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  1. darren636

    What's wrong with my chili rasboras?

    The brigittae/merah hybrids are documented as being sterile- but they can reproduce together. Also, merah and brigittae overlap geographically and some mimicry has been observed, also, there are possible 'undescribed' species in these collection zones. In short, its a mess.
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    Missed a carbon dosing

    Its laugh out loud bad. Not even the great keV spacey can redeem the utterly diobiolical script and story with his comical overacting. The chief of staff, off out in the countryside , running people over. The presidents of Russia and America choosing to meet in the centre of a war zone to...
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    Missed a carbon dosing

    Say 10 hail Marys And watch 1 episode of house of cards as punishment
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    Rise and fall of pH

    Darrel, What's the best method for measuring pH in a very soft water fry tank?
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    Rise and fall of pH

    My tds meter reads much higher with the tank lights on.
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    Rise and fall of pH

    .microbial activity?
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    thegreenmachineonline

    When it comes to plants, a better service and cheaper plants can be had elsewhere.
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    What to you are good/bad signs when in a new LFS

    I did recommend Maidenhead aquatics wimborne, but for the last year it's been one big tank of death. Multiple dead fish, often in the same tank. Filthy substrates and glass. Their r/o water was a disgrace at 130+ppm. Shocking decline.
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    What to you are good/bad signs when in a new LFS

    I don't think I've been in a great shop. They all have serious issues. Every single shop .
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    thegreenmachineonline

    Sounds like complacency to me.
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    thegreenmachineonline

    I wanted a few Java ferns. After postage it worked out at almost £30 . :bored:
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    Question about CO2 bubbles

    Co2 bubbles will diffuse in the water or reach the surface and be lost. So, you want the co2 bubbles to be suspended in the water for as long as possible or use a co2 reactor - these diffuse the co2 completely.
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    Serenity now - A Blackwater riparium

    Serenity now...... Insanity later... Your tanks look fantastic.
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    Filter media

    Purigen will make your water super clear but its not necessary. Just run what you have and forget about it.
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    New nano cube 20l...'bucetree'

    On ukaps no-one can hear you scream. Do not do that again.
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    Tropica vs Aquafleur

    Ive had lots of both, never seen a difference in quality. Except for the invitro plants- tropica wins easily
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    Journal Freds new pond build

    That takes me back 23 years!
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    anyone on here got an e mountain bike?

    Its definitely worth buying a good frame, it'll last and can be uograded for years. I've still got my 94' RALEIGH M-TRAX .
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    anyone on here got an e mountain bike?

    I got my orange evo8 new in a sale with £400 discount, being British, its slightly less value than most of the competition and only the top priced bikes are made in England. I kind of wish I had bought a full sus stumpjumper, I'm too old for hardtails. Saying that, it transfers power really...
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    anyone on here got an e mountain bike?

    Its fossilized in the garage somewhere! I see 29ers have caught on since I last went bike shopping
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    Dwarf Puffer sexing??

    I saw a puffer sneak up behind a bigger puffer, bite him and shake it like a dog with a chew toy Scary.
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    Good aquarium background

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/d-c-fix%C2%AE-Static-Window-adhesive-338-8011/dp/B005GJW8GY Going to try this
  23. darren636

    Best substrate for pygmy cories

    Mine are on a mix of jbl sansibar and unipac Samoa. They are constantly foraging, along with prolonged periods of being absolutely motionless.
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    55lt Shrimp Tank

    I'm a sucker for roots and epiphytes.
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    bio load

    It'd going to do something, but remember. A lot of it comes from feeding the fish. Just keep an eye on ammonia levels and be ready to do a waterchange or two.
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    My unfortunate vacation experience and "who dun it"

    I blame Volkswagen Did you test tds upon your return?
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    Unfortunate plant incident

    Actually, plants with copper will need multiple soaks and rinses in fresh tap water to get rid of the copper. Just to be safe.
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    Unfortunate plant incident

    Alkaline wash. So a 10% bleach solution ?
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    Bold very small schooling fish?

    The only time my pygmy's leave the substrate to browse the upper plants is when the lights are off, and my tank is low light. 40w over 260 litres.
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    Bold very small schooling fish?

    My pygmies spend 99% of their time on the substrate. All the dwarf Cory's do, really .
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    anyone on here got an e mountain bike?

    Think I'll.stick to my orange...
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    What is this?

    Looks like a clam?
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    High nitrate?

    It looks over 40 ppm But that could be due to macro ferts?
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    Bold very small schooling fish?

