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Hey all, managed to borrow a camera to try and get some photos. Obviously had no clue what I was doing, just clicked a few buttons and swirled a few dials to find out what worked the best. The camera is a Pentax ___ with Pentax ___ lenses. I got lucky on a few of the hundred I took, and would like some advice to help improve my luck. I am an absolute novice with cameras. Anyway the photos:
His name is Jerry and I believe he is a common pleco? Please correct me if I am wrong. He hides mostly, but today he made a rare front and center appearance after a water change. I noticed his tail was red at the tip. Is he getting chewed on? Or is he somehow rubbing it against a mostly smooth piece of driftwood? He's easily 7cm bigger than anything else in the tank. Any help is greatly appreciated, Richard.
so...... after about 3 years of being out of the hobby, i have decided to get another fish tank. I kept fish on and off all my life, but about 4 years ago I decided i wanted a bigger tank, and one I could display. so i bought a 4 foot package. didnt cost much. i think about $300 for the tank stand and hood. I thought i would go down to my local aquarium and get all the gear I needed. so after spending too much money in one go, i walked out with a cannister filter, internal filter, heater, filter media, S&$@ load of seachem stuff, plants, ornaments, test kits, back ground, light and fish food. after speaking with the owner of the aquarium, he told me everything I had bought from him that day, that I will have my display tank that I want. he told me exactly what to do, from setting the cannister filter up, filling the tank and testing the water. I followed every step he told me to do, from adding the chemicals to testing the ph. everything was great after a few hours. so I went back to him and said the water is ready to go, temperature, PH is right and the water is clear. It was almost knock off but he stayed around so he could sell me some fish to put in my new tank. Long of the short, all my fish slowly started dieing, 1 by 1, they would just end up floating. the next weekend i went back to him and said, they are all dead, why would that be, he asked if i had been doing water changes, testing the ph, checking the temperature etc. I said I did everything he had told me to do. step by step. he told me that my fish probabely had a disease and infected the rest of the tank. so he sold me some disease stuff to add to the water, and told me to do a water change. did all of that, left it with no fish in the tank for about a week, tsted water, all ready for more fish. so i added more fish.................. so after this batch of fish dieing, I thought to myself there has to be something im missing. I went back to the aquarium, he told me i need to do more water changes, at least once a week, half a tank water change. so once again i followed instructions. after the next batch of fish died, i almost gave up. I went back to the aquarium (AGAIN) and asked more questions, they just kept telling me to do water changes. i thought to myself, its not supposed to be this hard surely. i dont see any one on qldaf complaining of the saem issues. so the owner once again sold me a heap of seachem stuff, and new filter media. the rest of the story im sure you can guess. the fish kept dieing. i had spent abuout $3000 with this aquarium in the space of about 9 months, trying to get my tank right, the fish started surviving for longer, and it started to become easier. however after about 3 months, the fish started dieing again. I had been to a different aquarium this time, as i was in the area going for a drive and decided to drop in and have a look. so I asked the same questions. the owner of this aquarium told me simply, "your putting too much stress on your fish, too many water changes, sudden changes in PH, not settling the water before adding the fish. its not supposed to be as hard as you are trying." from that stage i had decided to throw the towel in. i spent way too much money with no results or success with any thing. I later that day advertised all my stuff and it was sold. but as of about 4 weeks ago, i started watching a show on foxtel called "Fish Tank Kings". since i started watching it i have wanted another fish tank. so on sunday my wife and I went for a drive over to Smith's Aquarium, and bought a big 6 foot. nice package indeed. i am having it delivered in about 3 weeks, i will then set the FX5 filter up with all the media (washed), fill the tank with the crushed coral (washed), aquascaping and then the water. i will let the water sit for about a week and tst the water to make sure its all good before adding the fish. i will be stocking it with africans. 3-4 Black calvus, 8 or so tropheus dubiosi, 3-4 fronnies and some bn's. should be a good set up. if any one has any help regarding initail start up for my new fish, please feel free to give some tips. the last thing i want is to have my original drama all over again. also i just want to say thank you to Mark fom smiths aquarium. i have never met such a nice guy that was willing to help. espescially late on a sunday arvo. look forward to hearing your replies.
Hi All, I have kept freshwater fish for years and years now and had pondered the change to marine for a long time. I was put off for so long by the costs involved and although I still can't say I'm excited to spend almost 2 grand setting up a tank (before the cost of corals & fish), I have finally decided it is going to be worth the change. So, here's the story... Any advice or tips will be greatly appreciated and taken on board. The tank is a 6ft/2ft/2ft which is drilled with 3 x 25mm bulkheads. (1 input & 2 output). There is no overflow currently but I plan on putting one in. The tank is sumped with a 5ft /15in/ 15in and there is a 4,500 lph power returning water to the tank and also excess back into the sump. (i will be adding pictures so if this isn't making too much sense, hopefully they will provide a bit of clarity). In the sump is jap mat and noodles. So I want the tank to be a coral tank with small fish so the coral doesn't get eaten. I was told to use crushed coral as a substrate.... getting back to the overflow... currently my two output bulkheads are over on the left hand side of the tank, close to the surface of the water. I was thinking to increase my output, either to redrill the same holes and put a bigger bulkhead on them or, to drill (& plumb) another 2 x 25mm bulkhead holes. Suggestions here would be greatly appreciated. If I do increase the output, I can obviously increase the input (as most of it gets cycled back into the start of the sump via T bar plumbing, (see pics)). I currently just have a stainless steel strainer on all three bulkheads but was thinking of using a spray bar for the input.. Does this also mean (if the input is strong enough) that i will not require a wavemaker/pump? I have been told there is a couple of options with the protein skimmer. external, hang off or internal. My preference is to have the protein skimmer working in the sump. is this an option and which one would be the most suited for my situation. I don't mind having to alter the sump or tank or even replacing the current sump for something more appropriate if that's going to be the best for the tank. Lighting - Led seems to be the way to go? suggestions on the best suited for a 6ft long 2ft deep tank would also be awesome. I can fully appreciate the expenses involved and know that it is a lot of work. I am recently single so bring it on. hahaha. I will make a journal with heaps of piccies for this one as I think it should be helpful for others that are just starting out in marine too. Thanks in advance for your help guys and as I said any advise to make my system more efficient, no matter the cost would be greatly appreciated. :)