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  1. LancsRick

    Stable mature tank - Cardinal death, another swim bladder issue

    I love keeping animals, but I hate when they're struggling and I don't know how to help. Just done the usual check I do every few days on my tank, peering around everything to look for anything out of the ordinary. Found a cardinal tetra dead at a filter intake, been gone for a couple of days...
  2. LancsRick

    How to catch a SAE?

    Video please? :lol: Joking aside though, if you get truely stumped I always find the best way is to drain the tank down as above. At least then you're only chasing in two dimensions rather than 3.
  3. LancsRick

    home made fish food

    I fully understand the protein mix with the veg, but any reason for quite such an extravagant selection and the spices?
  4. LancsRick

    There are many striking fish....

    Those otto's look awesome!
  5. LancsRick

    There are many striking fish....

    Never managed that, although I've got a group of 6 in one of my tanks, they still don't seem to behave like that. When they were just 2 I never saw them, now that they're 6 I see them all regularly even with lights on, but never shoaling. Fancy doing some video?
  6. LancsRick

    There are many striking fish....

    In terms of detail I couldn't disagree with the galaxy rasbora - the got some in my nan and they're stunning. The only thing is that their detail is lost at a distance because of the scale of them.
  7. LancsRick

    There are many striking fish....

    There are many fantastic fish that we put in our scapes, some for functional reasons, some for cosmetic. I'm sat here on my sofa, looking at my really basic low tech tank, and to be honest, the 15 or so really healthy cardinal tetras that are shoaling around look utterly stunning, bright blue...
  8. LancsRick

    Deleted thread

    That's a fair amount of fish in there already to be fair. Personally I'd just add a few amano shrimp and see how you get along with that. The Cory's and Barbs represent a reasonable bioload. I might be wrong, but I thought most of the cichlids would make lunch of a planted tank?
  9. LancsRick

    Will black and brown Oto's group together?

    A little while ago I lost a couple of brown Oto's from one of my tanks, so there is just a pair in there. I know they prefer being in groups of 4/6+, so I was going to add some more, but I can only get hold of Black Oto's at the moment. Will they group with the brown's, or will they stay...
  10. LancsRick

    Slow release/dissolving food blocks any good?

    Thanks for all the advice guys :). As you've probably guessed I just didn't want the critters going hungry, so if that's not an issue then I'll save the faff!
  11. LancsRick

    Slow release/dissolving food blocks any good?

    Later in the year I'm going to be having a holiday for about 5 days, and I was wondering how to deal with the two tanks I have with livestock in. One is a community tank, including shrimp and Oto's. The other is mainly a shrimp tank with a few Oto's in. I was wondering about those dissolving...
  12. LancsRick

    Invisible Otos

    Oto's should really be in groups of 4 or more to keep them socialable, but even then they are incredibly stealthy. In both of my large tanks I never see them when the lights are on, and usually only spot them when I come down in the morning, and there's sunrise poking through the curtains and...
  13. LancsRick

    White Cloud Minnows for a nano ?

    You'd need a group of 4 really, which is a fair extra bioload on a tank that size. Although not very active, they might struggle to find enough food for grazing in such a small tank. There have been a few threads on here on fish suggestions for nanos - it might be worth having a browse...
  14. LancsRick

    Small schooling fish for new tank

    My tap water is pH 7-8 and very soft, so should suit them well. The not looked at those, I'll have a nosey later, the thanks for all the advice Darren!
  15. LancsRick

    Small schooling fish for new tank

    My LFS is going to get me a price on the boraras, but had a couple of other suggestions, what do you guys think...? - Rasbora Maculata - I've looked at this and it seems like a really nice fish, although a couple of things I've read note that this can be quite a sensitive fish. Can get these...
  16. LancsRick

    Small schooling fish for new tank

    Good shout Darren, thanks - I was thinking of Neons in terms of size. I've edited my post. Also edited to include microdevario as an option. Quite keen to have something bright and striking rather than anything subdued, as much as I love the minnows in my other tank...
  17. LancsRick

    Small schooling fish for new tank

    I'm debating what to go for in my 180l Rio, because I'd like quite a big shoal to contrast again the iwagumi "lawn" I've just planted (needs to grow in!), and the large vertical open space I've got in the tank. From reading this thread and others, I'm thinking of the following options (largely...
  18. LancsRick

    Khuli loaches....snail eaters?

