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  1. Agree! Its not rocket science.... How'd you go OP? Kick that LFS in the teeth yet?
  2. Refer your previous posts - you didnt cycle the tank and its possible that now the fish waste ammonia has reached toxic levels in the week since you added fish. Read this: https://www.thesprucepets.com/ammonia-poisoning-1378479 You need to: (1) change 50% of the water immediately to reduce the concentrations of ammonia/nitrite (use dechlorinator). Stiring in a couple of teaspoons of non-iodised salt can help reduce the toxic effects on the fish. (2) ASAP add bacteria either in the form of mature filter media from another tank or as a "bacteria in a bottle" treatment you buy from the shop. (3) ideally get a water test kit and test your levels of ammonia, nitrite and nitrate and compare to the graph in the link I gave you last time.http://www.theaquariumwiki.com/wiki/The_Nitrogen_Cycle ...alternatively, take the living fish back to the shop and keep one of the smaller dead fish rotting in the tank for the next month to cycle the tank - then in 4-6 weeks when your water test kit shows that you have zero ammonia and nitrite you can go back to the shop and buy fish for your cycled tank. Your fish store advice was terribly inadequate IMO.
  3. Then please read the link on the Nitrogen Cycle I posted. You have started a "Fish In Cycle Method" which works provided you don't overload the tank too early. Its a bit of a shortcut - which your get-out-of-jail-free card is written in the section titled "Seeding Material Cycle Method" - that last bullet point since you dont have another tank. Phone a friend or make friends with your local shop owner to get some mature media. Do consider that bigger filter
  4. Did you cycle the tank first? http://www.theaquariumwiki.com/wiki/The_Nitrogen_Cycle If not then don't add more fish now. I'd get the bigger filter and run both in parallel for a month or more first.
  5. I also like the Makemyled lights - many of the models have lenses that can be added to focus the lights to penetrate deeper tanks. On my planted tanks I use the 10000K XB2 tubes. I put 2 tubes over a 4x2x2 with 90 degree lenses but 3 tubes would work too. Since I got mine they have brought out a number of powerful panel lights that have varying levels of adjustment and look better on the top of a tank (tubes are good in a hood or under a rack in the fishroom - the XB panel lights are effectively the same as 2-5 XB2 tubes stacked side by side in a panel). Fred @ Makemyled is pretty good at answering questions too.
  6. You'll get repeat questions because you opened two posts with the same questions and poeple may not see both. It is easier for people to follow if you stick to the one topic here:
  7. Great dimensions on that tank. I love a wide shallow. Would like one like that for freshwater plants. is that a divider I can see half way down or just a reflection on the glass?
  8. I make my own from PVC pipe. 700 litre tank. Bigger is not always better - the trick IMO is to have some turbulence where the water goes into the reactor to help dissolve the CO2. ie strong filter pump and don't make the inlet too big in diameter so the water squirts in. e.g. for my big tank I first used a 40cm length of 90mm pipe with end caps to make the reactor body with 3/4 (20mm) inlet and outlets and the water moved too slowly so would not dissolve all the CO2. I chopped the top off the reactor and put in a 50mm->90mm reducer so the inlet of the reactor is narrower (ie the whole reactor is pear shaped) and I glued a small piece of 13mm pipe into the inlet hole to make a bit of a "jet". So now the water squirts into the narrow top of the reactor with a lot of turbulence, but the larger bottom section slows the water down and traps any bubbles. Works well. The DIY "cerges" using clear water filter chambers are also great because you can see what is going on - but again good flow/turbulence is the key.
  9. My QLD Rhads in Melbourne get rainwater. Thankfully I found some predatory fish to eat some of the fry because these Rhads are way too happy,
  10. I want babies. You have told them we're all waiting ?
  11. Magnificent. Can you back up a bit and give us a photo the whole setup from across the yard.. I'd love something like this.
  12. Our view of the hobby is distorted by trends on our forum of choice. IMO there has been a massive downturn in the last 10 years - but some of the conversation has moved to other platforms like facebook where I choose not to participate. I get my planted tank fix on different forums (mostly AL and I wander into US forums too occasionally) and I come here for the bigger fish, crazy GPG billabongs and the northern perspective on Australian native aquatic fauna and flora. The international planted tank competitions like IAPLC and AGA seem to get bigger every year so the planted tank side of the hobby is alive on the world stage.
  13. That's a hell of a transition for just a few weeks. beautiful tank. Well done.
  14. For smaller bulkheads (15-25mm) Bunnings sell both the expensive ones (Philmac brand in the plumbing isle) and the el-cheapo "Garden Rain" clone bulkhead in the irrigation section that is half the price. The threads are a bit rough but it is still made of fibre reinforced plastic - I use lots of the 20mm - only $3.85 ea.
  15. If the second plant is thriving it may be easier to just wait until it needs a trim and cut the long stems in half and plant the tops to create a replacement for this sickly looking plant. ie Cut your losses and move on. Concentrate on the growth of the plant thats doing well.
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