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About Delapool

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    4ft planted, tropical community tank.
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  1. Totally agree, even with a betta the amount is pretty unbelievable (sometimes I wonder if he raids the fridge at night). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. I take it back - I didn't really look at the saltwater side. More available than I thought. It's pretty interesting. http://www.theaquariumshop.com.au/shopexd.asp?id=5184&name=Aquasonic Vertonex 250mL I looked back on a US site and my impression was quinine is not used very often in freshwater (can't comment on saltwater). On reading it seemed effective for difficult to treat ich and low risk (I've never used it before so it was just reading posts from members I know well). So I'm not sure if it is not used more often due to cost and/or availability or something else. I've never really noticed it here in shops. I would be interested in how it goes in a planted tank. Most on the US forum used heat/salt or meds (MG or more rarely copper, very rare was quinine and little feedback on results) http://www.nationalfishpharm.com/articles/cryptocarayon_irritans.html http://store.nationalfishpharm.com/NFP-products-Quinaldine-Sulphate-59908.Item.html I've never used salt (for ich) but plenty of reports of it working (e.g. goldfish) and I have used it with catfish and tetras with no issues. Cories could be one that would need some care I think. Have used the heat method. Works but imo need to catch ich early. Good for planted tanks. If the tank recently had a bacterial infection I wouldn't use the heat method. Also used meds - MG and formalin mainly. Next time I'm going to try a half dose first and hope fish adjust better. Also used meds and heat method together with high water surface movement. Normally not recommended due to low O2 as mentioned above. Fish adjusted, it was over summer so it wasn't much temp movement but fish clearly unhappy first few nights. Some thoughts. I don't treat ich very often so some IMO's and from reading up. I don't know why it isn't used more often.
  3. Having food nicked from under you? Could be a yoyo loach problem... Can't grow delicate grasses? That would be the catfish rhinos. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Terrible shot of the betta and Java Fern (which is not really happy but surviving).
  5. 15/4-- The old nitrate test read 10ppm and new 5ppm while phosphates at 1ppm tonight. Looks like finally getting an increase in readings.-- Well, 4 days later and I've spiked nitrates again to 40ppm (maybe 80 since I can't tell the colours). Had been getting impatient but last time was the same. Nitrates wouldn't shift up, then they spiked and took ages to come down. Tested the nitrate ferts in a test bucket made up just in case (they are just labelled EI) and definitely nitrates. So no nitrates dosing for rest of week Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Welcome Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Would be interested in what others use? I saw a nice piece knocked down in storm and was going to put it in the shed for a year. Council was too quick though (and decided to keep tank as is). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. I've used old hardwood pieces from bush with no issues except fungus. This piece was dead for a year but the fine branches still had stronger smell compared to I guess the older branches from main stem. Tried running carbon but gave up after I think two weeks. Noticed molly fry were twitching quite badly so pulled it out. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Not rosemary bush - tried that but oil content to strong. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Hmmm, Old nitrate test - 5 (maybe 10)ppm. New nitrate test - 0ppm. (Won't throw out old test just yet). Phosphate - 0.5ppm. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Decided I'll leave everything where it is for now. Run it as a bit of an experiment and see what grows. Tank is still clearing. I adjusted a few plants and checked I left some room at back for more Aponogetons. And it looks pretty boring. Most of the Java Fern has cleaned up ok and should go fine as a front hedge. Hopefully will have some progress in a month. Back: Aponogeton Crispus. Back: Bolbitis heudelotii (African Water Fern) - not sure I like this after all. Front: Java Fern (narrow leaf). Middle: Anubias (Petite). Middle: Bucephalandra (Wavy Leaf). Right: Cryptocorine Balansae. Right: Crypts (assorted). Right: Melon Sword (if it survives). Left: Crypts (assorted). Left: Ludwigia Reopens (Rubra). Left: Hygrophila corymbosa (Giant Hygro). Left: Marble Sword Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. I've seen the heat method work plenty of times on forum threads and having used high heat (as well as this occurring every summer) don't see it as more or less risky than meds. Both I've seen work and both have killed fish. In a planted tank with plants more expensive than the fish, I think the heat method is worth a try if ich is caught early imo. Salt I also find useful. A good point about organic matter (which will also soak up many meds). Didn't even know quinine was available? I had an idea that it wasn't available for other reasons as well? http://www.bluelight.org/vb/threads/433979-Quinine-Strychnine-amp-Heroin-an-oral-history Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Went off to shop to check out plants and came back with more than I thought. As usual I've got to go back to find out the names but did get some more crypts. Cleaned just about all the plants out of the tank, added root tabs and sorted through what I wanted to keep. Was going ok, tank a little murky but pretty quick on mainly getting the narrow leaf Java Fern cleaned up for re-planting. The melon sword has taken a turn for the worse but left it in there in case it comes back. Then I thought I'd remove the crypt at back of tank I'd seen a leaf poking out. Turned out there there was a jungle at the back and almost fell into tank trying to get them and their long roots out of tank. This also made the water murky as clay tabs were pulled up. Removed most water from tank and got the glue out to make sure some driftwood doesn't shift. Must of been several hours at this point. I used the gravel vac over the top inch of gravel and cleaned up a fair bit of muck so that was good to get rid of. Into re-planting. Mild panic that all the plants I wanted wouldn't fit in but I think ok. Managed to keep a small space for stem plants. The water was still pretty murky so I'm hoping it will clear tomorrow so I can see what I actually did. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Found some spare root tabs in amongst the bags of ferts so planning to start re-planting this weekend and get the Java Fern front hedge sorted. And maybe shift the crypts. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Thought I'd post this here for interest for those in QLD. Replanting a high tech tank at Easter hopefully. Hopefully the picture makes sense. Looking at a tank re-do buying some more plants and using some existing ones. Any ideas welcome. Thinking of a front hedge of narrow leaf Java Fern, back-Right side will be crypts mainly, back-Left side will have red and green stem plants. Back behind central ornament will be aponogetons (this is the flowing one I have that gets 2ft leaves). Around the central ornament - maybe some swords? Trying to make this more plantation style rather than a jungle. Specific areas for each plant and not so crowded (hopefully). No fine leaf or plants that spread by runners (will miss the val but not the ambulia!). And less work as well (if such a thing is possible). Same old tank ( ) so 4ft x 2ft x 2.5ft high and high tech light/CO2. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk