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  • Posted on: 18/6/2010 21:28
Re: Slow flow/gentle filter? #1
hi there.
try and find a piece of pipe that is the same diameter as the output on the filter, for example a piece of hosepipe, or airline for a smaller filter, cut a piece large enough to run along the back of your tank and drill several holes a good few mm diameter each along the entiner length of the tube, this should help distribute the flow more evenly and help create a stable current
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  • Posted on: 21/4/2009 16:32
Re: Dead(ish) loach? #2
its just now ive noticed it, last night i gave them some flake and as usual they were up and darting around as soon as they could "smell" the food.

i replanted my airline as the hose had come off in the water, its possible i may have disturbed some crud beneath the gravel.

theres also a goldfish and another weather loach in there... both of which seem absolutely fine

Edit: my test kit is not working now... it is over a year old so its probably about time i got a new one.
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  • Posted on: 21/4/2009 16:04
Dead(ish) loach? #3
hi everyone.

came home this morning to find one of my weather loaches had worked his way behind my filter and was laying very still, after i had moved the filter he was laying very still, i couldn't see any gill movement but he was moving his pectoral fins and twitching his tail slightly which made me think he was alive

i held him in my hand (in the tank) and he managed to swim slightly but then just sank to the bottom of the tank where he is now laying on his side, with the occasional twitch
i am just about to do the emergency water change to see if that has any effect, what could have caused this sudden loss of energy?
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  • Posted on: 6/2/2009 21:07
Re: Hollow Ornaments-Is This True? #4
a powerhead is basically a water pump, think of your filter without the sponges in it, it sucks in water and blows it out in another direction usually at quite a high rate of flow.

ive got a huge hollow shipwreck in the middle of mine but have an airline in it so every few seconds it releases bubbles, would that be enough?, there are loads of holes in the shipwreck for the fish to get in and out of, and my loaches like to hide in there a fair bit
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  • Posted on: 5/2/2009 19:40
Re: Submersible pump problem #5
have you checked for air in the system?

that would explain the floating and the pipes moving...
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  • Posted on: 5/2/2009 16:11
Re: Micro tank competition #6
am i too late to enter?, i sorta only just made mine so its not been around for a month, though the plant itself is considerably older

i had a hunt around and went through a variety of weird and wonderful containers...

one of those storage tubs that you buy blank CDs' in, a big buscuit tub which was far too big, and an empty bottle of miracle grow, which was JUST right :D, 1L exactly!

bit of sand substrate, a ceramic pot, a clump of Hornwort and a frog :P.

its got a little feeding hatch and is currently lit by using an LED Torch keyring, but if i can make it to maplins and find some 3V ultrabright LEDs' i may solder up my own little light system :P
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  • Posted on: 4/2/2009 20:01
Re: Dropsy comet #7
well he's now gone to that big fishpond in the sky :(, poor fella...

... loved that little fish :(
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  • Posted on: 4/2/2009 17:21
Re: Dropsy comet #8
he is in the bucket but i put one of my main filters in there turned to low (150l/h).

i wouldn't want to transport him in his current condition, i would have to be on foot and if theres not much the vet can do then perhaps, and i didnt really want to consider this, should i consider euthenasia?

it looks incredibly painful and i would rather the fish died a bit more peacefully than letting it get worse, trying to do something about it and all the stress...

- Steve :(
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  • Posted on: 4/2/2009 16:35
Re: Dropsy comet #9
its got worse, his back end has swollen up and seems to be holding fluid, he is still not feeding and unable to stay upright.

dont like to say it but me suspects he's a bit far gone now :(
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  • Posted on: 3/2/2009 17:01
Re: Dropsy comet #10
didnt notice any particular problems but the last week or so ive been a bit too busy to spend much time with my fishies.

last time i had a real good look at them all was i think tuesday or wednesday when i did the weekly 15% water change,

my test kit doesnt seem to be working any more, ive mixed up about 3 nitrate tests and they stay clear and wont change colour :S.

as soon as i noticed him i did an emergency 50% water change, put him in clean (treated) water (at the right temperature)

his breathing is regular, about once every second, theres a tiny amount of blood in his anal fin and also a tiny bit above his right eye.

i havent put a filter in the bucket yet as the only one i have is a fluval 2, which would spin him around a bit to say the least...
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