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  1. sciencefiction

    COVID19 and terrible decision making

    Of course they're not. The only way they can reflect the big picture is to test everyone at once, take the big picture like a snapshot of time.....impossible. So many countries, so many different policies on coronavirus, none took the plunge to test the entire population, despite them paying...
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    COVID19 and terrible decision making

    In the supermarket I felt like in a science fiction movie..."The future is futile" :p Of course, considering how advanced we are in technology, we are yet to find a cure against any viral diseases......And we still treat the head, the organs, the limbs, etc...as separate entities, as if...
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    Nostradamus?.

    In Darwin's terms that means whoever or whatever multiplies the fastest is going to survive. It does not mean the individual is going to live long...For us it means stay home, make babies, and keep the babies safe :bored:
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    DIY LED floodlights any good???

    Hey, the Qube 50's are still doing a great job and plants respond really well to them. They can be strong and burn leaves or cause algae if too close. I love that the Qube 50 is so light and so easy to position/twist around and they can be fit on any of my aquariums or plastic tubs. I love the...
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    Round indoor pond project queries.

    You know, my other half asked me the other day....."How are the fish doing by the way, you haven't said anything in ages about them...Did any of them die"..... And then I gather my thoughts and I think about it.....none have yet died.....I am doing fine, I just need to do what I have always...
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    Lobelia cardinalis dark spotting/patching?

    I have not read the entire conversation. I am sorry, not following anymore,and I might have missed the meaning, but just to note since I got an alert, it is one of my pictures that Darrel linked and it is definitely the result of iron deficiency, which I still battle in my hard water, in my...
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    Round indoor pond project queries.

    I've been thinking, this is the time of the year that I normally get very excited about fish, when the other side of life has calmed down but not this year....total disinterest on my part. I haven't even looked at the fish tanks properly in quite a while, in fact for months, apart from when I...
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    Round indoor pond project queries.

    Hi Andy, Thank you. It is still going as fish are still gong on the same as ever:) Problem is, I have nothing to contribute because nothing literally changes :oops:
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    Acclimating fish - have I lost the touch?

    If you're going the route of drip acclimation, it seems that a dark covered bucket or similar container is the way to go. I used to drip directly from the tank, topping it up when the level went down in the tank iteslf, at the same time taking scoops out of the bucket I was acclimating the fish...
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    Acclimating fish - have I lost the touch?

    They are sensitive to water temperature outside their tolerated level. We're talking water either too hot or too cold, i.e below 20C for some tropicals or above 30C. If fish are in a temperature they can't tolerate, they'll go into shock, fainting literally. So why would one not just grab said...
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    Acclimating fish - have I lost the touch?

    I've myself always wondered why people equalize temperature during acclimation...The fish is either in too cold water or too hot water. Putting it quickly into a tank with appropriate temperature will be the best choice. Having said that, during a water change I've happened to drop the...
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    Round indoor pond project queries.

    Some boring pics. First my betta using his tail as an anchor looking at me just after a water change. Notice how he folds the tail to hold on to the ancient filter in both pictures in different scenarios... Then the the hillstream loach tub that got overrun by algae, which I thought is...
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    Betta - Slime coat damage or something else?

    I can't see anything white on the picture.
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    Round indoor pond project queries.

    I have an arcadia stretch LED light that I use over my hillstream loach tank. A few weeks back it failed, flashing intermittently. So the tank ran only on the Qube 50 LED these few weeks because I was being lazy purchasing another light. I was going to buy another Qube 50 as I quite like...
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    Are we really advancing the hobby?

    I think some of you guys are talking about technological advances. Hence the difference in opinions. Take for example surface scam. We have surface skimmers now but the knowledge of how to prevent the unsightly biofilm appearing is only anecdotal, e.g. surface agitation, the napkin method...
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    So what is organic wastes?

    Right now I am talking from the top of my head but you can read on biofloc technology studies for more details. Biofloc technoloy is a type of non-water changed aquaculture system that tries to achieve nature in a closed system. Non-pathogens could be pretty much anything, certain protozoa...
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    Are we really advancing the hobby?

    There's nothing philosophical at all here :p We still discuss topics such as water changes, or how much to feed....The consensus is more water changes and feeding less is better but there are people on both sides of the spectrum. Some do regular and large water changes, some do none. Some...
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    Round indoor pond project queries.

