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  1. AZL

    Bioload and overstocking discussion

    Embers are great little fish, I don't keep them but a friend has a group of 8 in a 60 litre planted tank and they do well :)
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    Water returns to initial hardness after distilled water change?

    I've yet to try peat myself, still researching and asking around and I'll pass on what I hear or experience. Actually a friend at the other LFS brought it to my attention that peat is not a renewable resource so there are environment issues with using it, apparently sphagnum is a good...
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    Bioload and overstocking discussion

    Weird, some tanks do just run really low on nitrate. With my plecs who are poo machines I'll never be without nitrate in freshwater tanks but the plants keep them quite low compared to the water I test at the LFS I work in (as does sticking to 60% as max stock levels I suppose). Maybe with less...
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    Bioload and overstocking discussion

    As I understand it, cyano is more of a saltwater problem, far less common in freshwater tanks. I had an issue with it in my puffer tank (full marine) which sorted over some weeks of manual removal and water changes. That tank had pretty high nitrates to be honest whereas I've not had any in the...
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    Water returns to initial hardness after distilled water change?

    The suggestion of substrate or decor is pertinent, what is in your tank apart from the Tropica substrate? I have a bit of that in my tanks, contained in pots or mesh bags, and haven't found it to affect the water parameters but an entire substrate may. On the other hand plants reduce KH by...
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    Question Creating a soft water environment naturally

    What are people's thoughts on peat in the filter?
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    Question Creating a soft water environment naturally

    Yes, I have upped the RO over time. I don't have my own system nor can I install one here due to lack of space and the way the plumbing is in the building but I was already getting barrels of it from the LFS for my marine tanks so just get extra now. I can't use more than 50% RO anyway as for...
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    Question Advice On Suitable Nesting Sites Please

    Thank guys, I'm fairly certain I have a pair now as one is significantly smaller and drabber as well as lacking the spikes on the front of the dorsal fin. in the pick above the front is extended so looks higher than the back. Also, the little one has started doing what looks very much like the...
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    Question Creating a soft water environment naturally

    I have two freshwater tanks stocked with soft water loving fish and live in a hard water area. Over time I've been working to lower PH, KH,and GH as gently and naturally as possible. My strategy has been planting heavily to reduce KH via CO2 uptake from plants, Indian almond leaves and bogwood...
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    Question Advice On Suitable Nesting Sites Please

    I must admit I've been calling them Mr & Mrs **** - Mr & Mr **** makes more sense ;) Hahahahaha been censored! as they're COCKatoo dwarf cichlids I'm sure you can work out what I've been calling them!
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    Question Advice On Suitable Nesting Sites Please

    Yeah, they may well have gotten it wrong although the spikes on the dorsal are more even in the one that's meant to be female, just doesn't look that way in the pic. I don't mind as long as they don't fight, I wasn't planning to breed them, just wanted to be ready in case they did spawn. I'll...
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    Question Advice On Suitable Nesting Sites Please

    Thanks to both, yes i did wonder if two males - I spoke to the wholesaler myself about adding a male and female pair to the main shop order. They got it right with the golden wonder panchax pair, hope they didn't mess up with the apistos.
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    Question Advice On Suitable Nesting Sites Please

    Much appreciated, I'll put variety in. I'm not necessarily trying to breed them, just noticing they seem to be seeking a cave and the bogwood and plec rock isn't ideal for them to make a home in.
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    Question Advice On Suitable Nesting Sites Please

    Thank you! what type of cave do your apistos like? Natural rock, ceramic, coconut, etc?
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    Question Advice On Suitable Nesting Sites Please

    May I ask what people's dwarf cichlids prefer to nest in? My 2 pairs of rams have half flower pots which they ignore. I have a pair of cockatoo apistos in the other freshwater tank now who arrived yesterday and are already looking for a place to set up a household lol. Thank you!
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    Question Advice On Coral Gobys Please!

    Cheers guys, I'm just pleased they get on well and seem to boost each other's confidence and provide good company. Our clownfish are looking like a mated pair but no eggs yet. Whether or not we end up with fry it's lovely it's a happy tank. Our dottyback and fire shrimp were mates until the...
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    Question Advice On Coral Gobys Please!

    We've had a red coral goby doing well in our tank for awhile now and just got a green one. I ensured the dealer would take it back if there were territory issues as it's not a massive tank - about 20 gallon display and I had concerns. Actually they are very peaceful and always together. Would...
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    Can I Add My 4th Tank To Tank Details Section?

    Thanks for that! The fish habit got out of hand fast hahahaha thought I was safe taking a second job at the LFS as my community tank was as full as I would allow it to be and the other two marine but I've ended up with another freshwater tank to separate the two male bristlenose plecs re-homed...
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    Mandarin Advice Please!

    Thanks very much for that! I must admit I don't keep zoas or palys as I worry about the toxin affecting myself and those around me if I accidentally damage it nor do I keep nems as I'm far too attached to my fish and other creatures to risk them getting poisoned or eaten. I do find most of my...




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