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  1. Hi fellow fish tank peeps!! I've recently moved house and have just redone my 4ft aquarium. I have never done a complete planted tank before but i intend to have the whole tank covered in plant life. The plants i have used in my tank include the following; - Anubias Barteri var. Nana ( i really was after petite but the supplier of my local fish store is pathetic and doesn't list scientific names.. Pisces. ) - Dawrf Hairgrass ( again from same supplier .. cant believe the snails. ) - Dwarf Blyxa ( Same supplier .. poor quality on arrival, could not believe it. ) - Ambulia - Rotala Wallichii - Dwarf Chain Sword - Glossostigma ( Dwarf Chains and Glosso came from serene aquarium - who i will use in future as plant health was a amazing on arrival. ) The things i am not sure about in a mass planted tank however are the fertilisers i should use, should i be looking for individual fertilisers or should i use a broad spectrum that covers all? Given the quality of the blyxa i ordered, i am already observing the occurance of diatoms on the leaves and i am hoping this does not spread onto my other plants in the aquarium. Correct me if i am wrong, but a broad spectrum fertiliser might lead to an abundance of unwanted minerals in my aquarium that could stimulate increased alage growth and i am thinking if that were to happen given a complete planted aquarium, results could be disastrous. What fertilisers do the enthusiast's use? I love my tank and I really want to breed shrimp and L numbers in the future so I am after any and all information on keeping the planted tank! My partner loves her cat, but i think i love my fish more haha! I have no fish or shrimp in my tank at present, but will be receiving some crystal black shrimp and yellow cherries tuesday/wednesday next week as well as 5 otocinclus i have ordered from my local fish store. All these i believe will aid my plants keeping their leaves clean for maximal growth. ( in theory haha ) Please if you have an advice for planted tank fertilisers and how to dose and deliver within the aquarium, i would be very appreciative. I can only get so much info from my local fish store, as sometimes i know what they tell me is incorrect. But it is all business to them at the end of the day. Cheers, Toddfish88
  2. My juwel Rio 120 light has died. It is a T8 version, the tubes are a few months old, so they should be ok, I noticed the other night the rear one was flickering a bit, this morning nothing. I have read on a UK website that because these units do not have starters that if one tube is faulty then the light won't fire up. Has anyone had any experience with juwel lights. I want to convert it to LEd at some point but not just yet.
  3. i got these off mattzilla these are great quality off course
  4. Hi guys, Here is my new addition to the tank list Tank 3 x 18 x 20 Substrate Frazer Island Sand Filtration 1 x Aqua One Aquis Advanced 1050 1 x Aqua One Aquis 1200 Both filters soon to be replaced with just the one Eheim 2217 that is currently running in the tank 1 x ANS iFlo Filtration Set 17mm Lillypipes (to be put in there soon) Lighting 1 x Hagen GLO Twin T5 HO light unit. 2 x Hagen GLO Tubes Heating 1 x Aqua One 300W Heater, To be Upgraded to a Hydor Inline heater as soon as they become available. Hardscape Melaleuca (have about 6 more pieces to use from as well that can easily be put in at any stage that are all three foot full pieces as this scape only uses 1) Plants Indian Almond Leaves and peat layer (yet to be a full layer throughout the substrate) Fish 8 x Corydoras Melini 7 x Corydoras Atropersonatus 2 x Apistogramma Trifasciatus (breeding pair) 20 x Lemon Tetras Soon to put in 15 x Dwarf Pencilfish and replace the lemon tetras The aim is to get a rio nanay/tigre biotope where both of my corydoras are from, however the apistogrammas I am unsure about? But could not pass up such a beautiful breeding pair. Will hopefully be putting in some apistogrammas that relate to this area if the trifasciatus arent from this specific area. Some small changes need to be made to the scape as such, including more low lying wood from the wood I still have spare (6 3 foot