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  1. Also - if the exit point of the hose is significantly lower than the (descending) water level in the tank, it will also go faster. A siphon is sucked through proportional to the height difference between inflow and outflow. Doesn't matter how high the hose reaches in between - although this will have an impact on how easy/difficult it is to get the siphon started. What's a "big tank" for you? My tanks are 600 L, and they drain by 30% (the size of my water changes) in about 12 minutes using a pretty small diameter hose. This gives me time to suction the gravel/sand as well - too fast, and you can't clean the surface of the substrate.
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    Large red-tailed sharks do not play nice together. That wound is probably a bite inflicted by one of the other two sharks. My guess is you'll need to separate the other two as well, or you'll have a second casualty. As for this particular victim - if it is indeed a bite, best you can do is try to feed it, don't over-medicate, and hope that it will heal.
  3. MFF

    Hi everyone

    No worries Jane. Remember my tank is quite a bit bigger than yours - I wouldn't put Angelfish or Discus in a 65L tank. Also in 65L, you'd be better off with 3 females rather than just a single one. And make sure there are some hiding places for the females. Finally, Bettas are very hardy fish in regards to water parameters, so they are actually quite good fish for maturing a tank. Unlike neons! You need to get the water stable and the biological filtration going before adding things like neons. I would get the filter started, get some test kits and measure the ammonia/nitrite/nitrate in the water first. Once you believe the tank has cycled (probably 2-3 weeks), then add the bettas (M+3F), then a week (at least) later add some other fish, like tetras. Another good fish for a tank your size is a dwarf gourami (possibly a pair). But not regular gouramis, they get too big.
  4. MFF

    Hi everyone

    Hi Jane, I have a (180cm long) 600 L tank with Discus, Angels, several species of Cory, Blue Rams, Peppermint Bristlenose, Rummynose tetras, Pristella tetras, Black Neon tetras - and one Male and one Female Betta. Bettas can work well in large tanks with a wide variety of fish. Even with things (like angels) that might be considered fin nippers, as long as they have space - although I would still be reluctant to add things like Tiger Barbs or Serpae tetra to the mix. Ideally there would be multiple females but in a large tank like mine, the single female can have her own space as well. There used to be multiple females, but he apparently wasn't happy with the others and did them in. Your questions: 1. I would go with the old fashioned ones that stick inside the tank, with ball bearings at the base around the bulb. 2. Heater should definitely be below the water - at least the part of the heater that gets hot. Otherwise you risk the glass cracking. You can leave the control end sticking out, but the bit that actually does the heating should be submerged. 3. Not necessarily. My bettas were some of the earliest fish in the tank. Contrary to popular belief, I've always found the betta to be the fish most in danger of getting killed - it is called a "fighting fish", but it only fights with other male bettas, not with other fish. Other fish can be quite attracted to the long flowing fins though, so the betta is easily picked on, if you have the "wrong" fish for the tank. As a general rule, you should add the most territorial and/or the most aggressive fish last. Bettas are neither territorial nor aggressive (to other fish - but only a single male betta per tank regardless of size). 4. Definiltely some kind of LED. There are plenty on the market, and they can be supported by a bracket that rests on the edge of the tank. Or just on the lids - LED lights are lightweight enough it's not a problem. You should enjoy the behaviour of the betta in a larger tank - especially if you add some live plants (like banana lilies that reach the surface) and a few females. It's quite easy to get them to spawn also, if you don't have too much movement in the water column. Great fish that deserve so much more than the little beakers you often see them in. Good luck. Michael
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    New Member with New Idea!

    Hilarious! Good work. Must be quite difficult reaching to the bottom of the barrel for maintenance though.
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    new baby

    There's some big fish!
  7. Agreed, didn't pay much attention to this chart before, but it has Angels & Bettas RED - works perfectly well, should be GREEN. Angels & Discus are RED - should be ORANGE at worst. It also suggest you can keep plants with Africans - well, I'm giving it a go, and it's bloody hard work!!
  8. This all looks good Doug. All the later posts are quite legible. Thanks.
  9. Never mind, I found the text - it appears all black just like the background until I "selected" the text.
  10. Have you tested the water you use for water changes? I imagine it would test as very low hardness, but worth checking all the same. If indeed the rainwater you use for water changes is very low in hardness, then the minerals must be added to the water after it gets in the tank. Various things like holey rock, certain sands, clay etc can all leach minerals into water. Of course if you have lots of stuff in the tank, it can be hard to pin down exactly what is causing it. You can test the hardness immediately before, and immediately after a water change, you should see a change. Then over time (hours, days) the levels may creep up again. So you not only want to remove the minerals from the water, but also remove the source of the minerals from the tank.
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    Mountain Minnows 80L

    Any of the local natives - pacific blue eyes for example, or some local rainbow fish. 80L is not large, but you could but a few rainbows in. No idea about ghost shrimp.
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    Mountain Minnows 80L

    Welcome, and to answer your question, white cloud mountain minnows will definitely be fine in Brisbane without a heater.
  13. Is it rather rubbery in texture? If so, I had something similar on a totally different plant. No idea what it is. Very strange, and would like to know what it was.
  14. True, angels are pigs. Tip to get the discus to eat - scatter the food widely across the aquarium, don't just dump it all in one spot. Having said that, when I stick a couple of dried blackworm cubes on the glass, it's the discus that sit there eating them.