    They cost 12-13 euro here but I got them from the local shop on a deal 3 years ago, about 5-er each. They were colorless juveniles back then and weren't attracting much attention in the shop.
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    Round indoor pond project queries.

    We had an electricity issue over the weekend, there wasn't any for over 12 hours or so. I got worried but there was nothing I could do for the time being. I actually didn't notice any stress at all, although with fish one never knows for sure as the effect is always delayed. I did do quite large...
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    Are we really advancing the hobby?

    I think that as far as aquariums are concerned, nothing has changed. :p What has changed is our understanding of them, particularly our individual level of understanding. Every fish keeper starts off not knowing much at all. Some remain where they started, some get confused and get the wrong...
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    So what is organic wastes?

    Something I didn't see being mentioned is the actual pathogenic and non-pathogenic assembly of micro-organisms in a tank. From what I have read in studies on microbial assembly in aquaculture systems, the majority of pathogens detected populate mainly the water column. Doing sufficient water...
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    Round indoor pond project queries.

    I think it looks about right, I found it on the link you posted. https://crypts.home.xs4all.nl/Cryptocoryne/Gallery/bec/bec.html
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    Round indoor pond project queries.

    I bought it as cryptocoryne beckettii petchii. I only have that crypt in all tanks that have crypts, grown from the same one plant I got about 7 years ago, and I have the in vitro version which looks rather different.
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    Round indoor pond project queries.

    Just to update on that. The thin SAE has packed some weight and it seems perfectly fine, although still the smallest of the bunch but that won't change. The crypt in a pot is constantly throwing flowers, looking happy although a lot of the leaves end up outside the water looking a bit sorry for...
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    Clown loach

    Hi Lurcher, sorry, I don't live anywhere near that. You maybe able to advertise through social media on a loach specific forum.
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    Clown loach

    It is hard to say. Most fish don't get any chance in life so perhaps it will live better than a worse alternative. But clown loaches are extremely social fish, needing friends of their own kind and they also need larger tanks to actually flourish and show their playful active behaviour. I know...
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    Round indoor pond project queries.

    Time flies. Time for a little update... I came back from a 3 week holiday last weekend, having left the fish to their own devices. To cut the long story short, I had some evaporation issues with the warmest tanks, particularly the betta tank and the pond. I also have one very thin SAE, which...
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    Round indoor pond project queries.

    Hey alto, yes, I totally agree. The loach will need a bigger home and wasn't the best choice for that tub. Only that the tub stayed fishless for so long and I wanted a cold water loach again but something different than hillstream loaches...at the same time it had to be a loach and it had to be...
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    Round indoor pond project queries.

    Well, posting to mention that I definitely killed the several years old lily with the high temperatures of up to 34C a few weeks back I treated the discus with. It did not make it, it slowly melted, only that I noticed a bit too late but it is now gone out of the tank as of last weekend...
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    no algae in a non planted tank

    Consider having either floating plants or emersed plants and low intensity light level in the tank itself, which will be plenty to see the discus beautiful colors. A tank with no plants at all is a very unstable experience for the fish that rely on your motivation and live style only to be healthy.
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    Re-education.....

    Actually, thinking of it a bit more, I think the issue is the other corner/side that looks a bit too crowded creating the unbalance. How about removing the moss covered brunch on the right side and plant it to the left instead?
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    Re-education.....

    It's all about aesthetics Ady :rolleyes: I am sure the tank was doing just fine without the scrubbing :lol: It looks like the tank going to fall on that side but with my untrained eye I would have no idea what you can do to that corner. Perhaps a longer brunch coming from the center of the...
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    Betta Get Sorted

    They remain really small and don't grow and in my experience they don't breed that much either and I think are a bit sensitive.
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    Round indoor pond project queries.

    So today some sort of bad news for me, at least for one of my Peace Lilies. It seems like the 34C I maintained in the betta tank for the sick discus didn't come without consequences and the peace lily has been rotting for a while it seems. I don't know for how long but it is really odd how the...
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    Round indoor pond project queries.

    Thanks mate. It's really nice of you to say that. Yes, shame about the discus.I still think of it. The orchid was not placed into the clay pebbles, just on top as I noticed it roots would rot if planted. It was surviving and growing some actually but not thriving. It actually had a flowering...
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    Round indoor pond project queries.

