Java moss will start off attached, but when it gets old and cuts off the light to where its attached to, it will die off and detach.
Same goes with the mosses in the same family like christmas moss, flame moss etc
I don't think I've ever seen willow moss attach in water, and its stems are too...
I was looking at getting one a while back and of the reviews on amazon, half of them said the thermostat went after 12 months. I think its sadly just a design flaw - lucky for you its still under warrantee. :)
So after the remaining 2 crs snuffed it, i did the sensible thing and drained the tank and went and removed all the substrate. I put in florabase topped with their 'shrimp safe' black microgravel. I've conditioned the water with some blackwater extract / tropol, kapta leaves and after a month...
My CRS tank's pH is still over 7 despite having colombo and 100% RO. I think the culprit is the landscape rock i had in it for a about 3 months when i first set up up a few years ago. Ive tried kapta leaves but its still over 7.
I was wondering if distilled vinegar would be a safe option to...
personally id go with freezing 2L coke bottles with water in them then putting them next to the filter canister wrapped in a towel to insulate it, or floating them in the tank, or wrapping the filter tubes around them.
If you want to go the whole hog:
But from your profile you seem to be in Greece so you might want to try and find a source closer to home ;) (google...
I am thinking of only putting in the pava crypts and ordering these:
Bucephalandra sp: Kedagang Mini
Bucephalandra sp: Alamanda V3
Sagittaria subulata Dwarf Grass
with the Marsilea in the foreground, and the Sagittaria in the mid-background and the Bucephalandra attached to...
Here is the tank from a year ago, the crypts from the back have pretty much taken over. Im not sure if the akadama is suitable for any carpeting plants. I have some posmegon hefferi from another tank i might shove in . I have a little Brazilian chain sword that might work well at the front. Im...
I've moved house, and while I was waiting for my new place to come through my cousin kindly gave me a place in her house for them to live. Sadly she's not a fish person so what she said were "1 or 2 dead" turned out to be 0 alive and guppie soup.
Thankfully most the celestial daneo's in my 130L...
Exactly right :P
As far as i am away crypts can only take up sufficient nutrients through their roots, and these are generally not exposed to the water column.
If you increase the CO2 and don't provide nutrients at root level then you're barely going to see an increase in growth. If you add...
When you start adding plants they restrict the circulation and produce a lot more waste by the simple act of leaves dropping and rotting etc. This is also why some people have powerheads in their planted tanks. (personally i don't have one because I'm scared they would probably act as a small...
They probably came on the plants and are mostly a cosmetic problem. If you want to prevent them from hitching a lift in future you can leave you plants in a salt water bath for 10 mins before rincing and planting next time :)
For CRS its reccomended:
Buffering Substrate ADA stuff or FloraBase
RO with Salty Bee Minerals added and a A TDS tester (£10 on eBay)
Nothing in the hardscape that will raise the pH (ie, no landscape rock)
Some plants and mosses
If you want them to breed and the...
Its highly recommended that they be the only species of fish occupying the water column. They are renowned for nipping at the fins of most fish - and they are pretty small so they make a tasty treat for anything with a mouth big enough to accommodate them.
The fact is each puffer needs its own...
Is the wire from the transformer directly wired into the light?
Theres always these:
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but it depends a lot on the length of the plug part coming out of the transformer.
also consider lighting for a massive planted tank. the higher the water column the more lighting intensity required for plants to thrive. Apart from the electricity cost, thats a massive amount of heat to dissipate.
Pets @ Home isn't something a generally associate with quality aquarium stuff. Every one I've been to the fish are all infected and the tropica plants plants have all rotted away to leave nothing but a plastic pots with some mouldy mineral wool in it.
Don't use plywood. it has a horrible surface finnish. On the other hand, I probably wouldnt put mdf above the tank either. Composite woods are going to absorb the condensation from the tank and start expanding unless you have the special treated stuff.
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I orderd a load of these for the 4(!) trays that came with carbon on my 406. Its highly porous, much better than the solid stuff that comes as stock. Its like the premium "BioMax" stuff fluval sell.
I really would recommend treating for 2 weeks - especially at 25˚C. You can ignore everyones advice but it can come back and not be visible for another week or so - and then you've dyed everything in your tank cyan for no reason. Stubborn cases can take up residence in the fishes gills and will...
Esha Exit chemically is probably OK for hardy shrimp. I wouldn't risk it with CRS tho. The stuff has methyl blue in it for one iirc. Theres a whole host of carcinogenic chemicals in it so be careful handling it.
If you want to isolate the shrimp before you treat the tank, remember that you...
They like cooler, well aerated water. The water shouldn't be hotter than 24˚C/75˚F While primarily scavengers, they will grow to about 6 inches long so anything that can fit in their claws can be considered dinner. They will probably be fine with the plec.
Removed the Balansae Crytps and put some bolbitis in its place. The lugwidia in the middle needs to find itself a new position.
Also upgraded the filtration from a Fluval 205 to a 406 for increased flow.
