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Think Fish Keepers Daily News.

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Offline Fiona

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Re: Think Fish Keepers Daily News.
« Reply #100 on: July 02, 2016, 07:50:09 PM »
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As they say, it must be something in the water  ;)

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Re: Think Fish Keepers Daily News.
« Reply #101 on: July 04, 2016, 10:27:07 AM »
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Just got an A in my French test!!!

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« Reply #102 on: July 04, 2016, 10:32:06 AM »
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Well done  :)

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« Reply #103 on: July 04, 2016, 11:27:32 AM »
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Bien joué. 8)

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Re: Think Fish Keepers Daily News.
« Reply #104 on: July 04, 2016, 12:13:38 PM »
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Congratulations @apache6467   :cheers:

Well done on achieving your A grade.  8)

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« Reply #105 on: July 04, 2016, 01:51:18 PM »
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Felicitations, Apache! Je suis ravie d'apprendre de tes nouvelles.

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Re: Think Fish Keepers Daily News.
« Reply #106 on: July 04, 2016, 02:47:16 PM »
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Well done @apache6467

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Re: Think Fish Keepers Daily News.
« Reply #107 on: July 05, 2016, 07:17:01 AM »
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Thanks @Sue @Fiona @ColinB @fcmf @Littlefish  :))

UPDATE: thinking of buying the 2 Julii cories that were left over when my sister bought two for my tank at LFS.

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« Reply #108 on: July 05, 2016, 08:23:55 AM »
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@apache6467 - good plan about the julii cories; as cories fare best in groups of 6+ of their own type, they should do well if their numbers increase.

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Re: Think Fish Keepers Daily News.
« Reply #109 on: July 05, 2016, 12:38:01 PM »
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Ok so at the end of April, @Fiona very kindly sent me a gift of ten live Malaysian trumpet snails...

The ten are now more like thirty plus! They've been busy doing more than eating the algae, I wondered what I was looking at last night when I saw little specks of white on my bogwood... BABY SNAILS! Over 20 of the wee things...

Erm, how many is too much??  :rotfl:

Fiona, thank you again. This is the first time I've ever bred an animal so does this make me a grandad?  :isay:

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« Reply #110 on: July 05, 2016, 01:36:34 PM »
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Congratulations Granddaddy Paddy.  :cheers:

Perhaps the answer is that the number of snails has hit the limit when you see the fish teaming up to push the snails out of the tank. Then what you do is buy a tank of dwarf puffers, or perhaps a single Amazon puffer, and you will never have enough snails ever again.  ;D

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« Reply #111 on: July 05, 2016, 01:40:29 PM »
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Perhaps the answer is that the number of snails has hit the limit when you see the fish teaming up to push the snails out of the tank. Then what you do is buy a tank of dwarf puffers, or perhaps a single Amazon puffer, and you will never have enough snails ever again.  ;D
All very well for those who live in hard water areas, though - Scotland's water is far too soft for puffers. :(

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Re: Think Fish Keepers Daily News.
« Reply #112 on: July 05, 2016, 04:08:10 PM »
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Ha, no problem.
Remineralisation chemicals, coral sand substrate, tufa rock and limestone decor. *
Or go the whole hog, throw in some salt as well, head down the brackish route and get some figure eight puffers. *
I saw some figure eight puffers in the local MA 2 weeks ago, so cute. Managed to make it out without purchasing any.

(* Disclaimer: don't do this)

Alternatively, you could just leave the snails alone and admire their adorableness instead.  ;D

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« Reply #113 on: July 05, 2016, 04:11:14 PM »
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I am happy for now just to let nature take its course... I certainly don't want to have to adapt my water to keep a hardwater species just so I can feed snails to it  ;D

I was wondering more if there would be eventual drawbacks to having a lot of snails?  :o

