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AmiJane AmiJane
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  • Posted on: 13/11 21:38
Re: Aqua One or Juwel?? #21
Just also done a water hardness lookup, which is showing very hard

CALCIUM 148 mg/l
TOTAL HARDNESS 370 mg/l
Degrees German 20.72
FLUORIDE 0.685 mg/l

Given I was looking at Mollies this would be ok but limits me with other tank mates that I was hoping to get 🙁


AmiJane AmiJane
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  • Posted on: 13/11 19:48
Re: Aqua One or Juwel?? #22
Thanks for the response. I’m not that much of a short #OOPS# so the heights would not be an issue (might if I went for the Juwel 200 rather than 110). Have measured the space out etc. Had a lovely 6ft tank at my parents for my cold water tank, unfortunately don’t have that kind of space in my own place.

The lid is another thing that puts me off the Aqua One. Only one light and can’t really seem to find replacements that easily. Juwel stuff you can get anywhere!

Good shout also with the auto feeder - another plus for the Juwel!


fcmf fcmf
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  • Posted on: 13/11 15:17
Re: Aqua One or Juwel?? #23
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
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  • Quite a regular
  • Posted on: 13/11 13:36
Re: Fishless cycle is just not working, guidance needed.... #24
Good stuff thanks!


Fishlady Fishlady
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  • Posted on: 13/11 11:10
Re: Fishless cycle is just not working, guidance needed.... #25
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
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  • Posted on: 13/11 11:03
Re: Fishless cycle is just not working, guidance needed.... #26
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 #27
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 ? #28
OK thanks fella !


AmiJane AmiJane
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  • Posted on: 12/11 21:06
Aqua One or Juwel?? #29
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 #30
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!



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