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  1. Ok tonight I got a letter from Energex, informing me that on the 13th of June they are going to cut the power for 6 hrs from 8.30 am till 2.30 pm. In the middle of bloody winter. FFS !!!!! My situation. 1:a rack of 9 2ft tanks all on sponge filters with a large aerator powering the lot through a loop of irrigation pipe. - said rack has 6 cold water rainbow tanks (rhads, blue eyes) and 3 tropical tanks (PNG Rainbows). - non of these tanks are over stocked, so I am not worried about a lack of air for 6 hours nor am I worried about heat as two of the tropical tanks contain Boesmani that until the beginning of May were in an out door pond. In any case my rack and garage are well insulated. 2:Where I am worried is my planted indoor display tank, which is a mixed tropical tank. - it contains about $300 dollars worth of Tetras, Hatchet Fish and miscellaneous tropicals and nerite snails. - It is a Juwel 120 Lido - I have a jaeger 100w on it. - I have an Eheim 2213 on it. - and aeration from an aerator and obviously no CO2. -the tank is planted. - the tank can best be described as heavily stocked for effect. Given that it is the middle of winter, my main concerns are. -Heat or lack of. -The bacteria dying in the canister. -a lack of oxygen due to the heavy stocking of the tank. Obviously I can add a battery powered aerator. That isn't the issue. I am more concerned about a canister full of dead bacteria. Should I be concerned for 6 hours ? I have heard you can request a generator from Energex for this eventuality. Should I be worried or just go with it for 6 hours, its not that long really. Thoughts people.
  2. I was recently reading an article and I came across these Gammarus shrimp. I've been looking for an easy to culture live food for a while now bbs are fiddly and I'm still nowhere near being successful with daphnia, I'm pretty successful with blackworms but I would like to have a second culture of some sort. It said that these can survive fresh and brackish water and not only help cleaning up but are also an excellent food source for fish. My questions: 1. Can you get these in Australia 2. Would they be too large for Bumblebee gobies, desert gobies? 3. Would they harm smaller fish like endlers? 4. How compatible are they with other shrimp species It would be awesome if someone has some experience with these. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I'm looking to actually start actively caring for an corner style, triangular aquarium I inherited from a friend (about 50cm x 50cm x 70cm). Note that until now, it's basically been a box of water in an ignored corner of the house with 1 anubia on driftwood, and random java moss. Only a couple of platys and guppies which must be pretty hardy, as I rarely take any interest in them, and a few cherry shrimp. No filtration or aeration at all, and a dodgy little underpowered warm coloured LED light which means I can hardly see in the tank anyway. The substrate is just multi-coloured 10-20mm gravel. I'm at a crossroads - either get rid of the tank, or have a decent crack at setting it up and getting some enjoyment for both myself and the inhabitants. I've moved it to my office right next to my desk, so hopefully I'll get to enjoy it and give it the time/energy it deserves. I'm basically just after a nice looking tank, with bugger all maintenance/interaction (which in itself might be impossible). I'm happy to buy a better LED light so I can actually see what's in there, and can accept that a filter might be necessary, but would like to keep this as low maintenance and cost as possible. Don't really care what fish are in there, again so long as they're hardy, cheap, and don't take much work. IMHO plants make the aquarium, so I'm after advice about what species to plant where. Being stuck in a corner, I'm thinking tall plants towards the back, moving down to shorter plants towards the front. I'd really appreciate advice, including what to plant where. Once again, you guessed it, they must be hardy, and require little maintenance. Due to competing priorities, I'd be lucky to have an hour per week to spend on caring for this tank. Perhaps if I get more enjoyment out of it, I'll rearrange these priorities. I can accept that I might be wanting the impossible, and if so I'll walk away from it. Feel free to be brutally honest - I can take it! So, any advice from the ground up - substrate, plants, fish, equipment?
  4. Hi, i am starting up a 300 liter planted aquarium. What fertilizers and what brands are best for plant growth? Also what equipment is needed for plants? I am planning on purchasing a Co2 system and fluorescent tubing for lights.
