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  1. Yes please, as long as I can pick up tomorrow afternoon.
  2. Don't forget a 25mm hose is roughly 4 times larger the water volume than a 13mm not just double. I have a auto change setup from my sump and it takes about five minutes tops to do a 20 percent water dump on a 1000 litre system. I would have thought 25mm would be heaps.
  3. I just think an air stone or two is excellent insurance if the filter whatever type packs it in while I am at work or away for the weekend at least the water is still being oxygenated. Especially for twenty bucks for a air pump and a tiny 3-4 watts an hour to run. Cheers Mark
  4. 8 to 8.2 is ideal. Yes driftwood will help drop water a bit. Very high tap water mine in Zillmere is normally 7.6.
  5. I had that once too after a waterchange. I just put an internal filter in full of filter wool and it cleared up in a day. Maybe if you only have an external cannister fill one section full of filter wool and put the leftover media in your tank itself so the bacteria doesn't die.
  6. Definitely used plain bleech, not risking using those logs ever again though. Everyone alive this morning so the rebuilding begins.
  7. Cheers John makes sense to me. Very frustrated that I spent a few hours researching how to deal with driftwood and followed some advice that the guy had written down in point form then spent a few weeks soaking etc only to have this happen four weeks later.
  8. Pulled out log this afternoon as a precaution. So does that mean I should be right to seed in the morning?
  9. Cheers for great advise guys decided to do a double dose of prime and will get a few extra additives tomorrow as suggested above will grab some media from upstairs cannister in the morning too.
  10. Hopefully chlorine but yes I did use dechlorinator once it was done with a water change inbetween and then another soak and declorinator again. I followed the instructions of a web site for it, they suggested bleech only for sea driftwood. But yes I am hoping it is the culprit. Have heaps of air with the increase in temp, am running a sump anyway and three bubblers. Have all male hap tank with approx 10 inhabitants now sadly. So if there is bleech in the system should I do another water change and is there anything I can do for the fish that may have the bleech in their system already. I think I will add more prime now anyway, it can't hurt.
  11. Am getting water tested at aquarium tomorrow to make sure but 5 in one test strips show same result close to anyway.
  12. I posted this in the fish disease section but am still losing fish and am after some urgent advise."I lost a few fish and then checked my water. Nitrate, Nitrite and Ammonia at 0. But ph at 8.8. I have been running the same system for two years now and do not regularly check ph as it is normally very stable at around 8.2 as I have calcium carbonate as substrate and coral in the sump. Been doing water changes every 7 days and vacume at the same time. The only thing I have changed is two pieces of driftwood, which I soaked and bleached and soaked again and then put in the sun. But they have been in for around six weeks. I also have swapped over to haps whose numbers have been gradually increasing over the last 2 months. I am a bit confused as to what may have caused the ph spike. I checked my tap water and it is 7.4 to 7.6 too. I have done a 30 percent water change this afternoon and now ph is down to 8 to 8.2. Any suggestions greatly appreciated. The fish I lost were two bristlenose and two tyranachromis at 11cm and a female Venustus at around 13cm, basically the smallest fish in the tank. Very keen not to lose any more fish. Any suggestions greatly appreciated, I am very perplexed and bummed." Have now lost another 4 fish from 12-16cm. I have noticed that the fish that have died recently have been breathing harder and then stop eating and become not as active then die in a two hour period almost very suddenly. No sign of any worms. Ph has been stable for over a week now, I have removed the driftwood. I will also add I had white spot over a month and a half ago but successfully treated with no losses. I have now increased the temp and am treating for white spot in case it is hiding in the gills. No change to water test done tonight except ph at 8.0. KH and GH are also right for Africans. Sorry for the lengthy explanation but I wanted to cover my bases. Any and all advise greatly appreciated. Cheers Mark
  13. Yep shaking bottles. Tank has about 20 haps between 10-23cm and probably 10 loaches/ bristlenose. I soaked driftwood for 3 days after bleeching and then sun dried and soaked for another 4 in kiddy pool. But yep a possibility.
  14. Just after some suggestion. I lost a few fish and then checked my water. Nitrate, Nitrite and Ammonia at 0. But ph at 8.8. I have been running the same system for two years now and do not regularly check ph as it is normally very stable at around 8.2 as I have calcium carbonate as substrate and coral in the sump. Been doing water changes every 7 days and vacume at the same time. The only thing I have changed is two pieces of driftwood, which I soaked and bleached and soaked again and then put in the sun. But they have been in for around six weeks. I also have swapped over to haps whose numbers have been gradually increasing over the last 2 months. I am a bit confused as to what may have caused the ph spike. I checked my tap water and it is 7.4 to 7.6 too. I have done a 30 percent water change this afternoon and now ph is down to 8 to 8.2. Any suggestions greatly appreciated. The fish I lost were two bristlenose and two tyranachromis at 11cm and a female Venustus at around 13cm, basically the smallest fish in the tank. Very keen not to lose any more fish. Any suggestions greatly appreciated, I am very perplexed and bummed. Cheers Mark
  15. Males have a much more pointed anal fin compared to the females witch is quite round. The males are also a lot stronger and darker blue once they hit around 6cm.
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