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mikethorpe1968 mikethorpe1968
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  • Posted on: 21/3/2011 23:35
Re: Impressed by Water Supplier #1
Anglian waters contribution

information for fish keepers

also provides a link to find the hardness of the water using your post code
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  • Posted on: 9/5/2010 12:51
Re: facebook group - golfish bowls are cruel #2
I've joined too I'm the one with the Tigger picture people can add me too if they want
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  • Posted on: 8/5/2010 7:13
Re: What water testing kit should I use? #3
Hi Twimper and welcome to FK,

Most people here use the API fresh water master test kit and the best place to buy is on ebay as its nearly half the price, http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/API-FRESHWATER- ... _Fish&hash=item4aa0fd8b4f.

If you could provide the following info too we may be able to help you further:

1 what size is you Aquarium litres or gallons, if your not sure give us your dimensions length. width and height in cm's or inches.

2 do you use a water dechlotinator like tapsafe?

3 what filter do you have?

4 have you done a fishless cycle (read the linkmin my signature

I know seams like lot of questions but it would help us to help you and you fish
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  • Posted on: 6/5/2010 12:33
Re: CO2 for dummies! #4
My Ph seems to stay at a constant 7.6 and and i have very hard water where I live, and have a JBL ph monitor that is stuck to the glass http://www.jbl.de/factmanager/index.php?lang=en. I do use a clamp to restrict the flow during the night and release it in the morning the presure doesn't seem to get too high as it's not shut completely so tiny amount does enter the tank (use a bubble counter to check this), I have thought about having another tube coming off as a release system. If I could afford a high tech system i would but I have no loacal suppliers that supply CO2 bottles and sending away for them would cost me to much.
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  • Posted on: 6/5/2010 11:41
Re: CO2 for dummies! #5
I use a homemade CO2 system which is really cheap.

CO2 recipe

1. 2 Cups of Sugar
2. 1/4-1 teaspoon of yeast (more yeast = faster reaction = more CO2 for shorter time (2+ weeks))
3. 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda (optional)

this is needed for each bottle

Equipment

2x 2 litre fizzy drinks bottles (with caps)
silicon tubing
1x T conector for tubing
CO2 diffuser something like this
one way check valve
silicon to glue tubing in place

Drill a hole in each of the fizzy bottle caps just smaller than the diameter of the tubeing, then cut 2 lengths of tubing about 30cm long and insert one into each drilled cap, and then using silicon sealer put a bead around the inside and outside of the cap to seal the tubing. Then let it set for 24hrs.

After it has set connetc the T conector to the ends of the tubing, then cut a 30cm peice of tubing and conect one end to the T conector and the other end to the one way check valve (make sure its the right way round) then conect the length of tubing to reach the desired point in the aquarium and add the diffuser. Fix in place, your then ready for the recipe.

Adding the recipe

add 2 cups of sugar for each bottle, and then fill 3/4 full of warm water (not hot as it will kill the yeast), add yeast and baking soda (if using) screw on lids don't shake or mix it may take 24 hrs to start to get any production of CO2.

You can add a bubble counter too it as well which will stop any yeast gunk getting in to the aquarium but I've not had that problem.

I put add VERY rough skecth too.

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mikethorpe1968 mikethorpe1968
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  • Posted on: 5/5/2010 20:45
Re: Looking for a silent filter system - advice please #6
Hi and welcome,

Most external filters are quiet but none are truely silent, I have a fluval 305 which is in the tank cupboard and don't hear it and i just turn the flow down to agitate the surface. Alot of people use or recommend eheim filters sorry can'tbe of any more help.
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  • Posted on: 4/5/2010 16:45
Lighting #7
Hi just a quick question how often should lighting (tubes) be changed, mine are 15-16 months old?
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  • Posted on: 3/5/2010 20:38
Re: Another Ebay traversty.... #8
Well the listing is still there
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  • Posted on: 3/5/2010 20:08
Re: Another Ebay traversty.... #9
Well I got my reply from Ebay :-

Hello Mike,

Thank you for taking the time to let us know about the aquarium tank
listing (item no. 270560353195) on the site. We take reports of members
who break our rules very seriously.

We'll investigate your report and take any appropriate action in
accordance with our site policies.

As it's important that eBay maintains member privacy, we won't be able
to share details of any action we take on the other member's account.
This eBay principle protects the privacy of all our members.

In future, to help us investigate more quickly, you can use the 'Report
this item' link at the right-hand side of the item page.

Thanks again for bringing this to our attention and for helping us to
keep eBay a safe place to buy and sell. Please let us know if we can be
of further assistance.

Kind regards,

Greg Geer
eBay Trust & Safety

So still not 100% sure what they are going to do?
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  • Posted on: 3/5/2010 7:46
Re: Another Ebay traversty.... #10
I'm still waiting but was told up to 72 hrs JB so case of waiting and seeing what happens
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