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Gallery Showcase / Re: My 240l planted tank, again.
« Last post by Littlefish on Today at 07:59:29 PM »

I've realised that although all my fish choices should be compatible, they all have different behaviours. I won't get anything else done once I'm fully stocked from watching fish!

 ;D   :cheers:
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Gallery Showcase / Re: My 240l planted tank, again.
« Last post by Sue on Today at 06:54:50 PM »
I have some substrate feeders, and other fish that feed from both the water column and the substrate. I have small sinking pellets. I soak them in water then suck them into a pipette and squirt the soggy pellets hard into the tank. Being soggy they sink faster and the hard squirt gets them to the bottom before the Espe's rasboras can get them all. I also add flake at the same time to distract the rasboras.
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Gallery Showcase / Re: My 240l planted tank, again.
« Last post by Helen on Today at 05:30:45 PM »
The barbs aren't completely settled in yet, so it'll be interesting to see if/ how their behaviour changes as they get more comfortable in their new environment. Most of them are still doing what I think of as the 'new fish dash'. Which is swimming up and down in the area of strongest current (the back wall of the tank). When they're not doing this they seem to swim in a slightly more nose down position. And they seem to have a stop start swim pattern. Whereas the rasboras are definitely horizontal and more 'pootley', just keeping up with the current, but not then moving quite as quickly. These two swim positions make sense when reading up on their natural feeding habits. Rasboras are surface feeders, whereas the  five band barbs are substrate feeders. Again this was really obvious when I fed them. On Monday I fed a generous portion of flake, assuming that the barbs would have some. I'd read that barbs don't do well if fed only dried food, but I didn't realise that they wouldn't even recognise flakes on the surface as food! Having overfed the rasboras, I think didn't want to try a different food (which I know the rasboras would have gobbled as well). So by the time I fed again on Tuesday evening, the barbs seemed pretty hungry. This time I fed some gel daphnia. I tried to squidge it out of the packet in little bits and spread it around. The barbs waited till I was out of the way and then dashed out. They went completely head down and then moved around picking at the food on the substrate, or plants. The rasboras again kept as horizontal position as possible while picking food up. If one of the barbs broke up a bit of gel so there were loads of bits in the water, it was the rasboras that would go for the bits. The barbs seemed happier vertical, picking off the substrate.

Because they have different swim positions, it isn't as noticeable that they actually have pretty similar body shapes.

The kuhlis are out more and more as well (well one of them is). I've seen them just chilling under the crypts or draped over the  base of the bolbitus. I'm looking forward to getting more and they will be my next fish purchase. I asked when I bought the barbs if they had any kuhlis and the lady that served me offered to order some. So when I'm ready for my next fish, I'll give my local MA a call and order some kuhlis.

I've realised that although all my fish choices should be compatible, they all have different behaviours. I won't get anything else done once I'm fully stocked from watching fish!
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New Fishkeepers / Re: Moved to a hard water area
« Last post by 2nd_bassoon on Today at 12:55:49 PM »
Thanks all for the quick replies  :) I did a 30% water change after the above readings last night, will do 50% tonight and also check nitrates in the tapwater.
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New Fishkeepers / Re: Moved to a hard water area
« Last post by Littlefish on Today at 12:16:53 PM »
Hi there and welcome to the forum.  :wave:
Yes, check the figures for the water parameters on your suppliers website and let us know.
My cousin lived in Bristol (with a fish tank) prior to his move, and his water was around 12dH, so your water isn't as hard as mine. I live in Cambridge, which is a hard water area (17dh), and there are lots of great fish available that are suitable. However, if your water is around 12dh you might be in an ideal position, you lucky thing.  ;D

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New Fishkeepers / Re: Moving tanks
« Last post by Sue on Today at 12:09:21 PM »
Or Homebase, Ebay or a local independent diy shop. I got my Jeyes KleenOff Household Ammonia from the little diy shop in my town.
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Gallery Showcase / Re: My 240l planted tank, again.
« Last post by Littlefish on Today at 12:07:56 PM »
Great tank  :cheers:

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New Fishkeepers / Re: Moving tanks
« Last post by Littlefish on Today at 12:05:16 PM »
I got my ammonia from B&Q, but you could try Amazon.
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New Fishkeepers / Re: Moved to a hard water area
« Last post by Rustle on Today at 11:11:29 AM »
Hmm I use bristol water as I am not that far from you being in Burnham on sea area. I am not sure if the hardness is will be the same or the nitrate but we have a highish nitrate around 15 to 20 in ours.

Sue advised me to check bristol water website for hardness in your area and then helped me when I copied and pasted it.
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New Fishkeepers / Re: Moved to a hard water area
« Last post by Sue on Today at 09:39:16 AM »
Welcome to the forum  :wave:

I agree with Matt. Not only do you need to get ammonia to zero, but nitrate should be below 20 ppm - though if your tap water nitrate is above that you won't be able to get it below tap level with water changes.
Lots of water changes are needed right now - they will lower both ammonia and nitrate, but even if ammonia stays at zero, keep on with the changes till nitrate is the same as your tap water.

Going forward, your remaining fish will not be happy in your new tap water. Your choice is between using RO or different fish.
Should you choose RO and soft water fish you will need to use exactly the same RO:tap water ratio at every water change, and make sure you have some RO on hand at all times in case the need for an emergency water change arises.
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