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  1. dean

    2,000L High tech BEAST

    Looking great Let me know when the mini red is available Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. dean

    Aqua One Betta Trio

    Yes agree they aren’t your best option I seen lots of people complain about then and they all have lots of algae problems due to the low flow Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. dean

    Fish recommendation?

    The minimum water volume for a betta in the UK to be housed in on a permanent basis is 5 litres https://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/fishkeeping-news/guidelines-released-for-keeping-fighters/ Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. dean

    What do I do with all these babies?

    Another great quote from this topic [emoji106][emoji23] Cross breeding parent fish to their fry (carefully written) and sibling fish to each other has been a long practise in the fish world to develop certain characteristics such as colour or elongated fins just look at how many strains of...
  5. dean

    Fish recommendation?

    Fish only setup would work out fish stocking level as 25mm of fish per litre of water If it’s a well planted and well filtered tank then this could be slightly increased as long as water conditions were closely monitored and regular maintenance was done which I’m sure it is So let’s just say...
  6. dean

    60cm x 60cm x 45cm Vivarium with drip feature, emersed aquatic plants and inhabitants.

    Amazing Which species of gecko are they ? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. dean

    Fish recommendation?

    I agree it’s down to your Bettas personality some are psychopaths and others are scared of their own shadow Does the tank look a bit bare of life ? If it does You could add shrimp and snails or a few fish small group of rasboras or pencil fish or a pair of dwarf cichlids I’d stay away from...
  8. dean

    How many aquatic plant shops do you think the uk can support?

    It’s just like fashion, things change a bit slower than clothing but there are definite trends, but a trend lasts just as long as the shop owners / managers deem it to be profitable The problem is limited tank space so they need each tank to be as profitable as possible Even if there was a...
  9. dean

    Moving tank to lay new flooring, help!

    Get something you can syphon water in that’s big enough to hold all the water Put it next to where the tank is going Cheap option are paddling pools You can either Empty tank as low as possible small fish will be ok in an inch of water or Catch fish and empty it completely Put fish in...
  10. dean

    Doreys Biorb Air 60’s

    Very nice Can you tell us how you set it up and what the substrate is Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. dean

    Custom Nano Filter Design / Material Question

    Don’t think I’ve ever thought of a filter as beautiful before Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. dean

    How many aquatic plant shops do you think the uk can support?

    Deaths of fish are usually accepted by shops at upto 10% good individually owned shops are much much less The chains are very expensive for their fish, their markup is astonishingly high but they tend to be in expensive locations Quarantine rooms ! Thing of the past in most cases [emoji2357]...
  13. dean

    Nano CO2 bottles

    That’s a great price Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. dean

    aesthetic "transparent" overflow design that would fit well in a ADA-style nature aquarium

    If you have a design it can be made in any colour you want Acrylic comes in many many colours Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. dean

    How many aquatic plant shops do you think the uk can support?

    It would be a huge leap forward if the average lfs and the large chains stopped stocking horrible nasty bright Psychedelic gravel and stupid ornaments but instead promoted natural products and had more aquascaped displays This would massively change how people viewed fish Sent from my...
  16. dean

    Nano CO2 bottles

    What size are they ? Do you have a photo ? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. dean

    Random idea

    I use to use it all the time in my filter beds it’s was great and grow huge and roots were very iilong So my concern would be that it grew too big to use in an aquariums filter chamber What do you want it to take out of the water ?I’llio Don’t your plants already use it all up There are...
  18. dean

    How many aquatic plant shops do you think the uk can support?

    Anymore Specialist plant shops I think would struggle in most areas for actual visiting customers Surely they would have to basically be an online business so then why have the expense of a retail outlet ? It’s a shame as I’d love one near me to visit Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. dean

    Small fish combos in the planted tank

    Harlequin Rasboras & Stiphodon goby Or Green tetra & Corydoras hastatus or pygmaeus Good old guppies( males)& Ottocinclus Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. dean

    Plants to use above waterline

    Cryptocoryne Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. dean

    Are they Coldwater/Temperate or Tropical ?

    Ps If you use FB Look up Hermanus Haryanto he is an exporting transhipper in Jakarta, Indonesia he will be able to help you find them Or drop me a pm and I’ll send you his contact details or I may be able to find you a catcher Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  22. dean

    Are they Coldwater/Temperate or Tropical ?

    @alto Sorry about the confusion Wild caught fish are worlds away from farm bred stock I expect your fish were wild caught as the numbers available were very limited All the aquarist can do is to match the water parameters and habitat to the best of their ability to those of the fish’s...
  23. dean

    Are they Coldwater/Temperate or Tropical ?