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« Reply #114 on: July 05, 2016, 04:28:59 PM »
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I don't know. It's not something I've ever considered.
My snail tank is set up to purposefully encourage them to breed. I will say that I still test the water every week, same as all the other tanks, and I still get 0, 0, 40 in the snail tank (same parameters as tap water) even though I overfeed on purpose, so I can't image that it would upset your water parameters.
Is there a down side to snails?
I don't have posh snails, all mine are pest snails, and have probably ended up in every tank from plants. I did, very briefly, consider assassin snails, then realised that I don't mind having snails in every tank, because I quite like them.
If you like them how can you feed them to your puffers? I hear you cry. Well, only the baby ones go into the puffer tank, anything that is recognisable as a snail is either moved to the snail tank for breeding purposes, or is left in the tank it's in, to potter around enjoying the scenery. Puffers are more adorable than baby pest snails anyway.  ;D
I realise I'm not being much help answering your question. Fiona or Sue would probably be better if you're looking for fact-based, sensible answers to snail questions.

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« Reply #115 on: July 05, 2016, 04:35:12 PM »
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The only problem with lots and lots of snails is they don't do much for the aesthetics of the tank. The usual recommendation for avoiding this overpopulation is don't overfeed the fish as the left over food is what makes the snails reproduce too much.

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« Reply #116 on: July 05, 2016, 04:42:14 PM »
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We've just got back from the garden centre with Maidenhead Aquatics in and of course I had to go and look at fish even though I don't have a tank ready for them yet.

Why do penguin tetras look so nice when I've just about decided on Asian fish  :-\


The purple harlequins were bigger than the last visit so they are on the Asian list, as are glowlight danios and stiphodons. 15 to 20 harlies and glowlight danios and half a dozen stiphs.

But now I see penguin tetras. So a South American tank with 15 to 20 of them, 10 cories and what? Something colourful to complement black and white. All  that springs to mind is cardinal or neon tetras.....

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« Reply #117 on: July 05, 2016, 04:56:34 PM »
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But now I see penguin tetras. So a South American tank with 15 to 20 of them, 10 cories and what? Something colourful to complement black and white. All  that springs to mind is cardinal or neon tetras.....

Red Phantoms, Bleeding Hearts, Rosy Tetras... all would look good with Penguins.

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« Reply #118 on: July 05, 2016, 05:04:27 PM »
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I didn't see any of those, but I wasn't looking that intently. It was just the penguins that caught my eye. I'm going to have to look more seriously nearer the time.

I added the last dose of Exit yesterday so now I just need to remove all the med I've added, clean the tank, wash the sand and put that in, then wait till August.

Interestingly, the tank and decor are covered with a loose light brown fluffy stuff, but the black brush algae has almost gone from the plants. Once I hoover up all the fluffy stuff, will the algae come back? I'll have to wait and see.

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« Reply #119 on: July 05, 2016, 08:41:57 PM »
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The ten are now more like thirty plus!

That's why I am getting ONE Assassin Snail

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« Reply #120 on: July 05, 2016, 08:47:11 PM »
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Keep vacuuming the gravel to remove food for the snails and to hoover up the really tiny ones.  :isay:

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« Reply #121 on: July 05, 2016, 09:29:59 PM »
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Quote

That's why I am getting ONE Assassin Snail

It's not come to that yet but I know it's an option Haha.

Keep vacuuming the gravel  to remove good for the snails and to Hoover up the really tiny ones.  :isay:

Yeah I thought this too. It also occurred to me that there are most likely snails in my filter now... Not much I can do about that though until it's time to swish out the filter sponges.

In other news, I no longer have 22 neons... It's 20 plus 2 cardinals... Two of them definitely have red bands from tail to mouth instead of just the back half being red. Is this a problem? Should I get more cardinals? They seem perfectly happy with the rest of the neon shoal...

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« Reply #122 on: July 05, 2016, 09:32:31 PM »
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Since neons and cardinals are in the same genus, they are closely related enough to shoal together. Ideally you would get a few more cardinals, but since they are such similar fish you probably don't want to do that. I'd be inclined to keep them as they are.

