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  1. Hi All, Moved to QLD just 12 months back. In Sydney had a lovely pond with Koi. Just completed the build of my first pond (picture below) on the new property in QLD. Went looking to buy some KOI to populate it with and have been told cannot have KOI in QLD!! really. If this is the case, what would you put in this fountain pond. I am hoping to have some Lotus or other similar lilies (nice flowers with leaf coverage for the fish) and a nice population of fish. The pond is concrete foundation, block internal and brick external walls with internal wall render. internal coated with .6u rubber waterproofing membrane. 4.4mtr diameter. holds 10,000 ltr. two externally mounted flooded pumps run pond. 1 x 10,000ltr hr attached to 30,000 ltr pressure filter with ultra violet and bio medium returning to pond with swirl outlets to circulate top and bottom of pond water. 1 x 9,000 ltr hr circulating water from pond to fountain top and sides.
  2. My husband and I have just set up a tank for Malawi African Cichlids. So many African Cichlids around and my question is how do you tell which ones are Malawi's
  3. I have been into aquarium fish for over 15 years. I mainly kept Americans for most of that time and went all African about 2 or 3 years ago mainly Malawi's. I have in the last 6 months or so started Tanganyika's. I have been pretty much making my own salt with the usual Epsom Salts,Bi-Carb and Rock salt and haven't had too much trouble so far, I have been told however that this could change and be fatal with gh and kh. I am now looking at using Aqua-pics Tanganyikan kh and African conditioner thru Techden recommended by someone up here. My Question is does anyone here use this and do you follow the recommended dosing levels.
  4. Hi i want to know what u need to do to add wild caught to a tank , rainbow runners youtube vid says add salt to bucket to stop fin rot & parasites, how long do they need to be kept there? my first attempt did not fair well fin rot with 24 hrs some even quicker than that, is it common for this to happen , wild fish to have parasites? ?
  5. The past weeks/months, I was generously been given/bought/adopted some nice american cichlids for my midlevel swimmers. I have 25cm blackbelt, 20cm synspillun, 20cm red devil 15cm possible flowerhorn/trimac and 20cm albino oscar. The blackbelt seems to be the bully (even chases my poor man's arowana) of all and the flowerhorn and oscar at the bottom of the pecking order. I would like to ask the American Keepers here what would be the next one I can add to the community. It needs to be big, colourful and doesn't eat anubias. Was originally contemplating on a huge frontosa but may not be suitable on the environment i have.
  6. Looking to add some fish in with my discus. Tank is planted 6ft with driftwood and heaps of bristlenose varietys. Wanting to add some nice fish in with the discus other than angels. What are some good ones that are peaceful and something different?
  7. Hi all, Picked up a large tank two weeks ago and consolidated all my other tanks into one. The tank has masses of caves and hidey holes, but given its size, it also has a large open space for free swimming including in the upper section of the tank. I have Mbunas for the most part (full list below). As such they tend to hug the rocks and the bottom I was thinking of throwing in a blue dolphin male to cruise the upper layers. Will he work in this tank? Alternatively, I was thinking a group of 3 or 4 peacock males might work too. Will they swim the upper levels like the dolphins do? Peacocks would add some great alternate colour in my tank. Full list in tank at moment Flame backs (1m, 3f) Black acei yellow tail (1 m, 1 f definite, others unsure) Cobalt blues (1 m, 4 f) Melanochromis interruptus (2m, 4 f) Elongatus mpanga (5 not sure of gender) Tropheus (1 only. Came with tank and seems happy enough so I've kept it) Rainbow shark ( a family favourite from my days with more traditional tropical s) Bristle nose (1 female.) Thanks for any advice.
  8. I've cared for African cichlids for 20+ years now and have religiously followed what's been recommended to me by my LFS and what made sense to me. My friend has also kept African cichlids for about as long but without adding anything to his water. Nothing. Zip. Zilch. Nadda. We have both been blessed without having to deal with any major problems to speak of over the past decades. So what's better.. adding what you've been told is required or suggested "for the better"? or.. adding nothing and dealing with issues as they arise? NOTE.. here's what I add whenever making a water change: aquarium salt (for gill function) water conditioner (helps with the fish' slimy coat) stress zyme (adds millions of beneficial bacteria) african cichlid trace minerals (helps with overall health and coloration) Not that I would stop the above mentioned program as it has worked well for me to this point and I wouldn't change what my fish have been accustomed to but am I getting ripped? My buddy's tank looks just as good as mine?!?! any tip, suggestion, story, advice or comment is welcome. thanks!