    Microdevario are also prolific jumpers. They don't care about much but will go over the edge
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    Bold very small schooling fish?

    In that tank, 12 at least. Even then , they will spook easily.
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    What's this?

    Looks like a fungus or bacteria bloom. Its normal in new set ups
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    Mechanical Filtration or Biological ?

    Stick with what you have and don't think about it. Ever again.
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    all done

    I want to see some eleocharis mini mixed amongst the carpet- they give a great texture
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    Black substrate, relatively fine, good with Corys..

    Cory's deserve sand, a nice soft substrate for them to snuffle about on. Mine used to be on eco complete- its sharp and tough- not great for Cory's, and as its completely inert, not great for plants without extra ferts. My Cory's are now on a mixture of black sansibar sand and a unipac ...
  40. darren636

    Which ADA sand for cory's?

    I have lots of this in my tank My corydoras pygmaeus are thriving.
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    Hydor ETH ?!

    There was a bad batch 2 years ago
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    Acclimatising fish

    Cpds vary in quality. Have a good look for deformities before buying any. A lot are tank bred now, and its easy to find lots with bent spines and dull colouration. Maidenhead in Havant had some, probably the best colours I've seen on cpds. Really dark brown with orange fins. Lovely.
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    Hydor ETH ?!

    Great heaters. Shouldn't reduce flow, unless your filter uses larger diameter hoses.
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    Acclimatising fish

    Well... I had to pay £30 for the 9 they had left. But in the past I've payed £1 each. It varies wildly for chilies. My local have cpds for £9.50 each!!!! But expect to pay from £2.50 to £4 for them.
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    Acclimatising fish

    I had to contact Maidenhead aquatics head office, they found me the last ones at the Havant shop. Haven't seen any local to me for over a year. They Spent 30 days in my quarantine, then went in with my older group at the weekend. And immediately settled in.
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    So what does this tell me?

    Lucky git.
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    Acclimatising fish

    Boraras brigittae, pygmy Cory and a squadron of their fry ! and otos
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    Acclimatising fish

    Airline costs about 50p a metre. Little airline clamps are about £3 for 2. Just tighten a clamp around the airline, using the screw to adjust flow rate . That's all you need.
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    Acclimatising fish

    I do 90 minutes with a drip . Usually because my soft water compared to that of local shop water.
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    Rainbowfish Diseases?

    I hope they are in your quarantine tank, they could wipe out your existing stock.
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    Aquamanta EFX External Filters

    Aquamanta and jbl look exactly the same, probably are.
  52. darren636

    Diana Walstad - ecology of the planted aquarium

    How deep does a soil layer need to be in order to get things moving?
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    Critters

    Why don't we put you in charge!?!
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    Experience with spawning Pygmy Corys?

    Depending on hiding places, and the eggs surviving the 4 day development, you might get one make it. 23 litre is a bit small though, good chance that the betta will find the eggs.
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    Hara Jerdoni

    That's remarkable
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    Little Shop of Horrors - How EI frightened the gardener

    Unfortunately, our wildlife pond ended up turning into a 6' deep koi pond, with a shallow section for plants and fry, the fish demolish the plants every spring but I still get plenty of dragonfly and damsels emerging on a sunny morning.
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    Little Shop of Horrors - How EI frightened the gardener

    You'll find the pond plants will be much more vigorous in their second year. I use tnc substrate plugs and the plants go beserk. You can't beat a wildlife pond.
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    Flow for my plants

    I'm surprised they like it They tend to hover like puffers and gourami/betta
  59. darren636

    What's wrong with my chili rasboras?

    Mine did, for the first couple of times
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    Converting from tap to RO procedure

    Haha! Have a nice cup of tea, put your feet up :-)
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    Converting from tap to RO procedure

    You need to remineralise the ro with something. What ever you use will move the pH .
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    Converting from tap to RO procedure

    Ro is so soft that anything can effect its pH. I bet your tap water is over 8, if you leave it to stand over night.
  63. darren636

    Is my Rummynose Tetra ill?

    I'd be worming them. Might even save the thin one.
  64. darren636

    Grass type plants for nano tank background

    Would eleocharis vivipara be too tall?
  65. darren636

    Fish keep hiding during CO2/Light period?

    This is exactly why I gave up with high tech.
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    Fish keep hiding during CO2/Light period?

