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  • Posted on: 15/12/2017 16:42
Re: Merry Christmas #1
Merry Christmas to you too!

It's been a while, I tend not to come here as much these days since the forums have gone so quiet, and my life has been very busy lately.

Hope everyone is doing well.


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  • Posted on: 27/6/2017 10:24
Re: Its a shame #2
Yes, it's a shame it's gone so quiet on here, I miss the way FK used to be. We had a great little community, and I used to enjoy some of the discussions - anyone remember the Twelve Days of Fishmas? Facebook is great in many ways, but it's not where I would go to for advice on fishkeeping or indeed anything else. I would rather go to a forum specialising in the subject.


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  • Posted on: 27/6/2017 10:14
Re: New tank problem - water has gone murky greenish? #3
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The tank has a special system apparently involving the ceramic stones and bacteria and such like.


It will still need a fishless cycle to establish the bacterial colonies before it's ready for livestock. To be honest the filtration system in the Biorb tanks is a little outdated and inefficient.


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  • Posted on: 19/6/2017 17:26
Re: New tank problem - water has gone murky greenish? #4
Is that bogwood I can see there? If so then that's the reason. It leaches tannin into the water which cause that discolouration. It's not harmful, just unsightly. It may clear eventually when there is no tannin left in the bogwood, but there's no telling how long it will take, possibly months. I've heard that boiling the bogwood with remove most of the tannin, but I've never actually tried it myself. Otherwise removing the bogwood altogether would be the solution.
Are you doing a fishless cycle using ammonia? (Fishless cycle doesn't just mean filling the tank and leaving it running for a few days, as many people think. This article explains it).
Do you have any idea what fish you want to get? A tank as small as 30l gives you very few options.


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  • Posted on: 27/5/2017 9:29
Re: Fitting internal filter #5
There are specialist aquarium silicones available which are fish safe, they would be the best option. Juwel and King British both make it, and both are available in small tubes which is great if you only need a small amount and don't want to buy a huge cartridge. I use the King British stuff for doing repairs to ornaments and artificial plants and it seems pretty good.


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  • Posted on: 5/4/2017 16:02
Re: Fishless cycling a new tropical tank. Help !!! #6
You don't necessarily need to add ammonia every day, and not necessarily the full amount. Test for ammonia first, if it's already at 3-4ppm don't add any more. If the ammonia level is down, just add enough to bring it back to 3-4ppm (the calculator at the bottom of the page I linked to previously will help you work out how much you need to add).


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  • Posted on: 4/4/2017 15:13
Re: Fishless cycling a new tropical tank. Help !!! #7
I would recommend testing every day, and if necessary add enough ammonia to bring the level to 3-4ppm (our fishless cycling article includes a calculator to tell you how much you need to add). Your tank will be fully cycled when the ammonia is completely processed (i.e. zero ammonia and zero nitrite) within 12 hours. Be patient, it can take several weeks.


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  • Posted on: 17/3/2017 16:35
Re: blue platy #8
They are different varieties of the same species. Blue coral platys are blue with orange markings towards the back end, whereas blue wagtail platys are blue with a black tail.


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  • Posted on: 23/2/2017 18:01
Re: Partial tropical water change #9
Your replacement water should be left to stand, preferably overnight, to stabilise the pH as it can change quite a bit when tap water is left to stand, and you don't want that to happen in the tank. So I kill two birds with one stone and put a small aquarium heater in the container of replacement water when leaving it to stand, so that way the water is already the right temperature when I come to use it.


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  • Posted on: 20/2/2017 16:40
Re: Activated Charcoal filter replacement #10
You're right that charcoal is largely unnecessary. There's no real benefit to it most of the time, and the fact that it needs regular replacement makes it an unnecessary expense. I'd recommend some kind of biological media, the more the better when it comes to that. So either ceramic rings, bio balls (not familiar with those myself) or sponge. It's worth having some charcoal media in stock though, for the odd occasion when you may need it, just don't put it in until you need it.



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