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Carib

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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?
  15. Hey, just to add, A mate bought a couple off total tools in Brendale Northside Brissy, kennards hire them out for 24$ a day and they retail for $40. Figured between moving his 6x2x2 and mines we're in the black. Only downside was he had to wait till they ordered them in and it took a week. Cheers and good luck with the move DTA Australia - Suction Cups This was the brand
  16. Thanks guys Stocked with 15cm loach that's been in every tank I've had since landing in oz 3x juvie loaches 2x4cm tiger oscars 3x4cm convicts 3x4cm salvinis 4cm JD 4cm green terror 10cm sailfin pleco Couple corys and Siamese algae eaters left over from discus tank shutdown As you can see quite tiny Looking to start a community american tank ( loaches were for my kids, they love em) I expect some casualties and hope to add a jag soon and maybe a couple festae Cheers
  17. Bought on flea bay and finally refinished and tweaked it. Thanks to gpodge, rastinger and derpwit for the great deals. Before After While cycling With fish Grow babies grow!
  18. Man....I could have written this post myself. Although the pair that I have left I got from a breeder here on the forum, going strong but picked on and starved off all the other discus that were store bought. Started with a school of six around 5-6cm mark and now down to three (last remaining Lfs purchase). Also ate about 20 tetras. And beat up a neon blue ram that thankfully learned to hide now. I realise it was probably coincidence that the dominant pair happened to be the fish purchased at the same time and from same person but always seemed weird that they stayed together as if they "knew" each other and ganged up on the rest. Peaceful my ..$$ there's always some mofo wants to be the biggest baddest dude in the tank doesn't matter what type of fish. Getting out of Discus and starting up an American tank. At least they have a rep and stick to it
  19. Asked about LEDs before and most people seemed to think they promoted algae growth because of the spectrum of light they emit. Have to say it does seem tempting and would be a very tidy look.
  20. Ok, onto lights now. Finished refurbishing my cabinet and hood. Tank all sealed and water tested 3 days so far no leaks:behindsofa Given the size of the hood on a 6x2x2, is there any additional benefit to use t5 vs t8 lights. I reckon I could easily fit 4-6 3ft long t8 lights under the hood. It's a fish only tank, no plants. Whaddya guys think?
  21. So as the title asks- looking for advice on pros and cons of lids if I have a canopy. 6x2x2 looking to house a few Americans. I guess stopping evaporation is one plus, but I plan to plumb it into my rainwater tank with auto top up so hopefully wouldn't be an issue. And yes I've thought about Brissie rain being toxic but hasn't seemed to harm my discus so far. Also what do folks think about acrylic vs glass lids. Just thinking DIY with a jigsaw cutting acrylic would be safer than trying to cut glass Something like this : Lexan Polycarbonate A3 Size 420 x 297 x 4.5mm Clear Sheet. Seems cheap enough and if it is meant for skylights would think it would stand up as a lid and not bend? Thanks guys.
  22. Came across this on YouTube..might have been posted before but I thought it interesting. Great footage if a bit lacking in info
  23. I used the tool above to remove the old seal, worked like a charm, the white end is a pliable material for smoothing the new seal. But would prob only put a 3-4mm thick seal. Would this be enough or should I use my finger the sooth out the seal and make it a bit thicker?
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