    Sounds like co2 toxicity.
  67. darren636

    Windowsill Nature

    This little tank wouldn't be out of place in anyone's home / collection. Fantastic. Do you feed the plants at all, or is it fish waste fertilisers?
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    Evolution witnessed - my CPO walked out of water :))

    Perhaps he had a hot date and was going to bloomingdales to buy her a hat?
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    Tank cycling

    I think that sums it up for me. Unbelievable.
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    Submerged crypt flower

    What a coincidence, Was watching a nature thing from Sumatra yesterday and I thought ' those crypt flowers are weird' Well done though!
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    Quick Hello

    Just say hi. Much quicker.
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    amano shrimp

    There's some uncertainty as to what actually is an amano shrimp. The fakes could end up being the true amano, due to vagaries regarding collection localities , labeling etc etc.
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    Non-substrate plants for a low tech aquarium.

    Mosses would be good. Fissidens is great, but slow growing. Riccia is nice but needs re-tying often.
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    Non-substrate plants for a low tech aquarium.

    Bolbitis heudelotii- gets big but creeps Microsorum mini/ petit- small Java fern that creeps. Anubias nana will expand and creep.
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    Dwarf Puffer sexing??

    Very cute characters But also completely psychopathic!
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    Silly Oto photo

    Haha! Look.like planes coming in to land.
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    TDS

    Yes. Full ei could double your tank water tds.
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    Tank cycling

    Or just use some substrate in a bucket to start the filter cycle? Unless of course this is also an outrage? :-/ It appears that the ADA ammonia is vastly superior to any ammonia you can possibly buy in a £2 bottle - might as well harness it. My point is, Something is often better than...
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    Tank cycling

    Its blahblahblahblahing ridiculous. As you say. The substrate will release a lot of ammonia, probably 6 +ppm worth. This can be used to cycle the filter/ feed plants. But using 1-2 ppm bottled ammonia to do the same thing is regarded as heresy. Is it me? I fully cycled my first noob tank with 2 ppm...
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    Tank cycling

    Get out of it . A new bucket , new filter media an air line and 1 ppm ammonia isn't going to set anything back or kill of the bacteria-. There aren't any- its all new and clean. We're not talking a planted tank, with plenty of plants to soak up fish waste. :-/ :-/ :-/
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    Tank cycling

    I would. Even just in a bucket with an air line and a drop of ammonia will kick start it.
  82. darren636

    What's wrong with my chili rasboras?

    What's the tank temperature. Just noticed my new group in the q tank are glass surfing Temperature at 30 degrees ! Oooops
  83. darren636

    What's wrong with my chili rasboras?

    They're all male ! Addendum. Youre off your trolley!!!
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    Shoalling non jumpers

    They will be able to escape. My microdevario would get double that height !
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    Anubias Ducky

    And your avatar is quite possibly the scariest thing I've ever seen.
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    Anubias Ducky

    One of us is quite mad.
  87. darren636

    What's wrong with my chili rasboras?

    Chloroplasts! Are they a thing? I seem to remember them from biology...
  88. darren636

    What's wrong with my chili rasboras?

    I ordered some yesterday!
  89. darren636

    What's wrong with my chili rasboras?

    That's a novel idea. And quite mad! I was pondering this issue last night. You don't see people putting delicate liquorice gourami into high tech set ups,.boraras inhabit the same environments. Just a musing. Good luck with them.
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    What's wrong with my chili rasboras?

    I went completely low tech. These guys are not suited to high tech. I'm not saying some people don't have success. Its not quantity - its a group behaviour issue. I'd turn off co2 , reduce light intensity and reduce flow for a couple of days and see what happens, then gradually and slowly ramp...
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    What's wrong with my chili rasboras?

    Mine hated co2 , bright lights and high flow
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    TDS/GH/KH Issue

    Home base stuff is good Or use jeyes kleenoff. Get one with no additives
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    TDS/GH/KH Issue

    Add ammonia, if no fish are present.
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    TDS/GH/KH Issue

    Any ferts will raise tds. Full fertilisation will raise tds substantially
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    Shoalling non jumpers

    I agree with manu embers must weigh about 5 x more than a boraras and look to be a stronger, tougher fish. Plus, they are gems in their own right. I've never had them though
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    Temporary fish housing during rescape?

    Plastic tubs from tesco etc Only a few pounds.
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    Shoalling non jumpers

    Its your tank But there's got to be a more suited fish. I used to have 30 brigittae in my high tech, but they hated it. Microdevario would be better. They really don't care about anything and are much better swimmers, much stronger. But will jump when spooked.
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    Shoalling non jumpers

    High flow is exactly what boraras don't like. They live in tea stained puddles With no flow , very dim light and zero nutrients . I can't really imagine a worse environment for any boraras.
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    Shoalling non jumpers

    They will jump if its dark and you turn the lights on
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