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Introductions and hello's / Re: Todays activity in my tank
« Last post by Littlefish on Today at 08:52:35 AM »
Wow, your gang are determined to keep reproducing.  :)

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Introductions and hello's / Re: Todays activity in my tank
« Last post by brush439 on Today at 12:05:44 AM »
ok to give you an update, the fish in the thread pictures are now ready to go to the fish shop (about 35). farmed a few out in 3s and 4s to friends also.
about a month ago there was another spawning which are living in the smallest tank I have. they are loving it as the hot weather has upped the algae levels so they are in the dark but very active.
then.....   on Thursday the adults spawned again!!!!!!
with no tank available for the eggs they were collected and kept in a 10 litre tub. unfortunately I have no pumps or air bits available and they all died today (it was 31 degrees here which prob didn't help their cause)

so a bit of a sad day really

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Invertebrates - Shrimps and Snails / Re: Faunus Snails
« Last post by TopCookie on July 15, 2018, 11:43:22 PM »
Ditto that @fcmf  :) 

I dunno why they've stopped listing them but it is a great pity...  I'd happily have more of them...  Hopefully they will reappear at some point down the line...  Oddly, Pro Shrimp no longer offer the Rabbit snails either... 

I would happily add more of the Red Nerites (Vittina Waigiensis), but boy you have to be quick when they come in stock as they sell out very swiftly...!!!

Edit:  Wharf have the "Batman" Nerites, very similar to the Black Helmet Nerites, but a slightly different shell shape...  Could be tempted by one of those boys in the future... 
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Not to put a dampner on your suggestions, but I suspect that any substrate dwelling / scavenger fish would make short work of fallen tank mates. I have learned to accept that I only find bodies if they've got caught on the filter or are floating amongst the surface plants.
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Fish Tank Plant Advice / Re: Indian Almond Leaves
« Last post by daveyng on July 15, 2018, 10:30:11 PM »
I add 30ml of the extract weekly. I use Easy-Life Cattapa-X. Donít know if there are others on the market.
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Fish Tank Plant Advice / Re: Indian Almond Leaves
« Last post by Helen on July 15, 2018, 10:22:53 PM »
How often do you add the Catappa extract @daveng?

I wonder if I see the effect on pH because my water is pretty soft to start with?
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Invertebrates - Shrimps and Snails / Re: Faunus Snails
« Last post by fcmf on July 15, 2018, 04:56:55 PM »
Glad you got your faunus snails when you did, @TopCookie, because I see that they're no longer sold - only nerites these days.
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How about panda garra?
Darn - first glance at the pic and they looked like what I was looking for, then I scrolled down SF to the tank size required - 90x30cm. Argh - I need a larger fishtank!

I love my panda garra in my river tank, they have a lot of character, but they are quite big fish when fully grown, are very active and very boisterous. Half the time I wonder if they need such a big tank because they are often chasing each other, bickering, and fighting. Possibly not the right fish for any peaceful community.  ???
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How about panda garra?
Darn - first glance at the pic and they looked like what I was looking for, then I scrolled down SF to the tank size required - 90x30cm. Argh - I need a larger fishtank!
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New Fishkeepers / Re: Is there a simple way to empty tank?
« Last post by Sue on July 15, 2018, 03:06:49 PM »
If you can attach a connector to the tap, there is another way to start the siphon. Attach a T section to the tap, then attach the hose to the side piece of the T with the third end pointing downwards into the sink. Turn the tap on. The water should run through the T shaped thing and suck air from the hose, which in turn will suck water out of the tank. This is the same principle we used in chem labs back in the 1970s - a tap with a T valve which was used to suck air out of glass vessels to create a vacuum. To refill the tank, either take out the T connector and attach the hose to the tap, or put a cap over the downward pointing opening.
In theory, the kitchen tap can be turned off once the tank water is flowing to reduce wasting mains water.

However, if you do attempt this, I would have another person with you to turn the tap on while you made sure that water was leaving the tank rather than going into it. Having an on/off tap in the hose near to the tank would make it easier to control what went into the tank. Turn this tap off, then turn the kitchen tap on, then open the tap inserted in the hose.
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