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  • Posted on: 21/11/2017 10:38
Being convinced by LFS that marine is easy ... true or up-selling? #1
Hi guys,
Not posted in a while. Moved house a couple of years ago and not had a tank until my father-in-law recently sold us his Juwel Rio 240. I was planning on doing an African Ciclid tank and when I visited a LFS, they tried to put me off, stating the aggressive nature of African Ciclids (having been well aware of this fact). But then went on to say that a marine/reef tank is actually easy to do. I have already bought substrate (BD Trading Sand) and rocks to buffer the PH and also have an Eheim external filter and started a fishless cycle.
So would I need to buy a hell of a lot more equipment to go marine? The lighting unit is standard so would the marine T8 light tubes do?
Sorry if I seem like a complete marine noob because, well, I am! It just seemed like I was being fobbed a little in order to sell more expensive fish! But I won't lie, I would love a marine setup ... but time and funds are reasonably tight.


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  • Posted on: 14/6/2013 17:29
Quiet filter (for not much money!) #2
I've got a Juwel Rio 240 with an Ehiem Ecco Pro 300 and an APS 1200lph internal filter, which I'm mainly using to agitate the water surface for oxygenation. Problem is, the APS filter is very noisy. Can anyone recommend a small-ish internal filter that is quiet and doesn't cost the earth? Like the APS one I have, it'll be used for water oxygenation and supporting the Ehiem external, so it doesn't need to be a massive filter. (the smaller, the better!)
Thanks!


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  • Posted on: 1/4/2013 8:43
Re: 125 litre tank stocking advice #3
I'm unsure because I don't have a test kit for that. But according to United Utilities website, we're in a 'very soft' water area.


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  • Posted on: 31/3/2013 18:45
Re: 125 litre tank stocking advice #4
Well, this tank is about to become vacant now. I've put all my fish into the main tank now that it has fully cycled, apart from my clown loaches for a few days because they have touch of ich and I want to be 100% sure that the main tank is fine before moving them.
As for the 125l tank, I was thinking of some German or Bolivian rams with a school of tetras, perhaps rummy nose. Would they be ok in a 125l tank?
My tap water is about PH 6.6-6.8 now, with nitrates up to about 5ppm.


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  • Posted on: 26/3/2013 19:21
Clown loach lighting #5
I'm still (frustratingly!) in the process of fishless cycling my main tank. My fish have been living in their 125l 'lifeboat' tank and 2 of my larger clown loaches have been hidden pretty much constantly in there when the light is on. Before my other tank went ka-put, only one dim bulb worked and they were always playing about! I guess they got used to it and going to a bright tank has been too much for them.
Anyhoo, I've order the Juwel T8 warm lite and colour lite for my main tank ... should this encourage them back out when I move them back in?
Also, I've been looking at the moonlight blue LED strip lights to put on in the evening (not over night!) ... are these any good at luring fish out to play?


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  • Posted on: 15/3/2013 22:19
Re: 125 litre tank stocking advice #6
Tap water PH seems to be swaying a fair bit at the moment. It's normally 6.8 but it's as high as 7.6 at the moment. No idea why that is


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  • Posted on: 13/3/2013 19:45
Re: Trying to boost bacteria ... I think it's all dead :( #7
Thank you!
One more thing (I know ... I'm a pain in the ar$e lol)
My tap water is PH 6.8 but I just tested my tank water and it is now 8.4 without adding any bicarb ... is this acceptable? I'm guessing this is because of the Kleen Off I added?


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  • Posted on: 13/3/2013 18:57
Re: Trying to boost bacteria ... I think it's all dead :( #8
I'll give the bicarb a go ... as luck would have it, I bought some for baking a few days ago!
The temp has been at 28-29c and I've got the spray bar on my internal pointing up so the water moves more.
I got the Ecco Pro 300 and right after I told you where I put the sponge, curiosity got the better of me and I dismantled it to find out which way the water flows and it turns out it flows upwards so I've now moved the sponge to the bottom basket!


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  • Posted on: 13/3/2013 18:21
Re: Trying to boost bacteria ... I think it's all dead :( #9
I've got a theory that the dodgy guy who owns the shop where I got the ammonia from probably watered down the ammonia himself because the bottles aren't sealed! It really wouldn't surprise me! lol
So what I've done is done a 80% water change and filled back up with dechlorinated water. And as luck would have it, I've been using 2 small filters on my overstocked 'lifeboat' tank as well as the standard filter, so the water in that tank is kept in check (0 ammonia/nitrite, 20 nitrate ). So I've nicked a sponge from the little Fluval filter and put it in between the white thin pad and the little ceramic balls. I'm unsure which way the water flows in the eheim but i would guess it flows through the white pad first and then the bio media.
So I've done that and now dosed up to 4ppm with Kleen Off so ... fingers crossed!
My PH is 6.8 but I've nothing to test GH and KH unfortunately ... I had a look on United Utilities website and the only thing I could figure out from all the gobbledygook numbers is that I'm in a 'very soft' water area.


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  • Posted on: 13/3/2013 14:18
Re: Trying to boost bacteria ... I think it's all dead :( #10
Thanks for that.
What worries me is that the ammonia solution (Homecare Essentials) that I have been using may have other ingredients in it. I rang the company to try to find out if it does have anything else other than ammonia and water in it but as it turns out, they went into administration! I did the shakey-foamy test thing when I bought it and it seemed fine then but I did it today and foam stayed at the top for about 15-20 seconds
My girlfriend's dad's tank has a Juwel built-in box filter so what I could do is buy him a new filter pad, swap it for one of his manky ones and somehow cram it into my Eheim filter. Will this affect the Eheim filter flow at all though? Also, he lives about 40 minutes away and his water conditions, such as PH and hardness, are likely to be quite different, as we live in the countryside (soft acidic) and he lives in a city (hard alkaline).
Thanks for all your help so far, Fishlady!



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