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« Reply #123 on: July 05, 2016, 10:22:45 PM »
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I find cardinals much nicer than neons

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« Reply #124 on: July 06, 2016, 09:32:43 AM »
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Of the three Paracheirodons available to us, I prefer green neons aka false neons, Paracheirodon simulans. But they are smaller and more delicate - I think they are all wild caught unlike neons which are farmed.

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« Reply #125 on: July 06, 2016, 03:44:36 PM »
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Hmmm - why do I find that LFSs in the countryside round here have a tendency to be very lazy in terms of tank maintenance, labelling of fish, keeping (non-livestock) stock clean and dust-free? Unlikely to attract prospective fishkeepers into the hobby and hardly setting an example of how fish should be cared for.
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« Reply #126 on: July 06, 2016, 06:36:25 PM »
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Hmmm - why do I find that LFSs in the countryside round here have a tendency to be very lazy in terms of tank maintenance, labelling of fish, keeping (non-livestock) stock clean and dust-free? Unlikely to attract prospective fishkeepers into the hobby and hardly setting an example of how fish should be cared for.
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Laziness...

You'd imagine the Aquarium vendor business is quite specialist so it's tough to turn a healthy profit... So you would make every effort to make a good impression?? At least that's the way I would absolutely treat it. At the very least for the health of the fish...

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« Reply #127 on: July 06, 2016, 09:40:27 PM »
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You'd imagine the Aquarium vendor business is quite specialist so it's tough to turn a healthy profit... So you would make every effort to make a good impression?? At least that's the way I would absolutely treat it. At the very least for the health of the fish...
One aspect of LFSs which I've noticed over many years of fishkeeping is that they actually don't seem to be in it for a profit - often, when I've gone in for advice about what item to buy or which medication to choose, far more often than not, I've been dissuaded out of buying a product or been given advice on how to do something more cheaply than I was planning. I do appreciate this very much, and it means I put great faith in them, but don't know any other type of shop besides LFSs which operates like this. I agree, though, that you'd think they ought to make a good impression and/or have the welfare of the fish as paramount - not least for its intrinsic satisfaction, pride of set-up, etc, if profit isn't a main motivator.

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« Reply #128 on: July 06, 2016, 09:51:57 PM »
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It must be incredibly difficult to make it work, as if not there would be more fish shops... It's a shame my only local vendor is a P@H... I'm a 20 minute drive to my independent LFS.

Sidenote, I actually have 3 cardinal tetras. i have to agree their colouring seems more vivid and bright tan the neons. @apache6467 I think it was you who commented on preferring cardinals?

I reckon after I boost the Harlequins shoal I will go for cardinals after that. The cherry barbs are nice but I'm not feeling the need to boost their numbers. Perhaps the next time I see a shoal of them at my LFS I'll change my mind  :)

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« Reply #129 on: July 07, 2016, 07:49:33 AM »
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I suppose the trouble with being a fish shop is that you need a lot of expensive infrastructure to keep fish, which then sell for a few quid each (mostly). Fish keeping hardware isn't a fast turnover (unless Donna is one of your customers :))) and about the only consumables are fish food. Add to that the lease of the premises and the wages of the staff and I can't see how they manage to survive at all. I suppose that's why most fish shops are either MA or P@H. Sad really, but that's the modern way.

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« Reply #130 on: July 07, 2016, 08:23:33 AM »
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I'm lucky enough to have two independent LFS within 20 min drive, as well as MA & P@H even closer.
Both independent LFS also deal with reptiles and some amphibians, which are far more expensive than the sort of fish routinely found in stores. Perhaps that helps. Perhaps my shopping/spending there helps too  ;D  but compared to the cost of marine and reptile set ups and stock, I don't think I'm their biggest spending customer.
I always go to the one independent store or MA whenever I need anything. The staff at the independent store, well, the ones who work downstairs are obsessed with fish, the ones that work upstairs are obsessed with reptiles. They would much rather spend time looking after the livestock than the store, and would rather talk fish/reptiles with customers than pretty much anything else. That store isn't as fancy as perhaps an MA, it is on an industrial estate rather than in a garden centre, inside it looks more like a warehouse than a shop, but they do manage to keep things quite well presented.
I do get the feeling that with most LFS the staff are there to be with the fish rather than run a business or pursue a career in retail.