    Thanks mate. The only time I've had to move them was when the 2 tanks they had been prior to the pond leaked. I hope I don't need to move them any time soon but it may need to happen in a few years if things go to plan. Until then I hope they stay put where they are, and of course I hope they...
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    Round indoor pond project queries.

    The last time nearly 3 years ago I took out some while they were still in their tubes and the rest I caught with a big jug. If I have to catch them from the pond I may try your idea in the hopes they'll go into those pipes.
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    2,000L High tech BEAST

    They're all very active fish. The clowns, denison barbs and SAEs bunch up together so the tank looks busier than it is. The back half of the tank is occupied only by about 34 harlequin rasboras...They've scared all the rest of the fish into the front half :lol:
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    2,000L High tech BEAST

    The denison barbs and SAEs actually school together. At least mine have from day1. I got them around the same time at juvenile age and they stuck together. Although in your planted tank it maybe a different story. They do grow bigger than SAEs and much larger than all your other fish but mine...
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    Get your garden out

    I've seen those where I grew up although not as fancy. I think it's from my great grand parents time who are long gone...so are my grand parents. I didn't know you have a pond Darrel. What do you keep in it?
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    2,000L High tech BEAST

    I bet that once you keep a tank that size and see how well both plants and fish do, it would be really hard to enjoy keeping smaller tank as you'll know it can never provide the same conditions, similar to what you said about the SAEs in the 200 litre.
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    Fungus? Is it fungus?!

    Yes, that's what I used.
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    Fungus? Is it fungus?!

    I've used Kanamycin sulfate in a planted tank with cherry shrimp and snails without any issues to the inverts or the plants.
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    Fungus? Is it fungus?!

    Kanamycin sulfate Oxytetracycline
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    2,000L High tech BEAST

    Lucky fish :) Thanks for posting the videos.
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    Fungus? Is it fungus?!

    Yes it is. And later scientific studies suggest it is a water column borne opportunistic pathogen. After the treatment you may want to look into doing more water changes and perhaps evaluate the day to day habits, fish feeding, fish diet, filters, fish density, CO2 levels, etc...It is hard to...
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    Fish longevity

    Personally, one of the first things I check is fish life span. It's to give me some sort of an idea of the commitment and also to use as a check at my fish keeping performance long term...How am I going to know I've done something right and learn otherwise? And I prefer long lived fish. When...
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    Something is eating my Java Ferns - for real! please help

    A bit late onto the scene....I wanted to say,dont rule out the shrimp. I have a large population of cherry shrimp which when underfed,eat the new healthy growth of my hydrophila..You have to feed a bit more...
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    sponge in planted tanks

    You can use any of the combinations already mentioned. My suggestion would be an external filter and just put a sponge on the intake as a prefilter. I have a small tank that I started with a sponge filter which got upgraded to a pump driven sponge filter, then it got upgraded to an external with...
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    Aphids in dry start.

    Well, soap is very toxic to aquatic life. If you're ever going to keep fish in there I'd skip the soap and just try flooding the tank, keeping it full for a day or two. Alternatively, uproot the infected plant, wash it under the tap and put it back on...
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    Aphids in dry start.

    I binned all the plants in the end...
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    Aphids in dry start.

    Well, washing the plant under running water would get them off, with a bit of help. I'd probably flood the tank and rub the leaves to get them off, then try taking all out. I maybe mistaken but don't think they'll drown and if some are left on the soil, they may come up on the plant again. I...
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    Aphids in dry start.

    It doesn't work....well not in my case. I'd flood the tank and get rid of every one of these bugs or else you'll have no plants to flood...And you don't want soap in your tank....
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    2,000L High tech BEAST

    I've had mine for about 2.5 years and they're about the same size as yours but a bit thinner sadly as mine aren't in a planted tank(clowns/denison barbs destroyed the plants) and are the least food competitive fish in there. I am not sure if they'll grow much bigger...I suppose it depends on the...
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    Siamese algae eater

    There are several different species of SAE that have different food preferencies and not all eat moss. Getting just one fish is not fair to the fish as they are extremely social.
  56. sciencefiction

    Anubias baby plantlets

    There it is for scale next to the other anubias,
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    Round indoor pond project queries.

