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The Cookie Crew

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Re: The Cookie Crew
« Reply #300 on: July 03, 2018, 05:52:26 PM »
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Whats the temperature in the tank at the moment. It could be heat related although Cardinals dont seem to mind that.


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« Reply #301 on: July 03, 2018, 11:11:16 PM »
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Generally around 24.5C at the mo Dave...  There's some partial plus or minus, depending on various factors, but I've not seen it above 25.2C at the highest point recently... 

Everybody else in the tank is fine...  I don't mind saying that for the next couple of days after the Cardinal went, I was very worried that others may follow suit, especially the recently added Oto Cats, but no worries at all thankfully...

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Re: The Cookie Crew
« Reply #302 on: July 04, 2018, 09:31:48 AM »
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It is upsetting when you do your best for the fish then one dies for no apparent reason. But these things do happen, as I know only too well.
We can have no idea just what kind of water conditions our fish are subjected to in their journey from the breeder to our tanks, and I am sure that a lot of fish are weakened on the way to us.

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« Reply #303 on: July 04, 2018, 10:35:15 AM »
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Mrs Cookie & I are away for a week from tomorrow, off down to Torquay for a few days, to see friends there and then to Cardiff on the way back to visit my old dad...  That will be an anxious time in terms of the fish tank...... 

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« Reply #304 on: July 04, 2018, 10:39:42 AM »
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With all, the plants in your tank, and the micro-organisms that live on the plants, they'll be fine  :)

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Re: The Cookie Crew
« Reply #305 on: July 04, 2018, 10:43:16 AM »
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I've got Mrs Cookie's son popping in daily while we are away, primarily to feed the four cats...  So he will be able to just pop a little food in, maybe twice say, while we are away - and keep up with the daily ferts of course...  :)

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« Reply #306 on: July 04, 2018, 11:47:13 AM »
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Does he know how much to feed, and not to give them any more than you say? When in doubt, put the food in one of those pill boxes with a compartment for each day, then hide the food tubs. It is quite common for non-fishkeepers to think we don't feed them enough especially when the fish beg for more, so they give them extra often with disastrous results.

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« Reply #307 on: July 04, 2018, 12:09:36 PM »
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He does Sue...  lol, he had to sit through a big lecture and the express instruction that too much food is a no-no, better to forget than to over feed etc...  :)  He wasn't impressed, lolol...   :rotfl:

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« Reply #308 on: July 04, 2018, 12:19:04 PM »
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When we've been away in the past my son has fed my fish and he knows what would happen if he gave them too much  ;D

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Re: The Cookie Crew
« Reply #309 on: July 04, 2018, 01:25:40 PM »
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When I was on holiday in May I had a friend come in every 3rd day to feed the gang.
The tanks were numbered, with a corresponding list of instructions. They also came over a few times prior to the holiday to be trained in how to feed the fish & amphibians.
Although I was concerned, everything went wel,l and all the aquatic inhabitants in the Littlefish household were fine.
I was so pleased.  ;D

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« Reply #310 on: July 12, 2018, 03:14:00 PM »
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Back home now and happy to report zero disasters.....  Phew.....!!!   :)

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« Reply #311 on: July 12, 2018, 04:03:28 PM »
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Glad to hear that your gang are all well, and I hope you had a good holiday.

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« Reply #312 on: July 13, 2018, 01:12:09 AM »
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Thanks Donna...  :) 

Holiday was brill ta, had some time in Torquay and some time in Cardiff...  Got back and can't believe the difference in plant growth in one week...!!!   :yikes:

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« Reply #313 on: September 10, 2018, 12:00:17 PM »
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Multiple algae issues update:

Some of you will remember that I have been struggling with a variety of types of algae, non of which the clean up crew were especially interested in...!!!  Was a complete nightmare to be honest...!!!

Anyways, after switching the tank timer lights down to a mere six hours per day plus we got blinds in the living room, which have cut down the natural light levels significantly, things started to improve...  There was also that whole plant nutrition angle, with which I am now keeping up with at the recommended dose of TNC Complete but split down into daily doses... 

The magic final factor has now occurred - time...!!!  I am happy to be able to report that all algae has gone, the BBA, Staghorn or hair algae, the works...!!!  Seems like time was the magic ingredient...  After making the other changes, they collectively just needed time to get fully underway  :)

Interesting though that even with ferts being added, 6 hours of photoperiod seems to be enough...

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« Reply #314 on: September 10, 2018, 01:38:22 PM »
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The magic final factor has now occurred - time...!!!  I am happy to be able to report that all algae has gone, the BBA, Staghorn or hair algae, the works...!!!  Seems like time was the magic ingredient...  After making the other changes, they collectively just needed time to get fully underway  :)
Brilliant news :cheers: - and an interesting update; thanks for this.

