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  1. Problem I have a Juwel Lido 120 which I have set up as a planted community tank. you know the usual stuff cardinals, yellow tail congos, rummy nose etc. I have a mixed school of Hatchet fish. I started with four Marbled Hatchets that i got from Pet City, 2 large Silvers from Annerly and a trio of small Silvers from Paul at Oxley. Since then I have lost 2 Marbled and 2 silvers and it looks like another is on the way out. It seems to be a swim bladder type of issue or possibly bloat. They all end up swimming upside down disoriented and then check out. The rest of the hatchets are fine, it just seems to pick the odd one off one at a time. All the other fish in thank are healthy and fact they are robustly healthy. All my water parameters are good and the Hatchets even have their own quiet slow water zone to swim in with surface plants. Its got me stumped. Anyone got any clues or experienced this issue. Thanks, Phil
  2. Hey all, I've not kept shrimp before but would be interested in getting some nice ones - really like the look of the panda and cherry coloured ones and was wondering how they go in tanks with other fish... especially say.. A mid-sized Angel fish and other bottom feeder fish etc. Is there anything I should consider here? I have a tonne of plants in the tank - reckon they'd go OK? Cheers
  3. Hello, ive just got into the aquarium thing. Currently have a 2ft tank with a 480L/h hang onside filter as my filtration I have 4 redclaw crayfish that range from 4cm to 7cm, 2 swordtails an a small albino longfin. In the past 3 weeks 2 of the crayfish have shed their shells/skins whatever they're called, so I assume that is a good thing??? My question is, what water quality range do I need to keep the water at? Could I fit anymore fish in there? I'd like 2 silver sharks or another bristlenose or albino longfin. My day job is running potable water treatment plants so I have a fair idea on how to test and treat water but I'm assuming Fish tanks are a tad different. Thanks for any help an advice. Gene.
  4. Ok since I'm getting tired of banging my head against the wall of stupidity that is Facebook. i have been inspired to make this thread so I encourage anyone to post the myths of the aquarium world here. ill start with a particular one that I'm trying to dispel at the moment bristle nose catfish are naturally found and live in 8 degree water and it's good for them
  5. Hey everyone, I am new to owning an aquarium, so far i had cycled my tank and i have introduced 2 new fish, a Red Terror cichlid, aswell as a Oscar cichlid. Orignally they were in my first tank which is a 2.5ft (90L) and i was getting some advice from my cousin, knowing i had to upgrade tanks to keep them about 4 days after getting these fish i had gotten a 4ftx2ftx2ft and it holds 450 liters, i was just wondering if it is safe to keep these 2 fish in the same tank? i have some terracotta pots for them to use as protection, at first the RT would nip at my oscar, but since changing to my new tank (2 days ago) it seems he hasnt been attacking him. but im not so sure if i can keep them in the same tank especially when they get bigger. My RT is almost always hiding under his pot but recently started coming out, and everytime i feed them my oscar will eat rarely with me watching, and my RT never seems to eat, i leave floating pellets in there at night and morning but im never sure if he eats, i have tried sinking pellets but he doesnt even go for them just watches them sink, is there anything wrong? or are they still frightened after moving? Thanks, Travis
  6. Hey everyone, I am new to owning an aquarium, so far i had cycled my tank and i have introduced 2 new fish, a Red Terror cichlid, aswell as a Oscar cichlid. Orignally they were in my first tank which is a 2.5ft (90L) and i was getting some advice from my cousin, knowing i had to upgrade tanks to keep them about 4 days after getting these fish i had gotten a 4ftx2ftx2ft and it holds 450 liters, i was just wondering if it is safe to keep these 2 fish in the same tank? i have some terracotta pots for them to use as protection, at first the RT would nip at my oscar, but since changing to my new tank (2 days ago) it seems he hasnt been attacking him. but im not so sure if i can keep them in the same tank especially when they get bigger. My RT is almost always hiding under his pot but recently started coming out, and everytime i feed them my oscar will eat rarely with me watching, and my RT never seems to eat, i leave floating pellets in there at night and morning but im never sure if he eats, i have tried sinking pellets but he doesnt even go for them just watches them sink, is there anything wrong? or are they still frightened after moving? Thanks, Travis
