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    Kribensis with these fish?

    In a 4ft tank with another pair of cichlids then I'd only add a pair. This should still leave some space for you other fish to get out of the way if both pairs of cichlid spawn at the same time. If you give fish enough room then they will just chase fish off - you only get serious injuries and...
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    Journal My New Filter and Pond - Lots of pictures

    It's all still running well thanks guys. Will try and remember to take some photos when I'm over my folks next time. Future plans are to convert the filter on this pond to run on air like my new pond as it's much more efficient. We will keep the skimmer running on a pump to power the...
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    Tropica 1-2 grow

    Will try and have a look. They're all still in an old firdge at my parents house as dry agar powder in tubs. Will try and look when I'm over there next time.
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    Setting up a 'higher' tech planted tank

    Cheers guys, glad it helped.
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    lake malawi cichlids

    3ft is a little small for Lake Malawi cichlids, you would be best with Tanganyikans in that size though you would only be able to keep a few as they need more space. If you really want Malawis then stick to the most peaceful mbuna - Labidochromis caeruleus Yellow and small, peaceful...
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    picking the right fish for a planted tank!

    Kribs will sift substrate and disturb plants but they don't eat them and if you replant them they might well not remove them after. All cichlids do not damage, eat or dig up plants. Very few cichlids are herbivorous (but many are omnivorous and will nibble them) and all most cichlids are doing...
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    Decreasing pH and hardness

    Peat has a negligible effect on pH and hardness unless your tap water is fairly soft already. IME the only way to reliably lower the pH and hardness in a plant and fish friendly way is to use water with a lower GH and KH - ie. RO water.
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    Tropica 1-2 grow

    I grew Dactylorhiza. I grew a few fuchsii, foliosa and another I can't remember now! I also tried Cypripedium calceolus but wasn't very successful. I was growing them from spawn/seed and disinfecting them without killing them off was the challenge! I still grow fuchsii if you want some sealed...
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    garden pond coming to life

    My fish are up and begging for food. Fortunately no frogs, toads or newts in my new pond as the koi would probably just eat them!
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    Tropica 1-2 grow

    I've tissue cultured hardy terrestrial orchids in the past and, as has been said above, the real key to it is keeping the media, equipment and the plant material itself sterile otherwise you just grow moulds and bacteria. To be honest I think you'd find more traditional emersed or submerged...
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    Quick question...

    The static head will be from the water level in the sump to the top water level in the display tank so even if you keep the sump inly 30cm below the base of the aquarium (tricky to do when you will need the thickness of the stand too) you will still have 30cm plus of water depth in the display...
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    Lampeye fry

    If the tank is empty of all other fish then you might be best to leave them in the tank and add newly hatched brine shrimp to the tank. The fry will soon find it and eat it and they will eat all the microorganisms in the tank too.
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    Allpondsolutions 1400ef+

    £60 was what I paid but looks like they've gone up! Not the best idea from them as if they get close to price of other filters then they lose their big selling point!!!
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    Plant ID please!

    The leaves look terrestrial to me, like it has been submerged or fallen in - they look too tough for most aquatics. Although it's not from the right continent maybe Anubias might be the closest match? Or thick leaved species of cryptocoryne or amazon sword?
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    Drop Testers - are they reading CO2 or PH ?

    Only if you have 4dKH water in the drop checker. If you're using tank water for it then it will not give you an accurate measure of the CO2 level as other chemicals will affect the pH reading - it needs to be just (bi)carbonate providing the KH and CO2 providing the acidity to be totally accurate.
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