change in the fish tanks. By the way when I said I'd tried pH Down I did an experiment on a tank with no fish in it. The recommended dose to lower the pH slowly was 7.5 grams to 50 litres. Instead I used 2 grams per 50 litres. Th e pH at the start was 8.4 and 30 minutes after adding pH Down it dropped to 7.8 and the next day was back to 8.2. There is no way I would subject fish to pH swings like this so the pH Down now resides in the garbage bin. Once again Ray and Rod, thanks for the advice. Its good to see QLDAF members can still be counted on for good solid problem solving advice.