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  1. So I am getting into more finnichy fish and would like to ensure the hardness of the water is spot on. I haven't done this before so thought I would ask the experts. How do you test your waters hardness and what kits/equipment do you use? Thanks - Mick
  2. Are you keeping fish that like soft water? Well, we have the product for you!!! Macropore Gold.... it's the Ion-exchange resin that softens your water!! It will also remove hydrated lime, polish your water and remove tannins!!! Wow!!! Perfect for fish like Discus, Apisto's, L-Number Catfish, Angels, Barbs, South American Dwarf species, Tetra's and Rams. It's fantastic for your shrimp tanks too!! Just place it in a media bag and put it somewhere water will flow through it like an internal filter or a canister. Can be recharged. This product really is amazing. It would also work really well being run in conjunction with Macropore White. Click on the link below to add one to your shopping cart today!! http://www.thetechden.com.au/Macropore_Gold_Water_Softener_1Litre_p/mpg1l.htm
  3. Just thought I'd share a photo of my fronnie tank after today's water change.. Thanks to dean from AOA for selling me some of his personal lava rock the fish are loving the extra hidy holes.. The fish are all in hiding lol
  4. With the current influx of water into our dams it is standard practise for treatment plants to increase the levels of chlorine into our water supply. Went to fill a bucket with tap water tonight and smelt like a pool as it was coming out. So I would just like to put a reminder out to all that plan on doing a water.change from the tap to double, triple or quadruple their dose of dechlorinator. Its only a small cost to play it safe, I dont want to see posts about ammonia spikes etc all because you forgot about this known fact. Hope this helps some lives of fishes Ron
  5. Hi, my tank water has gone blue. It looks like it has a few drops of dye/food colouring in it. What could it be, and how do I fix it? Parameters are good. Cheers
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  7. Hey everyone, Im new here. My name is Joseph, im 21and im from SA Im in a regional area, and i dont stray much past it because of my health (mental) . Fishkeeping has been a great help to my quality of life but i have been doing things wrong in the past. so im trying to learn the right way. Im just about to purchase a 4ft tank. 300l (80 gal). I understand about the nitrogen cycle,filtration, heating and what not. But PH stumps me. I just invested in a API freshwater master kit, GH&KH and a TDS meter. My tap water after being conditioned, heated and agitated for 24hrs is as follows. PH 8.3 GH 107.4ppm KH 125.3ppm Nitrate 0 I would ideally like the ph to be 6.8-7.5. I used to use the ph up and down chemicals. but it always fluctuates. Id like to do it right this time. If i need to buy a RODI system that is ok. Thanks for any answers. and if my post isnt written well i didnt really go to highschool sorry in advance.
  8. I am just curious if anyone does chlorine tests on the tap water before they use is ? I have no water tanks to collect rain water so i am stuck with tap water for now. I found a tester on ebay that might work as a general safeguard in case the council has a dosing pump fail or decides to spike the chlorine for some reason. does anyone have one of these ? are they ok or am i better off with test strips or whatever ?
  9. This halymenia algae variation was near gone earlier in the year, now due to higher oxygen levels when I fry the stinking hair algae with peroxide and my tanks are running at 21c till September from May, its looking quite good in three spots.
  10. Im not game to do any water changes at the moment. My water for changes either comes from the tap or the rain tank. If I had a water ageing barrel I probably would do water changes, but no way in hell am I going to risk it at the moment, the stuff coming out of the tap is colder than the water the fridge makes and the rain tank would be even worse.
