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IckleFish IckleFish
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  • Posted on: 13/5/2013 17:41
Re: newbie help #11
Where abouts in County Durham are you? if you get an external I would be more than happy to meet half way somewhere and trade you new filter media for seeded filter media, should help your cycle come along a lot quicker.


IckleFish IckleFish
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  • Posted on: 3/5/2013 17:50
Re: New stock #12
That said I think Aquadvisor errs on the side of caution, I would up your killis to 5 and up your barb to at least 8 and you should still have room for a pair of BN


IckleFish IckleFish
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  • Posted on: 3/5/2013 17:47
Re: New stock #13
Im not sure where Nathan is getting his information from, I have put your details into AquaAdvisor and bar the I guessed with the Cockatoo Apisto.

http://www.aqadvisor.com/AqAdvisor.ph ... short&AqSearchMode=simple

Warning: When Bolivian Ram starts to breed, they may become too aggressive to co-exist with Cherry Barb.
Warning: At least 5 x Gardneri Killifish are recommended in a group.


Recommended temperature range: 25 - 25 C. [Display in Farenheit]
Recommended pH range: 6.5 - 7.5.
Recommended hardness range: 6 - 15 dH.




You have plenty of aquarium filtration capacity.

Your aquarium filtration capacity for above selected species is 204%.Help on Filtration capacity
Recommended water change schedule: 18% per week.
Your aquarium stocking level is 66%. [Generate Image]Help on Generate Image

Thats based on 125 liters, for 120 liters its -

You have plenty of aquarium filtration capacity.

Your aquarium filtration capacity for above selected species is 204%.Help on Filtration capacity
Recommended water change schedule: 19% per week.
Your aquarium stocking level is 68%. [Generate Image]Help on Generate Image


IckleFish IckleFish
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  • Posted on: 3/5/2013 16:27
Re: New stock #14
I think you should up your stock of Cherry Barbs a bit, 5 is probably on the border line of being able to see natural behaviour, if you up this to say 8 or 10 your more likely to see them reacting as they would in their natural environment. Plus its likely to keep any potential future nippiness within the group and not spreading to your other fish.


IckleFish IckleFish
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  • Posted on: 3/5/2013 11:13
Re: Little Splash's tank - part 2 #15
Whats the nasty substance thats in it? I have never used it but if FL thinks it will be safe I think her extensive knowledge can be trusted in this matter.


IckleFish IckleFish
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  • Posted on: 29/4/2013 15:09
Re: Little Splash's tank - part 2 #16
Black hair algae can form if there isnt enough flow in the tank. You could try adding a smallish powerhead to boost water flow - but not too much.

Nerite snails shouldnt be a problem, same with shrimp, there are lots of different shrimp, I have 4 amanos, they are a bit bigger than cherries but that makes them a bit more robust. I 'had' a few cherries but they got eaten, my amanos really know how to handle themselves.

I believe that nerites require brackish water to breed so that should curb any unwanted snail population boom.

Guppies depends on your water. Males are a lot more colourful and I think they need hardish water - Im sure FL will confirm this or put me right :)


IckleFish IckleFish
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  • Posted on: 24/4/2013 16:52
Re: My first loss :-( And a question please? #17
If hes always been a bit shy then im guessing he could maybe have been a poorly fish all along and you have made his final months a lot more happier.

Do you do water tests for Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate?

Can you post the results please from a liquid drip test for the above water parameters?


IckleFish IckleFish
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  • Posted on: 24/4/2013 16:42
Re: An idea for fancies with swimbladder probs..... #18
4 years old and only 2 inches - stunted growth caused by overstocking and too small an aquarium.


IckleFish IckleFish
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  • Posted on: 22/4/2013 17:51
Re: Newbie here! - Cycling my first tank #19
Depends on the fish, tetras prefer larger groups as they shoal, the more of these you have the more likly you are to see natural behaviour. You will need to let us know what Catfish your planning on getting, a lot of catfish get VERY big and shouldnt really be kept in anything but they very biggest home aquaria.

There is a website called Planet Catfish that will give you more advice on the catfish you want and will be able to advise you on tank size and maximum fish size etc.

If its Corydoras then they prefer to be in groups of 6+ to display natural behaviour.


IckleFish IckleFish
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  • Posted on: 22/4/2013 17:47
Re: UV advice/opinion needed #20
I have a 9W UV bulb built into my APS2000EF+ filter. I dont know if it makes any difference or not.

From some places you read the UV can have a benefit, others say the exposure to UV is too limited to make any difference.

The majority of filters do NOT have UV bulbs and if I have to buy another external I will probably buy one that doesnt have a UV bulb.

The ebay link you have posted links to a finished auction I think.



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