    I've got amanos in there and have never had any problems at all. Never tried keeping them with anything smaller though so couldn't tell you.
  19. LancsRick

    Khuli loaches....snail eaters?

    Zebra loaches do, the main reason I have the fellas in my tank :)
  20. LancsRick

    Otocinclus with Tannins?

    Perfect, thanks guys. Good to know that there are some benefits to having an orange tank that refuses to clear!
  21. LancsRick

    Otocinclus with Tannins?

    There's no shortage of algae in the tank. Unfortunately I went away for a week having left the lights on fairly high since the tank was very dense with tannins. Over that week it cleared markedly, resulting in total melt of my Post. Helf. and a serious case of algae. I've cleaned the worst of it...
  22. LancsRick

    Otocinclus with Tannins?

    My Rio 180 is still a tannin-tank, despite months of water changes and running Purigen, but the water chemistry is now perfect. Last week I added 4 Amano shrimp which are having a great time, and I was going to add a further 4 Amanos plus 4 Oto's. My one question is whether Oto's are bothered by...
  23. LancsRick

    What the heck is up with my Gouramis?!

    Yea, it's a real shame as they were "friendly" fish. I'll keep a careful eye on the others, at least I can take solace that it wasn't my doing! I'm finding white tail mountain minnows to be excellent fish for the top of the tank, always out and about and in the higher levels.
  24. LancsRick

    What the heck is up with my Gouramis?!

    Ok, I'm at a loss to explain this so I'm seeking help or reassurance, whichever is required. I've just had to euthanise another of my red honey gouramis due to dropsy, and I think this can only be down to getting a "sickly" batch since I got them all from the same place at the same time, but I...
  25. LancsRick

    Can I give my Oto's a luxury holiday?

    Partly because I like the fellas, but also because I'm giving my nano a damn good clean at the weekend because it's got plenty of algae in there. Given that the Otos have cleaned my main tank so well that they're existing on just cucumber and algae wafers, I was wondering about treating them...
  26. LancsRick

    Sick Gourami - Help!

    I'll priest again in the future, but can see that being impossible for small fish so I'm going to get some clove oil. Thank you for all the advice in this thread - I realise it's hardly the cheeriest subject, but it's an important thing to have and to share knowledge on.
  27. LancsRick

    Sick Gourami - Help!

    Ok, I'll priest him then. Don't have any clove oil so seems the only humane option left to me.
  28. LancsRick

    Sick Gourami - Help!

    He's in the freezer, thanks for the second opinions though guys. Hate seeing animals in suffering :(. Don't mind the death bit, but hate suffering :(.
  29. LancsRick

    Sick Gourami - Help!

    Damn :(. Anything kinder than freezing for euthanising? From my understanding and reading, dropsy isn't necessarily linked to any set cause, so my other fish should be fine? They all look fine....
  30. LancsRick

    Sick Gourami - Help!

    He seems to have pine cone'd during the day :(. Pictures below. Looks like Dropsy to me, any other diagnostic offerings? Any advice on best course of action?
  31. LancsRick

    Sick Gourami - Help!

    It wasn't pine cone'd this morning (checked for that), but I'll see what it's like this evening. Poor fella, hope he pulls through.
  32. LancsRick

    Sick Gourami - Help!

    Came down this morning to find one of my 4 Honey Gouramis appears ill. The other 3 are absolutely fine in appearance and movement. No other sick fish/inverts in the tank. The "sick" one appears bloated, in a uniform manner (not just a sphere on the lower abdomen), and has developed a "fat...
  33. LancsRick

    In praise of Oto's

    Love the fact that they might be fussy over which variety of pear ;)
  34. LancsRick

    Zebra otto

    Some people have no taste in aquarium backgrounds ;)
  35. LancsRick

    Zebra otto

    Nope, althought my LFS stocks them. I went for blacks in the end, but I can see myself getting the Zebras for a future tank. I'd be interested to hear if they're any different behaviourally.
  36. LancsRick

    How to make fish more "socialable"?

