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  1. Good heavens! You need to fire that bristlenose!!!
  2. THanks again guys. Bren - Once more, I'm keen to stabilise the tanks at a neutral to slightly acidic pH for my bristlenose's sake - in case they would like to breed one day soon.... http://ausaqua.net/forum/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/cool.gif (They like a little lower) As I mentioned before they already have driftwood in the tanks. I keep my bettas at a pH of about 7.4, I just want the BN tanks to be a bit lower. Graeme - the tanks have air driven sponge filters, one single and one double in each, with a good steady flow to circulate the water for the fish. All bare
  3. Thanks guys. http://ausaqua.net/forum/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/cool.gif Calla - there is no gravel in these tanks I'm worried about, they used to be spawn tanks so are bare bottomed. At the moment they're just housing a few pairs of peppermint BN's. THey all have a nice chunk of wood in them leaking a bit of tannin which I thought might help. I tried the neutral regulator yesterday and it was no help at all. I dumped about 3x recommended dose in my WC water and it still sat on 8.0. SO back to acid buffer I go. http://ausaqua.net/forum/public/style_emoticons/<
  4. I use Seachem Acid Buffer, and today have switched to Seachem Neutral Regulator 7.0, I'll see if that helps. Incidentally, my GH measured 10, and KH is 7. Are those ok numbers? Lilli I'd like to have the water at 6.8 - 7.0 if possible, for other types of fishies. :lol:
  5. Hi all The water at home here comes out of the tap at a pH of about 8.0 - 8.2. I use an acid buffer to reduce the pH to 7 before adding it to my aquarium water. The problem is, after a few days, the pH is starting to go up to the 7.4 - 7.6 mark. I'm sure this is something to do with the hardness, right? Is it carbonate hardness that works with pH? (I'm no good with chemistry ) So, how do you stop this happening? It must be stressful for the fish (although I can't see any visible signs of stress...). Is it because of the dodgy Brisbane water? What is that is causing the pH to gradual
  6. Yes Peter at Pet City. THat place gets all kinds of weird and rare fishes. I'm still wondering how I'm going to walk out of there with the Zebra pleco without anyone noticing.... Graeme - thanks heaps for the info! So do they readily take frozen foods, like frozen bloodworm, brine shrimp etc? Can they be kept happily with other brackish water fish? Or do they like to 'midnight snack'? Cheers :lol:
  7. My LFS got a shipment of these little fellas in this week - Brazilian Freshwater Sole (or Flounder). Apparently they are similar to the Australian freshwater type, but only grow to 10cm max. Has anyone ever kept these with success? After reseaching I find they like brackish water and have a short life span, but I would like to know whether they are aggressive to other fish, like bristlenose?? They're pretty cool looking! All the ones in the shop were sticking to the tank sides amazing!!!
  8. Celeste, if I may offer my opinion, why not try some commercially made small plastic containers, or clear square plastic jars, instead of the wire baskets? The reason I suggest this, is I have some of the mesh you are talking about dividing some of my juvies, and it is a real bugger to keep clean. the poo gets stuck in it and it drives me nuts. I have lots of square plastic jars at home here that have used in a setup similar to what you are thinking. I just drilled lots and lots of tiny holes in each, in the bottoms and up the sides to allow the water flow through, and the poo to drop
  9. http://www.aquariumproducts.com.au/category29_1.htm ;)
  10. WOW! Its really nice Mouse, I love the white sand! I agree with Faewyn about the discus, our LFS has some super looking red melon discus that would look a treat in there. Good luck with the plants! ;)
  11. Wow Stefan, you're right! That's a really good argument.... ;)
  12. What sort of filter Phil? You should get the albino! No, the others didn't come in on Monday.. .. apparently the supplier from Melbourne is a bit unreliable (well, Victorians, you know.... ) Hopefully Wednesday! :D
  13. Here's a pic of my little fella Phil I'm getting an albino and a marble tomorrow! :notsure:
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