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    Hey everyone I'm back but I need Help with Nitrates!

    Hello everyone! I'm having a big issue with my Nitrate levels at the moment, to the point where my fish are starting to glass surf almost all day and not eat. I've ruled out Ammonia and Nitrite as both were 0ppm. pH was also a stable 8.2 and GH was off the API test scale so stable as well...
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    The Keys, The Cat And The Tank!

    Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear about what happened with the filter . It must have been absolutely heart-breaking, but kind of bittersweet as you found that one you thought had also gone. I'd rather not mess around with CO2 at the moment -- I've already got enough problems with BBA and an RO unit...
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    The Keys, The Cat And The Tank!

    So literally two days after I posted the last update the pair suddenly got busy again -- talk about making me look like a nunce ! They have been doing a lot of digging back behind the rock, there's pretty much a mound of black sand stacked neatly into the back corner. I do feel a bit sorry for...
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    The Keys, The Cat And The Tank!

    HI everyone! It's been a couple of months since the last update, but not too much has really happened. The pair never spawned again, and seemed to have lost interest in each other from what I've seen, which is a shame. It may have been because despite adding almond leaves, my pH has stuck...
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    The Keys, The Cat And The Tank!

    A couple of videos of the pair. The blue of their pelvic fins is so nice! Thank you ChrisX! I hope it succeeds also! However, whilst you have a excess of females, I have an excess of males instead! I've hidden a few flowerpots, including the large one they spawned in last time behind a large...
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    The Keys, The Cat And The Tank!

    So unfortunately, they ate the eggs on the second day, but seem to be scouting their little area again. I did get a bit worried for the first 2 days after they ate the eggs because there was a lot of bickering between the pair and then they just seemed to lose interest in one another--I feared...
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    The Keys, The Cat And The Tank!

    The tank is 32" L x 14" W x 18" H and kept at 23C (73.4F). You bring up a very good point about rehoming adult, unpaired Keyhole cichlids; it'd probably be quite hard. I wish it were easier to sex them, because at least then the new owner would be able to know that they were female or male...
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    The Keys, The Cat And The Tank!

    Update (14/12/17) -- WE'RE ON A CHRISTMAS EGG-WATCH!!! I HAVE THE BEST NEWS GUYS!! Pip and Nebula have paired and laid eggs! Nebula's egg papillae appeared yesterday evening and Pip was being super aggressive over a particular flower pot in the tank, even daring to chase off Mishka who's twice...
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    The Keys, The Cat And The Tank!

    I wish it was warm enough in the UK to not have to run heaters in the summer do you think that running a large air pump rated for 400L or more with two large sponge filters would work if I had to? There would be only 2 Keyholes. I'm not sure whether there is a UK equivalent of Sun Sun...
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    The Keys, The Cat And The Tank!

    Is it just a case of choosing the right equipment that is energy efficient? Is there a secret?
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    The Keys, The Cat And The Tank!

    I forgot to say that the cost of running two tanks is an important factor, since it's not me paying the electric bills . I may be able to get away with it if I get a large air pump and run two large sponge filters on the 34gal. I'd have to definitely do bi-weekly water changes, but if they're...
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    The Keys, The Cat And The Tank!

    I may be able to keep all six, but how long will it work for? I'm looking at around January for the new tank so a couple of months. As long as they don't go on a murderous rampage against one another in that time, it should be okay. However, I may not be able to keep the old tank (space issues)...
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    The Keys, The Cat And The Tank!

    It's kind of similar to an African cichlid community then, in that because of there being many individuals, no one can claim a territory for long enough before another fish takes it. It'll definitely be worth reducing the six to a trio then -- I'll try venting them, but it's not always 100%...
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    The Keys, The Cat And The Tank!

    ChrisX What kind of behaviour did you observe in the lead up to a pair forming? I have a feeling that Ozzie and Nebula may have taken to one another, or it may be that Nebula just doesn't put up with his antics. Either way, there's lots of twitching and displaying to each other — more than...
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    Do You Think Schooling Fish Like Harlequin Rasboras Play Games Like "tag" With Each Other?

    Generally, behaviours like chasing and showing off to one another are to do with maintaining a hierarchy within the school rather than playing.
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    The Keys, The Cat And The Tank!

    ChrisX I have been thinking of taking the six down to a trio, I just wanted to see who would develop into the best individuals out of the four young ones. Ozzie is definitely a keeper. I may also keep Pip. I don't know who the third would be though. It's very hard to pick and choose haha. On...
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    The Keys, The Cat And The Tank!

    Update (20/10/2017): Lots of Tension at the moment! The Keyholes are officially starting to mature now, except for Nebula. They are developing the white line on the upper caudal fin which both Asgore and Toriel also developed when they were maturing. It's really exciting! However, the past few...
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    The Keys, The Cat And The Tank!

    I'm kinda hoping that's the case, but with Pip, his / her operculum looks like it's sealed shut? It won't open or close like the other one. I doubt it's parasites or anything because the other gill is fine. It's really strange but seems to have only recently developed. I'll see how it goes.
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    Heater Broke And Heated Up My 29 Gallon To 86

    An increase in temperature is usually accompanied by a drop in dissolved oxygen, you can try and increase surface agitation to increase the dissolved oxygen content in the water.
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