    Ok, so my Trigon 190 has a fair amount of planting now, and a reasonable community in there, but I seem to possess very shy fish! They're not showing any signs of stress, but always hide behind the big piece of bogwood and rarely come out. Any ideas why? 18x Cardinal Tetra 4x Honey Gourami 4x...
  37. LancsRick

    In praise of Oto's

    Anyone able to confirm whether Otos will eat algae wafers please? Don't want to accidentally starve the poor fellas!
  38. LancsRick

    In praise of Oto's

    I hadn't realised that they won't eat algae wafers, I had been dropping some in to keep them and the shrimp happy if there was little algae (tank is very clean now) - not much good if they won't eat them!
  39. LancsRick

    Betta, Botia Striata and Shrimp?

    That seems quite a small tank for botias as an observation? What shrimp are you putting in there? Mine leave my amanos alone, but I've never tried them with something smaller (e.g. Cherry Red).
  40. LancsRick

    Fish Food - What and from where?

    Thanks Mike, I've ordered a small bag to give it a go!
  41. LancsRick

    Fish Food - What and from where?

    Time to get myself some more flakes for my community tank, and that got me thinking... Given my introduction to the world of generic fertilisers being just as good as the pre-mixed stuff, what do people do for flake food? Is buying the tubs from Aquarian/Tetramin/King British the only way, or...
  42. LancsRick

    Dead Cory

    Just lost one of my Corydoras Longipinnis, found it floating upside down this morning, but when I went near it it swam off - has been upside down all day, so I added some API Melafix earlier (general bacteria treatment), but have just found it lying dead at the bottom of the tank. It looks fine...
  43. LancsRick

    Honey Gourami as next addition?

    Well I managed to collect the Gouramis and the Botia today, and I'm so glad that I did. The gouramis are tremendous fish - a nice splash of orange to the tank, but mainly they're so active, playing constantly, and so free roaming, using the full height (even bottom feeding!) of the tank, that...
  44. LancsRick

    Honey Gourami as next addition?

    4 Red Honey Gouramis and 4 Botia Striata will be joining my collection on Wednesday :). Bye bye snails!!
  45. LancsRick

    Honey Gourami as next addition?

    Not a lot of flow in the tank, but thanks for the heads up. Am I right in thinking that 4 would be a good school size for the gourami? On my other side note, what's the smallest "correct" group size for a botia striata? There seem to be various conflicting opinions around. Since it's a Trigon...
  46. LancsRick

    Honey Gourami as next addition?

    Right, it's time for a new addition to my slowly-building tank, which is currently at 18/19 cardinal tetras, 8 juvenile corydoras, a few plants, and 190litres of space. As well as the (potential) Gouramis, I'm adding in a single Botia Striata ASAP, since I seem to have a neverending supply of...
  47. LancsRick

    Rate of adding fish?

    That's what I thought, cheers. On a related note - when I used to change filter media, I'd do just one element of the filter per week at most, and I'd leave the "old" sponge in the bottom of the tank for that week, in the mindset that it would ease the transition of bacteria loss. Is there any...
  48. LancsRick

    Rate of adding fish?

    It's been a week and a half since I stripped a mature tank, and refilled with more substrate and included 10 Cardinal Tetras in there (keeping mulm and filter media). I'm going to look at adding some Corydoras (probably peppers) and Pearl Gourami, and was wondering what the rule of thumb was...
  49. LancsRick

    Fish - Plant Safe Ground Feeder?

    Funny you should mention that Dean, I was checking out their site last night, and was a bit gutted to realise that I'd just missed their auction! I might well drop over to check it out at some point, although I know what I can be like with getting into old hobbies or starting new ones in terms...
  50. LancsRick

    Fish - Plant Safe Ground Feeder?

    Thank Troi, any recommendations within the genus of specific fish?
  51. LancsRick

    Fish - Plant Safe Ground Feeder?

    My Cardinal Tetras have an annoying habit of only eating their food when it is sinking in the tak, shunning it when it's on the surface. As a result, despite being careful not to overfeed, there's a fair few flakes accumulating on the gravel. I was intending to get something for the bottom of...
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