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Hello From Cardiff, Wales

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Re: Hello from Cardiff, Wales
« Reply #50 on: March 20, 2018, 12:12:12 PM »
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ok then, a large dram...    :))

Actually, I would be happy with a splash of water, just that I like the cooling affect from the ice - which I usually wait for to melt...  :)

Whisky stones are the way to go... always keep a little bag of them in the freezer..
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Whisky-Stones-Dilution-Soapstone-Drinkers/dp/B011EFQQG6/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1521547904&sr=8-5&keywords=Whisky+Stones&dpID=513BuaRrfQL&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

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Re: Hello from Cardiff, Wales
« Reply #51 on: March 20, 2018, 12:19:25 PM »
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What a brill idea...!!!  In a Scotch, I quite like the dilution anyway, just to tame that fire a little plus unleash layers of flavour etc...  However, I do like an occasional gin & tonic, for which ice really is a "must" but the dilution is a nuisance...  These stones actually look perfect for a classic G&T   ::)

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Re: Hello from Cardiff, Wales
« Reply #52 on: March 24, 2018, 11:31:16 AM »
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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..

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Re: Hello from Cardiff, Wales
« Reply #53 on: March 24, 2018, 06:19:44 PM »
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My rice fish are like your neons, and bettas are even worse  ;D

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Re: Hello from Cardiff, Wales
« Reply #54 on: March 24, 2018, 08:20:10 PM »
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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.  ::)

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Re: Hello from Cardiff, Wales
« Reply #55 on: March 26, 2018, 11:45:50 AM »
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Afraid to say that I have had a puffer take a ride on siphon rollercoaster... to inquisitive for its own good.  Didn't seem to have minded though and just went straight back to playing with its tankmates once returned from the bucket. 

Both rams and gourami have taken an interest in the siphoning process at times though it is more to try and eat the gravel I think...

More worryingly I have started siphoning water straight out the back door into a drain using a garden hose... I probably wouldn't know id done it until it was too late... ill have to siphon into quality bucket and let the bucket overflow into the drain I think.

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Re: Hello from Cardiff, Wales
« Reply #56 on: March 26, 2018, 11:50:08 AM »
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It's the Cardinal Tetras and Amano shrimp in my tank which are the nosy little tinkers...   :o

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Re: Hello from Cardiff, Wales
« Reply #57 on: March 27, 2018, 07:49:54 PM »
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Syphon-wise, I bought one of these (Large) http://www.swelluk.com/fluval-easy-clean-gravel-cleaner/

They have a "filter" in the top so should trap any fish that head all the way up. So far, I've managed to clamp the tube and stop the flow if I see one heading up and they swim out.. So far, so good...

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Re: Hello from Cardiff, Wales
« Reply #58 on: March 27, 2018, 11:27:31 PM »
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As a follow up to this, on Sunday we added some more fish; a pair of Bolivian Rams and a pair of Butterfly Cichlid Rams. I asked the guy in the shop if these would be OK together and he said if they were added at the same time they should be fine.

Fascinated by their behaviour now. The Bolivians stay mostly at one end and the Butterflies at the other. Yesterday they were all on a real mad-one taking it in turns chasing the others around the tank, but have settled down today. None of the other fish seem bothered by them, apart from the Harlequins - and they're just shoaling more, which is fun to watch.

So, what we have now all seem to be middle/bottom dwellers and I'm wondering how we'd get on adding 1 or 2 top-dwellers, like Angelfish. I know they can be aggressive towards each other and smaller fish, but I thought if we got small ones, they might be OK.

Current stock:
10 x Harlequin Rasboaras
10 x Neon Tetras
4 x Black Corydoras
2 x Bristlenose Placs
2 x Bolivian Rams
2 x Butterfly Rams

Tank is 180l - 101x41cm x 50cm deep

As always, I'd appreciate any feedback/advice.

