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General Fishkeeping advice / Re: Help with stocking new tank
« Last post by fcmf on Today at 07:26:05 PM »
I've found that staff in LFSs tend to consider x-rays as fin-nippers and certainly wouldn't advise them with snails or some species of fish such as gourami. Having said that, often it boils down to the individual fish personalities. I have them, albeit in dwindling numbers now, and particularly like their striking fin colouring. In the 4 years I've had them, I've only been aware of one fin-nipping episode among their own species (quite recently) but I did notice that they hovered around my pygmy cories to avail of any debris they dug up - the pygmy cories did ultimately end up with tailrot but I can't be certain how much it was due to the x-rays inadvertently nipping them and how much it was due to their own species during mating. I think they are lovely fish, though, but would second the advice of my LFS that it's best to get more females than males - and I'd probably advise getting more than the 6 I had in my original shoal.
Gallery Showcase / Re: Matt's 220 litre Aquaoak
« Last post by fcmf on Today at 07:16:07 PM »
Beautiful.  8)
Gallery Showcase / Re: Snail Photo Request
« Last post by fcmf on Today at 07:07:18 PM »
(1) Small red nerite snail (unfortunately dead at the time but unconfirmed until a few days later)
(2) Orange nerite snail about to attempt to tackle the algae-ridden java fern, before falling off as it couldn't support his weight
(3) Orange nerite snail at the point of the leaf bowing and him consequently falling off
(4) Red nerite snail - 'cut' in her shell has always been there
(5) Red nerite snail - again
(6) Orange and red nerite snails together

Quality of photos is embarrassingly poor in comparison with Matt's!
Tank Equipment Reviews / Re: Evaluation Of Ocean Free Hydra 20 Filter
« Last post by Robert on Today at 10:31:35 AM »
Always good to hear an honest review. Was it this product here?
Tank Equipment Reviews / Re: Evaluation Of Ocean Free Hydra 20 Filter
« Last post by Matt on Today at 07:10:45 AM »
Definitely interested to hear your results!!

I was always put off these filter for the simple reason that the electrolysis bit needed replacing regularly, and was quite expensive!
General Fishkeeping Chat / Re: Stocking a jewel 260 vision
« Last post by Sue on October 18, 2018, 09:28:09 PM »
So we know the tank in question, it's a bow fronted tank 121 cm wide, 46 cm deep at the deepest point, and 64 cm tall (though that includes the air gap above the water).

One comment is that your shoal numbers are too small.

It is just big enough for Lake Kubutu rainbows which need 120 x 30 x 30 cm minimum. These fish need a basic pH (ie above 7) and hardness 10 to 20 deg (178 - 357 ppm. It is a skittish species which should be kept as a group of at least 6 to 8. You will probably find that just 3 will hide a lot.

Denison barbs, aka red lined torpedo barbs, latin name now Sahyadria denisonii - the tank is again the minimum size needed. Can cope with pH 6.5 to 7.8 and hardness 90 - 447 ppm (5 to 25 deg). This is another shoaling species which needs at least 6 to 8 with more being better.

Pictus - yet again the tank is the minimum size. Needs pH below 7 (so not really compatible with the rainbows) and hardness 1 to 15 deg / 18 to 267 ppm. Can be kept alone but a group of at least 6 would be better.

Congo tetra - yet another fish that needs at least 120 x 30 x 30, so OK for your tank. pH up to 7.5, and hardness up to 18 deg / 320 ppm. Needs a bigger shoal than 5.

Golden nugget - again the tank is just the minimum size. Needs a warmer temp than most fish at 27 to 32 deg C. This makes it not really compatible with the others.

I would lose one shoal and increase the others to their minimum numbers. And is there another plec that you like that is OK at 'normal' aquarium temps?

What is your water hardness and pH? That could help you decide which species to lose - if it's soft water, lose the rainbows; if hard, they should all be OK
General Fishkeeping Chat / Stocking a jewel 260 vision
« Last post by Stu2 on October 18, 2018, 08:57:58 PM »
Hello there community.
I have recently set up a 260 jewel.
I have decided to stock the following in total over the next 6 months. I've kept fish for years but was wondering if this seems possible, the fish calculator tools seem to think so.
2x firemouths
3x lake kutubu rainbows
3x denison barbs
1x pictus  catfish
1x golden nugget
5x Congo terra

What's your thoughts and experience. Thanks Stu.......
Gallery Showcase / Re: Snail Photo Request
« Last post by Robert on October 18, 2018, 07:40:38 PM »
Excellent shots Matt  :cheers:
Gallery Showcase / Re: Snail Photo Request
« Last post by Matt on October 18, 2018, 07:25:51 PM »
Zebra nerite...
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