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AmiJane AmiJane
  • Coldwater Adviser
  • Coldwater Adviser
  • Posted on: 28/11 13:10
Re: How many filters do you use??? #21
Thanks. I only ever kept one filter going when I had my coldwater tanks years ago. Didn't know if this was a "new" thing of doubling up on the filters. Think will do the same and just keep a spare in case!


Candle321 Candle321
  • Not too shy to talk
  • Not too shy to talk
  • Posted on: 28/11 11:49
Hitchhiker help! #22
So we bought some new plants for our 350 litre, from Pets at Home. Three days later out pops a Zebra Loach!

I'm still in total shock, I had to call hubby over as I thought I was having a delusional episode and hallucinating (feel free to laugh!)

Aside from not believing how on earth this guy survived in a bag with a plant on a rock, jostled about in the car boot and no water for over an hour - I'm now really concerned as the tank sits at about 20c and initial reading tells me they need to be at 23c min.

Of course we may need to speak to Pets at Home and check if they had Zebras in the tank where the plants came from, we've added a few new plants over the last couple of weeks so he could in theory have come from elsewhere, perhaps even longer ago as a baby? He's about two inches.

Any help, advice or ideas would be greatly appreciated!


Fishlady Fishlady
  • Tropical Moderator
  • Tropical Moderator
  • Posted on: 28/11 8:11
Re: How many filters do you use??? #23
8 of my tanks have only one filter, but my 6ft has two because it needs them both to cope with the water volume and bioload. My Juwel Rio has two because I don't find the inbuilt filter adequate on its own. I do have a couple of spare filters at the ready in case one fails.


AmiJane AmiJane
  • Coldwater Adviser
  • Coldwater Adviser
  • Posted on: 28/11 7:26
How many filters do you use??? #24
Just read this on a website...

“If possible, give preference to two smaller, independent filters than a single larger one. It makes things easier for you and more secure for your tank - if one of the filters clogs or stops working you don't lose all of your filtering capacity.”

Can see the logic obviously. What do people actually do? One or two filters... more??

Currently purchasing items for my new tank. I was going to be buying the Fluval U4 but now wondering whether to get two of the U2 or a U3 and a U1????


Fishlady Fishlady
  • Tropical Moderator
  • Tropical Moderator
  • Posted on: 27/11 13:22
Re: Sick fish #25
If your nitrate is high that will be the reason he black moor is lying on the bottom. Fancy goldfish are well-known to suffer effects with their buoyancy from high nitrate. Concentrate on getting that down and he will hopefully recover.


Shelby92 Shelby92
  • Just popping in
  • Just popping in
  • Posted on: 27/11 11:30
Sick fish #26
Hi everyone I’m hoping you can help me! I came back from Australia 3 weeks ago my mum had been looking after my house and my fish, I did a water change before I left ( I was there for 2 weeks ) when I came back I noticed one of my platys didn’t look well and wasn’t eating he has clamped fins and constantly hiding and hasn’t eaten for ages now. I immediately did a water change and went to the pet store to ask for advice they told me my ammonia was a bit high, I’ve been doing a lot of water changes adding aquarium salt and bought more live plants. I went back a few days later and the ammonia was 0 but my nitrate was high they said all I can do is keep doing water changes. I asked about any disease’s and showed them pictures and they said it’s definitely poor water quality. Now my black moor has become poorly and doing the same as the Platy the rest of my fish are fine which include( another Platy, minnows, shrimp, loach,) my black moor is still eating but he’s just laying on the bottom of the tank he hasn’t done that in the whole 2 year I’ve had him. I’ve looked for the obvious looking diseases but can’t see anything I will attach pictures. Please if anyone knows what this can be and how to treat them please comment, thank you

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Redscorpian Redscorpian
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  • Posted on: 25/11 22:44
Re: Identify lighting... #27
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Redscorpian Redscorpian
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  • Posted on: 25/11 22:42
Identify lighting... #28
Hi all, first post. I have an overhead LED lighting system and want to know (a) what it is exactly, (b) can I control the lights from my laptop and (c) what software/program would I need?

The photos show as much information as I can see and I've tried connecting cables to the RJ45 sockets but I can't detect any hardware.

Any clues? Thanks

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Fishlady Fishlady
  • Tropical Moderator
  • Tropical Moderator
  • Posted on: 25/11 21:51
Re: Black algae covering plants #29
Any chance of a pic? Just a note: if your tank is cycled there'sno need to continue with the Pure stuff.


Julie123 Julie123
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  • Posted on: 25/11 18:24
Re: Black algae covering plants #30
Quote:

Julie123 wrote:
Hi all, I’m new here and just looking for some advice. I have a small freshwater tank with a few White Cloud Mountain minnows and 4 amano shrimp. All are doing well (aside from a rogue snail getting in on a plant and producing lots more!) and 2 shrimp are pregnant!

My main problem is that the plants are covered in dark algae, and the glass tends to get green in areas too. I do a 20-25% water change weekly and have tested the water using Tetra 6in1 strips and all levels are in the safe zone.

Is there anything I can do? I was thinking of replacing the plants, is that ok to do? Sorry if it’s a silly question..only ever had the obligatory fish from the fair before these.

Thanks in advance


I should add that I also use the Pure aquarium balls



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