F.Y.I I've just had an email from someone is trying to rehome a 6 inch Oscar in Stroud area. Apparently comes with his tank/stand and all equipment. I've heard Oscars can be grumpy and my tanks are too small so wondered if anyone on here may be interested. I feel for the fish in case he goes to someone with no knowledge. I can PM details if wanted. Thanks Kate
Hi, I just wondered if anyone else has had a problem with Juwel backgrounds?. I have a Juwel tank with a Juwel background(blue plastic type not a 3d one). It has only been set up a few months and the background has discoloured very badly. It looks like damp has seeped up from the bottom but it is completely dry (as it is taped on outside of tank and there is definately no leakage). The one on my other tank is fine! It was expensive so wonder if its worth taking back to the shop?. Or do I go direct to Juwel?
Well,several days on there seem to be no problems in the tank from my mistake . All fish are fine and no spikes so far. I will carry on testing but hopefully I've got away with it!. Thanks for your advice and reassurance.
I've just done a 30l water change on a 110 l tank and forgot to add dechlorinator. It was about an hour before I realised. i have taken some tank water out and added the dechlorinator to that to dilute it and then put it in the tank. . Can't believe I did that!. I was trying to do several things at once like feed the children and tidy the house and got distracted. So am I likely to have damaged the fish?( 7 small Platys) or killed off my bacteria? Should I take some media from my other tank to help? Has anyone else done this and what effect did it have? Any advice please?!. Thankyou
Hi Mackalis, I'm not experienced at all but I thought I'd do a quick reply as I know what it's like when you are worried that they are going to die and you need help!. I'm sure the rest of the 'big guns' will be along in a minute with some excellent advice but from what I've read on this forum a big 'food safe'container sounds to be your best bet in the interim- tip out the Xmas decs and use that one!!. It doesn't have to be a fancy tank just a greater volume of water and food safe. Oh and don't forget the dechlorinator as water straight from the tap needs treating to be safe for fish. That's the advice I'm fairly confident to give but others will probably be online later to help you with cycling advice and transferring fishy. Good luck and hope the Goldie is ok Hope no one minds me posting when I'm a new fish keeper myself!
I will buy some RO and do some experimenting!. Not that I am anywhere near getting fish but would you add enough dechlorinator for 100% of the total water volume(tap+RO) or just for the 25%(+/-)that is tap water?
Thankyou for yet another clear explanation Fishlady . Just let me check ive got this right! 1) 25%(+/-)dechlorinated tap water left 24 hours for pH to settle. 2)Add 75%(+/-) RO and mix by hand 3)Test pH and GH 4)Add heater to bring to temp Sorry a few more questions~ On other tank I currently do a c25% change weekly. Would this be frequent enough or what % twice weekly? Would a 50w heater be suitable to heat c25l of water for a 25% change? Does it matter if stored RO water drops below freezing as storage would be in an unheated shed?
Aside from the RO,Im slightly concerned about you saying that Dwarf Gourami are very fragile as its so disheartening if they seem to die so easily. I will go and do some more research on other fish but do you have other suggestions for any that are slightly tougher or is this a problem which is endemic to aquarium fish due to the way they are farmed?. So sad if it is Thanks for your help
Thats a helful article.Thankyou for the link. I would really appreciate it if someone could help me with the maths though as I dont really know where to start!. Its fairly clear what quantities to use to reduce the hardness but Im not sure about the pH. Last time I tested them my tap water results were:
GH result 320mg/l(ppm) KH test 220mg/l (ppm)
How do I translate that into degrees hardness(or do I need to?) pH is 8.0 out of the tap after 24 hours
If I wanted to keep Dwarf Gourami What figures would I be aiming to achieve? what ratios of RO to tap water would I need as an approximate start?
Does RO water 'keep' for a few weeks if in sealed containers?. Many thanks
HI, I would really appreciate some advice please. Im getting seriously disillusioned with finding fish that are happy in my hard water that are a suitable size for my 105l(with decor.) I would like fish that are beautiful and peaceful in a community I wanted something different from Guppies/Platys/Endlers and Rainbowfish(have those in the other tank) but have drawn a blank. To give you an idea I love Pearl Gourami(Seriously Fish says they would be fine in my water but I know they are too big for my tank) and Sailfin Mollies~(again too big)and other smaller Gourami such as Dwarf I know need softer water. So......a bigger tank is out of the question.....do I research buying RO water and learn how to balance the hardness at an acceptable level. How straight forward is it?. Many thanks for your time and input. Kate
I had a massive snail problem and couldnt bring myself to squish them. I tried the cucmber/lettuce bait which worked but they jumped ship when I tried to lift the bait out of the tank. Putting the bait in a clean jam jar and lifting the whole lot out was more successful. In the end I got a cup and a teaspoon and everytime I went near the tank I scooped out those within reach on the glass. To begin with it was 20-30 snails every time but within a week I had made a massive dent in the population. Now I have a good balance of well fed Assassin snails and pest snails. Shame you cant have Assassins but the teaspoon method worked for me to get control!.