pieces I can cut up and use) and give them more of a "hut" style layout. I am still playin around with the scape as such and getting it right but the fish are loving the environment and the very low pH First thing is first (which I know many will comment on instantly) is the hydor inline heater needs to go in the tank ASAP as the sight of this ugly aqua one heater is just ruining the scape. And also I need to be a better photographer so I can really show what the aquascape is like rather than my dodgey pics. Will update once more wood is added and it is more "filled out" on the bottom with more of a nest of wood throughout whole bottom. FULL tank shots:
  5. Dicrossus maculatus in their natural habitat
  6. Hi guys and girls, Here is a journey for me into the world of biotopes. It is no way near finished however will continually update on a weekly basis until perfection is reached. I went for the bigger wood, but there is not much information on the Rio Tapajos where the Geophagus Tapajos is kept, more so where the apistos and in the drainage systems themself. I have also opted for finer melaleuca too. Whole idea is to have a natural setting with some nice intriguing bits of driftwood with lots of curves and bends like shown, with the nice sand which would be what is seen in the Rio Tapajos, and no plants, some stones as stones are often found in the bottom of the Rio Tapajos of all sizes, shapes and also sharpness, indian almond leaves for more feature, slight tannin, good ph, kh, gh and good quality fish. My set up will be upgraded in a few months time so yes, for now the tank size is okay for the accomodation of fish, but will be upgraded to a 5 x 2 x 2 by january next year at the latest. For now though; The system is as follows; Tank 3 foot by 18 inches by 20 inches Tank Stand Standard Tank Stand stained Substrate 40kg of Frazer Island Sand (very white and bright sand) (will not use all but got enough to last for the upgrade tank too) Filtration 1 x Aqua One Aquis 1200 Canister Filter • 1.5L Seachem Matrix • Aqua One Ceramic Noodles • Various size sponges • Four finer woollen pads • DAZS Anti Phosphate Pad (May not be used yet) • DAZS Anti Ammonia Pad (May not be used yet) • DAZS Anti Nitri Pad (May not be used yet) • DAZS Black Sponge Pads x 3 • DAZS Fine Black Wool Pad • API Bio Chem Zorb Sachet 1 x ANS iFlo Filtration Set 17mm Lillypipes Lighting 1 x Hagen GLO Twin T5 HO light unit. 2 x Hagen GLO Tubes or 2 x 10 000K Tubes Heating 1 x Aqua One 300W Heater, To be Upgraded to a Hydor Inline heater within two months. Hardscape Various size driftwood pieces connected to make one big layout fro Aquariums Alive. FishChicks Melealuca. Rocks from my Iwagumi leftovers Plants NONE Indian Almond Leaves Fish 6 x F1 Geophagus Tapajos Orange Heads 6 x Zebra Otocinclus 2 x Bristlenose commons 1 X Bristlenose Peppermint Other Products, Medications, Water Change Products 1 x 2L Seachem Stability 1 x 2L Seachem Stress Guard 1 x 473mL API Melafix 1 x 100mL Aquasonic Ichonex 1 x 120mL Waterlife Protozin 1 x 120mL Waterlife Sterizin Foods 1 x Hikari Discus gold 1 x Sera Vipan 75g Food 1 x Spectrum Multi Purpose Food 1 x Spectrum Medium Fish Food 1 x Spectrum Algae Wafers for the Otocinclus Regular serves of Frozen Bloodworm Regular serves of Frozen Brine Shrimp Regular serves of Live Blackworm Pictures: With flash on showing the colour of the water and how rich in tannins it really is Adam
  7. Hey guys Thought id Upload some pics of the tanks i have up and running. Sorry in advance for any dirty glass.(Forgot to clean altifrons glass). 1.) 4 x 2 x 2 Tank Bolivian Ram Geophagus Araguia Geophagus Braziliensis Geophagus Rio Branco FireMouths Blue Acara Female Bristlenose 2.) 4 x 2 x 2 Geophagus Altifrons Tocantins 3.) 3 x 2 x 2 Geophagus Tapajos Juvies Bolivian Ram (Bullied) 4.) 2 x 1.5 x1.5 (Temporary) Rivulatis/ Gold Saum/ Green Terror young adult. Enjoy!!! My 4 x 2 x 2 Geo Community Tank Geophagus Araguaia 12cm Female Same Same
  8. bred at 6 tonight after waterchange, pic is quite dodgy but will do the trick, please excuse quality, taken with normal digi camera and used a torch from above, also house lights were on so pic aint that great lol. First time they bred too btw
