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No. That only qualifies as the second most ridiculous thing. I'll bet that shop will try to sell you a PO4 remover. That's the most ridiculous thing you will have heard. :wideyed:

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na they cant sell what they dont even stock mate lol.
when i had a marine tank and was making my own overflow ( up and over top of tank pipe work ) i had to create a siphon to prime it of course.
this area was not coming into water other than falling down.
anyway my mum was in the shop and offered to buy me the air line valves and pipe needed for the siphon. they refused to sell her the air valves and pipe saying its toxic to salt water fish and the salt water will rot the air line lol.
thats the biggest load of crap ever.
( as the marine shops i know sell the same bits for marine use pmsl )
 

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ah sadly wharf is no good to me as they dont deliver fish and the local shops say they cant get them in for me so i need to lose out on them for now :(
 

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Here's a few 'unusual' fish that would be happy if you had a high flow/oxygen tank. (low-scaping I guess?) I run a strong current through the bottom and centre of my tank, back plants are left alone for some cats and hidey holes for cherry barbs. Not my video but it shows you their behavior. Very funny since they don't have any weapons to hurt each other :lol:
Hillstream loaches - not at all like clown loaches and stay very small.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKt4Hb03tj8



Sorry for the crappy pics!Here's my Farlowella vittata,Needs high oxygen:

Look up whiptail catfish too, rineloricaria. Both twiggy and whiptail all calm with tank mates. If you want specifics, check at the search area of planetcatfish.com

Oto and cory, they school together with zebra danios. Different conditions for different corys.

another type of oto


If you get otos, they'll probably be starving when you get them so provide veggies or an algae covered tank item or plant.

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banana thanks for the fish ideas , but Farlowella were on the list already and from all research i have done none say anything about high oxygen all they say is an absolute must is ample algae and suppliment with algae flakes and cucumber attached to a bit of led to sink it.
ottos and cory were already on the list and these are fairly run of the mill every day fish species to me so not exactly what i had in mind as unusual.
 

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Oops sorry, I thought someone had asked for pics of otos! Must have been another post that I mixed up. The cory just happened to be in the oto pic because they school together and sometimes it's hard to take a quick pic of one alone.

The hillstream loach was my offer of unusual fish but I'm sure they're common somewhere - just not where I live unfortunately. :(

As far as high oxygen for the farlowella, I've noticed some pages mention it, some don't ?? But since I'm new to this fish, I'm a little bit of a chicken. They only mention "attention to water quality" on the catfish site so it may not be terribly important.

I'll re-read the post and keep you in mind if anything unusual pops to mind.
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I've always thought the farlowella twig/whiptails catfish were high oxygen lovers, but don't know where I heard it/read it.

Also, hillstream loaches - are they the ones that look a bit like plaice?! I thought they were cold water? Probably getting mixed up!
 

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Hi,
I read the same about Farlowella but I've also seen good articles that only mention "good water quality". Different experiences by different keepers I guess?

But I think you're right about the Hillstream Loach and the preference for cooler waters. EVERYTHING seems to say that but when you google up some of the comment pages written by people who own them, it seems like people are keeping them in temperatures of all ranges and some of the owners have had them for ages. The place they're from is really high oxygen fast flowing lower temp waters.

When I first got mine, I didn't know what is was so it went into a 24c tank. It's active and zooms around normally but maybe because it was bought young and already acclimatized to the higher temp in the fish store?? Not sure but now I'm kind of chicken to move him to a lower temp tank. I should have a cooler temp tank when I set up a Madtom tank so maybe I'll move him in the middle of the summer when the difference in temperature is not so severe.

PS. they do look a bit like plaice in a way. Kind of like a sucker-catfish but with side wings and float or zip around like a stealth :lol: Here's a link to a good picture: http://www.loaches.com/articles/hillstream-loaches-the-specialists-at-life-in-the-fast-lane There's some very funny youtube videos of them too.
 
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James_Kye said:
i had fancied 20 amano shrimps also but someone who keeps tropicals on the marine forum said i cant keep a single shrimp unless i raise the PH to 7.8.
what?????
i think you have been misinformed there dude!
i've not heard any such thing before. i currently have a fair few amano shrimp in my planted tank ph is around 6.7 in the day with the co2 on!!
and i'm pretty sure most ppl who keep shrimp in a planted tank with co2 would be well under a ph of 7.8
 

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baron von bubba said:
and i'm pretty sure most ppl who keep shrimp in a planted tank with co2 would be well under a ph of 7.8
Must be a reefer thing, maybe he was talking about marine shrimp and not tropical :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :lol: :lol:
 

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James_Kye said:
lol i def cant buy a lot locally. one local shop has decided to put it upon them selves to limit 3 fish MAX per any purchase.
even if you are buying neons they only allow 3 fish max. there reason to this is NO absolute NO filter can handle more than 3 fish being added at any one time and will not sell any further fish to someone until a month later.
Haha I purchased a large group of fish one around 15 or so, and the guy said are you sure your tank is ready for them. I said yep all ready, he said ok no problem before I sell you them explain the nitrogen cycle to me :)

I thought it was quite nice of him to check that way.
 
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