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Re: Hello from Cardiff, Wales
« Reply #59 on: March 28, 2018, 09:25:45 AM »
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I have hard water here, so don't have any experience with most of the fish you have in your tank.
I do have some bristlenose plecs though. Looking at your previous pictures I can't see any bristles on the plec I could see, so I'm guessing that your pair are either still quite young, or female. I'd suggest keeping an eye on them as they mature. When my BNs matured I had a male and a female. No fighting, but I did have to split them up due to the regular babies. Very cute, but they were laying eggs monthly  :o

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Re: Hello from Cardiff, Wales
« Reply #60 on: March 28, 2018, 11:56:37 AM »
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I'm no expert on angelfish by any stretch but they would be a further cichlid in the tank which makes me wary, furthermore Angelfish are not likely to stay small and I'm not sure how well they stick to the top...

Just pause on getting them till someone with more experience can verify if they would be ok... I've never kept them so might be wrong on all of the above!

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Re: Hello from Cardiff, Wales
« Reply #61 on: March 28, 2018, 12:07:46 PM »
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I'd agree with Matt and believe AF can get nasty, and big...  What about some Hatchet Fish....?

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Re: Hello from Cardiff, Wales
« Reply #62 on: March 28, 2018, 12:21:19 PM »
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I've been tempted by rocket panchax a few times when I've seen them in the shops...

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Re: Hello from Cardiff, Wales
« Reply #63 on: March 28, 2018, 12:46:37 PM »
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Thanks guys - plenty of food for thought.

I'm not doing anything for a week or two. Just going to let things settle down a bit, but tossing ideas around.

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Re: Hello from Cardiff, Wales
« Reply #64 on: March 28, 2018, 02:50:42 PM »
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Panchax are lovely. I'm also a fan of the golden wonder and red chinned panchax.
Unfortunately I don't have any space available here.


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Re: Hello from Cardiff, Wales
« Reply #65 on: March 28, 2018, 07:11:46 PM »
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Hi BTBob, a belated welcome. I've never even been to Cardiff (is it in Europe somewhere?) but I did live in Australia for 5years as a young'un.

Just to add to the dechlorinator debate, I've always used Haloex. It's a similar value to Prime, which I don't use, partly because it stinks...

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Re: Hello from Cardiff, Wales
« Reply #66 on: March 28, 2018, 07:43:21 PM »
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I would not get angels. They should really be kept as a group of about half a dozen but 180 litres is not big enough for 6 of them. And if two were to pair up, the others could be attacked by the pair.

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Re: Hello from Cardiff, Wales
« Reply #67 on: March 29, 2018, 12:09:02 AM »
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I agree, everything will go haywire if (when) Angels pair up. Plus they need a tall tank... at least 18" water depth.

Cichlids totally change the dynamic of a tank, with few exceptions. Thankfully the two Ram species are usually exceptions.

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Re: Hello from Cardiff, Wales
« Reply #68 on: March 29, 2018, 10:25:52 AM »
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Hi BTBob, a belated welcome. I've never even been to Cardiff (is it in Europe somewhere?) but I did live in Australia for 5years as a young'un.

Just to add to the dechlorinator debate, I've always used Haloex. It's a similar value to Prime, which I don't use, partly because it stinks...

Thanks Mark - I almost can't bring myself to answer your question  :'( It's the capital of Wales (somewhere in Europe  ;))

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Re: Hello from Cardiff, Wales
« Reply #69 on: March 29, 2018, 10:27:35 AM »
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Thanks Mark & Sue for the comments re Angels. They bear out my research. Shame, cos they look stunning.

The Panchax are new to me - look great in pictures, so I'll try to seek them out and take a look.

Again - thanks to everyone for the advice and support

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Re: Hello from Cardiff, Wales
« Reply #70 on: March 29, 2018, 02:07:11 PM »
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Just reading back a little... Angels are not top-dwellers anyway. Panchax are. Rockets and Epiplatys dagetti are the ones you're most likely to encounter. Golden Wonders have a big mouth and grow big enough to tackle neons.

I can't remember how big your tank is but hatchets need to be in a group, and need both open water and the security of floating plants. Danios tend to be top dwellers, although not glued to the surface like hatchets. Danios need a lot of space because they're hyperactive.