  11. I use mainly rainwater for my water changes on my sumped system, and every winter I have the same problem. Plenty of rainwater in the tanks, but no sun available many days to heat the solar panels I have on the fishroom roof to heat the water as I pump it through on the way to the sump. So I end up using the house hot water, which impacts on both the power and water bills. Recently it occurred to me that I heat my fishroom during the winter and have space available on top of one of my stands. So I thought, why not get a flat water tank to sit up there, pump the cold rainwater into it, and after a day or two in the heated fishroom, it should be warm enough to use for water changes. However, after googling I found that all the commercially available flat water tanks are either too wide or too high to fit in the space I have available. So then I found this guy : http://www.abbertanks.com.au/ He makes custom sized water tanks out of food grade polypropylene, usually for commercial and recreational vehicles. He can make a tank any size and shape you want and fit it with female 3/4" BSP poly fittings so you can add inlet, outlet and breather fittings. I got him to add an additional one for me at the bottom underneath the inlet and I put an elbow on this one with a piece of clear tube running up to the top so I can see how full it is. The tanks he makes are made for vehicles which move, so are fitted with baffles to prevent the water sloshing around. This makes them very strong. And they are light. Mine holds over 1,000 litres and weighs less than 30kg. So after laying a piece of 19mm form ply for it to sit on, and a test fill which confirmed no leaks, I now have the capacity to have over 1,000 litres of water available constantly for water changes during the cooler weather. And I was very happy with the price I negotiated with Chris at Abber Tanks, I thought it was very fair for a custom job. He is located at Burpengary northside of Brisbane, so I was able to go for a drive with my mate with the ute and pick it up, although Chris can arrange transport anywhere. May not be the solution for everyone, but if you heat your fishroom during the cooler months and have an odd sized space available, it may work for you. Cheers, Doug
  12. I got a free 2ft tank with a filter I bought and I would like to try a green water culture and then get some daphnia. Online there are so many instructions and each one seems different I was hoping to get some clarity here. Or would it be better to just buy a culture? Here are my questions: 1. To start the culture I read to blend some lettuce and leave it outside for 24hrs then put that into the water. Is this correct? 2. Do you need an air stone with green water? 3. Someone said to put some endlers in there? What is this for? 4. Outside in partial sun ok? 5. Will it need a heater? Any tips would be great if I can't get it to work I might turn it into a brine shrimp hatchery instead. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. So google hasnt turned anything up local. Does anyone know where i can find an ro/di delivery in brisbane? I just want it for flooding the tank when its all setup. Will be making/mixing my own after that. (Have 220L storage capacity for rodi/mixed and will have a ~500L system to flood, so want it done in a day)
  14. Just thought I'd share a photo of my fronnie tank after today's water change.. Thanks to dean from AOA for selling me some of his personal lava rock the fish are loving the extra busy holes..
  15. Did a test on the water in my Frontosa tank. From what I've gathered I think I'm doing everything right but if their wrong can somebody let me know.. Results; 8.4ph 0.25ammonia 0 Nitrites 40 Nitrates 196 KH Any comments would be appreciated. Cheers Chris,
  16. Hey everybody I just wanted to ask what I should be adding to my water when I do water changes. I've only been adding API water conditioner. My fish have been fine with this, my tap water comes out at about 8ph..
  17. I have used a couple of old ehiem U-pipes with strainers and taps, and a link to the garden hose for the last few years, and broke them both in one weekend. I feel the need to reinvent the system. Criteria, must attach to a garden hose to go out to the garden and in again. Wonder if I can do two tanks at the same time? If they had a common system would hydrostatic pressure equalise the depths? Any ideas welcome.
  18. So we have a pool that needs some repairs and now its cooling off its about time I got onto it, but I don't want to waste 20000lt of water I have a pond that's just over 10000lt and its time for a clean out before the winter so I want to reuse the pool water would a heap of fraction be enough? pond has Goldie's gudgens salmon tails and swordtails and a few turtles
  19. Okay so this stuff is pretty much everywhere here in rocky and i know its a declared pest but are you allowed to collect and keep it as long as you don't re release it back in the waterways or sell it?
  20. Many years ago a microbiologist friend who was working for the CSIRO, you might say he was well credentialed, commented to me that in a fish tank the little buggers are everywhere and not confined to the filter. I did not have the means or the inclination to investigate further, but that was 30 or more years ago. So with all the filter claims I am reading in adds and in this forum I was wondering if anyone has actually taken water samples and literally put them under the microscope to find out what the real state of the microbiological nation is. I know some filters are not sieves and the so called activated carbon is a misnomer and now we have some other ball things and some foam sieve filters. And we have UV for disinfecting the discharge. I also know from my experience as an environmental inspector that carbon filters totally contaminate very quickly if there is a contaminant and I also know the big problem with UV light disinfecting is any build up on the glass reduces the UV to do the job. So is there anyone out there with the capability of testing with a microscope.
