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Goughy

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  1. Hi Y'all....got the water under control....doing water change 50/50 every 2 weeks...tank not smelly. Next question...h I have bought live grasses ,not alot & bought some broad leaf plants...about 3 weeks ago.....combined about 1/4 of tank capacity....planted into straight aquarium gravel,about 50mm deep,....been feeding 10ml/day plant food...grass plants float up every 3 to 4 days .....broad leaf leaves ...a couple a day....fish happy...chemical levels good. Am thinking of poitting plants to stop floaters....can I add soil etc for plants whilst fish in tank....Thanks for any advice
  2. Did Nitrate test 24hr after second 50% water change in 24hrs....40-80 ppm with api kit...
  3. Thanks Camo7....will do another Nitrate read in morning.....let u no....maybe my testing not good..
  4. Thanks MFF. Have taken onboard all advice....very much agree about rain water tank being all over the place...will test always before I do a water change to keep a handle on it....got about 20 grassy type live plants in .......might help....have cut the feed to once a day ,about 4 pinches ....Tank not as smelly...going to concentrate on Ammonia & Nitrate levels,but not get hung up too much on numbers...try & get tank to "manage itself" with not too much input from me. Fish lively as...Thanks again MFF
  5. Water out of tap (rain water) tested fine...have done the 2 water changes..amonia 0...nitrite 0, but nitrate sill at 40 -...how can you bring nitrate down?80 ppm,down from around 100...chart red is hard to pick from 40 to 80 so im saying 40 t0 80....how can you bring down the nitrate level??
  6. Thanks MFF...just going to measure "tap" water toomorrow... as we on unfiltered rain water tanks ....might be contaminated,with bird shit etc ...will do water changes as advised...thanks again
  7. Hi All....got the water test kit...PH's were at 7.4...Ammonium was .25ppm,is that too high.......Nitrite 0........Nitrate was 100ppm, is that dangerous high,what do you consider normal... Nitrate should come back once bio media gets going...been about month now with in filter,how long does will do a 50% water change on weekend, should I add chemical to pull down level........fish seem happy....what are thoughts please
  8. Thanks all for advice...will cut feed to once a day...6am.......see how that goes.
  9. Thanks MFF....have no live plants,yet,...would they help water quality...with filter cleaning do you wash the bio media well or just rinse off...have got rid of polish pad & run coarse,medium,fine foams with 2 upper trays of bio media...as per pond guru's video...your thoughts on filter setup.....I think I'm over feeding
  10. Hi vsimo....bought more fish & guppies having babies...I think your right about the over feeding...how much feed would you suggest,I have tropical flake & 1mm crumb..I feed them every 12 hrs with a auto feeder & about a slightly heaped teaspoon.Smell is sour & unpleasant...
  11. Thanks Cam07...we are on rainwater only,it is not treated in any way...should be okay??.Have lots of surface movement, looking at other advice ,could be over feeding..Thanks again
  12. Thanks all...still learning...Tank is smelly(150 litre tank..60 small fish))...do water changes 30% every 3 weeks...clean filter(Aqua 1400) same time..but have just got rid of polish pad up top(yesterday)...have set the filter up as Pond Guru has...bottom tray, foams,2 trays bio media (thoughts please)....vac gravel as well.... What about salt into the tank...what do you all think...getting a API Freshwater Master kit(what is best kit to get?). Have lot of air thru a 65cm bubble curtain .Fish seem happy but tank is smelly...one other thought is because I have a wooden cover over the tank that it does not let it "breath"....Help please
  13. Thanks for the advice....next question...how do i measure nitrate ...can I get a kit from Aquaholics....been talking to them & they are very helpful....good company to deal with....also how often do u vac gravel...I have about 10 sucker fish to help
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