2 - 1 male, 1 female! :P
20 will be fine :thumbup: Sourcing them from a few different places wouldn't do any harm - there's a chance they would have come from the same place/breeder, but there's a chance of it mixing up the gene pool a bit if not.
Re: What's the demand for high street planted aquarium shops
You'd have to be very clever to run a profitable aquatics shop without selling at least the most basic fish. Just rock, wood, plants? You'd be hardpushed!
Most Maidenhead Aquatics (and probably most larger aquatics 'superstore' type...
Your fish will have travelled thousands and thousands of miles, often from South America or the far east. Providing the fish are suitably packed (which they should be, if coming from any semi-decent LFS) they'll be absolutely fine with no special care! All this extra attention to try and...
Got BBA in one of my tanks..had read that they were only effective at removing new growth of BBA, and that they would leave the old stuff alone! Think I'll give a little group of them a go though :thumbup:
What amount of lighting was that dosing regime under, Clive?
Have you encountered any point at which overdosing EI has detrimental effects on plants/fish?
And even running nutrient levels at very high levels will have no effect on encouraging algae growth, providing CO2, flow and light are...
Had XL Czech Rams a while back and they soon polished off cherry shrimp and BIG amanos. Maybe while the rams are small shrimp would be OK, but if your rams are kept healthy they will soon get to a size where no shrimp are safe.
Pest snails lay in a clear gelatinous 'blob', apple snails eggs are bright pink and nerites are much smaller and white, so you can rule snails out :thumbup: These are fish eggs! What fish are in the tank?
They're literally everywhere! The first 2 species you mention have totally strangled the small brooks and streams near me. Even during the winter there is such a dense matt of these plants, I dread to think what their growth is like come summer, and can't see how much else can survive! :o
How were they planted in the tank?
Even partially burying the rhizome, either leaving it in the rockwool in the pot, or pushing it into the gravel/substrate will eventually rot it, with a demise of the entire plant from there!
They either need to be attached to rock - say slate, which can then...
I'd position it at the opposite side to where you were thinking - at the front of the tank, towards the top, on the left hand side. That way it joins better with the outflow from the filter coming along the back, blowing back towards the inlet of the filter.
I've had it positioned next to the...
My bristlenose plecs do that :shock:
If I put my hand in the tank, particularly the male, will swim over and happily sit rasping at my hand, and is now tame enough for me to pick him up and move him round the tank :lol:
Good 20+ Asian Rummynose in a 500L tank showed no shoaling characteristics at all, quite all over the place. Sometimes they stayed together in a lose general group, but nowhere near the tight shoaling you get with standard Rummynoses.
I've used the JBL Spiral in a few tanks and found them to be quite poor overall. In my experience they benefit from a good flow running past the diffuser to remove the CO2 enriched water, but even then the overall dissolution rate is quite low compared to others. I've recently switched...
Shrimp don't carry babies - only the eggs, which eventually hatch into miniature versions of the adults.
A berried shrimp has tens of small circular eggs on her underside, similar to this:
Depending on the species it can be harder to see, though still obvious. In some species the underside...
Depends on the individual store. These sort of decisions are at the managers discretion.
The shop buys them in for peanuts in the first place, from a trusted supplier. So it makes no sense to pay more than peanuts considering the source they're coming from can't be verified/100% trusted.
I've seen first hand a not quite fully grown Oscar eat a blue "lobster"(actually a crayfish). Took well over an hour to fully swallow it, with the antennae sticking out his mouth the whole time. So I've no doubt other similarly large cichlids could give it a good shot.
My finance went through problem free, guess I really took it for granted.
What's your unis approach? With ours they're dishing out emergency loans for those effected so they can carry on (relatively) problem free.
What/where you studying?
Out of curiosity, how hard is your water? It loves hard water, so if it's on the hard side maybe it negates some of the damage easycarbo does..
You've over dosing on the easycarbo quite high, so I'm surprised vallis is able to thrive so well! With me in all tanks is has gone to mush, even...
But it DOES kill vallis. You've acknowledged that in your post!
I've had it kill vallis within days that has been established for over a year. Long term I'd be very surprised if vallis could thrive while liquid carbon is being dosed, and my experience seems to back that up.
I have the 11W Arcadia Arcpod on my smaller tank, and it comes with the 'Original' bulb, that gives you a slightly pinkish hue. Are there any replacement bulbs that produce a whiter light? As right now google just seems to be throwing up the pink hued bulbs :eh:
Yep, Anubias barteri var. nana:
http://www.tropica.com/productcard_1_po ... mode=close
There is a smaller version that has been developed, which is basically the same plant/leaf shape but shrunk down.
Tropica refer to it as Anubias barteri var. nana 'Petite'...
Markups are a helluva lot more than that over here :lol:
Wild otos cost pennies a piece, bred otos cost many times more, so the majority available are still wild caught. I don't doubt some shops sell tank bred ones, but you pay a premium for it!
I've found even small amounts of liquid carbon can be very damaging to vallis. How soft is your water?
Liquid carbon + soft water will give you virtually zero chance of success. My vallis did OK with liquid carbon in very hard water, but anything below that it couldn't cope.
My money would be on the copper. You've gone from 0.018 to 0.273mg/l, a 15x increase.
I read a paper few weeks back where Carcinus maenas, a pretty common little crabby on our shores, was showing stunted growth and nervous system decline with longterm exposure to copper at 0.06mg/L...
Not sure what thread welding bottles take, and whether it's universal throughout?
They'll fit fire extinguishers straight out the box though..If you can get around Mum's worries then that'll be your cheapest option :)
Going the Fire extinguisher route something like this:
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/CO2-Regulator-Ele ... 6557wt_941
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/CO2-Regulator-Dua ... 3496wt_941
Would be your best bet - they're 'all in ones'. Then you just need some CO2 line, the FE, a drop checker and diffuser.