  5. Hi people I have decided to connect 2 systems together for less maintenance as have other things to do I have a 8 footer on one side of the wall and a 12 tank system on the other side of the wall. I wish to run both off the one sump or does someone have something better in mind. I have a nexus already running another system and was hoping for something along those lines to run these tanks but am restricted in height so a nexus wouldn't fit. Is there anything with a backwash function that I can run this system off Any help appreciated. Thanks. Mark
  6. Hi all, I'm going overseas for 6 months, I have the feeding taken care of but, I would like recommendations on a reliable aquarium maintenance person that can do monthly water changes and general maintenance on a 6x2x2 while I'm away. Thanks
  7. An interesting story about a YouTube experiment... The goldfish test that can change your behaviour
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  9. Hi guys, It was about time I posted this in the right section. This gives you a good guide of what can be done low tech low maintenance set up. It does not have to be the bees knees and go all out on high tech gear. This is running co2 however could be achieved with the same results without co2 (only running at 1 bubble per two seconds and getting hardcore pearling after two hours anyway). So for those who think it is too hard, too expensive, or cannot be done then you need to think that anything is possible. This tank runs mostly crypts, mosses, needle leaf java fern and anubias. It is the easiest tank to clean and take care of (apart from the huge ass BBA outbreak thanks to Zanes Needle leaf). It does not need weekly or twice weekly trimmings, does not need any care what so ever. Can neglect the ferts for a week or two if you forget or do not want to and the plants do not mind. I have stopped dosing EI and have only been dosing flourish and flourish iron just because I had them left over and they need using and have not noticed any different to the growth. You can keep shrimp, apistogramma pair, and small fish such as my green neons happily in the one small cube so stocking is not limited. Enjoy; Apistogramma munching on a big cherry (good food source haha) Green Neon Tetras and Sparkling Gourami; Thanks, Adam
  10. Hello All, Just wondering if anyone can recommend a good aquarium maintenance company on Brisbane Southside? All for that matter anyone local to Drewvale / Browns Plains Area that would be willing to help with routine maintenance on a few fish tanks for 4 weeks?
  11. Got an 18L tank with a blue fighter in it. Few plants, filter, heater, rock structure and a thermometer. All up it has cost me around $70 (Expensive tank). Last time I cleaned the tank was about 3 months ago, I clean the filter every month. There is not a drop of poo to be seen and the plants are thriving, but not out of control, the fish is happy and gets light from the other tanks beside it. This tank would have to be the most simple and easily maintainable tank ever. Because of its size and plants there is not a speck of algae in sight, but its just the fighter, and no snails (copper in rocks I think, they all abandoned ship when they went in). Its next tank clean is due in a couple of days, will hopefully get some pics of it during the clean.
  12. WHats it involve, Water changes? Removal of plant overgrowth? Anything else? Cheers Henzo
  13. I am looking into setting up a sump tank and I was just wondering what you need to do to maintain it. Is it the same as a Canister Filter? Do I just clean all the sponges every 3 or so months? Is it the same for Salt and Freshwater
  14. Anything special required to care for a turtle? Other than the right foods, and a ramp out of the water etc? What PH and Temp does a run-of-the-mill turtle like? Water movement - heaps or little? Normal tank maintenance? 20-30% water change, gravel pump etc... anything else? Any advice would be much appreciated.
  15. Moving over from freshwater cichlids.... I'm after 5 to 10 dot points explaining how to best maintain a 5 ft marine tank. Water changes? How much and how often? Is it true I use fresh water to refill from evaporation, but salt water to do water changes? If I use tap water does PH matter? What about temp? I imagine the aim would be to try not to move any live rock? Do you gravel pump around it, or at all? Any important regular testing required? Also what about the filter? Say its a live rock sump, in or below the tank with some sponging - do I clean that sponging out and leave everything else? What other filtration can marine use? Anything else you guys can think of as well. I'd like a few different peoples opinions if possible. Thank you in advance.
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  17. I've spolen to a number of LFS and the advice I get differs greatly, Some say to ckean them out once a month, some say to leave them until I notice hardly any water feeding back into the tank??!?? The Hailea canister which I've now retired due to leaks and spills, I used to have to clean weekly and as the smell was rank!!!! The eheim, the aqua novas, and the aqua sun do collect alot of junk but are never rabk in smell? What whould most advise on a maintenance schedule for canister filters? There are 2 X 4 foot tanks, each with an internal power head and 2 X external canister filters, 1 tank has a 1000 LPH and a 1500 LPH the other has a 1200 LPH and a 1500 LPH Thanks Marc
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