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    White water rafting guide that loves fish-keeping
  1. A quick video of an action plan for dealing with internal flagellates(bloat)
  2. I have put together a video showcasing how we feed our fish. We have been feeding our fish, African cichlids, dried seaweed or nori for over a year now. In that time we have noticed improved health and coloring in a very large group of fish(all of them). We used to only feed Hikari and Nls. Both are great foods but I still felt like I was macdonalding our fish. With such large groups of fish I had to feed excessively to get the smallest guys fed. This led me on the path of discovery and we haven't looked back. With so much veg food I'm able to feed freeze dried krill to all fish. Now I don't recommend this to the wider public but it's pretty good evidence on how good the nori is. Make sure you get one without any additives and if your stuck I have some spare packets. Enjoy the video and subscribe to pick up the latest content. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VUU2sk5V8A&list=UUeM3rTtEtVZv9vXQrAnIjLA
  3. Thanks for the correct link Donny, the Poret bizniz is going along swimmingly. Its way past the point of early adopters now. Not only is it the duck nuts when it comes to biological degradation in your aquarium. It`s sister product Poret Aqua is used in large scale wastewater treatment in moving bed systems for local councils and municipalities. All interesting info. I guess their will always be people that experience products differently. I myself have had a bad experience with pimafix. Although I think that might have been due to user error combining a salt treatment, higher temperatures and Pima fix. enon -At that time was salt being added to the aquariums with colonies to buffer them? The information put forward by myself is always anecdotal. I have been using the Professional strength Melafix in our fish house for the past 2 years now with not a single death that can be logically attributed to it. This is across a large population of fish and water. In fact when we visited Malawi in July we had house sitters looking after the fish house. Not a single noticeable death in the entire month period. Part of their routine was that every third day the correct dosage of melafix was added to every tank. This was done in part to deal with various colonies of fish coming into maturity and scrapping it out. It seemed to work very well for us. Rod, I cannot agree more. In fact I`m drinking a pro-biotic beer right now. From my understanding Melafix acts as a bandage and doesn't really kill bacteria in the broader environment. Instead it makes it difficult for bacteria to take hold in sites of damage. Did you like the giants of Gotham?
  4. Melafix is a great product in the prevention of bacterial infection. It will not kill bacteria, and is in my opinion only effective as a preventative. That said it is excellent and should be used anytime your fish have injured themselves or others. Check out our video highlighting the realities around it. Watch it in HD Keep an eye out for the giants of Gotham. https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=Y2eciw_ktEw
  5. I love it, and totally agree. Trust nothing on the internet without substantiation. To peak my own interest I have just done a quick test. Taking into account that I have been feeding the whiptails up to breed efficiency these past 2 weeks. Last time a change was done was in the beginning of November. Now i know you cant believe me on this. I doubt the photos would be believed, to easy to fake. Ill do my best to do a session behind the camera today. Ill film the entire sequence of events of the test and upload them. I think its pretty hard to create a sharknado and would be impossible for a newb like me to fake a video sequence.
  6. .Here is a quick video of our lowest maintenance aquarium ever. Both species of whiptails are breeding regularly although only the Royal whiptail youngsters survive the Cardinal tetras. All it takes to look after it is feeding the fish and the plants and a once a month water change. Thanks for watching
  7. I have just returned from a road trip through Africa to visit some old and some new friends. Had a killer time. Diving, kayaking, fish and drinking beer. Ill put up more pics as I get time but here are a few teasers. Large African cichlid aquarium Indoor pond with Red Zebras and Cobalts Picture from our balcony. Carlsberg Fossorochromis rostratus male and female in shallow water (750mm deep) Copadichromis azureus Protomelas steveni jet Mbuna feeding on Nori Tyrannichromis sp female feeding on Nori.
  8. I have recently setup an aquarium to house Neolamprologus Brichardi (fairy cichlids) and Altolamprologus Calvus Black. The 300L tank is broken up into 3 specific areas. One that is loaded with boulders that the brichardi can dig into and breed to their hearts content. Then there is a green belt area made up of crypts and then an area for the Calvus which consists of large vertical caves and shadows areas. This section really showcases the Calvus shape and ability to alter its body coloring. Over time the baby brichardi will forage in the green belt area and become prey for the Calvus. Here are a series of pics showing the fish hunting out whiteworms.
  9. Ironically Eheim is EMW Filtertechniq`s ,the manufacturers of Poret, biggest customer.
  10. I have been running our whole hatchery on HMF`s for just shy of 1.5years now. I have been experimenting with how heavy a stock density you could go with an HMF. The tank in this video a heavily stocked African cichlid tank, filtration comprises of 2 layers of foam in 20ppi and 30ppi that make up part of the back wall. Total thickness is 10cm and its been an absolute cracka. Water quality is primo. It`s gotta to be my favorite aquarium at the moment.
  11. I have put together a video showing my favorite aquarium. It a teaser for a series I am doing for fans of African cichlids. They are just such a diverse and amazing group of fishes.#1 in my book. Its a 600liter that is occupied by fish from Lake Malawi and Tanganyika. With the limited species selection in NZ I have had to mix and match the lakes. C.Moorii A.sp Firefish P.Taiwanee Reef P.Demasoni S.Fryeri A. Stuartgranti Maleri Yellow C.Azureus J.Marlieri S.Mulitpunctatus If you can select the high res version when viewing this video.
  12. All great advice. Make sure you test ammonia about 2 hours after feeding as this is when you will have an Ammonia spike.The act of a large move can and will stress fish. This stress can trigger an outbreak of internal flagellates. This can onset bloat in African cichlids due to there rudimentary digestive system. I am sure that your fish are just shy and getting used to there new environment, that said keep an eye out for increased gill movement(gasping) , coupled with a slightly head down position and light sensitivity (always hiding in the shadows). If these 3 signs are evident you need to act. I always follow every stressful event by 3 days of feeding food that has been soaked in a 3% Epsom salts solution. (1tbs/500ml water). The Epsom salts flushes out the gut and and all the nasties. Hopefully they will come around and take part in your daily routine. Good luck Greg
  13. Correct but weeks is a relative measure. 6weeks and counting.
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