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Bren MacFish

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  1. Green is not necessarily bad. Lots of the bugs in green water are tasty for fry. There is a green water fry raising method... that you seem to have stumbled onto. Test for amonia etc and then you'll know if it's bad. How many water changes you can do depends on how used they are to the local water. They may not be if they're new arrivals.
  2. But what about the bit at the start where you pour the coke over the rum and ice and drink it all down? That's much more fun than driving to The Warehouse to pick up a $3 corner filter, and it makes heating a fork over a gas stove and cutting up coke bottles so much more interesting.
  3. Should work fine, but he's made it a bit gravel heavy, IMHO. I'd use plastic pot scrubbers, filter wool and maybe some activated carbon.
  4. I've got some mangrove that looks like it might be mopani, came out of a drum of water in a backyard in Springvale, wasn't that expensive, and it still leaches tannins, but the fish and I don't mind. Java fern is cheap and does better on wood than in gravel, java moss also likes low light and the worse you treat it with regards to ferts etc, the better it likes it. Mini anubia, look nice too, and make a change from the full sized versions. I like val as a backdrop and crypts growing up between the mangrove roots, two other very tolerant low light plants. Hygrophila also is a very easy
  5. I have that UV filter, it comes with a little spouty connecty thing that could run a dripper... I've been running mine 24/7... wonder if it's still working. That bit they show is just a piece of it. It's got bits all over the place, also it's only 200l/hr so it probably won't run too well if it has to go upwards much more than the connecty bit which is only abou 5cms. I'm thinking 400l/hr would do the business. I think 600 would be too much. Don't you like your sub box? I'm not too fond of the white fluff, myself. Subs don't like water (trust me, mine are subfloor!) and are you worrie
  6. Gorgeous fishies! Bettarazzi, those guppy girls look just like the endler girls I've finally managed to acquire. Now you have to tell me what a "gonopodium" is because its resemblance to the word "gonad" is making me wonder. :thumbs:
  7. Side view, after the plants are in (the sponge filter is there to help out and keep healthy). Scuse the messy glass and reflections. Back: rows of val Middle: Mangrove tree trunks and stem plants (hygrophillia?) and java moss Front: reg and mini crypts Very Front: anubias on wood and an Ech Ozelot Red Top: duckweed and other floaters Top: Front:
  8. Okay, these are set up day photos. The "After" photos are still to come because I'm waiting for some of the plants to take hold still. First the substrate: Cheap, non-fertilised potting mix (plainer works better) with a sprinkle of shell grit. The gravel is poured down the front of the glass because I don't like the layers to be seen (it's mostly black but dry).
  9. Every tank I set up goes through the algae stage. I thought that was part of cycling.
  10. I think if you're going to do an Iwagumi hillside and the focus is on openess then go blue but if you've done a jungle or forest scene like me then black tends to give the impression it goes on forever.
  11. I use a layer of regular cheap potting mix in jars with gravel on top. I don't think fine sand would work for this method tho, it tends to smother anything under it.
  12. I never carded mine, but each had a plant in a jar and if they had enough of the fish on the other side of the glass they went and sat behind the plant and sulked about how awful the neighbours were.
  13. I was under the impression that the Glass shrimp... which I think your lfs has named Ghost shrimp... were the best at cleaning up the algae. But they're also the hardest to see. Those lovely red or striped shrimp would be nicer to watch if money were no obstacle. If you get a mixture they'll probably interbreed and wind up some dull colour. Are you planning on investing in more than one? I don't think you'll ever see just one. He'll vanish into the undergrowth and never come out and won't be able to keep up with the algae. The see-thru shrimps should only cost around $1 each whil
  14. Sunlight contains a wide spectrum of light, some of which, algae likes better than plants, altho if you can somehow arrange for a lot of natural light to hit the top of the tank only and then use duckweed etc, as some kind of diffuser you may be able to avoid getting abnormal amounts of algae. I've done this before with aquarium backing which stops 10cm from the top. Plants like light between 5,000 and 10000 Kelvins. NPT thrive on getting hit by morning or evening direct light or a little indirect light continuously. It's because of the broader spectrum they get than just the standard on
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