  9. Approx 20-25cm Iridescent Shark (Catfish) and free 360g pellets | Fish | Gumtree Australia Brisbane South East - Wakerley If your gonna message.... Don't bother, it's a Black Shark.
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  12. hay guys have a really bas nitre problem done a water change knowvi need a chemical to add wat the best one to add
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  14. Ha ha..this will get some offside but hey I know alot of people dont dig goldfish so each to their own.. I'm confessin.. I dont dig catfish!! ...Is it just me...do others find these guys "UN"interesting..I don't care if there is tons of variety or if some are rare...and hey I know each to their own..but I dig a fish that swims around the tank...catfish look like alien tanks that either dont move on the bottom or hang upside down or just cruise around the bottom lookin brain dead... ha ha yee ha....lookin foward to some feedback... can spare some room for a tiger shovel nose;)(yeah I know there not allowed so like I said catfish suck!) or a red tail....but mainly cause these guys are units and have a bit of a different look to them.... Hit me with some examples of some sexy catfish that move hey if you want to defend these suckers...not a little alien cockroach lookin thing that sits on the bottom and has a different "number" because it has some dots or lines going a different way...nerd fish...ha ha ....
  15. Ok be gentle, my brains seem to be on holiday today. Does the Seachem reef buffer add calcium? My salinity is a up a bit so added top up freshwater. My ph is just a tad low at about 8.1 and my calcium could be a little higher at barely 400. Apart from that my phosphates with the HANNA checker this time are a sweet 0.01. I just added a little bit of the reef buffer dissolved. Will that raise both the ph and the calcium?
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  17. I have tried adding photos to treads but it says that max size is 97kb? Is there another way to add them that doesnt restrict the size? Cheers
  18. Hi all, Lately I have had a few people come over to grab fish and enquire how I added the sand to my tank and get it so it can be stirred up and not cloud the water. So here is a quick guide on how I achieved this. First of all I used bunnings play sand, this is usually fairly cheap at about $9/bag which is 20kg. I washed it out in a bucket extremely thoroughly, to the point where it is pretty much running clear. I filled the bucket about 1/3 of the way with sand and mixed it up with my hand whilst blasting it with water. I let it setting for about 5 secs (for the larger particles to settle, but the finer ones remain floating) and tipped the water out until the sand is just about to flow/fall out. I repeated this about 5 times for a 9L bucket with about 3L of sand in it. Followed by that, I fill the tank between halfway and full with fresh tap water, the higher the better, however depending on water restrictions you may need to be vigilant with the amount of water you use. If you are changing over the substrate in an already established tank I would empty the water from the tank into buckets or spare tanks along with the fish before doing this step. I pour the amount of sand needed to cover the bottom to the desired height. As you can see, it still makes the water VERY cloudy even after thoroughly washing it out. People have suggested to me to leave it overnight and just settle. However when I thought about it, that would mean the fine particles will remain in the tank, and therefore will easily become stirred up again.
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  20. Hi, My Pakistani loaches have come down with white spot, and unfortuately they were suppose to be going to the ekka, but will probably have to pull them out. I have bumped the temp to 32 and started a treatment of protozin, but with them being scaleless is it safe to add salt with them. Any help would be much appreciated.
  21. just wondering who add's stress coat when adding new fish to tank or doing water changes? im new to fish and have no idea. also is there some stuff thats better than others? ive been using some stuff that turns the water cloudy. and also used some malfix med that smells like Alvera .
  22. I thought it would be good to start a thread where you can express special thanks to anyone that has helped you in the hobby whether it was advise or doing that extra bit to help, there are a lot of people that have give extra time and knowledge that never get the THANKS they deserve . its nice to hear thanks some times so come on im sure there is some one you should thank
  23. Just after some opinions on what I can add to my 6x2x2. It's currently 7.2ph, lightly planted with driftwood and 3mm coffs harbor gravel. I currently have: bolivian rams cacatoides kuli loaches Common Pleco Gold spot pleco Albino gibby congo tetras royal whiptail common whiptail longfin serpae tetras gold panchax male fighter fish Siamese Flying Fox boreno sucker corys (albino & bronze) I am not sure what to add. I don't like discus. Angels are too aggressive, or at least the ones I have had have been,they attacked everything. I was thinking of getting a elephant nose but not sure if it will work. What about gouramis? I would like something that will swim around mid to top levels as there is enough at the bottom. I am hoping to add some Blue Rams when I can find some nice ones. Any ideas? Thanks Jenny
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