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    Fish-catching, keeping, breeding, eating, or just watching
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  1. Haven't updated this in a while. On the lookout for some quality cobalts if anyone has any pm me Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Hey guys, was looking to add some rocks to my discus tank and had look around local landscape yard and came across blue metal rock ( same stuff as road base ) . Did a muriatic acid test on it and negative for carbonates so I'm pretty sure it won't raise the pH. Has anyone used it before and found any issues? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
  3. Thanks guys, it's quite a change from american cichlids[emoji3] Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  4. Got rid of my jags and oscars as they wouldn't let any other fish live. Switched to LED spots and moved in the discus. Already had 2 batches of wrigglers but they got eaten within a few days.
  5. Wonder how many of the folks objecting to line breeding own "purebred" dogs?
  6. Thanks for the advice guys. [MENTION=13611]Heintz.G[/MENTION] not sure u got the right link. Would love to see a pic of the spots in action to get an idea of how bright a 10w is. You tube doesn't really help when it comes to
  7. Hi Guys, My T5s have packed it in, and I was considering upgrading to LED spotlights both for economy and for the crisp look. I've read an older thread where people have suggested the 10w spots would be sufficient for a 2 footer(depth wise) in a FW aquarium. I'm just looking to illuminate a 6x2x2 with no plants and would appreciate if anyone has done this and could post some pics so I could get an appreciation of the kind of power needed or what an LED spot looks like on a tank. Cheers folks Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
  8. Yes, got it off another member on the forum quite reasonably
  9. Thought I'd update this, from the original cast these are what's left Still got the jags, at about 20cm both getting along fairly well Lost 1 convict ironically the other 2 who paired up and breed regularly killed it 2 salvini paired up and breed, and the other stays well away from them. Oscars doing pretty good around 25cm mark JD a bit shy but stays out of trouble Loaches surprisingly thriving Sailfin albino pleco in there somewhere, occasionally catch a glimpse of him Losses: lost both SGTs, I suspect the GT, who in turn got his from the Jag. Sadly, though I nursed him back to health intending to swap, he made a bid for freedom from an uncovered bucket and was lost. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
  10. Soooo.....I tried to increase my Cory population from the present 5 to 8, in my 6-footer that also has: 2 jags approx 22cm, 2 oscars 28cm Black belt 25cm 3 salvinis 15cm 2 convicts 3 loaches I have a pretty deep sand layer approx 12cm which gives awesome nitrate reducing, to the extent that I have an almost constant stream of bubbles and never register any nitrates on testing. My fish are about 7 mths in the tank and sorted off around 3-4 cm mark. The Cory's do an excellent job of digging around and releasing the gas hence why I wanted to increase the population. The Ams don't even notice the present fish but when I put the extras in they were eaten by day 2, (I suspect the Oscars but I can't prove it) yet still the original Corys are still happily digging in my sand. New fish were smaller than present Corys. Didn't think the Ams would be able to tell the new fish from the old, but there you go. Has anyone out there successfully introduced new fish into an established tank? Would like to know how Cheers Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
  11. Thanks Craig, Got the tank and cabinet off eBay, but changed the canopy. Also was stained before and I sanded it back and sealed and repainted. I've got an fx5 and one of those Chinese filters with the uv steriliser that says 2000l/hr.
  12. Pleasantly surprised to find theses new guys in my fledgling american tank. Not sure how long they gonna survive though.
  13. It's an American community, and fish seem to enjoy sifting the substrate Seem to recall a few threads where people cautioned against mussels as they seemed to randomly die off and spike nitrates. Doesn't seem to be too difficult to siphon I just do it into a big ole plastic strainer and collect the crap and dump it, put all the sand back in. Don't have any plants, just fine sand. From the old biology and chemistry days if regular air has got 78% nitrogen and constantly equilibriates at the surface are a few bubbles of nitrogen generated by the substrate really going to affect the dissolved nitrogen? I was more concerned with the sulphides and was wondering since my nitrates are testing almost non existent should I ease back on water changes to let the bacteria have nitrate substrate instead of sulfa?
  14. So I've seen lots of bubbling from my substrate and I figure I have some denitration going on in the deep layer as after water changes I smell a bit of sulfide, so I figure I've got some anaerobic bacteria down there. From what I've read this can only be a good thing but wondering what you guys think. Especially about the sulfide smell. Doesn't get too bad and settles a day or two after the water change. I currently do weekly 50% changes, don't really have time for anything more frequent. Substrate is byron white approx 6-7 cm deep. Thoughts?
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