Re: Using battery powered gravel cleaner on sand
My normal siphon has a much more powerful suck than the battery powered one, so you'd probably find it easier to avoid taking up too much sand with that than with the normal version Nets are cheaper though!
Re: Using battery powered gravel cleaner on sand
I've got a battery powered one but I've not used it on sand, it's an Eheim Sludgebuster. I've a vague recollection of others doing so though, I think the key is to waft the end just above the sand so the debris is wafted into the water column and then get it with the vac, rather than digging the end into the sand. i think mine would probably suffer a little if it got too much sand in the mechanism if it's only the odd bit of grot could you achieve the same result by wafting a small net about?
There's quite a few options for an 18" height, have a look at Amazon swords, various hygrophila species, ludwigia and vallisneria to start with. In all honesty 18" isn't that tall as far as plants are concerned; hygro, ludwigia and various others will get taller but you can nip the tops off and replant the stems to get new plants. Elodea and hornwort grow well in most situations too.
Remind us what sort of fish you have? Different plant species may be more suitable for different fish species
Have a look at the plantsalive catalogue as it details the size and requirements of various popular species, should help with some ideas
If the leaves are going transparent it might be lack of nutrients or lighting, see if your set up is meeting the conditions specified in the catalogue for the plants in question If you're not sure, you can post the plant names or some pics and we'll see if we can help.
cathie wrote: Also this - not cheeky wildlife but puzzling, what were they doing? On my way home from work, a line of 20+ swans heading up the canal (rubbish photo they were too far away by the time I had stopped and got phone out)
Looks like a 'peloton'! Wonder if it's the same theory as flying in a V or cycling in line, maybe it makes it less effort for the ones behind and they take it in turns to lead? Maybe they have different places for feeding during the day and hiding out at night?
I love the mental image of the fox on the wendy house, Pride Rock style This new fox of ours is essentially a 'puppy' still, so it's very curious and nosey. We shoo it off when we see it, so hopefully it will get the idea it's ok in the garden but only at a distance! The previous fox was quite well behaved and suitably cautious, I don't think he would have ever have tried to get in the house. I have seen them trotting about with apples in their mouths that they've got from next door's windfalls
Squirrels are very entertaining, ours likes to sit on the fence with its paw on its chest as if it were singing the Star Spangled Banner
My dad gets pheasants in his garden as he lives in a very rural area, he's less than complimentary about them in his veg patch though!
Was sitting on the patio this evening with my dinner when a young fox popped into the garden. It often does, we must be on the regular circuit and I think it's offspring of Renard who came by most nights but hasn't been seen for a while. It had a wander around, looked wistfully at the massive hole it dug under the conifer a few weeks ago with a view to setting up a den (said hole now has a dead tree branch in it!) and then came to see me on the patio! Was about five feet away having a good nose! It ran off when I thought I'd try getting my camera though. Later on I was sitting inside just by the patio door on the phone to my mum and it stuck its head round the patio door! it soon ran off when I squeaked to mum that the 'sodding' fox has just poked its schnozz round the door though
Cheeky devil, am going to have to be vigilant with leaving the patio door open, it'll be relaxing on the sofa next!
We have some very cheeky wildlife, Mr S once threw a reel of PVC plumbing tape at the squirrel when it was vandalising a bird feeder only for it to run off with the tape
Not to mention the crow that sits on the hoop on the bird feeding station that's meant to hold a water dish, puts its wing round the fat ball feeder and hoiks it up close to munch its way through several fat balls.
Has anyone else got cheeky sneaky critturs in their gardens?
Great news that she's looking better Hopefully there won't be too much of a scar, when Quantum (my ranchu) had his tumour removed he had a hole the size of a penny in his side but it healed over remarkably quickly, plus the scales grew back and have gone back to black - I think being underwater fish heal a lot faster than mammals as they need to protect themselves from their environment differently
Re: Fancy goldfish ill and now not eating much.
Keep on with the treatment but don't worry too much if he doesn't want to eat a lot right now, might just be feeling a bit 'off' as it were. I've had them not eat for days when ill then suddenly hoover up everything they can get their faces around! If you've got lights in the hospital tank I'd be inclined to turn them off as this might help reduce stress from feeling a bit exposed
The fins should zip themselves back up again in time with any luck