    @alto I do not understand what you want answers to Your questions about how to keep your chocolate gourami is baffling to me as it has nothing to do with having “Coldwater” fish from tropical countries They are tropical species being imported from a tropical country No one is suggesting...
  24. dean

    Salt Meter

    0.3% is the starting point then it’s reduced with water changes Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  25. dean

    Salt Meter

    While we’re on the subject of salt can anyone debunk a myth that’s been around years Is the anti cacking agent used in table salt bad for fish or is it just complete rubbish ? For instance a well known brand sells “aquarium salt” which is sea salt, but it flows freely too Koi retailers sell...
  26. dean

    Are they Coldwater/Temperate or Tropical ?

    These are the water parameters after being shipped Adding salt to the water when shipping fish is a common practise It’s nothing to do with where they originated from I was discussing only temperature not water conditions of farmed fish not wild caught ones I chose goldfish as it’s the...
  27. dean

    Co2 bottle suppliers around Manchester?

    There’s a guy near me that sells them on Facebook market place He has absolutely loads Look him up and see how far he is from you Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  28. dean

    Weather forecast?

    Do you think we talk about the weather much more now because that’s all we can see from our homes ? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  29. dean

    Moderator hogan53 name change!

    Just looked at my messages and thought whose this guy ? Can’t remember ordering any plants from him [emoji2957] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  30. dean

    Coconut shells

    Just make sure there’s no fat left of then Can’t see why they would treat them with anything it just add to the costs Plus if it’s harmful to fish surely it’ll be harmful to birds too Give one a good clean Boil it Then try just one Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  31. dean

    Are they Coldwater/Temperate or Tropical ?

    These fish haven’t recently been taken to Thailand (Goldfish certainly haven’t) They have been there a very long time generation after generation The term coldwater merely means it can survive at low temperatures for a prolonged period it doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be kept at low...
  32. dean

    What is the name of this type of Platy?

    There is a race among all breeders of fancy livebearers to produce new strains so that they can increase their sales and initially their profit margins New strains are often sold at £50+ per pair But as the availability grows the prices drop to pennies It’s an arms race [emoji23] Two breeders...
  33. dean

    Are they Coldwater/Temperate or Tropical ?

    Temperature [emoji2357][emoji2959] This is the thing that I see lots of people putting others down for and I’ve seen it here today too [emoji30] Probably 90% of freshwater fish sold in your lfs are farm bred in ponds by breeders in tropical country’s such as Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and...
  34. dean

    Local breeders of Discus in Norwich

    Speak to Gary at Cheshire discus he can send them to you Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  35. dean

    Hillstream loach experience

    If the weir touches the surface they definitely will climb in They can climb up waterfalls so a 2” weir is no problem Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  36. dean

    Salt Meter

    Hannah and lots of other manufacturers do low level salt meters They vary in price greatly from cheaper imports at less than £20 upto very expensive ones over £500 so was looking for recommendations Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  37. dean

    Salt Meter

    Hi Clever People I’ve got some Ranchu goldfish coming and I need to measure the salt levels to keep it at 0.3% for the duration of the 4 week quarantine period. The easiest would be with a salt / salinity meter Can anyone recommend a brand or model ? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  38. dean

    Custom Nano Filter Design / Material Question

    £10 each I’m sure they will sell well [emoji3] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  39. dean

    New Admin

    Well done Tim for stepping up it’s hard to find good help Thank you to Everyone else who helps out it’s the best resource in the world (probably [emoji23]) It is definitely a friendly place and full of knowledgable people so I always recommend it to anyone interested in upgrading from treasure...
  40. dean

    Low tech bowl of joy

    It looks great please keep photo update coming Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  41. dean

    Low tech bowl of joy

    How big is the bowl ? Where did you get it from ? Which light are you using ? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  42. dean

    Wix Website Users

    Hi does anyone here use wix website builder ? If so do you have a shop on it ? I’m having difficulty in getting shop as I want it Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  43. dean

    Betta-proof low-tech

    I presume you are talking about a betta Splendens that’s been imported So it’s been in about 200ml of water once it was big enough to be sexed Therefore it’s never experienced a large space or even plants so a nice aquascape aquatium will be a good home for him If you can have a small ledge...
  44. dean

    Colour of substrate compared to hard scape

    Love a good debate [emoji48] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  45. dean

    Two female bettas in a 50 gal community tank - can it be done?

    The minimum I would agree with is 5 as they are just a vicious as the males so you need numbers to dissipate the aggression But there’s no guarantee you won’t get a serial killer Why not look at some other betta species that can be kept together ? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  46. dean

    Mini Complete - Titans

    Link won’t work for me [emoji2357] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  47. dean

    Volcano mineral out of stock everywhere in uk?

