- 30 Jun 2011
I ordered the one you recommended, I thought it would be wise to listen considering how much you've helped so far.
People seem to be calling all sorts of things plecos these days. 'Real' plecs are huge, 50cm or more. Bristle-noses are smaller but still a fair size (mostly around 10cm) and can be a bit clumsy.perhaps a pleco or another set of bottom chaps
Also quite a bit smaller than cardinals, so you can have a bigger shoal., probably green neon. Quite common but a bit more unusual than a blue neon or cardinal.
Those are a couple of reasons too.Also quite a bit smaller than cardinals, so you can have a bigger shoal.
Normal (as opposed to Green) Neons can be hard to find as healthy specimens Possibly because of too much inbreeding. Green Neons are usually fine.
I'm not particularly sold on bottom feeders to he honest. I'm attempting a carpet / lawn and it's enough work keeping the plants in as it is, I can't imagine fish all over them will help. Some tiny corydoras or something might end up in there at some point.People seem to be calling all sorts of things plecos these days. 'Real' plecs are huge, 50cm or more. Bristle-noses are smaller but still a fair size (mostly around 10cm) and can be a bit clumsy.
A tiny bottom-living catfish is Hara jerdoni, that's worth a look. They tend to hide a lot, but will come out if you give them some bloodworms, live or frozen. Hyalobagrus are nice, and quite active, but hard to find in shops.
They are not compulsory.I'm not particularly sold on bottom feeders to he honest
Yes, the wife is actually quite impressed with progress so far. I could potentially have a 100x40cm in the living room or an even bigger one in the kitchen at some point (currently in the process of talking to architects about an extension).They are not compulsory.
Glass Catfish are amazing; did you say you were thinking of a bigger tank if this one is successful? I may be thinking of some-one else. A big shoal of those in your big tank, after you've had a bit of experience, would look great.
Good news - the Tropic Marin has arrived.
The dosage is a bit confusing though, am I right in thinking it means 7kh and 4gh?
Dosage: One level measuring spoon for 15 l/4 US gal. of water (results in approx. 7°dH total hardness and raises the alkalinity by approx. 4 °dH).
I see. Any recommendations for a TDS meter?Do it once and test to make sure you are happy.
Then test the tds.
going forward you’ll only need to test the tds.
I used to use the Tropic Marin product and found it tricky to dissolve. It was easier to mix it in some warm water and then add to the new water/tank.
The bright is confusing in this context. This way of testing is a process known as titration, and what you are looking for is a colour change. So, from blue to yellow (any shade of yellow) is a result.Right, confused again!
Depending on what we're calling 'bright yellow' I'm either at 3dKH or 7dKH:
Thanks. So the Tropic Marin only raised the dKH to 3 then so, if I'm right, my ph is lower than 7. Which is due to nitrite/nitrate? This chemistry is still new!The bright is confusing in this context. This way of testing is a process known as titration, and what you are looking for is a colour change. So, from blue to yellow (any shade of yellow) is a result.
Ah, it's me being an idiot and reading it wrong. I thought it meant 7dKH and 4dGH.
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