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Everything posted by Donny@ageofaquariums

  1. Main thing is to do a head count, as it can be the result of a fish decaying. The oils and fats of the corpse are much harder for the fitration to break down as they are lighter than water so seperate to the surface. Good to hear its under control, if it keeps coming back, consider looking into the OceanFree surface skimmer. Theres a few on the market but thats one of the cheapest ones, and its also the easiest to clean.
  2. Echinodorus..... but the species is tricky....... maybe argentinensis or subalatus? Google emerse grow sword plants and you should hit one. If you let the seed sprays go into the water they will grow into new plants.
  3. Stressed out padang frill goby by looks of it. Local rock pool species. Bathygobius cocosensis.
  4. A shame that the last few times this thread was created, it was deleted....... because all those people who contributed to it are pretty much gone now. Unless of course it was just moved to a mod subforum, in which case I would say go read those threads. A lot of effort went into constructive feedback on them. Effort that was casually discarded. If people feel their content can just be snuffed out in a second at the whim of any of the mods here, why would they bother putting effort into it? I remember putting effort into explaining why it was unlikely we could fix the Ellioti blood lines here by going into detail on my own efforts over several generations, only to have the thread removed by a mod who was selling them and didnt want to hear it. Certainly learnt me a lesson. You can't only value our content when its gone. Theres my 2 cents. I invested a fair amount of time here 20,000+ posts, much of it trying to help people having problems in the hobby. And yet my input on how to keep the forum pumping was considered "trouble making" and just deleted. Those threads had similar view counts to the most popular threads the forum has ever had (eg giant gourami billabong), and had pages of posts. We gave our suggestions when it mattered. Asking now.... you aint gonna get the answers from the people who are gone..... its not very logical.
  5. Photobucket is about to go down.......  another nail in the coffin here.


    1. tutters187



      i still come here to throw my weight around 

  6. Cant help on a good place to get glass cut, but following for replies as I get asked this a lot. Be good to have an answer for people.
  7. Had to log into QLDAF just to say that your moustache is awesome. When you left AOA all I could think is that man is off to dogfight Nazi and romance princesses! Outstanding Sir! Have a fine day and happy hunting :)


  8. "did some time", oh come now TD! I hear plenty of whispers and you aint that bad to work for!
  9. Theres still great specialty lfs out there if you look around. Superfish Aquatics had humpheads and electric yellows under $10 each. How are forums supposed to compete with bargains like that? Bloody lfs putting forums out of biznis!
  10. Those midikani 800 pumps are incredibly useful tools. I use mine during sump cleans and water changes on the small tanks.
  11. What do you mean you can't scape a reef @clickme ? Its step 2 after getting tech sorted. And you better get it right, as these little chance of changing it much once your inverts are attached and grown in.
  12. Once again, exactly what you are thinking! And the best bit is you can download them here without needing a credit card. Its worth checking out..... if yer into that sort of thing. Certainly gives you a different look at the old faves as well as an eye opener on exotics. ALL FOOTAGE WAS LEGAL IN THE COUNTRY IT WAS FILMED!!! Totally not suss at all. I mean this guys legit yea
  13. Fixed for ya @clickme Sorry for the confusion.
  14. Yea its not an optimal tank for a reef..... no sump to hide tech, the need to build up scape to get corals close to lights and having to clean canister way way more often. But as a fish only....... its basicly marine ready!
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  16. Honestly, the only rocks that won't kill all your fish, shrimp and snails ARE THE ONES WE SELL AT AOA! Using any other rocks is going to result in the same heart break whether you place them in the aquarium OR throw them at it. Jokes! Limestone? you mean texas holey rock right? Terrible stuff. Unless you buy from us, inwhich case its an amazingly aesthetic way to maintain a suitable pH for marine, Malawi cichlids, goldfish and mollies. Sand stones and sedimentary rocks are going to vary in their mineral make up, and thus vary in the way they effect water chemistry. In general though you can tell that free rocks from a creek will kill your fish, by the way they kill all the fish in creeks. Would have thought it was obvious they are a no go lol. To simplify why you should buy rocks....... When scaping a proven technique is to copy or be influenced by a grand master in scaping. Amano was/is a god. Maybe not THE god, but def a god. So, emulating his rock choice is a solid first step. Its one I have done with results I was happy with. Yes store rocks are more expensive, mainly due to shipping rocks as rocks are heavy. They are also convenient. BUT going out and sourcing your own hardscape materials is a lot of fun and can make the scape YOURS! Just stay on the right side of the law. Don't be grabbing protected species or raiding national parks!!!! Now I work at a shop that sells scaping supplies, and my bosses read my posts. So....... if you go find free rocks, come spend the money you save with us We sell what you need!
  17. But resilience doesn’t have to be an empty or vague concept. In fact, decades of research have revealed a lot about how it works. This research shows that resilience is, ultimately, a set of skills that can be taught.

    During and after the wars, the Finns won international acclaim for having twice defied the might and fury of a superpower and for the terrible cost they had exacted for the Soviets' two Pyrrhic victories. Newspaper descriptions of the Winter War popularized the Finnish word sisu in the English-speaking world for a generation; the word resists exact translation into other languages but loosely translated refers to a stoic toughness consisting of strength of will, determination, and perseverance in the face of adversity and against repeated setbacks; it means stubborn fortitude in the face of insurmountable odds; the ability to keep fighting after most people would have quit, and fighting with the will to win.


    LOL I aint out to start drama.

    I just don't like being deleted. Makes me feel my contributions have no value.

    And if I don't value my time.

    No one will.


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  18. Even without using air powered tech in your aquarium, the air in the room influences your aquariums water chemistry. Can't get the pH up in a reef? open a window mate, as yer CO2 levels are likely high! Dead fish? have you recently sprayed bug spray or tried to increase breeding by adding lynx to the mix? Well.... heres a thought. You can use house plants to remove toxins from the air. Which is good for fish, shrimp AND you. Good infographic on data collected by NASA here. http://lifehacker.com/this-graphic-shows-the-best-air-cleaning-plants-accord-1705307836?sidebar_promotions_icons=testingon
  19. Cephs are cool and all. But surely we can use them to make tech to kill each other with amirite? Hell yea! Team human for the win G! https://www.fastcodesign.com/3045545/the-secret-to-invisibility-has-been-hiding-in-the-skin-of-squids?partner=rss
  20. Knowing exactly what you want before you start the build is the holy grail of starting positions!!!! I have thought I knew so many times.... lol. Being able to reverse engineer an end point vision, ~ means you can create exactly the environment the livestock needs to thrive. ~ you eliminate the risk of having to buy tech twice to get gear capable of doing the job properly.
  21. Uhhhh.... spoiler alert? The girls get an orange belly. Boys get bigger, have longer fins and a better KOK.
  22. A wander up a creek is like infinite crates..... just the whole they are bloody heavy logistical issue. ~ rocks are awesome. ~ rocks are heavy.
  23. Beat reef builders by a year...... just saying..... https://reefbuilders.com/2016/10/10/polymorph-plastic-has-tremendous-applications-for-aquariums/
  24. You could dump water and fish in there...... refill with saltwater..... cycle it on the freshwater microbes that die and rot...... restock in a few weeks with marine fish. I mean its basically already full of marine fish that went back to freshwater because they couldn't be bothered with obtaining saltwater for water changes.... not much of a jump to swap em out for actual marine fish.
  25. Gotta go with doing what keeps the hobby fresh and exciting...... but dam man you got that cichlid tank rockin' the cazbar. Jedi are gonna feel it if you shut it down, and yanks will be worried about it leaving a power vaccum in the area.
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