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« Reply #315 on: September 10, 2018, 07:15:03 PM »
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That is absolutely fantastic news. Im really happy for you.  :))

I expect you will want a period of stability now but so you know for future, if you really want a different photoperiod (to enjoy the tank more etc) you can shift the time the lights are in into any part of the day or (more risky!) reduce the lighting intensity and lengthen the lighting period.

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« Reply #316 on: September 10, 2018, 08:06:42 PM »
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Great news, so glad to hear that your algae issues have been resolved.  :cheers:

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« Reply #317 on: September 10, 2018, 11:11:27 PM »
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I honestly thought my tank had become cursed, lol, and just plain couldn't imagine how I'd ever get rid of what I think was the BBA - let alone the other types...  But then just at a very slow rate, the algae backed off and I honestly can't see any now... 

No doubt that stuff will still be lurking and would surely break out again if circumstances were right for it...  The only bit that remains is the bit beneath the sand where it meets the glass, but even that has the top several millimetres gone now, where I guess the snails & shrimp have been able to get at it... 

One change I have noticed in recent weeks though was that pretty much all the stem plants in the tank have been steadily under attack by the Rabbit snails and/or the Faunus snails, to the point where they appear to munch through the stems at the base and destroy the whole plant...!!!  Then it dawned on me that there's probably a lot less natural food for them now with the algae all but gone...  So, it didn't take long to twig that I should re-evaluate my feeding routine and shift the balance so that there is far less protein based food and increase the algae wafers...  This is looking to be working now too and the various snails can at least get to the algae wafers in time, whereas with the previous emphasis on flakes and such like, it was all getting snapped up by the Tetras etc... 

The old learning curve never stops with this hobby, eh...?  I'm sure that I'm still a ways to go in terms of getting things just right, but do at least feel like things are going in the right direction now, instead of the wrong direction - a major shift indeed...  :)

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Re: The Cookie Crew
« Reply #318 on: September 10, 2018, 11:15:13 PM »
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Have you tried using a credit card to remove the algae between the sand and the glass? If you give this a go DO NOT get any sand trapped between the card and the glass as it will scratch it, but this method is effective nevertheless.

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« Reply #319 on: September 11, 2018, 08:06:45 AM »
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The old learning curve never stops with this hobby, eh...?  I'm sure that I'm still a ways to go in terms of getting things just right, but do at least feel like things are going in the right direction now, instead of the wrong direction - a major shift indeed...  :)

I tend to think of it as a rollercoaster, rather than a curve, but that's probably just me occassionally forgetting things if I panic.  ;D

Great to hear that the change in feeding has reduced the snail attacks on your plants.

Keep up the good work.  :cheers:

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« Reply #320 on: September 11, 2018, 07:07:26 PM »
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I tend to think of it as a rollercoaster, rather than a curve, but that's probably just me occassionally forgetting things if I panic.  ;D
Certainly not just you - I couldn't agree more that it's a rollercoaster (and that's me with only the one tank on the go)!

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Re: The Cookie Crew
« Reply #321 on: September 11, 2018, 07:13:21 PM »
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The trouble with the hobby is it's just so addictive... fishkeep responsibly people!

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« Reply #322 on: November 15, 2018, 10:41:38 PM »
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I have an imposter...!!!  An asparagus like invader...!!!   ;D 

Guys n gals, what is this asparagus spear looking shoot coming from one of my Echinodorus plants...?   


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« Reply #323 on: November 16, 2018, 09:19:17 PM »
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When it reaches the surface a flower will form :)

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« Reply #324 on: November 16, 2018, 10:36:02 PM »
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Wow - your plants look so lush and algae-free.
 :cheers:

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« Reply #325 on: November 16, 2018, 11:26:42 PM »
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Excellent...  Blimey...!!!  I didn't know that they do flower...  That stem is growing at the rate of around one inch per day, maybe even more...!!!  It just suddenly appeared and is streaking across the tank like an Olympic athlete...!!!  :D 

Thanks @fcmf   :)   I should get a better pic really, showing the whole tank...  just gutted at the number or pesky micro ramshorns, lol...!!!  So pleased about the algae thing now - it was really bad at one point and looked horrific...!!!  Now, the biggest thing is still trying to strike the right balance of feeding so that the algae dependent boys n girls don't munch on the plant leaves so much, whilst at the same time avoid overfeeding the tank and encouraging the pest snails...  I'm fairly sure it's largely about striking the balance between protein based foods and algae/vegetable based foods etc...  Lol, I'll get there one of these days...!!!  :D 

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