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Onyxia Onyxia
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  • Posted on: 7/6 14:52
Moving house #1
After 10 happy years in Croydon, circumstances are forcing me to move up north and I won't be able to take my fish with me. I have a 4ft tank with a couple of cherry barbs and at least 8 small plecs and i desperately need some help and advice on how to get them all safely rehomed.

I'm also not sure what to do with the aquarium as its too heavy for me to shift. I dont want to break it up as I'm sure someone could use it.


Onyxia Onyxia
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  • Posted on: 2/9/2013 22:16
Re: How effective is mangrove-filter #2
I've got very hard water, dose fertilisers like theres no tomorrow and stock lightly so not a great comparison for Nathan but I'm not noticing any loss of GH and all water readings are very stable. I'm doing about one 20% waterchange every month or two and top ups at least once a week. My tank is supporting a lot of terrestrial growth so that probably helps:

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I'm not sure its advisable but its definitely possible to keep a stable tank without a lot of water changes.


Onyxia Onyxia
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  • Posted on: 10/6/2013 22:34
Re: Losing patience !! #3
Cloudy green, white, brown??? Its really hard to suggest anything without more detail but I would guess its either water quality or algae related.


Onyxia Onyxia
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  • Posted on: 4/6/2013 16:55
Re: Office pond #4
You're preaching to the choir. I wouldn't have put fish in at all given that no one knows anything about ponds or has any interest in maintaining one! The goldies look like comets and have done ok over the winter. There are more goldfish than coy but I've only done a quick headcount, I didn't take note of how many there were of each.

I have gotten enough money from HR to buy some dechlorinator, a full test kit and a few other bits to help us clean the pond. Its still far from ideal but things are looking up at least.


Onyxia Onyxia
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  • Posted on: 3/6/2013 12:16
Re: Office pond #5
Ok I count about 16 fish (mostly small). I will admit to knowing nothing about sterlets but the 'sterlet sticks' here are also wheatgerm based so I'm rather confused now. Presumably there are different breeds of sterlet?

I did nitrite and ammonia tests this morning and both were surprisingly good. 0 nitrite and .25 ammonia which shouldn't be too toxic as I've added a load of ammolock (post test). Hopefully once the extra filter media arrives the water quality will clear up. That only leaves issue of inappropriate stocking.


Onyxia Onyxia
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  • Posted on: 2/6/2013 17:58
Re: new member with planted tank #6
It depends on your set up and cannister size. You adjust the bubble rate to keep C02 levels at the desired level so there is no one size fits all answer.

If you want a low tech set up though that generally means no additional CO2. Its typically a more laid back and cheaper approach to aquatic gardening.


Onyxia Onyxia
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  • Posted on: 2/6/2013 14:24
Re: Office pond #7
It is horribly overstocked but I can't really fix that so for now I'm just trying to mitigate the problems as best I can. I hope I can stop any more fish going in there but since the fish buyer is a lot higher in the company than me there is a limit to how far I can push this right now.

I don't have any photos but I would guestimate the pond is about 2.5m long x 0.5m deep x 0.75 meters at the widest point of the crescent. The filter is clearly undersized but both filter and power supply are concreted in so getting an additional filter will not be trivial. I haven't counted the number of fish but even not accounting for growth it is still ridiculously overstocked. The sterlet alone is about 30cm and presumably just a juvenile.


Onyxia Onyxia
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  • Posted on: 1/6/2013 11:40
Office pond #8
You may have noticed that Ive been a bit quiet recently. I have a new job keeping me busy! Unfortunately the office has a little courtyard with a pond which has been given the the apprentices to look after. Neither of them know anything about fishkeeping and every time theres another spate of deaths one of the directors just throws in a new batch.

I think I can stabilize it a bit just by doing proper maintenance and putting more media in the filter but I have a few questions:

Is an all in one pond food pellet ok for a mixture of coy and goldfish? It seems to be mostly wheatgerm and spirulina.

There is a large sterlet in there and it doesn't even try to compete for food. There is a lot of algae but would I be right to put in some veg for it as I do for my plecs?

Are there any plants that may help mitigate the overstocking issues but not be eaten by the carp/goldfish?


Onyxia Onyxia
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  • Posted on: 26/3/2013 13:06
Re: What and what not to buy #9
Im a little confused here, I thought the paradise fish had been in a while and weren't causing any problems?


Onyxia Onyxia
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  • Posted on: 23/3/2013 14:56
Re: Java moss free, nearly half a bucket #10
He already traded it all for two lady betta fish.

How are they getting on nathan?



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