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General Fishkeeping Chat / Re: Think Fish Keepers Daily News.
« Last post by fcmf on Today at 10:15:00 PM »
I wouldn't be wanting anything technically difficult - more a matter of re-positioning / sliding some plants from one location to another and possibly adding in some slate. As it happens, though, I've had another one of my online shopping faux-pas - overdid a plant order and the tank is now so heavily planted that the poor fish are having to squeeze themselves in among them - so this has dictated where the plants are positioned for now.

Introductions and hello's / Re: Hello from Cardiff, Wales
« Last post by Littlefish on Today at 08:20:10 PM »
I find that my dwarf puffer and my tigers barb tanks are the most difficult to clean due to overly inquisitive inhabitants. Terrifies the bejaysus out of me that I'm going to do them some damage, but they insist on checking everything out.  ::)
New Fishkeepers / Re: Water Conditioner Advice
« Last post by Sue on Today at 06:23:32 PM »
Aloe vera also does undesirable things like adding organic waste to the tank.
Introductions and hello's / Re: Hello from Cardiff, Wales
« Last post by Sue on Today at 06:19:44 PM »
My rice fish are like your neons, and bettas are even worse  ;D
New Fishkeepers / Re: Water Conditioner Advice
« Last post by Helen on Today at 05:00:23 PM »
I wondered whether promoting slime coat is a clever way of marketing an unavoidable side effect? I would have thought increased slime coats were as a result of something that irritated the fishes' skin. So perhaps the chemicals used to de-chlorinate, irritate the fishes' skin. So the manufacturers add aloe Vera because people associate it with beneficial effects.

I should add that everything I have just said is entirely conjecture.
New Fishkeepers / Re: Water Conditioner Advice
« Last post by Hampalong on Today at 02:28:31 PM »
I don't get it. Why would converting ammonia to ammonium be impossible without providing the fish with extra slime? And why would they even need extra slime?

Also I don't get why fish would ever need extra slime (unless it was physically rubbed off). It's not like they lose slime in transit... Aloe vera is a plant from semi-desert regions which never naturally comes into contact with fish. I don't believe a fish ever needs the compound used from the plant, which is after all sap, and an irritant. I won't knowingly subject fish to it, and I'm pretty sure it's just a gimmick to increase sales. A very clever one at that. I was keeping fish just as successfully before Aloe vera. There was not a need for it...
Introductions and hello's / Re: Hello from Cardiff, Wales
« Last post by BT Bob on Today at 11:31:16 AM »
Back to fish....

I did a 40l water-change and gravel-clean yesterday, took the rocks and dogwood out and gave them a spruce-up too.

Tricky thing, using a syphon with 26 small fish in the tank. The Plecs and Corys got out of the way, but the bloody neons were a PITA - very inquisitive and a couple found their way into the tube  ;D

Took a few hours for the Corys to reappear from hiding, but they all seem happy enough this morning..
What's going on at Thinkfish / Re: You Tube Embedded Videos
« Last post by Robert on Today at 09:11:42 AM »
Just an update - the youtube options have been updated. However, urls of the type and variants (mobile) won't work, you'll have to use the full web paths of etc

You can also link to youtube searches via keyword too

General Fishkeeping advice / Re: Are neons in right tank?
« Last post by Sue on Today at 09:01:39 AM »
My Espei's rasboras hid in the back corner until I got floating plants, then as the plants covered more of the surface, the fish came out more and more.
I can't remember if you have floating plants?
General Fishkeeping advice / Re: Are neons in right tank?
« Last post by fcmf on Today at 08:19:00 AM »
Another factor to take into consideration, in my experience, is the water flow. I've been changing filters around recently and where the fish hang out is entirely dependent on water outflow, with some species less bothered by being buffeted around and others preferring to be in the area of least flow.
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