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  • Posted on: 16/9/2011 6:20
Re: Interpet PF1 filter #1
Thanks for the speedy reply. Didn't want to go to work and come back to a fried filter!

Is it best to use the Venturi system or not, to me it appears to make more bubbles with it off?


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  • Posted on: 16/9/2011 6:17
Sand or Gravel? #2
I set up my 30l tank 2 weeks ago with gravel (approx 8mm) stones. Have a small Fluval filter running and introduced 4 Danios to it to help the cycle. Previously when we had fish we never did any of this cycling so it's new to me and not sure if it is always necessary?

Anyway I added a couple of Red Cherry Shrimp, 1 male and 1 female and a moss ball and they seemed quite happy, but the female died. Perhaps I added them too early. I changed the water and found a lot of waste under the gravel, could this be contributing to the problem?

I picked up a 50L tank on yesterday, but want to set it up correctly before I transfer the fish. I have used play sand as I thought it might be better and stop the waste from sinking where it is not visible.

I have put in about 2" worth but it is really cloudy. 12 hours since doing it and I can still see a haze swirling around. I have the filter directed to the corner of the tank so as not to agitate the substrate.

I also have an air pump running with a 12" bubble stone to create an air curtain at the back, so not sure it the haze is from the tiny air bubbles or the sand.


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  • Posted on: 16/9/2011 5:56
Interpet PF1 filter #3
Can someone tell me if this filter should be fully submerged under the water or have the top (with the electrical connections) above the water level?

There is a line on it which says minimum water level, but with all of the stuff we get imported nowadays I was not 100% sure if they mean that or maximum. I currently use a small Fluval but have always kept the head and outlet above water level.


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  • Posted on: 11/9/2011 17:10
Anyone got one of these? #4
We rescued it from Maidenhead Aquatics. It was in a tank of only water! ??

It was labelled as a Vampire Crab.

From reading up I don't think it should be kept in water 100%, but more like 70% land and 30% water.

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  • Posted on: 6/9/2011 10:16
Re: What tank? #5
Thanks for the quick reply. I perhaps mislead you with my original request.

Since reading up we dicided we did not want to keep goldfish, due to our lack of space available. So looked into less waste producing smaller fresh water fish like Danio, Minnow etc. We currently have 4 Danio in the small tank, but want to house them in something like the Interpet 48l, I'm hoping this would be ok?

With 48l would I be ok to introduce a few more fish and an algae eater after a few months to help keep the tank clean


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  • Posted on: 6/9/2011 6:44
What tank? #6
Firstly hello all. I am quite new to fish keeping, we used to have a small shubunkin a few years ago. Since reading in the net it seems my current tank is tiny, probably not even 20l 12" x 8" x 10".

Been looking at an Interpet Fish Pod (aka Fish Box) 48l. - Interpet Fish Pod Glass Aquarium - Fish Pod 48 Litre: Amazon.co.uk: Pet Supplies
( I have seen it cheaper at Pets At Home only ?90) - http://www.petsathome.com/shop/fish-...-only%29-36859
I like the size of this as I only have 20" x 17" x 17" to play with, unless I get rid of the Mac or TV!

From the reviews the most common trend is that it gets dirty easily, but as I am going to use it for freshwater and not use the heater I'm hoping it will not get as dirty.

Is this a good tank to get?