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  • Posted on: 13/10/2018 13:42
Flourite Black Sand #1
Hi,

I am currently planning for when I redo my tank in a couple of weeks. I'm looking at substrate currently and I'm torn between either going for JBL Aquabasis plus substrate and JBL Sansibar dark sand on top or whether to go for Flourite Black Sand.

My understanding, and please correct me if I'm wrong, is that the Flourite is all in and doesn't need an additional substrate underneath.

Does anyone have experience with either, or preferably both, options and advise which to go with. I'm swaying to the Flourite if it is an all in one as I am looking to have some sections of my tank raised.

Thanks in advance
Steve


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  • Posted on: 2/10/2018 21:33
Stripping down and setting up tank again - black sand advice #2
Hi all,

I will be stripping down my tank and creating a new set up at the end of the month. I am planning on using black sand this time but there seems to be quite a lot of different ones out there, which range massively in price.

I was wondering if anyone has used any particular type of black sand that looks good but isn't going to cost the earth. I have a 4ft, 330L tank and looking to set about 1.5 - 2 inches thick, with a substrate underneath (I've previously used the Tetra Complete Substrate and will probably use again).

Any recommendations will be appreciated :)

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  • Posted on: 1/10/2015 18:37
Re: Wavemakers #3
Thanks, I find a lot of conflicting info on the net but I have always trusted those on here. A few other sites have said an lph of 10x the tank size, others 20x is required. My main problem is my tank is deep and gets very little circulation at the bottom.

I quite like the hydor ones, maybe I should look at one of the lower lph ones of those?


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  • Posted on: 29/9/2015 12:34
Re: Wavemakers #4
It would appear from looking around on t'internet that people run a couple of powerheads at a time. I've had a look at the Hydor Koralia ones. I've seen the following

http://www.charterhouse-aquatics.co.u ... culation-pump-p-2494.html

http://www.charterhouse-aquatics.co.u ... culation-pump-p-3468.html

I'm thinking of either two of the first or one of the second?

Any opinions?


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  • Posted on: 29/9/2015 8:28
Re: Wavemakers #5
I haven't quite got my head around the differences between wavemakers and powerheads! I have a large deadspot under my spray bar - am i better to look at powerheads then rather than wavemakers?

Are recommendations for my size tank that you may have used before?

Steve


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  • Posted on: 27/9/2015 22:02
Wavemakers #6
I'm suffering from a few deadspots in my tank and i feel i'm not getting enough water flow around my plants. I'm looking to add one or two wavemakers to my tank to help with the flow but i'm not entirely sure which ones to go for and how i should place them.

I've seen allpondsolutions have some and i was either looking at 2 of these http://www.allpondsolutions.co.uk/aqu ... rium-wavemaker-powerhead/

or one of these http://www.allpondsolutions.co.uk/aqu ... rium-wavemaker-powerhead/

I currently just have a single spray bar pointed at the surface.

Any recommendations on the above or any other wavemakers? I don't particularly want to go above ?100 in total.

As for positioning am i better to have them half way down the tank pointing upwards or another way? Anyone have experience of wavemakers in a trop tank?

I have a 330l 4ft tank for info.

Thanks all
Steve


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Re: Lighting advice and DIY aquarium lid #7
I'm not really a DIY sort of person, especially anything electrical! Thanks for the thoughts though.


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  • Posted on: 24/9/2015 13:02
Re: New stocking ideas #8
Thanks FL, one to consider


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  • Posted on: 24/9/2015 10:30
Re: New stocking ideas #9
Thanks FL for confirming. Think it gives me a narrow window for the temperature of the tank but I have a digital thermometer at each end which I keep an eye on. Unless there are other shoaling hard water fish I could consider that are more suitable to higher temps?

Do you have any comments on my proposed stocking levels? I had in excess of 40 Mickey Mouse platies until I took them all to my LFS. My nitrate never went above 40ppm

Steve


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  • Posted on: 23/9/2015 13:02
New stocking ideas #10
Hi,

Following recent disaster with attempting to stock my tank with some Mickey Mouse platies (spawned to over 40 in my tank!), i am now down to the following stock

3x Western Rainbowfish
2x Lake Tebera Rainbowfish
7x Cherry Barbs
12x amano shrimp (only spot 9 at any one time though!)

I'm in the process of replanting with more plants and i would like to add more stock. I'm looking to increase the numbers of each of my rainbowfish to have 5 of each and increase my barbs to 10. I'd like to add a shoal of fish and have been looking at either zebra or pearl danios. I'm looking at stocking about 20 of them. I'm increasing my water changes to 100l a week to deal with the additinoal stock.

The question i have is the temperature i should keep the tank at. I currently have it around the 23.5C mark. On the caresheets here, barbs have a minimum temp of 23C and zebra danios a max temp of 24C. However on Seriously Fish, the min temp for barbs is 20C and the max for the danios is 25C. I'd just like to check what is considered the min temp for cherry barbs?

Additionally, with the increases to current stock and addition of the danios and increase to the amount of water changed, could i actually increase my stock even further? I wouldn't mind a large shoal of danios, or two large shoals of different ones if possible.

My tank details are on my profile but i have a 330L APS tank, PH is around the 7.8-8.0 mark. Also my current water parameters all sit at zero, with nitrate increasing to 5ppm near to a water change

Thanks for any advice in advance :)
Steve



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