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Dfiant

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About Dfiant

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  • Birthday 26/09/1968

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  • Location
    Elanora
  • State
    Qld

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  • Biography
    I grew up In the Sutherland Shire and moved to the Gold Coast in 2001. Recently bought a new house and it's the first time I have had my own space and have decided to induldge in something that I have always wanted to do since I was a teenager....Aquariums. Started building my Reef tank with a 2ft tank in September 12, upsized to a 4ft in January 13. My 2ft tank got turned into a guppy tank. I also started a planted tropical in a 3ft tank in October 12 and that one is thriving.

    I have joined to meet people with a similar interest and to get some advice and learn from you guys that have been doing this a lot longer than me, even find someone in the same boat as me so we can learn together.
  • Interests
    Reef and Tropical aquariums, Want to breed, Cycling, home improvements.
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    Manager
  1. Thanks for that. The intent is for more wood and plants as the budget allows when working on 2 tanks
  2. I started in my appreciation of Aquariums just over 4 years ago. I was talked into a Marine Aquarium but my heart was never into it. I got a second tank and started a tropical planted tank and my appreciation for freshwater aquariums flourished. I am now the owner of 2 Freshwater Aquariums after shutting down my Marine Aquarium. Tank 1 in now a Cichlid tank, it was my old planted freshwater so it was already established. This tank is 3 ft and 200 lt. It runs with a cannister filter which moves about 1100lph and has about 500gm of Ceramic rings, 200gm of activated carbon and wool. Also in the tank are 2 pumps to create more water movement, each of them move about 900lph. The cannister is used more to agitate the surface, along with a couple of air stones, and pumps used more to create a flow around the rocks and wood. Tank 1 has been up and running for just over 3 years and all inhabitants removed to tank 2 just prior to adding cichlids and now houses 3 Cobalt Blue juveniles, 3 Electric Yellow Juveniles and 2 African catfish. The water used is from a Rainwater Tank. the parameters are as follows pH 8.2 GH 7 NH3 0.25 NO2 0 NO3 0 27 c Tank 2 was my old marine tank that has been converted over to Tropical planted Freshwater community tank. This has been up and running for 5 weeks and has been gradually built up with plants and fish over those 5 weeks. inhabitants include 3 x Black Ghost Knife (Yes I know) 3 x Rainbow Sharks 3 x Albino Rainbow Sharks 3 x 3 spot Gourami 3 x Golden Gourami 6 x Neons 7 x Dwarf Gourami The parameters were testing and are as follows pH 8 GH 5 NH3 0 NO2 0 NO3 0 29.7 I am so excited about both tanks and watching them both establish and grow. Please feel free to critique or offer advice
  3. That is pretty much it. The slide has 2 pads on it, one for pH and the other for Ammonia. Other readings can be used without a slide...if you can get the software to work properly. There is just so many things wrong with this device that make it a non-viable option for the enthusiast as they will continue to use test kits.
  4. I no longer have access to my Seneye data as the account was closed by request. What I can tell you is from my original units I was getting 0.001 readings for Ammonia in my Reef Tank, but I was lost a fish and the rest were breathing heavy. A manual test showed an ammonia spike upto 8ppm. The new slide was only 10 days old so it hadn't expired. The pH element of the Seneye in Fresh Water Tropical and Marine varies wildly from slide to slide and is usually not in the ball park as a manual test. Usually 0.2 out, sometime more. That was 18 months ago. The second units that they sent me were performing the same way so I didn't trust them from the get go and I was performing weekly manual tests anyway, or extra tests if I saw anything i though was a concern. I have 2 mature systems now, still learning almost every day and I am finding Test kits are second to none unless you can afford a unit like the Apex.
  5. Another update. The new units were just as unreliable as the original units and I resorted to weekly water tests which showed that the seneye's results were consistantly inaccurate, most specifically pH in a Marine were the most inaccurate consistantly. The software is horribly unstable often not even recognising its own devices and frequestly popping up a window asking to 'recognise' the device...and by frequently I mean every 20 minutes. Steer clear of seneye, spend a couple of hundred dollars extra, especially on marnine and reef setups, because you investments should be protected by something that will actually detect problems and accurately monitor parameters. Seneye is nothing but a whimsicle novelty for novice aquariam keepers and time will show these products to be a toy...a very expensive toy.
  6. It was painful, but it is a positive outcome, thanks.
