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fcmf fcmf
  • Coldwater Adviser
  • Coldwater Adviser
  • Posted on: 13/11 15:17
Re: Aqua One or Juwel?? #61
I can't comment on the relative merits of these tanks so I'll leave this to someone else.

Although 'footprint' (i.e. length/width and depth) of tank is an important aspect - always good to get the largest footprint you can accommodate as that will increase your options for fish - one aspect to consider with these tall tanks might be the ultimate height and whether you can reach the various corners for tank maintenance purposes. I know of several people who find their short height has been problematic for the Juwel Lido. The Aqua One 110 looks similarly tall, though. It would be worth establishing the overall height once you take into account the tank and the unit it will be placed on (whether the one designed to accompany the tank or a separate one), unless you are tall and this aspect would be of little consequence.

Another aspect worth considering might be the lid, especially if you would be relying on an auto-feeder at any stage. I had a wonderful lid on my old tank which accommodated a Fishmate Auto-feeder perfectly inside, on an in-built heavy-duty condensation tray with feeding hole, from which I could feed the fish if away. I didn't appreciate how important this was at the time. My newer tank doesn't have this feature, and, to use any auto-feeder would either require the lid kept open or a condensation tray with feeder hole cut into it - but the gap(s) would result in my nerite snails escaping or potentially fish leaping out.


Fishyfishfish Fishyfishfish
  • Quite a regular
  • Quite a regular
  • Posted on: 13/11 13:36
Re: Fishless cycle is just not working, guidance needed.... #62
Good stuff thanks!


Fishlady Fishlady
  • Tropical Moderator
  • Tropical Moderator
  • Posted on: 13/11 11:10
Re: Fishless cycle is just not working, guidance needed.... #63
It can happen, especially in cycles that have been difficult, that the nitrite eating bacteria establish quickly and so you see no nitrite. I think this is what's happening here.

Don't use the nitrate-reducing product whilst cycling as it may cause problems. No need to change water unless the nitrate approaches 100ppm. Other than that change close to 100% once you're cycled before adding your first fish.

Good luck!


Fishyfishfish Fishyfishfish
  • Quite a regular
  • Quite a regular
  • Posted on: 13/11 11:03
Re: Fishless cycle is just not working, guidance needed.... #64
I'm two weeks into trying to cycle this tank again, and I believe things are looking up but just wanted some further advice.

I'm not getting any kind of nitrite reading at all, but I'm having to redose the ammonia, and the nitrates are high all the time - at least 40ppm, and i've done three water changes over the last 3 days and the nitrate reading doesn't drop below that 40 level, so something must be happening. I always thought there would be some kind of nitrite reading though, rather than 0?

I've been using Microbe Lift - Special Blend, so if the cycle is happening I've got that to thank for it. I've also got a nitrate remover (Microbe Lift - Aqua Balance) that I'd like to add to the tank so I don't have to keep doing water changes but would it affect the cycle at all?


dphood dphood
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  • Posted on: 13/11 8:19
Building Acylic Tank #65
Hi All,

I'm thinking of building an acrylic tank for the lounge (Just decorated) but realise that I will need practice. I'm slightly confused of the different variations of acrylic (I don't really want to order something that's not suitable, I was previously told to use polycarbonate). Has anybody got experience in building that can tell me where to buy the exact acrylic from and any guidance, tips on the build.

Thankyou
Daniel


mikehill mikehill
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  • Posted on: 13/11 6:51
Re: Anyone near Warrington ? #66
OK thanks fella !


AmiJane AmiJane
  • Coldwater Adviser
  • Coldwater Adviser
  • Posted on: 12/11 21:06
Aqua One or Juwel?? #67
After an absence of over 10 years I’m looking to get back into keeping fish again. However rather than cold water looking to go tropical. Been lurking in the background doing a lot of reading.

Currently looking at an Aqua One 110 or the Juwel Lido 120. Had a Juwel before but wondering what current views/recommendations are please??

Aqua One would go better with my furniture but obviously the fish come first!


Comleysmith Comleysmith
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  • Posted on: 11/11 15:41
Re: BioOrb Fish Dead #68
Thanks for the advice. We did do the fishless cycle and have all the measuring equipment in so know the quality of water is fine. The photo on the front of one of the boxes for the BioOrb is of small fish and we asked the Aquarium specialist what we should have and she said these minnows would be good. She also said we could have a lot more than 6! We know now that is not right and will keep the 4 minnows as they seem OK but if i notice they seem unhealthy at all, for their own sakes, I will return them to the shop and get what you recommended instead. BioOrb UK replied to say the rocks it comes with should stop small fish getting in the filter which is ridiculous! We have stuffed extra into the holes and have had 2 days now where the fish have not gone into the filter and are awaiting the tube surround to stop it happening again. They are now the most checked four fish ever!


K4885 K4885
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  • Posted on: 11/11 12:38
Re: Extremely urgent advice needed - desparate ! #69
thank you

as you can see there is nothing immediately standing out

my fintail is still alive ( or was this morning ) but I don't hold out much hope


one thing I have noticed is that the heater seems to vary the temperature - ive ordered a digital heater that hopefully is a bit more consistent


fcmf fcmf
  • Coldwater Adviser
  • Coldwater Adviser
  • Posted on: 10/11 22:12
Re: HELP: GUPPIES HIDING #70
The filter media in the new/temporary tank would need to be cycled, otherwise there is the possibility that the fish will be experiencing the effects of ammonia. To do this (if you haven't already), all you would need to do is move a small portion of the filter media from the main tank's filter into the new tank's filter. In essence, the main tank's filter will have enough filter media to process the waste of its inhabitants, so, if you move across roughly the appropriate percentage of that filter media for the two pregnant guppies, that should suffice (e.g. if there are 8 guppies altogether including the 2 pregnant ones, then move across ~25% of the filter media into the new tank's filter).

Is the filter outflow particularly strong .v. the size of the tank? I've had fish hide by the filter due to being buffeted about by a strong outflow, and have addressed this by either turning down the flow or putting a small piece of filter media over the outflow nozzle to reduce the strong output.

As you have rocks/plants and potential hiding places for them, I can't think of any other particular reason for their behaviour, other than possibly wondering where their tankmates are (but I do think you've done the correct move by moving them across to give birth in peace) or possibly nervousness about the impending births.



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