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  • Posted on: 3/4/2014 9:38
Re: Newbie! Help with filter setup #1
Can it be fitted with a spray bar? If so you could position the spray bar to distribute water evenly to both sides of the tank, or even better a bit more flow into the side without the filter. It depends what the divider is made of though as to wether you'll get good enough flow.
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  • Posted on: 3/4/2014 9:33
Re: Disappointed with LFS's #2
+1 for Maidenhead Aquatics here too. I was so glad when one opened up near me. By far the best fish shop around. Got so many nice plecs in their tanks.
Also with their new stores I believe MA take some mature filter media from another store to kick start the filters.
Got a couple of other good ones in Glasgow too. One is run by an aquatiance of mine, and whilst it's more a general let store he has a good selection of fish and is very knowledgable.
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  • Posted on: 2/4/2014 11:44
Re: Moving Home! #3
What sort of fish are you talking about? They'll probably be fine in bags, see if you can beg some off your local fish shop. Big fish might need boxes to be moved in. Some plecs and catfish have whiskers and spines that get caught in nets so you have to be careful catching them.
Can you test the water where you are moving too? If the GH, KH and PH and nitrates are pretty similar to where you currently live I wouldn't worry too much about moving the water. Most important thing is the filter. Make sure you move the filter media in a bag or box full of tank water to keep the bacteria alive. If you really want to move the tank water then I'd get some big plastic jugs. Fish shops that sell RO water will have them. Probably hold 20 litres each. How much water are you talking about?
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  • Posted on: 1/4/2014 23:10
Free to a good home, giant tank #4
Hi all,

Having now completed my move I have my old tank to get rid off. It is 200cm x 40cm (w) x 60cm (h). Free to a good home. You will need to come and collect it from Glasgow. It is a very heavy tank, made of 12mm glass. I can help to move it, and I've got some wheels to help. But you'll need a friend or two. I can also let you have a sump for it.

PM me if you're interested.
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  • Posted on: 1/4/2014 18:37
Re: Do peas harm fish?? #5
Further to what fishlady said always clean your filter sponges in a bucket of water from the tank, NEVER using tap water. Also they last for months and months, you only need to throw them away when they are literally falling apart in your hands, and then throw half away one week, and wait a week or two before throwing away the other half.
Just to check, you do use a de-chlorinator in the water you add to the tank?
I made the same mistake with having 5 CAE in my tank. Got rid of all of them in the end as they were a menace, chasing all over the place and scaring the other fish. And this was in a 6 foot tank.
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  • Posted on: 30/3/2014 15:21
Buying carbon off of eBay. #6
Does anyone have any experience buying Unbranded carbon of eBay? I was looking earlier and you can get 10kgs for ?40, which is a massive saving over the shops and brand name stuff from the likes of Fluval. Running a big tank I'm keen to keep my costs down as far as possible. But obviously I don't want to poison my tank.
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  • Posted on: 28/3/2014 10:21
Re: Do peas harm fish?? #7
Do you have a test kit? It really is an essential fish keeping tool. If so can you please post results for Ammonia (NH3), Nitrite (NO2), and Nitrate (NO3).
The first two must be zero and the latter higher than zero to indicate a fully cycled filter. Ammonia and Nitrite are harmful to fish and you need bacteria to break them down into Nitrate. How often, and how, do you do water changes and clean the filter? Do you treat the new water before adding it?
As to your stocking, I would get rid of the Chinese algae eaters. These are really mis-sold to people. They need more than algae to thrive, and are very territorial. They need a much bigger tank and three of them will start fighting when they get bigger. Also your tetras should be kept in groups of at least 6 of each kind, and the more the better as they are shoaling fish and get frightened in small numbers.
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Re: Substrate Vacuum #8
Another option I use on my huge tank is a small external filter, if you have a spare or can get one cheap. Attach long hoses and your cleaning head off your gravel syphon, then stuff it full of fine filter pads. Worked well for me, nice and powerful and can run as long as I need to clean the tank.
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  • Posted on: 15/3/2014 1:34
Re: So it was one of those 'guppy' days today.... #9
Ah yes, the joys of live bearing fish. I used to breed Endler's and seemed to be taking a bag full down to my LFS every four weeks. Much fun.
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  • Posted on: 12/3/2014 12:01
Re: Hello - I'm back/still alive #10
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Looking good, Whats all the metal coil for?


What metal coil do you mean?
If you mean the thing on top of the tank in the main photo, that's an extension lead powering the lights until I get it properly wired up.
That's the thing with a new house. List of jobs to do as long as both arms, and no time to do them, thanks to my toddler.
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