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  1. sparkyweasel

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    They don't even realise they are only providing a third class service as it is. :)
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    Royal Mail

    Can we pick more than one?
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    The Travails of English...

    Or, if you pronounce; gh as in though, o as in people, t as in ballet, and i as in business; it can be completely silent. :)
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    Social Media Experts

    And how much nicer you could make it? :)
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    Largest freestanding aquarium in the world explodes

    I wonder how much the report cost? It basically says there was either something wrong with the material or something wrong with the way it was put together. :)
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    Experiences with A.I.

    They tried to make AI 'work' like a typical human. It gave out misinformation. They succeeded. :)
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    What has UKAPS done for you?

    "What has UKAPS done for you?" The aqueduct? And the sanitation. And the roads! :)
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    Largest freestanding aquarium in the world explodes

    But not quite thick enough. :)
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    Happy Christmas.

    Merry Christmas! :)
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    Angler lands one of world’s largest goldfish in French lake

    Same for me. Eventually I stopped taking the fishing tackle and just go for a walk by the water. :)
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    Fascinating Fungi

    A little garden on the top of a fence post;
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    UK cave spiders - the scariest wee beasties in my home!

    Not nice indeed. :eek: Is that a typical reaction, or are you allergic or hypersensitive to them?
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    Fish 'stroller'

    A more indepenfent fish might prefer to drive itself around. ' Article
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    Interesting Articles

    Aquarium Hobbyist Magazine has some good pieces, and it's free! AHM
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    YOUTUBE recommendation

    I've just read (and liked) Richard Osman's Thursday Murder Club, it's very popular. It's divided into very short chapters (one to maybe four pages) so it's easy to read in small chunks which might suit you. hth
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    Merry Christmas and a happy New Year

    Merry Christmas to all!
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    How intelligent are fish?

    I highly recommend 'What a Fish Knows' by Jonathan Balcombe for a lot of information about fish intelligence, derived from science and presented in an accessible way.
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    Gundam and Aquascaping

    Click where it says 'Watch on Facebook'. :)
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    The World's Forgotten Fishes

    Lol, so you have. I think I meant to post that somewhere else. :)
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    The World's Forgotten Fishes

    Welcome! :)
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    When fish die

    It also gives the local people and their governments a reason to conserve the habitats. Habitat loss is generally considered to be the biggest problem for wildlife in the short term. Climate change may be worse in the long term, depending what we do about it.
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    HELP! 10 neon tetras gone!! Urgent help

    Or possibly eaten by the catfish, depending on which species of cat.
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    Mars Mushrooms?

    Doctor: That’s right, the great Hoffmann. Blackadder: Owner of the largest leech farm in Europe. :)
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    Mars Mushrooms?

    We call them fairy rings. :)
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    Orcas spotted swimming off the coast of Cornwall

    The French have threatened to make it like a re-run of the Battle of Trafalgar. :) Hmm, perhaps not the best idea,
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    Aquascaping and safety to (human) pregnant mothers

    Congratulations! :) I can't think of any dangers that haven't been mentioned above.
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    Recommend/ Why hasn't anyone done a comprehensive video about all the chemistry of a planted tank?

    Why hasn't anyone done a comprehensive video about all the chemistry of a planted tank? Comprehensive? It would be longer than Lord of the Rings. :)
  28. sparkyweasel

    Sewage dumping in rivers.

    If they did that, they would put themselves out of business.
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    Tips for a beginner in photography

    All good advice from @dean . I would add 'take loads of pics'. It's cheap to experiment, not like when you had to pay for film and processing, and then wait before you could see the results. Happy birthday! :)
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    Zebra Danio neuroscience

    Closer to home, Angelfish communicate by clicks, and there are Croaking Gouramis. The gouramis are loud, Angels you can listen to with a stethoscope against the tank glass. Probably lots of other species if we start listening.
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    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

    Merry Christmas everybody! :)
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    Steeplejack Fred

    Fred looks young there. :) Coincidentally, last night I was watching a programme he made in 1999, the first in a series looking at Britain's Industrial Heritage. It's on the BBC iPlayer, I don't know if you can access that in the Netherlands @zozo but it's worth a look if you can. Wind, Water...
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    Cyanobacteria kill elephants

    Have you got one of those special stones that keeps them away?
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    Peter Green

    Sad news indeed. And not even a mention in my paper.
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    Eye operation a success

    All the best for your recovery Keith.
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    Darrel Reaches 10,000 Posts!

    Members like you keep this forum going and what it is today, the best in the world for planted tanks :) ftfy :)
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    Darrel Reaches 10,000 Posts!

