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Re: Cleaning Pipes
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Re: Cleaning Pipes
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Thank you for sending me the info on the pipe cleaner I have gone onto Ebay the link you sent me and ordered one.
Many Thanks for that Peter.



Re: Cleaning Pipes
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Cleaning Pipes
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Any ideas how to clean inside the spray bar and pipes to a AquaManta EFX 1500U' External Filter for a tropical fish tank.



Re: Vortex issue - Too low :(
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Pictures would help.

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Vortex issue - Too low :(
Posted on: 22/8/2017 21:06
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Hi,

I installed a new pond, connected it all up with a bottom drain, Bead, pre-filter, etc etc..all good!

However I filled the pond - and you guessed it - 1.5 ft short of the pond level I wanted.

I fixed this with a extension to the vortex (home made) and worked well for about 1 year - but leaked a little.

I have now decided to fix this are currently running the vortex as intended and removed by home made solution consisting of pond liner and silicon.

Any ideas on how to extend a vortex - i.e. material, or other solution?

Moving the vortex higher is not an option as its all plumbed into the bottom drain - not impossible, just not ideal.

Any ideas welcome...



Re: Probable dropsy death in fancy goldfish
Posted on: 22/8/2017 15:22
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Would you post actual test results please for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and pH. Also, is your water hard or soft and what do you feed them?

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Probable dropsy death in fancy goldfish
Posted on: 21/8/2017 23:10
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Hi

I was looking for some advice as over the last 9 months I have lost 3 fancy goldfish and all to fairly similar symptoms, with the most recent passing away today.

The symptoms are all the same in so far as the fish starts being very lethargic, sitting in the bottom corner of the tank, then progressing to being unable to swim properly / lying on side, etc ... before eventually dying. With the first two this took 10+ days to progress, with my last it all happened in a matter of days. With each the scales seem to puff up (hence why I am assuming dropsy).

Each episode has been 3 or so months apart and the tank gets regular (2 weekly) water changes along with one of the carbon filters. There are no other major changes to the tank environment. I also check the water quality regularly and it always seems to be fine from an ammonia, nitrates and nitrites perspective.

The tank is 200l capacity and had just the 4 fish in. The fish were 3 to 4 years old (which I believe is not particularly old for gold fish if kept well).

We have one final fancy all alone in the tank and I am keen to keep it as healthy and happy as possible. Any thoughts on what I should do differently or is it just "one of those things" that you cannot really do anything about? Should I be changing the gravel at all / ever? It gets vac'ed with the siphon each time but otherwise not replaced.

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Thanks for any thoughts
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Re: Turning a WW2 Air Raid Shelter into a Pond...
Posted on: 21/8/2017 20:30
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I would say stay away from an all in one, the reason being when they fail (and they do) you end up changing the whole lot, which costs more money than just changing one part. (Which you can do with separates)

I will tell you from the outset, that you will not get anything like what you see in the pictures you linked to. The reason is the pictures you linked to were built from scratch where as you have a hole you want to make into a beautiful pond.

The "problem" if you will is that when you start from scratch you can allow for things like cables, pipes, boxes, electricity etc so when in design stage you make a room, or a channel or..........to accommodate such "extras"

I am not saying give up, far from it, I am saying its going to be an uphill struggle, will not be cheap, but will be worth it when you have finished.

Lets make a start with the liner.

Assume you have one, and an underlay, what will you put round the top to stop it falling in? or will you make the whole surround a "patio"

Assume you have a waterfall, how will you get the pipe from the pump up to the top? (Like wise the cable) also to build a pond properly it should have an overflow for when it rains too much. (My fountain has a simple overflow that just runs to the flowers, but mine is a raised pool, not sunk, like yours)

Pumps are a subject all to them selves, but in short you want ome that can pump waste up to a filter at the correct rate.
So you want a pump that can turn over your pond once every 4 hours, and be able to pump that water up to the height of your filter. (But you don't know where its going to be yet)

I really would like to see this project become something nice. So I suggest you make a drawing / plans of what exactly you want and you make allowances as suggested earlier.

It may take some time, but don't give up.

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Re: Please help- Siamese Fighter tail in ribbons :(
Posted on: 21/8/2017 15:32
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Hi Fishlady,

Thank you for your reply!

I have treated him again for fin rot.

He is in a 20 litre tank (to be moved to a larger tank soon, but I want to make sure he is healthy first.)
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 15
Ph: 7.8
Soft water

I suspect the current in his tank is too strong, hence why I'm moving him to a tank which has a filter that can be adjusted. And I think he has had problems with getting stuck near the filter inlet, so I blocked access so water can flow in but he can't. Im just so confused how over the course of a day he can go from a full tail to it being shredded. It's breaking my heart! I literally set up the larger tank a month ago and was planning to move him this week to get him out of there, then this happens. Here's to a rapid healing so I can move him!




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