    I did some pond re-arrangements today. I moved all the driftwood more into the middle close the the clown loaches and I saved the crinum calamistratum which is the only plant the fish didn't eat but it's been dying slowly. It never got enough light. It is now in the hillstream loach tank to see...
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    Anubias baby plantlets

    I only own two types of anubias. The large variety which I now recall is Anubias barteri var. barteri . It grows really large. I also own anubias var. nana so some may have found its way in here too. The only strange part I find is that those are tiny anubias plantlets that have somehow...
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    Anubias baby plantlets

    Here's a pic. I wonder how they came about so small....
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    2,000L High tech BEAST

    I have a small group of 5 in my 240G pond and they're far from skittish, the friendliest fish of all that like cleaning my hands. Great decision to move them all to the Beast as they'll certainly appreciate it, plus they're so social increasing their group will only be a benefit. Yes...
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    Anubias baby plantlets

    Lights are off now but I'll take pics of the baby plants tomorrow. I secured some with stones by the roots in a glass pot to hopefully give them a head start. I siphoned out many of them until it dawned at me I had never seen this before.
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    Anubias baby plantlets

    Have you ever had anubias producing baby plants? I have a tub in which I put anubias stalks that were nearly eaten down to bits by my fish in my pond. I think that was more than 1.5 years ago, probably 2. Then the tub's surface got overgrown by some bacopa australis and ludwiga which I left go...
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    Round indoor pond project queries.

    So it seems, the loach is getting on well...although it is early to tell. She's already managed eating lots of baby snails, chasing the shrimp and sucking out black worms out of the filter sides as they seem to breed well in there...So I won't bother feeding for a few days. I hope I don't lose...
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    Round indoor pond project queries.

    The Arum Lily got itself a nitrogen source..:) I finally added a fish to that tub. It's been running for 2 years now I think with nothing... It's a weather loach...I think I never deliberated so much over a fish, lol... I went back to the shop several times and gave up each time as there were...
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    Cycling Temperature

    According to latest studies, the most commonly found ones are: AOA amoA Nitrospira as the dominant nitrite-oxidizing bacteria (NOB) comammox amoA (complete oxydizing bacteria) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5276851/ The below is another interesting paper on microbial diversity...
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    Round indoor pond project queries.

    A video from today..The temperature has been showing above 27C lately and I wonder if one of my heaters has given way as they're both set to 26C. It's been very warm outside though but not anywhere near those temperature....I probably need to switch one off...
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    Carnivorous plants

    Wow, these are stunning.
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    Small Eheim pump; fish killer?

    Why a pump if it is for flow? Can you house another filter? There will be much more benefits. Having said that I have an external eheim pump with which I've been very pleased with over the years. It also has the option to be used internally and it came with cut up sponges on the intake to use as...
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    Round indoor pond project queries.

    And time for the pond, going mental. I expect it to grow really well now in the summer with the sunshine being through that window every other day or so. I really need ceiling lights during the winter ideally to get the best of the plants as they do tend to turn towards the window, so the back...
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    Weird colour neocaridina...

    This is an old picture, when I was still entertained by shrimp. Now that I have them by the hundreds, I don't pay much attention to them. I like them because they're good substrate cleaners when in numbers...I did think at some stage breeding the odd ones. I've had variety of blues and combo...
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    MTS...Just how bad do you have it ?

    I am going to speak for myself here but I am personally very disappointed of all the fish shops I've had to encounter for one or another reason in my entire lifetime so far.... To start, the fish you listed above have never ever been on my personal want list...Even though I never follow the...
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    Round indoor pond project queries.

    Ha,ha. It's getting there...:lol:
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    Round indoor pond project queries.

    I still have not received the filter that was intended for my other tub but I managed to get the old one going, finally...Shrimp were ok though, no losses at all being in still water tank for weeks but it's not like I fed them anything. Also, there's a few shrimp in the betta tank so it is...
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    Weird colour neocaridina...

    I've had these odd ones pop up occasionally as well. Very pretty.
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    MTS...Just how bad do you have it ?

    I maintain the number of tanks for a while....but the volume seems to be increasing.....They must be naturally expanding from the global warming :p
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    Round indoor pond project queries.

    What a crazy plant. It wants to sit on the chair...:lol: The lower leaves are now fighting for some light too... .
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    Round indoor pond project queries.