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« Reply #131 on: July 07, 2016, 10:06:18 AM »
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There is a small shop not too near me (half an hour drive) that looks a mess. There is decor and gravel in every tank and the decor is covered with algae. In order to catch fish they have to lift the decor out of the tank.
But the fish from this shop are very healthy, possibly because they quarantine all their fish for 2 weeks after delivery. And the fish are not kept in bare sterile-looking tanks. If they were nearer and had a bigger variety of fish I'd get all my fish from there.

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« Reply #132 on: July 07, 2016, 12:50:53 PM »
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There is a p@h at a big shopping centre(merry hill) and a shop called two by two. both are a bit pricy. the other 3 in my area are cheap-ish but one nearest and on my round is the best. very knowledgeable. getting 2 julii corys tonight total 4!

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There is a p@h at a big shopping centre(merry hill) and a shop called two by two. both are a bit pricy. the other 3 in my area are cheap-ish but one nearest and on my round is the best. very knowledgeable. getting 2 julii corys tonight total 4!

I suppose that's an advantage of living near civilisation - if B'rum can be called civilised. :))
Out here in the middle of nowhere the specialist shops are all farm machinery and builders merchants. I can nip down the road and buy a chainsaw and a cattle trough any time I like.... so there! HA! ::)

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« Reply #134 on: July 07, 2016, 03:04:07 PM »
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So chuffed at how the tank is now ie fish back to their old selves and seem quite happy with the new layout of the tank, although it has caused tetras to gather at one end and harlies at the other.  No-one flinches at all when the light is switched on.
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« Reply #135 on: July 07, 2016, 03:37:02 PM »
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Congratulations.  :cheers:

Glad to hear that everything has settled down.

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« Reply #136 on: July 08, 2016, 09:22:05 AM »
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@Paddyc if I feel the population of MTS in the shrimpery is getting too large I chuck an assassin in there for a couple of weeks. I can always send you one if you get overwhelmed.

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« Reply #137 on: July 08, 2016, 11:23:06 AM »
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I can always send you one if you get overwhelmed.
Oh i need one. That might be useful. how many u got?

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« Reply #138 on: July 08, 2016, 11:29:13 AM »
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@Paddyc if I feel the population of MTS in the shrimpery is getting too large I chuck an assassin in there for a couple of weeks. I can always send you one if you get overwhelmed.

I'm good for the moment, Fiona, very kind of you as always, thank you for the offer.

Incidentally, the adult ones (the original ones) are bloody enormous now! I flicked on the living room light two nights ago after the tank had been dark for about an hour, there they were up on the glass! About half the length of my thumb!!!

They are a great addition to my tank, I will never be without them now. But eventually I reckon I'll need some population control  8)

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« Reply #139 on: July 08, 2016, 11:53:00 AM »
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The babies are miniscule and you'll be bound to hoover a load up when you do tank maintenance. This might seem heartless but I always scald the dregs in the bottom of the bucket to kill off any teeny snails before I pour it down the drain. After I've checked for shrimplets first. I don't want to be responsible for loosing MTS into our waterways even though I know they'd be unlikely to survive the winter.

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« Reply #140 on: July 09, 2016, 02:05:46 PM »
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Oh dear, @Littlefish - just noticed your new 'signature' re TTC. Anything we can help with?

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« Reply #141 on: July 09, 2016, 02:09:43 PM »
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What a morning.

It was time to do something with the 180 litre.

I finished adding WS3 at high dose on 26 June, and started eSHa Exit on 28 June. I emptied the bottle of Exit on 4 July. The first batch of carbon went in on 5 July, and it was changed on 7 July.