    Have a look for it in garden supplies as there’s now a company selling it to garden centres for house plants etc Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  48. dean

    Colour of substrate compared to hard scape

    Hi all I’ve noticed that aquascapers generally use a topping that contrasts to the rocks used Firstly the colour is totally irrelevant if it’s going to be covered completely with plants so why buy ADA sand etc ? Secondly in nature the sand substrate will come from the surrounding area and...
  49. dean

    Sand substrate recommendations . . .

    Argos play sand ? B&Q builders sand ? How dark do you want it ? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  50. dean

    Akadama - A cheap substrate

    Are Tesco still selling the clay cat litter ? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  51. dean

    Media Cleaning

    Perhaps as we mostly have heavily planted tanks the plants suck up the ammonia etc until the filter recovers Or are your filters just mechanical and the flow is what keeps everything healthy ? There’s plenty of no filter write ups but some use a pump to get a flow I suppose the only real...
  52. dean

    What are these eggs?

    Yes definitely snail eggs and I agree with Darryl on the species Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  53. dean

    Mini Complete - Titans

    How much are these and where did you get it from Moss carpet sounds great idea Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  54. dean

    Taller bodied fish

    Odessa Barbs colour up best at cooler temperatures 65 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  55. dean

    What do I do with all these babies?

    A short 3 day black out will not hurt the fish Ae you just going to turn the lights off for three days so there will be ambient light hitting the tank ? If so the fish will still be active and feeding won’t be a problem Small regular feeding will bring on the fry faster Once a hour is ideal...
  56. dean

    Taller bodied fish

    Iriatherina werneri The Threadfin Rainbowfish would be something different and when they display look large bodied Very active mid and upper water species Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  57. dean

    Stand bow, urgent ish help please.

    There are many many people who have tanks that are only supported at the ends In their fish houses, I’ve seen 6x2x2 sat only on 2inch wide wood at each end i personally have done it with 36x15x15” tanks that were like that for 20 years So I would not worry about a slight bow in the top panel...
  58. dean

    Stand bow, urgent ish help please.

    For a quick fix buy some L brackets snd screw them to the inside areas you are worried about coming apart Maybe do it the same time as a large water change to see if you can pull the cabinet together with less weight on it Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  59. dean

    2,000L High tech BEAST

    Oh mate so sorry to hear this Can it be fixed if you put a triangle piece on the internal corner ? I have vats that I can lend you to hold livestock etc while you do the work Happy to offer my help too Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  60. dean

    2,000L High tech BEAST

    Have I missed something Is there a problem? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  61. dean

    Custom Nano Filter Design / Material Question

    Those connectors look very nice Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  62. dean

    Shell dweller questions (Lamprologus multifasciatus)

    How are you buffering the water to increase the ph Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  63. dean

    Anyone used this Silicone sealant?

    If your worried contact them I’m sure I’ve used it in the past Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  64. dean

    External Filter Media

    I go with Darrel on this and I only use coarse foam I use a finer one across a corner like an hmf and put the intake behind it In small tanks I now use the ss strainer you buy from China on the intake even on a hob Hob filters I don’t buy the replacement I just cut a piece of foam to fit...
  65. dean

    Custom Nano Filter Design / Material Question

    Which Filter media are you thinking of ? As it’s for a nano and to eliminate the need fir a basket why not use one piece of filter foam ? Easily obtained Easily cut to shape Easy to get out Easy to clean Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  66. dean

    High quality frozen food recommendations?

    There are different qualities The live food has to have water added to it so it can be poured into the moulds, so usually the smaller the cube the more water it will contain The best option is to buy the larger slabs 500g 1kg etc these have less water in them You just break off what you need...
  67. dean

    Plants price increase??

    Hi all There’s will be a price increase on plants from EU as they now have to be imported and not just couriered as before The importer has to be registered on the new UK system called Peaches and there are obviously costs involved in importing anything Whether the importer passes these...
  68. dean

    Corydora experts please advise me re lighting

    I feed all small fish small and often For a few reason Fish spend all their day foraging in nature It promotes better growth and health Fish remain actively searching for the next meal It’s a steady flow of nutrients and waste from the fish for the plants snd filters to deal with Sent...
  69. dean

    OBSESSED

    Is it possible to have too many plants in your kitchen Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  70. dean

    Plant Wall

    Looking at making a plant wall above my corner tank so it looks like continuous plant growth I have lights and pump already in place But I have some questions about the materials and basic design and if there are any problems you clever bunch can foresee I’d like to use the plant wall as the...
  71. dean

    Journal Hermetosphere

    Love the light bulb It would be great if you could create a chandelier of them Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  72. dean

    Corydora experts please advise me re lighting

    Yes I was going to say put the light on before the natural light disappears If then would make the photo period on the tank too long then have the tank light go off and then use the rooms ambient light from bedside lamp etc to view them for the time between the end of the photo period and you...
  73. dean