Any fish with an upturned mouth feeds at the surface so is likely to spend its time there...

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Re: Hello from Cardiff, Wales
« Reply #71 on: March 29, 2018, 04:37:04 PM »
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Hi BTBob, a belated welcome. I've never even been to Cardiff (is it in Europe somewhere?) but I did live in Australia for 5years as a young'un.

Just to add to the dechlorinator debate, I've always used Haloex. It's a similar value to Prime, which I don't use, partly because it stinks...

Thanks Mark - I almost can't bring myself to answer your question  :'( It's the capital of Wales (somewhere in Europe  ;))

Let's face it, Cardiff is quite foreign, and the people are quite difficult to understand.  ;)

I have a group of 8 sliver hatchets in my South American tank. I will say that they are a very unusual shape, quite active, and fascinating to watch. Marble hatchets are also quite small, and have lovely markings, although not colourful like the panchax.

I like surface feeders. The upturned mouth makes them look a bit grumpy.  :)

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Re: Hello from Cardiff, Wales
« Reply #72 on: March 29, 2018, 04:56:04 PM »
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I always fancied some Hatchet fish but am fully stocked now...  They're one of those fish that looks so much better when you actually see them than they do in photos...  Great fish...  :)

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Re: Hello from Cardiff, Wales
« Reply #73 on: March 29, 2018, 08:29:52 PM »
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Just thought I'd drop this in.

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Re: Hello from Cardiff, Wales
« Reply #74 on: March 30, 2018, 04:06:41 PM »
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Very wise... ;)

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Re: Hello from Cardiff, Wales
« Reply #75 on: March 30, 2018, 10:41:31 PM »
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lol, back in the day, the shadowy part was Tiger Bay...   :o

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Re: Hello from Cardiff, Wales
« Reply #76 on: April 07, 2018, 09:41:43 PM »
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I finally got round to making a short video showing how our aquarium looks now (well, yesterday,)...

https://youtu.be/Pcy1VFC2IgM

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Re: Hello from Cardiff, Wales
« Reply #77 on: April 07, 2018, 10:54:09 PM »
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I really enjoyed watching your video of your tank.  :cheers: You have a lovely tank and collection of fish.

It's got me thinking that I'll have to dig out all the other videos of forum members' tanks.

And perhaps I should do a video of mine.

And my husband looked over my shoulder while Was watching and called me a fish geek!  :yikes:

 :rotfl: I'm not really offended. I know what I am!  :cheers:

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Re: Hello from Cardiff, Wales
« Reply #78 on: April 07, 2018, 11:55:07 PM »
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Thank you @Helen  - took me a while to work out how to post the link..

We're cutting down on food (think we've been overdoing it a little) and the time the lights are on (was 4:45pm-11:45pm, so I've reprogrammed the switch to 5:00-11:30 to see if that helps with the algae.

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Re: Hello from Cardiff, Wales
« Reply #79 on: April 07, 2018, 11:57:44 PM »
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And perhaps I should do a video of mine.

Most definitely...   :D

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« Reply #80 on: April 08, 2018, 08:16:19 AM »
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And my husband looked over my shoulder while Was watching and called me a fish geek!  :yikes:

 :rotfl: I'm not really offended. I know what I am!  :cheers:

I think we're all in the same boat  ;D   :cheers:

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« Reply #81 on: April 08, 2018, 08:38:30 AM »
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Mrs Cookie calls me: "Fish Boy"...



     That's on a good day, lol....   :rotfl:

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Re: Hello from Cardiff, Wales
« Reply #82 on: April 08, 2018, 08:55:58 PM »
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Nice video  :)

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Re: Hello from Cardiff, Wales
« Reply #83 on: April 08, 2018, 10:23:58 PM »
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Indeed - great video.  :cheers:

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« Reply #84 on: April 08, 2018, 10:35:19 PM »
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I have to second that...  Video looks brill...  Love the Harlequins - wish now I'd got those instead of Red Phantoms...  :)

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