All that's in the tank at the moment is lots of wood with various plants attached and no substrate. The filters are an Eheim biopower 240 and a biopower 160 with the pump from an Eheim aquaball 2212. The aquaball is the first I had and as I'm not using that filter at the moment I used its pump when I got the smaller biopower.


Everything went well at first. I took all the wood out and put it in my fishkeeping dustbin (it is a dustbin, it's 60 litres and very useful for putting wet things in when I need to take them out of the tank). Then removed 64 litres water, hoovering the mess off the bottom of the tank, and replaced it with nice clean water. I threw away the carbon from the small filter I keep just for that, and replaced it with Polyfilter to remove the last of the meds. I cleaned the two biopowers, both media and impellers and wells. Then I turned the filters and heater back on. The smaller biopower didn't work.
A lot of messing about proved that the pump worked without the cover on but wouldn't work with the cover on. OK, I though, just swap the pump for the one that came with the filter and play with the old one in a bucket of water later.
That's not as easy as it sounds.
The 180 litre has glass bracer bars attached to all four sides right at the top of the tank. The front one overlaps the side bars but the back one doesn't; there is a square that is not covered at each rear corner. This is for the heater wire and external filter tubes to get into the tank. There are two holes in the back of the lid for these to go through. But my filters are internals, the wires from them need to go through these squares and lid cut outs. The filters themselves won't fit through so I have to push the plugs upwards through the squares and out through the lid holes. And I'd just filled the tank.
So I then had to remove 20 litres of water to drop the water level enough to get the plugs through, one in and one out.

I finally finished two after two and a half hours. The tank is filled again and all three filters are running. At least I don't have any fish in there or they'd have been cowering in a corner while I was trying to get the filter pump to work.

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« Reply #142 on: July 09, 2016, 05:06:51 PM »
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@Sue  I have had the problem with trying to get plugs through small gaps in bits around the top of the tank. It's very frustrating, especially if you have to take water out to move anything around.

@fcmf  Nothing to worry about. I've just got a lot of temporary tanks on the go. I've moved Sherbon and Humbug off the cabinet. I've moved the cabinet out, and managed to get the cabinet for the 340L tank in. Have decided that Tim @ MA was right (don't tell anyone) and that I shouldn't be doing any of the lifting on my own. So tank and lid still in hallway. Obviously Harry is still in a small tank, and I've had to get another small tank to take 3 of my female danios out of their normal tank. They are a bit constipated/bloated so I tried the whole tank on peas a few days ago. The danios looked better, but look as if they could either do with another does of peas, or a couple of days of fasting. As I don't want to put all the fish through that I have to move the three fatties to another tank (with no food today).
So I have 1 empty tank, 13 occupied tanks,3 of which are temporary, and three others which will have to be moved before the 220L upgrade for the dwarf puffers arrives.
Things are just slightly chaotic.  ???

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« Reply #143 on: July 09, 2016, 10:05:20 PM »
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@Littlefish I hope you're ok. I found that a new tank isnt always the solution, a hospital or quarantine tank can hold a good number of fish that need nurturing. <3

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« Reply #144 on: July 09, 2016, 10:14:47 PM »
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@Fiona  everything is fine here.
I've put the fish all in different tanks because otherwise I'd have had dwarf puffers (always hungry), a bristlenose with a nipped tail (feeling sorry for himself), and 3 chubby female danios (on a no food/pea diet) all in the same tank. It just got a bit complicated.

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« Reply #145 on: July 10, 2016, 11:04:32 AM »
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 :cheers: glad you're ok Donna

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« Reply #146 on: July 10, 2016, 12:28:37 PM »
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Thanks.  :)

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Thanks.
It's all good here. Harry has another couple of algae stones, and everyone else (apart from the fatties) have had some food and are now pottering around.  :)

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Great!

Not much different news to report here but, true to her namesake, S's tank-coverage skills and collection of trophies (ie food morsels) are unsurpassable. Slightly concerned that she's going to burst as she's so large - semi-tempting to move her out of the tank for a few days to give everyone else a chance to get fed and her a chance to slim down!

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