    Corydora experts please advise me re lighting

    What time do you want the light on until ? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  74. dean

    Strange Betta colours

    Yes it’s natural They are available in most colours and combinations Some can even change colours Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  75. dean

    ID this moss

    Hi all on one off my local selling sites a man is selling this moss can anyone hazard a guess of what it is Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  76. dean

    2,000L High tech BEAST

    That’s a lots of Christmas related names you have to come up with [emoji23] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  77. dean

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  78. dean

    Terrarium moss wall cloth

    Hi all I came across this YouTube channel and they use a cloth to create a moss wall Very easy snd effective Does anyone know what the cloth is ? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  79. dean

    Custom Nano Filter Design / Material Question

    Why not put a small pump in the aquarium and pump the water to a canister outside Couldn’t you adapt a flask of a ss water bottle This would keep the costs down Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  80. dean

    Balls

    I think everyone on here is into trimming the carpet [emoji23][emoji23][emoji23][emoji106] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  81. dean

    Balls

    Well we’re all supposed to do this regularly checking them over thoroughly [emoji106][emoji23][emoji23] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  82. dean

    Balls

    This would definitely make them shrink [emoji23][emoji23][emoji23] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  83. dean

    Id anyone

    Price paid will be a good starting point If you bought it in the average lfs one that doesn’t specialise in corydoras then I’d definitely say it’s C Paleatus Asian import they have long finned versions too
  84. dean

    60p filtered with soil

    Peat blocks have been used for a long time in filters but then it colours the water Surely it’s easy to use specialist resins these days in a filter But it’s even easier to use soft water for your water changes Buy a hma Buy RO or RO water Collect rainwater for free Sent from my...
  85. dean

    What do I do with all these babies?

    Congratulations on raising the fry I’m sure a lot of the members would like some once they are a bit bigger You shouldn’t have any trouble finding them a home Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  86. dean

    why my betta is unhappy

    He doesn’t need a filter His waste is obviously being used by the plants and especially algae 50% water change each week will be enough Temperature is very important 25 minimum At lower temperatures they are less active Bettas will not just display to a mirror on command, it’s a...
  87. dean

    LFS plant ids Please

    Very strange lfs never seen plants unlabelled in a sales tank that has Co2 on it Sends very mixed messages to me like “we want to be great but really can’t be bothered” [emoji848][emoji2957] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  88. dean

    Stiphodon Hillstream Biotope Aquascape

    I really don’t see the point of you using the egg crate if the stones are not sitting on it Plus fish can burrow under your stones, therefore they could fall and break the glass The whole idea is you place the stones directly upon the egg crate Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  89. dean

    Leeches or planeria problem?

    Why didn’t you tell me as the plants only arrived today And I put them on the surface of my 350 litre to get string light and good Ferts to help them recovery Not happy mate think I’ll destroy them Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  90. dean

    Leeches or planeria problem?

    Have I just received plants from this tank ? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  91. dean

    Cryptocoryne growing above surface?

    I have crypt growing from wood and it’s not near the surface I sprayed it every time I thought about it It had to be sprayed a lot at the start I also sprayed it with Rhizotonic Now it gets sprayed once a week The humidity must be very low as you may be able to see the leaf from a Amazon...
  92. dean

    Which fish

    There is also a silver species Shouldn’t be to hard to find Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  93. dean

    Humidity over moisture

    Did anyone set one up ? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  94. dean

    Which fish

    So what about Marbled Hatchet Fish Carnegiella strigata They only eat from the surface and the aquarium must have a lid Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  95. dean

    Volcano mineral out of stock everywhere in uk?

    What about BBQ lava rock Should be able to pick that up cheaply now Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  96. dean

    Myriophyllum

    Love some if you ever get any spare Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  97. dean

    Rearing Killifish Fry

    Instead of putting holes in the container how about cutting out one side and use filter foam to fill the gap Slow flow into it so live food stays on the base and if any go onto the fine sponge they can pick them off, if they got through the sponge then fine it’s a treat for the other fish...
  98. dean

    Discus setup advice

    I’m slightly confused are you looking to create an aquascape firstly and keep discus secondly or is having discus your main objective ? The answer will then tell us which advice to give Let get a few facts straight If there is any beef heart in an Amazon river from a dead cow I’m positive...
  99. dean

    Black Phantom tetra

    Remember parasite have a life cycle so you could of introduced them with the rummy nose and then it has gone through it’s cycle and infested your existing stock It’s always good to QT fish separately before adding them to your main aquarium If like most people you can’t do this then treat...
  100. dean

    Which fish

    Is it open top ? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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