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    Hikari sinking wafers quality?

    Agreed, they seem to prefer the wafers so I’ll keep feeding those, I just wanted to understand and get a few more viewpoints on the subject. I do feed a very varied diet and all the fish go wild for frozen/live bloodworm, even the supposed herbivores. Its only very recently I’ve started looking...
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    Hikari sinking wafers quality?

    Never really paid too much attention to fish foods other then using the reputable brands, but recently I’ve been trying to feed my Kribs a more vegetable heavy diet (as studies show that in the wild they eat much more plant matter then the omnivore label they’re given in the aquarium trade) and...
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    Carbon filter required/not required?

    I like the idea of them, it’s incorporating a fine mechanical filtration and chemical filtration in one little cartridge, but like I say on a small internal filter it will be cheaper and just as effective to just put sponge or something in there once you’ve used the ones that came with the...
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    What is everyone's favorite tetra and why?

    Congo’s for me, I know people probably say it about most fish, but the photos you often see online and how they look in the store really don’t do justice how stunning they are once you get them settled in a school at home, especially the albinos. They’re really active and interesting too.
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    Carbon filter required/not required?

    That was the very first filter I had, at first I replaced the carbon a couple of times as per instructions. After a little bit of research I decided I didn’t want carbon in my filter, I think there is an alternative ‘official’ Fluval chemical cartridge without carbon and I used a couple of...
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    75 Gallon Tank How often should i do water changes?

    I’d check your parameters weekly first for a few weeks before making a decision on what you need to do, there’s no right or wrong answer, what works for others might not be great for you. Obviously you need ammonia and nitrite at zero, but if you can keep a stable PH and low nitrates at the...
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    Natural KH/PH lowering with KH > 8dKH

    Yeah I was thinking the KH would be too much to overcome, I suppose the good thing it helps keep the PH stable. I’ve seen people say that tannins won’t touch the PH if the KH is too high but never put an actual value on it.
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    Natural KH/PH lowering with KH > 8dKH

    Does anyone know if a method such as Indian almond leaves would have any chance of lowering the PH with a KH of around 8-10dKH or will it be utterly pointless with such a high KH level? One advantage I have is that I can keep nitrate levels very low using biohome media so can afford to make...
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    Zeolite filtration instead of biological filtration

    I’m sorry I don’t have any answer regarding your zeolite theory and I know you didn’t want questions but the situation of no cycle is very intriguing. Have you been trying to cycle with fish or without? It’s hard to imagine if you’ve got fish in a tank creating waste that bacteria wouldn’t grow...
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    Tank turnover theories

    What is the size of your tank? 2 pounds of biohome will only reduce nitrates in a tank of about 24 gallons or 90 litres, anything bigger you might aswell use something way cheaper with if you only have space for that amount of media in your filter set up. That seems to be the major drawback with...
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    Tank turnover theories

    I think the theory of the potential issue with using prime when you simply want to dechlorinate the water is that ‘locking up’ or ‘binding’ ammonia and nitrite is that it starves bacteria of its food source when establishing a cycle. I have no idea if there’s any merit to that at all, but I’m...
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    Tank turnover theories

    It’s quite important for me because the nitrates out of my tap measure 50PPM at least so doing a large water change would do nothing for me, the tried and tested method simply wouldn’t work for my water supply without changing to an RO supply. Ive used biohome for about a year now, and it does...
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    Tank turnover theories

    So when people advise 10 x the tank turnover, what they actually mean is use a filter that the manufacturer has rated to 10 x the tank turnover, not the actual output after media? That would make a lot more sense and seem a lot more realistic to be honest. For example, I have a 33 gallon tank...
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    Tank turnover theories

    You are 100% correct about the filters supplied with aquariums not being up to scratch, but that’s because they don’t have the filtration capacity more then flow IMO. What I’m wanting to find more information about is the theory that you have to turn over the tank volume a certain number of...
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    Tank turnover theories

    Seems that way to me especially about people justifying spending a lot of money, it must be a filter manufactures dream. In my 33 gallon tank I always assumed I ‘over filtered’ using a canister filter that manufacturer states has a flow rate of 200 GPH and rated for a tank up to 80 gallons, but...
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