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  1. I currently have a Eheim 600 filled with 2/3 of Seachem Matrix on my 4x2x2. I only have one 21cm Coal Grunter in the tank. Due to work commitments it has been 3 weeks since the last water change. I always do a 50% water change. My nitrates are now through the roof at at least 80ppm. I normally do a water change every week. Regardless, I still seem to always be at the higher end of the nitrate levels. I have considered upgrading to a Eheim 1500 or Fluval FX6. Would upgrading to a larger canister filter help keep the nitrates down provided I use around 2/3 Seachem Matrix in it? From what I have read about the Seachem Matrix, it's meant to allow anaerobic bacteria to grow inside the media to remove the nitrates. However, a large cannister has a high flow rate which means it wouldn't be very efficient at this process which means the upgrade to a larger filter may not make much difference and be a waste of money. What's everyone's thoughts?
  2. Filter Leaking

    So I've sealed up the o-ring area with lots of o-ring grease and it's been going for over a couple of weeks with no leaks. The product used is a non-petroleum based o-ring grease called Doustgrease Anti-Wear Grease bought from Bunnings. I use this on all aquarium pump and tap seals to extend their life. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. First Timer Marine

    So I've finally decided to do my first marine setup with coral and want to use my spare 2'x15"x15" tank. I know this tank is not an ideal size for a marine setup and will be harder to maintain levels, but I'm on a tight budget so this is going to have to do. I'm planning on starting with soft Coral's first and if successful I'll get hard Coral's later. Apparently soft Coral's are easier to keep. I have an Aquaclear 200 and Aquaone Nautilus 800 at my disposal. I also have a Petworx multi spectrum led light. Is any of this able to be used for the setup? What is the best filtration and light to be used? I'm assuming a chiller will be required since my house doesn't have ac? Any help would be grateful. Also is there any really good websites to read up on marine tank setups? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Anyone have large 15cm Banded Grunters that they want to offload or sell? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Coal Grunter VS Bullrout

    Can anyone please help answer this? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. I have an aggressive Coal Grunter which so far has beaten up anything else that I've tried to put in with him. I am currently looking at trying a larger fish with him, a 28cm Bullrout. The Coal Grunter is 22cm. If it doesn't work out and my Coal Grunter is attacked by the toxic spines of the Bullrout, could it kill the Coal Grunter? I have no idea how lethal the sting is from a Bullrout. Also, are Bullrouts aggressive like a grunter?
  7. Glass Cleaning

    Thanks Stevil. Do you find the steel scraper cleans without scratching? I can't stand a scratched glass. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Glass Cleaning

    Thanks Sonofhud. But I don't think spikes will stop my Coal Grunter. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Filter Leaking

    Thanks for the ideas. I'm going to first try chocking it with lots of o-ring grease for and hope it works, otherwise I'll use Vaseline. Then I'm going to see if I can get a thicker o-ring to suit for a more permanent fix. I can only assume that this is a common problem with these filters with age. The plastic must eventually give a little in size.
  10. Glass Cleaning

    Stevil the pdf you attached doesn't display. What brand is it?
  11. Glass Cleaning

    Do they not work as well as the magnets or is there another reason why you don't use them? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Filter Leaking

    Might give that a go. Is Vaseline really safe for fish? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Filter Leaking

    Is that also suitable for making aquariums out of or just sealing? I was also thinking of trying a thicker o-ring if I can get one to suit. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Glass Cleaning

    tdj5 how do you find the steel scraper? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Filter Leaking

    I have an old Aquaclear 200 hang on filter in mint condition and has about 4-6 years of use on it but is over 10 years old. Since starting the hobby again recently I have been having trouble with this filter leaking where the motor screws in. I have replaced the o-ring with a brand new Aquaclear one and it still leaks. Up until the weekend it would only leak for a little while after removing it for cleaning but since the last clean out on the weekend the leak has not stopped. I have even put o-ring grease on it but doesn't make any difference. I have a feeling that the housing just doesn't have the same tight fit due to age. Is this a common problem with these filters as they get old? Any solutions besides buying a new filter?