  9. Quick (fair crappy on my part) video of one of my Peruvian setups. Shot on my new 550D with manual exposure and focus - need practice. - Please click for 16:9, embed only does 4:3720p available but it's at a fairly high ISO and resizing from 1080p caused a loss in quality. Cheers, japes
  10. Hey guys and girls I've decided to turn my SA community tank into a Rio Negro biotope tank. The tank size is 6x18x18 It will be home to a breeding pair of green sevs, a few festivums, a breeding pair common BN, a L168. thats what i have established so far. What i would like suggestions on is a suitable schooling fish (i was thinking of a school of "hemigrammus Coereleus" (if avail. in Aust.), a few hatchetfish and a few pencilfish.) I also will be putting a small school of corys in there too (robinae, rabuati, or other type from the rio negro) So if anyone can give me some advice or suggest some suitable species for the biotope it would be greatly apprieciated Cav
  11. Hi has anyone used the brand of pump for there sumps? Im thinking of getting one of these to run my sump return i have 900ltr at a head height of 210cm do you think this pump is strong enough? The 50watts of power consumption looks great. Just after other peoples thoughts Rio Hyperflow 20HF specs * 50 watts * dimensions 137x70x94mm 0cm Head Height 5400l/h 30cm Head Height 4900l/h 120cm Head Height 3760l/h 180cm Head Height 3300l/h Max Head Height 330cm
  12. Ok, after pretty much five flat out days of crafting, moving, painting, setting up and cleaning, the 215 system is up and running. The system is basically an upgrade for my Rio Essequibo, Guyana biotope that was housed in a 4x24x28", plus some more fish. I didn't get as much photos of the setup process I would have liked because I was basically on my feet for 12 hour days in hot, humid weather. Here we go in chronological order, split by days, from pickup. Saturday, February 20. 2 hour drive both ways to pickup the tank. Had to remove the back seats completely out of my fathers Patrol instead of hiring a van/ute... and home: Self explanatory. 6x2x2 with 2 32mm holes at either end. 3x15x18" Sump, with bulkheads and spraybars in. Very basic design, but still a solid amount of media capacity, and most importantly, room for a Jager 300W in the return chamber. Sump spraybars. Stand frame underway. If you're wondering why the posts at the nearest end are different, there's a door on that end wide enough to slide the sump straight in and out. Single coat of paint on the tank. Sunday, February 21. Stand progress. Ply floor and top in, with lip. Can see the old 5x15 stand of mine behind it (got picked up today, thank god). Paint done, four coats for those curious. Little patchy on the back, but it makes no difference. .. and now for the 30 odd meter trek, up steps in the backyard, into the house. Luckily there was 4 of us. Stand and tank in, with doors open to show how it's setup. Sump in, and plumbed, with Eheim Compact+ 5000. Plumbing done, with taps easily accessible. Fluval FX5 Nozzle for the return, purchased the setup, including U clamp and suction cups brand new. Unfortunately Fluval don't like Glass tanks, and designed it for acrylic tanks that don't have as much bracing (I presume) So it's setup a little differently, but still works well. Lights on with tank pushed back into position. Done for the night. Monday, February 22. Had a meeting in the morning and was absolutely frothing to get home.. to wash sand. Sand in. Ended up being 60kg Play Sand, 2kg of coarser sand in the back left corner, and a few handfuls of small aquarium gravel. Additional stuff not pictured in above photograph. Close up of bucket filling to try and minimise clouding. After filling it up a little more I had to run a rake through it to remove as much air as possible (got all of it), so it ended up clouding a bit more. Beginning of scaping, driftwood in. More water, leaves in, ended up removing the plant. Ended up being a very long day, but I ended up having fish in later that night. Unfortunately I have no photographs. The S. leucosticta haven't been netted or moved for between 12-18 months, and didn't enjoy it at all. There is a fair amount of split fins from