Fishlady wrote: I prefer sand. It's easier to keep clean as dirt sits on top and fish that like to root about and have sensitive barbels (like clown loaches) much prefer it for digging in and unlike gravel it won't damage them. Sand won't be a problem with externals as long as you don't sit the intake so low that it can suck up the sand. Also , turn the filter off if you're doing any maintenance on the tank that means stirring the sand up a lot. I have sand in almost every tank and externals on most and haven't had any issues at all (8 tanks running at the moment). Personally I use swimming pool filter sand - it has a slightly larger grain than play sand so doesn't compact like that does and it comes completely pre-washed and can be put straight in. I'm basically too lazy to spend hours rinsing the dust and dirt out of enough play sand to cover a 6ft tank so pool sand is ideal.
Discus - yes, I keep them. I have a breeding pair of Red-Turquoise Piwowarski discus in their own tank. They're on their own in there as I'm hoping to raise some fry from them. I'll try to help if you've questions, but meanwhile here's a pic of them:
Those fish are stunning Fishlady. 8 tanks? WOW! I don't know where you find the time to maintain them all.
AmcDiscus wrote: I was watching some youtube videos on 6ft setups and one guy is using 1400 and 2000 all pond solutions canisters so I looked on ebay and can get both for 110 pound,
The link on my post above shows the 2000 ltr. The SunSun filters are the exact same filters as All Pond Solutions. It's the Chinese company Sunsun that make them and APS get them from Sunsun and put their own label on them. You can buy the Sunsun for ?72.99 complete with media or with an extra media pack for ?87.98 from that ebay link.
I have one of these flexible backgrounds fitted on my 5 ft tank. They're not cheap but they look great & add a realism to the tank. I ordered that one from a company in the US but I've found a company in the UK that make them now; http://www.rockways.co.uk/b-flexi-r-flat-3d-aquarium-backgrounds/ I'm going to order one from them for my 6ft tank. They quoted me a price of ?200( ) I admit it is a lot of money but it definitely makes a huge difference to the look of the tank. Here's a picture they sent of samples of the different colours they do;
AmcDiscus wrote: I'm new on this site and new to having a large tank, I have a 2ft at the moment but just ordered a custom build from Dc aquarium 72inch Long H 24 W20 just wondering which external filter to use tank is going to be 566 litres ,mi want to keep Discus and some clown loaches and a shoal of tetras . Any advise would be great on background colour ect
I just bought a second hand 6ft tank and purchased one of these filters for it; http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/22181674775 ... geName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT. Ehiems & Fluvals are the leading brands but can be quite expensive to buy (even 2nd hand ones fetch good money), so decided on one of these. They've received good reviews and seems like a lot of kit for the money. These are the filters All Pond Solutions buy in & put their own label on.
There seems to be a lot of debate as to which brand makes the best dried cichlid food, with Hikari, New Life Spectrum and Omega One being promoted as the superior brands. I've only ever used Hikari sinking pellets but was thinking of trying one of the other two to use as an alternative to Hikari every other day to give my africans a bit more variety in their diet. New Life spectrum (whether true or not) promote superior colouring compared to the other two but a few reviews I've read say it's quite a messy food and makes the water quality deteriorate more quickly. Does anyone on here use NLS? Just looking for your views on what brand you prefer or find best to use.
Planning to do another partial water change tomorrow to help keep oxygen levels up and dose the replacement water with salt as well before I put it in. I'll keep the water changes up every other day whilst the tank's being treated. I've read that 30 degrees should be safe enough for African Cichlids, although 32 degrees is the required temp to kill the Ich. Do you think they'd handle 32 degrees if I monitor the fish regularly?
I've managed to borrow 2 x 50w heaters so I can slowly raise the temperature further while I wait on my new heater arriving. Currently at 28 degrees. Here's my current stock list; 1 x Sunshine peacock 1 x Yellow Lab 2 x albino Socolofi 1 x Bumblebee (only one showing any visible white spots) 1 x OB Peackock 1 x Ice Blue Zebra 1 x Livingstoni 1 x Venustus 2 x Blue Moori 1 x red Jacobfreibergi Eureka