    In relation to the same, I found the below video of a kuhli loach deciding to get out of the water on its own accord....Is there something I am missing about these fish?
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    Round indoor pond project queries.

    So doing water changes lately, and observing the plant pot in the pond in which I found a baby kuhli loach I am now convinced a lot more loaches are hiding in there. The disturbing part is that at each water change that basket gets fully drained of water and it may take 30-40 minutes before...
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    Where does the wood come from?

    If I was sustaining myself from collecting wild fish where I live, I'd certainly fight for those habitats to be preserved, so I can keep collecting and selling on.
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    Deal with snail population explosion (or fish selection)

    Why not sell the tank as it is then? Meds of this sort don't kill just snails. They can also kill small micro-fauna that is part of a balanced tank and recovery is way longer than two weeks, it is more likely months.....And if you don't remove the rotting dead snails you may have an even...
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    Where does the wood come from?

    I don't think folks want anything "natural". There's nothing natural about us keeping tropical fish in non-tropical climates, in glass or in my case plastic boxes, lol. Folks want unique, something the others don't have, the "wow" factor they can boast about. Nature and habitat destruction is...
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    Where does the wood come from?

    When I was a kid, I pretty much started fish keeping with fish caught locally. I even ended up with carp at some stage...not that they lived crammed in my "big" 5 gallon tank :eek: I don't think the requirement for cooler temperatures would be that much of a problem if you keep the aquarium in...
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    Round indoor pond project queries.

    I was checking my mails and the filter delivery for the other plastic tub is delayed. I ordered one of the classic eheim filters from a German website. I went to check on the Arum Lily and I looked at the old filter, which is still sitting in the tank not running, and there are Californian...
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    eSHa Gastropex - shrimp safe?

    I think it said natural ingredients, which if true means it isn't fenbendazole.
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    eSHa Gastropex - shrimp safe?

    All I could find is that it is a "unique" formula, lol. It's a bit annoying they don't state the ingredients. Isn't there a law against that :p
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    Round indoor pond project queries.

    I am thinking I need another distraction and I may finally put a fish in my other 80 liters tub that houses the Arum Lily. There's just anubias, some sand and cherry shrimp in there right now. I removed all the bacopa. It had grown a tick layer of several inch as a floater over the last summer...
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    Round indoor pond project queries.

    Thanks guys. Right now...in my head I keep rolling the moment when the poor thing was coming to me to be fed. Life/death....such a thin line between them.:(
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    Round indoor pond project queries.

    On a positive note, footage of the betta trying to eat my fingers.
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    Round indoor pond project queries.

    Sad news to report guys. The discus is dead. I managed to kill him :oops: I think he was already dead yesterday but because the body stood up in straight up position I got confused he's still alive. Today I saw no gill movement so I picked him up, very dead:oops: I actually just finished a...
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    Deal with snail population explosion (or fish selection)

    You are going to mislead the customer :rolleyes: I'd rather buy a tank full of snails than someone selling me a snail free tank that had been overfed but the snails were nuked with chemicals of unknown kind and consequences to the future well being of potential inhabitants. Snail explosion is...
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    Round indoor pond project queries.

    I believe mine is the exact same plant as that's what was written on the label. Yeah, the leaves are glossy because they're fairly new and the plant exploded with growth. I had done about several 100% water changes on that tub but the clay pebbles I used for substrate were "charged" from being...
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    Round indoor pond project queries.

    These leaves are grown in 2 weeks to perhaps because they're very new...Maybe the'll change as they age.
  93. sciencefiction

    Round indoor pond project queries.

    Is it the same plant?
  94. sciencefiction

    Round indoor pond project queries.

    Oh, sorry, the lily you mean? I have not touched it. They're glossy naturally it seems.
  95. sciencefiction

    Round indoor pond project queries.

    So I went out today for a while. I came back and I got a shock as I could not see the discus. Upon looking around the tank I find him sort of behind the filter, kind of listless. I look at the thermometer and it shows 34.2 C! My hair stood up.. I look for the betta, see him swimming around and...
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    Planaria

    Fenbendazole(Panacur) can have adverse effect on certain species of aquarium fish when dissolved in water. I think what one uses all depends on what fish and other critters are in the tank. Kusuri Wormer plus(FLUbendazole) is very safe on any fish and it's effect on planaria is similar to that...
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