  7. Hello, I know this had probably been asked 1000000000000000 times on this forum and I do apologise for asking again but i can't seem to find a solution. Lets start from the beginning WE got my daughter a: Blue Planet 'Classic 20' 20L tank (inbuilt filter and light) Bag of pretty pink gravel Used: quick start water ager CN (had no idea was cycling was...) Fish added: 2x white cloud minnows 1 x Shukbukin Goldfish long story short: 1 minnow and goldfish died (backend floated up fish could get deep) got a bad algal bloom took last minnow out kept it in a vase for 3 weeks. emptied tank cleaned it with tap water (including the activated carbon in the filter.) left the glass and the gravel in the sun for a few days. Put it all back together tried to cycle water (again without knowing what i was doing...[no boilogical material to create ammonia{i know. i know}]) added prime, quick start, ph balanced, placed minnow back in bought a heater (defiantly big enough for little tank) added 2 x guppies and 1 x BN catfish. guppies ate minnow's tail. it died. one guppy died. (within 3 days of adding to tank) all good for a few weeks. Went away for weekend, over fed fish. came to the tank so cloudy that you can even see 5 cm deep into the water. PH 6.4 Ammoina 8+ppm nitrare 0 nitrite 0 been like this for over 2 weeks. fish seem fine (when i can actually see them) been adding prime, quick start and ammolock every 2 days. 10% water changes (tap water) no change to water levels or cloudiness. added a bag of Purigen to filter box a week ago Wife very angry, daughter too, Please help. sorry for the long message tries to be short! (my wife keeps saying a cat would be cheaper) THANKS
  8. Some time ago I chucked in a bit of algae and stupidly introduced hair alga and turf algae! It was annoying to use tweezers as in the past to pull it out from time to time so i put in these guys along with my tub cleaning crew land mine urchins and the green is near non existent and so far no coralline has been touched as well. It’s not easy to find just little urchins, but with some help after an hour or two in the rock pools, its all good. Their work result.
  9. Im keen on establishing some fancy goldfish tanks (3x18x18) however my house gets fairly warm in summer with tank temps around 30 degrees on some days, but consistently at 25-28 during summer. I know high temps arent ideal for goldies and I dont want to run chillers on each tank, and Im familiar with, extra aeration, fans on the surface and frozen water bottles but I'm hoping that some folks have kept their goldies at these temps without ill effect. Currently have dwarf mbuna so water conditions arent an issue. Any advice appreciated.
  10. Today marks my 50th year of fish keeping ! I was wondering how many people on here have been keeping fish for around 50 years or more ?
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  12. Hi just wondering if someone could tell me the different types of aquatic life that keep the tank clean, I need my workers!
  13. Hey everyone, Next idea for a tank will be a 4x2x2 at the smallest and I plan on going out and catching some smaller but legal bream or whiting. 1. What sort of filtration would I need to have on it would a higher end canister be fine or would it be best to put a sump on it? Either way what sort of flow rate would be best to have. 2. What sort of scaping would be better planted or more rock work as I have heard they like both depending on the time of year. (what type of plants and rocks would be best) 3. If I were to go with a 4x2x2 what would be the the stock limit. Thanks, Adam
  14. When I was young, I got into this hobby as my Dad was into it. I took one of his two foot tanks and stocked it with fish I liked. Hence the tank had 4 gold severum. 4 festivum, a couple of blue acaras and a couple of green terrors.... maybe some barbs too. It was a planted tank, with rock sculptures...... Into the tank I introduced a pair of kribs that bred and raised there fry to 1 cm. Come to present day when I know a couple more things, and my lad has a tank. His is a little bigger, and has now the zebra Oscars amongst others. Before moving my Oscars they were dominating the tank, with 3 geos, 3 silver dollar a big goldspot and some kribs. Just went to check on the zebra Oscars, and found crib babies, about 1 cm long. Pleco has been moved by the kribs from under his rock, and goes are all at one end. Joel's tank of nasty big fish with kribs as mine so long ago has 1 cm kribs overcoming the odds. At least his are in a bigger tank than mine..... Interested in others tales of the circle of fish keeping, and fish overcoming the odds.
