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  2. Welcome @Mike Ward @Kingo is one of the members here who breeds quality shrimp, flick him a PM and see if he can help you out with the Cherries
  3. Minor update Got hold of about 40 platties , (a week in quarantine) and moved the decor around in the tank Added the platties hoping to take the focus of the severums, then half hour later added the angels, its been a few days and ,... All peaceful at the moment , the platties are totally expendable but it seems everyone has become accustom to their new world ..... so far Thanks for all the tips/ideas
  4. Hey Just after opinions I have a 6x2x2 currently housing 3 larger Severums (size of your hand being the largest) I have 9 small angel fish I want to add to the tank (they are about 50c sized bodies) the only other thing in the tank is a large pleco and driftwood I have an FX6 and an internal filter (3000 lph) running so the water flow is reasonably high Just after any ideas/thoughts of things to consider before I put the Angels in Cheers Edit: Also what cheap dither fish may suit ... south American (not from Asia like a danio), I want to try and keep it semi themed to the Amazon (cheapies so I can get a heap) something that would school would be good Cheers
  5. hey @Grover65k love hearing about your exploits as always good to see "G" settling into her new home Is that a real pic with the pelican and pleco .... ?
  6. @QldMick You started the thread, of all people surely your allowed to go of topic ...lol.. Agree with the colour /fin comment, for some reason I don't see that as offensive as line breeding deformities like short bodies or balloon variants
  7. @gingerbeer I think the same , haven't found a short body / balloon variant of a fish attractive yet But as always, each to their own, I am sure I have owned fish that others wouldn't choose
  8. it is that time of year @Grover65k everything is starting to wake up from the wintery slumber
  9. Hey @vsimo I haven't used the Blue Planet ones, but i have have had LED track lights before, I found the tracks them selves rust out where there is no pod and that cut out the power for any pod after that. I admit that was because it was on a tank that allowed moisture to get to the light. I ended up cutting it down (4ft down to 1ft) to the section that still worked and is now above a tank that doesn't allow moisture to get to it and it has been fine Cheers
  10. Hi @Tegan11 Thanks for coming back to us, great to know you clean the filter etc in fish tank water Can you give us more detail on the filter, is it internal or a canister filter out side of the tank - Liters per hour or model number ? as @hamishh34 mentions the bio-load on you filter could be an issue as Oscars and gold spots are messy fish, your current filter may not be enough to sustain the fish you have Sorry i missed the Bore water comment in your first post, not much experience with Bore Water but as a couple of other mention the tap water may be a safer options for water changes. Just make sure you are treating the water to remove chlorine before adding to the tank Also consider that Oscars get quite large and so do gold spots, a 4 ft (200ltr) wont be big enough for them for very long Anyway, back to the filter, if you can give us some more detail Cheers
  11. Hi @Tegan11 First thing is, How big is the tank? how many fish are in the tank ? What is the filtration used on the tank ? What is your water change schedule ? when you do a water change how do you treat your new water before adding to the tank ? How do you clean the filtration and how often Hole in the head is usually caused by poor water conditions so something is very wrong in your balance of your set up right now (actually most diseases are) Best thing to do while answering these questions in probably a 30% water change every day (make sure you treat the new water before adding, I use Seacham Prime, but you need to remove the chlorine before you add the new water ) , don't mess with PH or additives, stable PH is more important than trying to get the perfect PH so whatever your town water is just leave the PH as is Answer the questions above and hopefully we can help further Fish keeping can be tricky at times but we are here to help Cheers
  12. We all have differing experiences Personally I would go a higher flow rate on a canister , you want to churn over 5 + times the water volume per hour so i would suggest 2500 lph as a minimum A fluval FX5 or FX6 would do the job well, expensive but in my opinion are worth the money, an Aqua One Nautilis 2700 lph is also good and cheaper than the Fluvals You could pre filterer the canister if you want to avoid the hassle of cleaning it as often and let the HOB catch the gunk in the water as HOB's are a lot easier to clean, if you go that way I would mod the HOB intake to make it a close to the bottom as you can and plan your water flow to get all the gunk to that area of the tank
  13. @Grover65k Looks like an old Ford Performance Racing eagle but for the life of me Google will not help me find it to confirm , dam google here is a couple of newer ones so i think you're on the money for 70's/80's ford falcon
  14. hi @mortie Simply Dacron is cheap and easy to replace so you can catch almost all of the junk before it gets into all the other area of the sump. Leaving easy sump cleaning to replacing Dacron every few weeks instead of having to clean all the sponge/jap mat etc more often I hope i explained that well enough Cheers
  15. Thanks for everyone's ideas, 200 tanks at 12 years old, you are a legend of the hobby
  16. Hi All, I am local to the Penrith/Blue Mountains area NSW. Just wondering where you get egg crate for tank dividers, or any DYI tips to make you own with other bits and pieces or other alternatives as dividers. (none of my LFS have egg crate) The tanks are up and running so I cant silicon in perspex, glass and want to be able to take them in/out reasonably easily (and need to do a custom fit on a half round tank as well) Thanks in advance Cheers
  17. Hey, Thinking of a 1 fish tank but was wondering opinions on what is the smartest aquarium fish, i have read some stuff suggesting Oscars may be the smartest but wanted to hear other peoples opinions
  18. Mick , that was a quick vid...lol.. Sorry i cant help with your question but the leichardti is an awesome fish and sometime down the track I will dedicate a tank to one
  19. interested how this works out, I have used Devils Ivy a few times, never really noticed how much it helped But a sweet potato, never heard of that before, Good luck
  20. thank you @aquaholic99 for sharing this knowledge, I really appreciate the time you have taken putting this down in print I am still taking it all in and working out how i might apply some of this to my garage set up Thanks again
  21. Cold in the Blue Mountains as well, lucky I am down on the lower mountains as up top got to 3 or something silly like that, for me the low has been 5 I think I run heaters all year round, tanks between 24-27, never really bothered trying to tweak them to perfection lol. I set the heater and it is what it is, I check the temp every week or so to make sure the heaters are working but always keeping a watchful eye for the red or orange glow of the LED indicator I figure it costs bugga all if the heater doesn't need to kick in when its warmer weather, the element I assume is the bigger running cost than a thermostat so no big deal
  22. I think i see the problem @Grover65k A very large BBF v's a small strainer for scoria , not a fair match up at all.... Save your back and think bigger on the cleaning process Start with an old washing machine, Add Stones, well in this case Scoria . And run , can even chuck in a pair of jeans to get that stone washed look like this guy... Wash till machine carks it and start again at step one, find another old washing machine ...and so on Good luck ***Beware if you use someone else's washing machine, I think there may be hell to pay
  23. Hi @aquaholic99 Love to see a diagram (explanation) of this if you ever have the time, mainly around the flood drain auto siphon. (side note: thank you for always sharing your experience) P.S. Love ya work Grover, so glad you are back tinkering around the billabong. love the read Cheers
  24. Thanks mate Unfortunately what ever it was progressed so quickly overnight the growth swelled so large it blocked his whole mouth and he was dead this morning
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