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General Fishkeeping advice / Re: Fish update and what next
« Last post by Lynne W on Today at 07:58:23 PM »
Are nano shrimps bigger? or is there still a bit of a risk with them and the gourami, two of the gourami are quite big?  I'll have another look at snails too.
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General Fishkeeping advice / Re: Fish update and what next
« Last post by Sue on Today at 07:56:05 PM »
I have nerite snails, they eat algae. I have some several years old and I've never actually fed them. There are several species, some larger than others.
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General Fishkeeping advice / Re: Fish update and what next
« Last post by Matt on Today at 07:54:29 PM »
I know people keep a nano shrimp with pearl gouramis without issue so that might be a good option as well. Shrimp don't add much if any to the bioload as we calculate it so you could still get a shoal as well.

Remind me what fish you have and I'll see what springs to mind to complement them...
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General Fishkeeping advice / Re: Fish update and what next
« Last post by Lynne W on Today at 07:54:14 PM »
ah good to know about the shrimps never thought of them getting eaten, that would be so awful! Might leave the Oto's out too and stick to another shoal.

On the snail topic, is there one type you'd recommend? I've got a few pest snails, but they don't seem to last very long so I thought their shells couldn't take the soft water?
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General Fishkeeping advice / Re: Fish update and what next
« Last post by Sue on Today at 07:44:28 PM »
The risk with shrimps is the gouramis. Pearls are big enough to make a nice expensive dinner of them.
Otos are an option, though they don't eat more than a couple of types of algae. That is actually the problem with algae - no one creature eats all types. With otos, you would need a shoal of 6, and don't buy them when they are newly arrived at the shop. They are often starved when they arrive and once otos get past a certain stage of starvation they can't start eating again. When they've been in the shop a couple of weeks, the ones that are past the point of no return will have died.

Of course, there are always snails to eat algae........


A shoal of fish is definitely OK, though avoid very small fish that could get eaten. Black neons are bigger than neons and should be fine. And otos are bigger than black neons  :)
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General Fishkeeping advice / Fish update and what next
« Last post by Lynne W on Today at 07:32:34 PM »
Hiya, thought I'd give a bit of an update. You might remember I had a sick cory that recovered and seemed to be getting on well, but unfortunately either he didn't make it or another one gave up the ghost  :( no idea what happened to him, one minute there was 10 now there are only 9, but I've not seen any remains he just vanished! Well you know what I mean!  Kind of hoping it was quick as I didn't notice anything untoward, or at least that what I'm clinging to.

The good news is I finally got round to getting more female pearl gourami. When I just had the three of them the male bullied the smaller of the two girls and eventually the bigger female was bugging the wee one too. Now I've got 5 females to the one male and he doesn't quite know what too do with himself, but at least all the females are out and about now. Two of the females are a bit bigger than the others but doesn't seem to be too much of an issue.

Tank at 64% in the community creator, and wondering if I should get one more shoal, or something that would help with the Algae although its not really that bad it is starting to build up on the logs. I did think of shrimps but I'm assuming my water would be too soft for them? Then thought of Oto's but think these wee guys might be too small? and my water temp would be right at the top of what they can take so thinking that's not such a good idea either? Any ideas, or should I just go with another shoal, maybe black neon tetras?

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General Fishkeeping Chat / Re: Think Fish Keepers Daily News.
« Last post by Matt on Today at 06:22:32 PM »
Well there's certainly no signs of stress showing yet.... ill keep an eye out. I think it is more me thinking that two not swimming together looks odd than they are necessarily 'unhappy'.
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New Fishkeepers / Re: Water Change, like a military excercise
« Last post by Littlefish on Today at 04:54:24 PM »
Even on a good day the carpet usually gets a few splashes of water.   ::)
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New Fishkeepers / Re: Water Change, like a military excercise
« Last post by Sue on Today at 01:52:05 PM »
In 20 years time, you will just do water changes without thinking about them. And during that time you will find ways of making them easier/less messy. When I think back to when I first had fish, I was terrified of doing a water change in case I killed the fish or drowned the carpet  ;D

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New Fishkeepers / Water Change, like a military excercise
« Last post by pollydoodle on Today at 01:31:24 PM »
I've just done a water change and trying to be efficient - ie no wet carpet!! I got everything ready for the operation.  I was very pleased I managed to pipe the water out of the window into the garden, saving carrying heavy buckets   ;D a first using this method.  I have a 25 ltr bucket  to refill the tank. which I fill from the hose connected to the outside tap  That was the only thing I forgot to do and run it through first to get rid of  any stagnant water and bugs, oh and I forgot the towel on the floor to protect the carpet  ::)

So after I finished and cleared up, sitting with a well deserved coffee and watching the recipients of my labour, I reflected that it was a bit like a military exercise, not that I've ever been on one  ;D
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