  15. Hi everyone, I have always wanted to keep these guys and now I finally have four. One 7 cm male, one 5 cm female and 2 x 3 cm Juvies. Like I said, always wanted, never kept them before. I was worried about one of the Juvies, plonked on one of the rock outcrops and not moving much. Any other fish I would have though it was sick, but at feeding time he rushed for food, so less worries now. I love the way their Mohawk as I call it is raised when they are feeding and telling other fish to nick off out of their territory. Has anyone one kept these guys before and is able to pass on some good tips? my Juvies have not yet secured any real territory as yet so one loves the top of the heater and the other the top of the basalt rock formation. any tips and behavioural/ welfare tips would be great. Water change cautions and tips as well.
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  17. Hi peeps My cod tank the water keeps going low towards acid if there anything i can do to keep it right, all other levels are good. someone told me its the wood but i have drift wood in my american tank more than is in his tank and no problem Cheers Tracey
  18. Is it safe to keep glass with cherrys? Also how how many should I keep max in a 2.5ftx1x1
  19. Hello! I have a newbie question please for anyone who has a bit of spare time to read. I have had my first 3ft (120l) tank for 6 weeks. I had two mini molly's, 1 dwarf gourami and a small catfish in there for 4 weeks no probs. (I have a few live plants, add flourish excel for them, added stability for the first seven days, always use water conditioner for water changes and my filter is a Aqua One 1000.) I added four guppies two weeks ago and have had nothing but problems. Suspected Ick then cotton mouth and now bulging eyes??? Tried white spot remedy, then pimafix, don't know what to do for the weird swollen eyes. My questions are: Are the guppies the cause? Did I get a bad batch? Are guppies prone to disease? Or is the 6 week mark that time of the cycle that problems crop up? Is it my fault for something I am doing or not doing? I want to try another tank (eventually) with more aggressive fish but if I can't even manage a guppy / molly tank I am screwed...lol I had thought that if I added fish too quickly the ammonia and nitrites would still be high. I have an API testing kit. Currently - Ammonia 0, Nitrites 0 and Nitrates about 25-40 but not surprised there as found intake pipe full of brown algae. So my filter was most likely not flowing at full capacity. (Common new tank problem according to my google sources...lol. It must have been quick growing as I cleaned the filter/pipes a fortnight ago and didn't see any algae.) Usually nitrates are 10-20. I flushed it all out and cleaned pipes. I did a 20% water change and will do another in the morning. Anyway thanks for reading my long winded post. Can anyone shed light on my problems? I really want to make this work. I am just a little disheartened here at all the problems cropping up. Would love pointers even if they are harsh..... smile emoticon Thanks again. Criss
  20. Hi Guys, New here, I was hoping for some advice on what people have had success with keeping substrate clean. I have an extremely fine gravel so cannot vacuum easily and find a fair bit of fish excrement is settling on the bottom. i have looked into creating an under gravel jet system to eliminate dead spots and significantly increase flow, advice from local pet store was to just add an internal filter. the tank is 250L 4foot with a cannister filter, I'm hoping to upgrade to a 660L in the coming months. If I go an internal filter what would be the highest lph flow rate I could push in the 250 without it being too much flow, yet strong enough for a 660L? Thanks in advance
  21. .Hey guys, I'm currently stocking my cichlid tank and am curious as to whether I can possibly keep t. ikola with peacocks? I've done research which says obviously I should keep peacocks with only peacocks or yellow labs but there is mixed opinions on the aggressiveness of tropheus ikola, does anyone knows how they might be? thanks for your replies
  22. .Was going collecting the other day and threw a line out with a worm on it with I had my traps in and caught a tilapia. was just wondering if it was legal to keep these guys in tanks, like do they sell them in aquarium shops? thanks, Andrew
  23. .Pseudomugil tenellus anyone keeping and breeding them on here ? Pseudomugil tenellus
  24. On a recent trade there was some discussion focused around the ethics of a sale. After some thoughts? The ethics of fish keeping, do we need to have a position as a forum. I am thinking issues like selling of deformed fish, runted fish or culls. I am sure there are other issues. I would like this to be a honest discussion, please remember the forum rules and be respectful of other views, and no targeting or naming names thanks. Regards, Steve
  25. Hi to everyone, I love catfish and cichlids of all varieties. At the moment I'm into Catfish and am looking for long fin Bristlenose Albino, Long Fin Marbled Calico and LF Normals also into short fin adult males. Dan
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