both netting and stress in the tub - was like a school of mullet for a little while, stressing out of the water, but nothing permanent. Should heal up completely over the next few days. Tuesday, February 23. Today was cleanup day, and a horrible one at that. After spending most of the day cleaning up all of the crap in the shed and house, as well as where the old 4x2 was, I had to move the 4x2 to the garage for an easy pickup. The tank, which is in an alcove in the wall where a desk normally goes, would not budge at all on carpet, so we had to pull the tank out over the top of the covering lips on the front of the stand, without damaging them. This was bad enough as it is, but then the stand still wouldn't budge. After tilting it backwards and forwards it sort of "clipped out", to reveal this lovely mess. Big tanks on carpet are bad. I'm presuming this mouldy mess was caused by sump evaporation and small amounts of spilt water each water change, but my carpet is ruined. On a lighter note, heres a photo of the sump running. Mechanical arrangement isn't how I really planned it but it works. I need to elevate those extension cables (the pump/heater cables are tiny, why? :/) to create a drip loop. Coarse Black Foam > Semi-Coarse White Pads > .50 Micron Felt > Ceramic Glass Rings > 10L Seachem Matrix, 1L JBL Micromec, 4L EHFI Substrat, 1L EHFI Mech. > 600mL Seachem Purigen. Fish enjoying themselves (settling disputes) Can see some of the main fin damage, especially the dorsal split on my dominant male in the top photo. Then, after moving computer setup back into my room, my PSU literally exploded (pop + smoke), so there was more money down the drain. Wednesday, February 24. .. and the full shot you've all been waiting for: Still slightly clouded. Current residents are: 11x Satanoperca leucosticta 40x Hyphessobrycon rosaceus 10x Otocinclus sp. Planning to add 15 Hemmigrammus occellifer when I can find some quality specimens. What still needs to be done: - Magnetic latches & Door handles - More permanent light mounting solution - Probable rescape - More media bags for the mechanical setup so I can properly rearrange it, especially the noodles. Would like to thank the following people and stores for their help and support during the planning and setup process : - Jodi-Lea, Steve & Todd at Fishchick Aquatics - Russ and Ronny at Redlands Pet Centre - Mick & Leanne at Aquarium & Petland Southport - briztoon, holo, raycam01_au, IronMonkey & DannyH If you think I left you off this list, my apologies. :thumbup:
  13. Heys Guys i got an issue with my Rio Brancos. A few days ago my biggest Rio Branco decided to stop eating and swam about 2mm of the sand in one spot and his mouth would open and close alot faster than before. So i started treatment with melafix. He died 2 days later. I took him to my local LFS who dissected him and found no issues, ie bacterial swollen etc. It went down as a mysterious death. Now my 2 other brancos are starting to exhibit the same behavior, not eating swimming in one spot, mouth open and closes faster than before. My water params are Ph 7.4-7.6 Nitrate 0 Nitrite 0 Ammonia 0 Temp 25-26 degrees I have also started treatment with Tri sulfa tablets. I have a total of 2 corydoras, 2 bristle nose catfish, 30 yellow tetras and 4 rio brancos. But im worried my brancos are going to die and im going to sit here powerless to help them. They get fed once a day, i only feed them New Life Spectrum a mixture of flakes and sinking pellets. There are no signs of white spot. Any idea of what i could try, do? Thanks Troy
  14. Hey guys, Looking to purchase a shoal of 3 Rio Pindare for a new tank I'm setting up. I'm located on the Sunshine Coast, and after browsing all of the quality LFS stores I know of up here, I've been unable to find one that stocks Rio Pindare, just the usual heckelii, steindachneri, brasiliensis, etc. which all grow larger than what I'm looking for. Livefish have them but I'd rather pick them up personally so I can have an inspection. Willing to travel as south as the Gold Coast for pickup. Anyone know of stores that stock an abundance of them? Looking for anything from 2-3". Cheers.
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