  7. Another update...Seneye have declared both of my Seneye units to be faulty and have decided to replace both units and offered me free slides as well. It is just unfortunate that I had to spend so much of my time chasing up the fault over the last 2 months, if I wanted and answer I literally had to hound them or they wouldn't have gotten back to me, so very disappointing customer service. On the units themself, I don't have high hopes, I will not be resting my laurels on the readings they give, as I believe that the Seneye should only be used as a lose guide and not relied upon and regular manual testing should also take place along side the use of the Seneye if not to just confirm that the Seneye unit is still working the way it should. Seneye is not a pemium product and at the price it is, it will never be a premium product. I would shy away completely from using them in an expensive Marine/Reef system, but still use them as an 'INDICATOR' only in ponds and tropical tanks....but as I said, back up the data from Seneye with Weekly manual testing and you will have yourself covered
  8. The Neptune has taken my eye and I am keen to see how it goes when people start using them.
  9. Well that would speak volumes if suppliers are shrugging their shoulders when asked questions about a product. It's not the first business I have heard that are in the dark with Seneye not supporting their own product let alone offering after sales service.
  10. Stay away from SENEYE. I have contacted Seneye via their webpage, it took them 5 days to 'find' the email because the email account advertised on their website isn't monitored and it was only 'by chance' that one of the people checked the account and found my email.I have had some contact and communicated with them the problems and they said they were going to check the online logs and see what was going on and then they would get back to me and have a chat...that was 5 weeks ago, 2 weeks ago I sent an email asking for an update...not a word has been heard from them in 5 weeks. I was getting reading of upto 0.50 for Ammonia and then tested with my kit and got readings of zero, the pH would read 6.5 when it was 7.2. The readings would vary wildly with the installation of each new slide which you have to do EVERY month at the coast of $10 per slide. That was the Seneye Home in my tropical tank. In my reef tank the Seneye Reef would barely read anything. there would be a slight elevation in Ammonia for example and the Seneye would not even detect it when it should have. The pH reading were always incorrect and I have had that verified more than once at a couple of shops. So in 12 months with 2 Seneye units including the initial expense of the units, I have spent roughly $570...there are better options for that sort of expense. Steer clear, they are wildly inaccurate, the after sales service is disgusting, they tell you what you want to hear and just hope that you go away.
  11. Just to add to what I said of my previous experiences. I have contacted Seneye via their webpage, it took them 5 days to 'find' the email because the email account advertised on their website isn't monitored and it was only 'by chance' that one of the people checked the account and found my email.I have had some contact and communicated with them the problems and they said they were going to check the online logs and see what was going on and then they would get back to me and have a chat...that was 5 weeks ago, 2 weeks ago I sent an email asking for an update...not a word has been heard from them in 5 weeks. I was getting reading of upto 0.50 for Ammonia and then tested with my kit and got readings of zero, the pH would read 6.5 when it was 7.2. The readings would vary wildly with the installation of each new slide which you have to do EVERY month at the coast of $10 per slide. That was the Seneye Home in my tropical tank. In my reef tank the Seneye Reef would barely read anything. there would be a slight elevation in Ammonia for example and the Seneye would not even detect it when it should have. The pH reading were always incorrect and I have had that verified more than once at a couple of shops. So in 12 months with 2 Seneye units including the initial expense of the units, I have spent roughly $570...there are better options for that sort of expense. Steer clear, they are wildly inaccurate, the after sales service is disgusting, they tell you what you want to hear and just hope that you go away.
  12. They are Poms actually Donny. I have been using a Seneye Reef and a Seneye Home for the last 10 months. The reading can vary wildly from Slide to slide, even from day to day (I had an ammonia spike according to seneye in my 12 month Reef Setup, manual testing 3 times confirmed Ammonia at 0), there is no consistency in the results at all let alone manual testing regularly confirms that the equipment is below par. The software is atrocious and works no better on Windows 7 or 8, in fact is actually makes the entire windows 8 environment unstable. I could not recommend this product to anyone as you will end up falling back on more reliable traditional testing of parameters
  13. When blue fades...it is still BLUE When Maroon fades it becomes....
  14. Very convenient way of keeping water clean between water changes and make the need for water changes less urgent, BUT wouldn't pay more than $88 for one. Some good deals out there, some still trying to get over $100 for them.
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