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suilaire suilaire
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  • Posted on: 28/7/2010 21:20
snails - friend or foe of planted aquarium? #11
Just wondering what you think of having snails in a planted tank?

Apple snails with Amazon Swords - are they good cleaner uppers or are they munchers?

Thanks!
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  • Posted on: 21/7/2010 13:54
Re: aquarium stands/cabinets... #12
Totally agree about the lack of non-MDF, flimsy looking aquarium furniture. It took me a long time to find the tank, cabinet and lid that I have - see my profile for a nosey.

http://www.aquarist-classifieds.co.uk/php/detail62_72143.php

Good guys to deal with too.

Otherwise, if you have the funds, you could contract your local sawmill or joiner to make a decent sturdy stand for you?

I started out with an old solid sideboard from a local charity shop - not perfect, but in my opinion better than some specialist ones on the market.
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  • Posted on: 20/7/2010 21:22
Re: I bought my wedding dress today :0) #13
It was the single most incredible day of my life. Will stick a photo up on the members thingy. It was a very pretty day, with spring flowers, floral teacups and saucers, pretty floral bunting, etc. I wouldn't have changed it for the world.

What are your plans?
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  • Posted on: 20/7/2010 21:00
Re: I bought my wedding dress today :0) #14
How exciting!

I am just sorting through wedding photos (major task, be warned) - and am thinking how lucky you are to have it all to look forward to!

Enjoy your dress - it is amazing how amazing it will make you feel... You will be a princess for a day!
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  • Posted on: 15/7/2010 20:52
I love my aquarium! #15
This is not a plea for advice... It is a simple gloat!

I lost my previous fish in a horrific accident, and never thought I could ever restock my beautiful tank again. I tried selling it, but always asked too much (subconsciously) so that it wouldn't sell - I'd never get what it was worth to me!

So... After over 2 years of sitting empty in a spare room, I finally set it up again in April. It is now home to some very happy fishies - I did a fishless cycle and am delighted to say that I have only lost one fish out of 25 (3 weeks since they were added). Considering the dramas I had last time I am very chuffed with that! Especially as their arrival meant a 10+ hour journey for them.

And, I have it set up perfectly for the planted aquarium I have always dreamt of - CO2, fantastic lighting, eco-complete substrate and now a combination of root tabs, weekly and daily food for the plants.

Just planted it up with mother plants as well as potted plants (various) from Java Plants and it looks fabulous! My angel fish, corys and rummy nose tetras are happily exploring their new jungle... Only trouble is that I have inherited 2 silver dollars who are possibly going to jeopardise my plants! They can go to the LFS if needbe!

AND!!! My water parameters are stable - everything as it should be.

Sorry, couldn't resists gloating!

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  • Posted on: 11/7/2010 21:09
Re: What fish to go for?! #16
Thanks Suey2... I think you are right, as that is day 7 and all others are doing really well - I am watching the angels growing by the hour! The rummy nose tetras and the smaller corys seem to think they are all related and are shoaling amazingly together! Snails are loving their carrots and everyone just seems to be enjoying their new home.

However, ammonia keeps creeping up, so having to keep a check on that and wonder if frequent water changes (every 2-3 days) are a good thing?

Our water is straight from the loch and filtered through a non-chemical system with a UV light, so I haven't had to add dechlorinator, which I am hoping will mean that more water changes are not a bad thing???
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  • Posted on: 6/7/2010 9:26
Re: What fish to go for?! #17
Unfortunately the journey seemed to take its toll on my poor wee black angel fish, who is no longer with us. All others are swimming about happy and feeding well... Did a small water change this morning as ammonia was starting to creep up again, but other than that my levels are all fine.

Is it to be expected to lose one or two, even after completing a fishless cycle - or might there be something wrong?
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  • Posted on: 5/7/2010 9:52
Re: What fish to go for?! #18
Well I did it!

The first fish are in...

6 stunningly beautiful angel fish (2 heavy striped, 2 black and 2 silver)
7 corydoras
2 apple snails
... and 8 rummy nose tetras

in my 55 gallon tank, fully cycled with all water parameters as they should be!

Before you give me a row, there is a reason behind the rummy nose tetras!

I have to travel far to get fish, which included an overnight stay with my Mum - who was considering giving up her tank... So it made sense for me to take her fish back with me too - she had 3 rummy nose tetras and 3 corys and I wanted to make sure that there were enough to be able to shoal so made up the numbers. The rummy nose tetras are about 3 cm, and the angels are still teeny babies - so hopefully I will have plenty time to find them a new home before they become angel fish food.

Still planning to get 2 pim pictus and a gold nugget plec. Then that will be everything for now.

When the rummy noses go, I will consider a big shoal of those beautiful red fin tetras (thanks for the suggestion dwss59!).

It was a mammoth journey - collected the fish at 12.15 yesterday afternoon, drove for 5 hours, ferry for 3 hours and drove for another hour - fish finally put into tank at 10.30 pm. Lights off, no food, just time to acclimatise. This morning they were all swimming happily and accepted some food.

Phew! The ferry was almost cancelled - which would have meant an overnight stay... That wouldn't have been fun for the fish.

VERY happy to have fishies again!
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  • Posted on: 1/7/2010 11:02
Re: Please may I introduce to you our new family member... #19
Can I introduce my new family members too?!

My ducks are totally free range - we live 3 m from the sea, and they have the run of the sea, the land and the shore... They come back in each day for food, but head back to their own pad when they don't need us!

They arrived on Monday with these guys... That's 25 ducklings to 2 female ducks! Unfortunately we are down to 22 since Monday, but that's still pretty good going. Unfortunately the gulls take the yellow ones as they are so obvious...

Here they are:
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  • Posted on: 30/6/2010 15:33
Re: What fish to go for?! #20
My goodness! Some people really do take fishkeeping seriously - can just picture my hubby if he came in and caught me making that! Might give it a try though!

With the beef heart, all I do is freeze it, and then grate it over the tank and as soon as the wee bits hit the water they defrost and the angels go bonkers for them...

... Someone's going to tell me that's the wrong thing to do!

Go for it guys!
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