I also re-scapped one of my fluval edges as a new home for some pygmy puffer fish
I find the airlocking happens on all of them with the fluval hoses as the ribbing can catch a lot of air bubbles. I've acutally started using a power head to prime the filter and it gets it going in no time.
Anyhoo, ive seen the 406s being sold for £118 inc delivery online and im sorely tempted.
I'm considering getting a fluval 406 for my 130L tank that currently has a 205 attached to it.
The growth on the side of the tank where the spraybar comes in is noticably lusher, and I swear that im getting localised amonia spikes in the areas of planting thats too dense for the flow rate at...
the area of the holes is greater than the area of the cross section of the spraybar then the outflow will be slower than the flow entering the pipe.
The volume of water passing out the holes in the spray bar will be the same.
So if you want fast flow (ie strong spraybar jets) you want few...
The neon green rasboras have gone to live in my 130L after they obviously didnt like the lack of horizontal space and fast flow. After much pondering I bought some rosey loaches and they seem to be loving it.
The staurogyne has gone nuts - lots of really dense growth - better than i...
Got rid of the balansae crypts on the right hand side to let a bit more light in. Seriously debating getting a hydor external heater.
Should probably clean the algae of the front of the tank before i take pictures :oops:
I can get over 4bps with a coke bottle diy co2 reactor and my fluval ceramic difuser (and way more than that with my 2kg FE)
So theres insufficeint pressure in the bottle or the regulator is restricting the flow.
about 250+l/hr from what i gather thats too fast for clown kilifish. Which is sad because the water is proabably the right prarameters for them. :(
I just took the microdevario out and i have loads of boraras in my main tank so i was looking for something diffrent. I was sorely tempted by some...
Has anyone got recommendations for fish for a 30L Cube?
I currently have some shrimp and an otto in there. I did have some Neon green raspboras but there wasn't enough horizontal space for them to assert their territorial nature so i moved them to the 130L tank.
I was looking at getting some...
A few more deaths later, I've spotted some tiny white worm/leech things (about 3-7mm long tapered at both ends) in the tank. Slithering around on the driftwood etc, they might be Planaria but I'm no expert.
Do we think these are the cause of the deaths of the adults I've been having recently...
RO is the only way. But bear in mind that RO is neutral until it has something disolved in it to change the pH. So if you add RO to alkaline water your still going to have alkaline water. If your using CO2 that will help lower the pH a bit but once you add the RO you will have to have something...
I can see one of them hanging on the glass opposite the spraybar - the rest are probably hiding in the plants like the rest of my ottos during the day. I'll see if they come out when i turn the room light out later. I think they shop said they might have ordered them from John Allan. Not sure...
The water parameters were stable enough to put the livestock in. 7 Neon green rasboras that look amazing - but they seem a little cramped. I might swap them over with some exclamation point rasboras i have in my 130L tank. There's an amano shrimp and the pioneering cherry shrimp in there as...
I went back and got 4 of them (they've put their prices up since i last went in :(, they said everywhere else that was selling them were doing them for £8 each so they had to :bawling: )
They seem to be the H. Notatus.
Hehe. Its a Maiden Head Aquatics. They've only had them in for a week - and I was going to leave it for another week before picking some up - see if they have survived the travel from where ever they have come form. I'll ask where they ordered them from next time I'm in.
there were only 3 references to "Histonotus notatus" on google
it seems they are generally know as "Otocinclus notatus"
this is them
I'm guessing they are compatable with normal ottos. Anyone ever kept them?
My LFS had some fish they labelled as "Black Ottos"
I was wondering if anyone had seen these before. They evidently grow the same size of normal ottos. They definably weren't Hypoptopomas. The only reference i can find to back ottos is "Histonotus notatus"
Anyone seen them before?
Its agar with a mixture of nutrients in there. the Agar itself it just to give it body.
Here's a good set of instructions on how to set tissue culture jars up:
Tissue Culture Basics
Remember keeping everything sterile is very important.
I just fished out a dying CRS today. My 2nd to last berried one :arghh:
I think the signs are pointing to this being bacterial. Does anyone know where to get Furanol in this country? Or know the brand name of a human one I could persuade a doctor to give me some of that is safe for shrimps and...
Thats what normally happens yellow yeast culture at the bottom, booze on the top - this time the boozy stuff on the top is a thick slimey goo. Its quite funny, you can see the CO2 bubbles moving through it at about 1 inch every minute.
The weirdest thing happened to the mix in of of my DIY yeast reactors, it turned into GOO! And very viscous goo at that.
I've never seen this happen before - I'm guessing its some kind of protein soup from the yeast.
So after starting with the intention of this being a low tech tank, I've ended up buying one of these :oops:
My justification was that the yeast reactors couldn't be regulated and for a tank this size the levels could easily get lethal - and its my birthday in a month :angelic:
Get one of the fluval ceramic ones, they are arround £5-12 and are one of the best diffisers out there.
If you can, put the diffuser on the opposite side of the tank to the outlet so the bubbles get swept down as the water hits the glass like this:
Otherwise, you're probably going to have...