  21. Hey Guys So I have trialed different methods of doing my water changes over the years and I am still tweaking the way/s of doing them. I have tried finding other posts on here related to water changes but haven't come across anything about methods. so I thought I would see what other people do when it comes to their water changes. I run a 6 x 2hx1.5w tank with a sump roughly 100 ltr sump underneath. My current method of water change is as follows. 1. Turn off the power to the tank with just the lights left running. the water drains from the tank and fills the sump as high as the drains in the tank allow it. usually it gets close to full. 2. I use a small pump to pump the water from the sump out to the garden. 3. I don't have a rainwater tank so I then use the hose from the tap on the house to fill the sump back up to just above where the water stopped when the tanks was drained. (before the sump is filled I let the hose run for about 1 minute before it goes into the sump) 4. I use Prime in the sump water, and using the small pump I used to drain the tank I circulate the water through my sump for about 20 minutes. The heater is running at this stage so the water is usually heated up before it gets pumped back up into the main tank. 5. After the water has cycled the sump for about 20 to 30 minutes I put the power back on and pump it back up into the main tank, add stability and wait for it to settle again that night. I'm just wondering what other peoples methods are when it comes to changing there tank water. Post how you do your water changes, both town water and rainwater methods. that way we can all use each others ways and maybe end up finding a better way. Cheers
  22. I have been checking out chloramine. In Brisbane 30 years ago we aged water successfully (we had a shop) About 4 years ago I gave the same advice to my mate who lives at Oxley Brisbane My mate has been successful and from his 1 small overstocked tank he has sold fish back to a shop for credit I checked with him yesterday and he has never bought anything to remove chlorine in any form I noted the advice in here on chloramine What is going on ? I thought, so I did some net searches The chemistry is simple or very complex depending on what is in the water before they add the chloramine But either way, simple or complex chemistry, water aged in the sun for a week has an excellent chance of being safe So water aged in the Brisbane sun for a week + only partial water changes (as my mate has done) works in practice. (at Oxley and for my mate there has been no issues in 4 years) Also I found out that chloramine in small quantities can be used to treat some gill issues (I did not take notes) When we set up a new tank in the shop, if we used conditioner or not, we always used a test fish before adding expensive stock fish. Another way to remove chloramine is aging with aquatic plants (advice from the net for what it is worth) If Shed 100 goes ahead with our fish project we will have our own water treatment plant and any new water to be added to our total water (in tanks or in the treatment plant) will go in (enter) via Tank #1 in the treatment plant. The treatment plant (pilot plant) will have 3 overflow tanks but it could be a long trough. It has some plants and or hydroponics to do the work. After the water has been bio-filtered it will be batch sterilized then aged for at least 1 week before use. Please feel free to comment I am not an expert. I do have professional environmental experience but we had experts to consult to resolve complex E. issues. I hope this info is interesting if it is not particularly helpful.
  23. Just thinking about bio-accumulation of calcium and KH. The animal that comes to mind is the snail. Obviously its going to work in ratio.... but I can't shake the feeling that this could be viable as a super low tech method, perhaps combined with aquaponics. Thoughts?
  24. Hey guys and girls I just wanted to get as much info as I can for starting up a salt water tank like the do's, dont's, what to keep an eye on/ look for, common mistakes, remedies for problems, how to set up a good salt water tank / system, what are good beginner salt water fish?, how long to run the tank before adding fish, the more information the better.. Thankyou everyone and sorry if it's been Answered a million times
  25. Have an IBC out the back (unheated) with a big happy breeding colony of feeder shrimp (Macrobrachium australiense ) .... suggestions on anything (fish species) I could also put in there to breed that won't eat the shrimplets? There's a lot of cover for the shrimplets to escape to, heaps of elodea and about 6 unravelled rolls of plastic gutter Gaurd, and some logs/timber. I know heating will greatly widen what could go in there and may even put a heater in there to keep the shrimp breeding through winter... so I guess what would be best for: -cold water conditions -warm water conditions (24deg)
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