    :clap: 🍻 🎂
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    Rock Wool

    That's human nature, but you couldn't have forseen it. Your altum/oto incident reminds me of a bichir I had, that tried to eat an Apollo Shark, that was actually bigger than the stupid bichir. It managed to open its jaws wide enough to get the shark's pointed snout in, then got stuck. Must have...
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    Rock Wool

    Thanks for sharing that. Now we know it definitely can happen and isn't just scaremongering.
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    Rock Wool

    I've also heard it said that the fibres can get into their gills and cause irritation. Haven't seen any actual evidence for that, or ingestion, causing problems, just the suggestion that it might. Perhaps you could ask your friend about the gills too.
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    British summer time

    . . . from a list of candidates who give the impression that you couldn't trust any of them to run a whelk stall. :)
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    COVID19 and terrible decision making

    More terrible decision making; https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/mar/30/astrophysicist-gets-magnets-stuck-up-nose-while-inventing-coronavirus-device
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    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

    Merry Christmas everybody!
  44. sparkyweasel

    How to balance my tank?

    Welcome! :) What kind of tetras? They vary a lot in size and requirements. Also what kind of loach? Same applies, plus most are only happy in a shoal. Crustaceans in the gravel are usually harmless, but a huge population could indicate overfeeding. Probably ostracods, could be isopods or...
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    What books are you reading?

    What a Fish Knows, Jonathan Balcome.
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    Virus protection

    Another thing is to back-up anything you wouldn't want to lose. :)
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    Partial Lunar Eclipse

    Here's an animation of the moon's phases.
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    Beautiful Video

    :) Freudian slip?
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    Friends turtle tank!

    Maybe because there's different kinds of 'turtles'. Do you know what species it is?
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    DR Congo Expedition to underwater garden lake Fwa

    Thank you for sharing your amazing experience and wonderful photos. I hope peace comes to your beautiful country soon.
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    Guernsey south coast walk

    L. viridis is the eastern species, so it would be a long way from its natural range. L. bilineata is the western species. Telling them apart is not easy, it's only on the basis if genetic information that they have been separated, and there's still some debate about whether they should remain...
  52. sparkyweasel

    The earth moved. Literally!!! Aquarium is fine.

    There are quite a few YouTube videos of aquariums in earthquakes. Here is one, Richter 7.5!
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    Good find, thanks. I watched; Nature's Microworlds - 3 - Amazon last night, it's on iPlayer, also on the list Paulo linked. The commentary is a bit basic, but there's some great footage. https://ihavenotv.com/amazon-natures-microworlds
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    The Balance Of Nature

    You could try here; https://www.aquaplante.fr/attente-suppression/ada/9390-poster-ada-the-balance-of-nature-pterophyllum-altum.html
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    The Indian Dancing frog mystery solved..

    Facinating. Thanks for sharing, Marcel.
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    Suddenly Come Across Wild Animals

    You did what could be done, and there was a chance of saving the badger, although sadly it turned out to be too badly injured, which you had no way of knowing. If you had left it, it would have had no chance at all. Badger seemed to realise you were tring to help, leaving it would have been...
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    Bird identification

    Which Hawaiian Honey Creeper? There are several, including red, blue and yellow and black predominant colour. Also where did you see it? If you're posting from Hawaii that could make a difference :)
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    Brexit and...

    At one time I would always buy at least a few bags of live food whenever I was in a LFS. These days you have to buy it the day it's delivered, and you still get half the stuff in the bag dead. I assume it's the little sachets it's packed in that are not up to the job, convenient for the supplier...
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    SeriouslyFish down?

    Here's a strange thing; for me, www.seriouslyfish.com doesn't work, but seriouslyfish.com does. If I click a link from there, eg 'Knowledge Base', it tries to open http://www.seriouslyfish.com/knowledge-base/ and fails. Then if I delete 'www.' in the address bar and hit enter it opens...
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    Her indoors/the accountant/the killjoy

    Get the kids interested?
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    Fresh Water Clam?

    Yes, Swan Mussel is the English name. You don't often see them as they usually live in the mud at the bottom. That one was probably disturbed by the dredging. Pond suppliers often stock them, and sometimes claim they will clean pond water by filter feeding.
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    Done. Good luck with your degree. If your tutors are going to see the questionnaire itself as well as the results, you might like to proof-read it and fix a few typos. :)
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    Anyone else play guitar or anything else?

    Very nice, Foxfish.
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    tv question

    You can get weatherproof TVs intended for outdoor use; maybe you could replace it with one of those. They're not cheap though. :)
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    Anyone speak/read french? & Image privacy.

    When you do your Google image search, you can click on the image to go to the web site using it and see where it is. That should not lead you to ImageShack if they are set to private, will probably take you to your thread on here, where that are available for all to see.
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    Is it legal to send fish through couriers?

    Maybe because they were sent in an ordinary package, not with a specialist courier and not marked and handled as live fish.
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    Members Backgrounds

    Wow, there is a lot of similarity in most of these careers. I too have done electronics and engineering, and my own motorcycle maintenance. I've even nearly been an arms dealer, in so far as doing quality assurance on weapons systems; you wouldn't want them to hurt anyone! I've had a couple of...