I doubt it's 'active', but it's probably a solution of either calcium chloride or calcium carbonate - mainly water!!
Have you actually tried seeing how the snails do without it? With plenty of greens and a good diet I never found any of mine to need anything extra, even in soft acidic water...
Yeah, 800psi is normal for a fully filled Fire extinguisher. ~40psi is fine for output also.
Did you notice what high pressure read when low pressure was at 0?
Have you tried switching the extinguisher off, removing and reconnecting the reg? Is the o-ring seal intact/seated properly in the...
The product is called "Carbo Plus"
Been around for years, bit of info on it here:
http://www.barrreport.com/co2-aquatic-p ... ystem.html
For the purchase cost - ~Â£140, you can purchase a good CO2 kit.
For the replacement block (which doesn't last more than a few months I've read) cost - ~Â£25...
All cherry shrimp are selectively (in)bred. Wild cherries are a drab, pale browny colour.
I've seen the deep red shrimp before - Fire Red Shrimp they were called. Not sure whether they're the same species as the normal cherry shrimp though - a much deeper and more solid colour and IMO a lot more...
The gauge with the larger scale, probably reading around 50-60 bar is the pressure inside your cylinder.
Atmospheric pressure is 1 bar, so most cylinders are compressed 50-60 times that of atmospheric pressure when full. Obviously this falls as gas is expelled.
The smaller scaled gauge, which on...
Have had a similar experience with Aquasoil. I don't get what the big hoo-ha about it is. I won't be touching it again - just set a tank up with eco complete and the water clarity is in a different league to the aquasoil!
I'd just reuse it exactly as it is.
Put it in the tank and fill it up. Anything that goes into the water column will be filtered out, and anything that stays in the substrate will stay in the substrate and not be a problem.
Re: Help me sex my Ram's :)
With males the black spot is pure solid black, whereas the females have the blue spangles, as Ed said. That can range from just one small blue dot to the whole of the black spot being covered in blue dots.
Pick up another female, and try choosing yourself :D...
What size tank is it?
If not huge then you could drain the water down sufficient to make it light enough for 1/2 people to pick up/move. Leave the fish in there and forget about catching them. Done right you could partially drain and set the tank back up again within less than 20 minutes, so I...
They are both a similar product, just different brands.
Both are designed to go underneath a topping substrate - most people use gravel, or a coursish sand, or ADA or lots of other things! You can't use them exclusively or you'll end up with some very muddy water and unhappy fish&plants, and...
I quite liked the taste of my sugary, fizzy alcoholic concoctions after a couple of weeks on the windowsill!
Only the slightly bewildered looks from people stopped me consuming much! :lol:
I did wonder what sort of % alc. it got upto though :roll:
That looks pretty neat LD, nice find! :D
Bit more expensive, but for all the hassle it'll save it's probably worth it!
Do you have one or not? Looks pretty solidly built so can't imagine it will be shoddy.
I'm just wondering what the easiest way to split one CO2 canister into multiple tanks(96L and 40L) is.
Is it literally just a case of putting a Y-splitter on the airline from the reg, and then putting a needle valve inline from each piece of airline?
Would I need special Y-splitters, or would...
I'd agree with Neocaridina Heteropoda.
They won't colour up much - will stay a drab brown. The 'cherry shrimp' you see have been selectively bred over a period to produce a much more intense red. Still nice though :wink:
Neither of their 'pressurized' systems come with a solenoid.
For the money you'd be much better off with something like the D-D set.
The disposable canisters are far too small for a 180L tank and the reg that would be compatible with larger, refillable canisters is really flimsy - I wouldn't...
If you get your CO2 and dosing right, then you should be able to keep almost any plant you want in that light.
I'd say it's more middle of the road relatively - the vast majority will grow fine, while some of the more challenging plants will just grow a bit slower.
Eh, it's not worth the trouble for either of us really.
It was just a comment about the UK being stuck with higher prices than US and elsewhere on ADA.
I didn't think it was enough to be removed, but not to worry :)
Don't mean to drag this away, but when posts are edited by mods, it'd be nice if there was either an editing comment at the bottom of the message saying who edited it and why, or if the mod PM'd. I don't really like messages 'silently' changing without explanation.
Maybe that's just me :?
I had a similar method, except using Aquasoil and a heater propagator I found in the garage. All was going very well until some horrible mystery algae engulfed it all! Maybe there was too much water in, who knows :roll:
I'm sitting here wondering where all your stock of plants has gone? :lol:
I was going to make an order, but hardly anything is left! :evil:
Are you clearing out old stock, having trouble getting stuff in or what?
As you said, Excel isn't stable enough to be dosing once a week. That'd be like switching your pressurized CO2 on for one day a week!
Seachem state that it has a half life of no more than 24 hours, so daily dosing is the best for good results :)
What thread type/fitting are you after, and disposable or refillable?
If it's disposable then JBL do a cheapish one here:http://www.swelluk.com/aquarium/aquarium-co2-and-planting-equipment-32/co2-bottles-197/jbl-co2-easy-disposable-bottle-500g-6559.html
Most Maidenhead Aquatics will also stock...
Ok, back to square 1!
Reflective film was suggested, and promptly rejected! He wants to stick with the barrier running down the middle.
So any ideas for either side would really be appreciated, as I'm struggling to work out what to do!
I have literally 7" either side, one side will be higher...
From a shop, for a full size mature adult, maybe about Â£10 or so per fish.
From a breeder, less.
Getting them from different sources would be good, but that doesn't guarantee you a mix of genes - they could still be related!