Show me your aquarium

Show me your aquarium

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techguyone

2,576 posts

109 months

Wednesday 26th May
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My black mollys are breeding like crazy, no idea how many to a batch, but so far 7 have made it.

LosingGrip

6,183 posts

126 months

Wednesday 26th May
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Has anyone got any recommendations for a first (in a few years) tank? Can’t have a massive one due to the area it needs to go.

Budget of £150/£200.

Turn7

20,188 posts

188 months

Thursday 27th May
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LosingGrip said:
Has anyone got any recommendations for a first (in a few years) tank? Can’t have a massive one due to the area it needs to go.

Budget of £150/£200.
Buy used....
Check fb, preloved and aquarist classifieds.

Caddyshack

3,458 posts

173 months

Thursday 27th May
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Turn7 said:
LosingGrip said:
Has anyone got any recommendations for a first (in a few years) tank? Can’t have a massive one due to the area it needs to go.

Budget of £150/£200.
Buy used....
Check fb, preloved and aquarist classifieds.
100% this. Speak to your local fish shop too, they are bound to have other customers giving up.

Many people will give stuff away if you are solving a problem for them.

I gave away my last 6ft tank and filters in exchange for them helping me lift in the new one.

Lord.Vader

3,626 posts

106 months

Thursday 27th May
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Anyone know why plants go transparent?

All levels are minimal, plant food once a week and I’ve added root tabs now.

Is it a lack of light or just nutrients? Root tabs only added last few days.


otolith

45,069 posts

171 months

Thursday 27th May
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Piccies?

Sway

19,363 posts

161 months

Thursday 27th May
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Lord.Vader said:
Anyone know why plants go transparent?

All levels are minimal, plant food once a week and I’ve added root tabs now.

Is it a lack of light or just nutrients? Root tabs only added last few days.
Relatively new plants?

Can be 'melt' - either through the plants being grown on 'emersed' (above water), they then have to regrow new leaves that look the same but are adapted to underwater life (but have the rootstock, etc. to do so successfully). Or, certain plants really do hate being transplanted (crypts especially) and will just do it before regrowing.

SultanOfSwing

688 posts

114 months

Friday 28th May
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Started a new tank recently, when for a nice and simple cube.

Just the single betta in there, been told I could put 6 neons in but quite like it as it is to be honest.






Caddyshack

3,458 posts

173 months

Friday 28th May
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Looks great. My only comment would be that heaters are supposed to be at an angle really so that the thermostat is not directly above the heat…not 100% sure if it damages the thermostat and as long as you know it is not set too high should be fine but I have had them stick on before.

rodericb

3,238 posts

93 months

Saturday 29th May
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LosingGrip said:
Has anyone got any recommendations for a first (in a few years) tank? Can’t have a massive one due to the area it needs to go.

Budget of £150/£200.
Work backwards by the type and number of fish you want to determine how many litres/gallons the guides online say (they do vary) for when they're well-grown and then, as other posters have said, buy secondhand. The "newer" the secondhand the better and some name brand too might give you a slightly better ownership experience as they often have integrated cover, lights.... You may find something new on special if you hunt around. When you buy new you'll also need to buy some extra bits and pieces for decoration and maintenance of the tank too.

SultanOfSwing

688 posts

114 months

Sunday 30th May
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Caddyshack said:
Looks great. My only comment would be that heaters are supposed to be at an angle really so that the thermostat is not directly above the heat…not 100% sure if it damages the thermostat and as long as you know it is not set too high should be fine but I have had them stick on before.
Thanks Caddyshack, I'll adjust it so its at an angle to be on the safe side, it would still be rather well hidden behind the wood.


MG CHRIS

7,855 posts

134 months

Tuesday 1st June
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Looks like I've got maybe 3 fry that have survived thought all had gone but checked today and can see 3 right in the back of the tank couldn't really get a good photo the best is this one. I'm guessing it's a swordtail as I haven't seen anything from the platys yet.
I'm surprised the tetras haven't found them tbh.

African Grey

98 posts

40 months

Saturday 5th June
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Caddyshack said:
If they ever zoom to the surface it is an early indicator of water quality.
They breath air just like Guramis do. The difference between the two is the the Corys passes it to their gut.

rodericb

3,238 posts

93 months

Sunday 6th June
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African Grey said:
Caddyshack said:
If they ever zoom to the surface it is an early indicator of water quality.
They breath air just like Guramis do. The difference between the two is the the Corys passes it to their gut.
That's interesting. Do they fart?

extraT

1,396 posts

117 months

Sunday 6th June
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Hi All

I’d appreciate some input/advice here… not sure if I have ballsed up my fish less cycling (or not…)

New tank- water, plants and heater added today. Last few fill ups were with Luke warm water to help bring the tank up to temp (all dechlorinated).. 2x safe start added

I didn’t realise that the heater hadn’t been plugged in… stupid, I know. It’s been around 3/4 hours since I added the safe start along with some fish food for ammonia (pure ammonia is very hard to buy where I live, I will be adding raw prawn to the tank soon).

My question is if I have ballsed up the cycling process already by forgetting the heater?

Tank is a 200L, with sand substrate if that makes any difference?

Any ideas?

Sway

19,363 posts

161 months

Sunday 6th June
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Lack of heater is absolutely fine - but keep it up to temp now you've added it!

extraT

1,396 posts

117 months

Sunday 6th June
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Sway said:
Lack of heater is absolutely fine - but keep it up to temp now you've added it!
Thanks sway! Appreciate the reassurance!

As it happens, I have a third bottle of safe start here, but that’s because the LFS told me to add it after a week or so, to boost the process. I figured if anyone here told me that I’d been an idiot, I could just throw that in!

Quick question for you (or anyone else on this fine thread), bottle ammonia is very hard to find where I live (Austria), so as mentioned above, I’m going to throw a raw prawn in. Any idea how many for a 200L tank? At the moment I have just a pinch of fish food in the tank, to decompose and feed the safe start bacteria. Hopefully my ammonia testing kit will arrive by Tuesday at the latest then I can really measure the water.

Thank you in advance!

ET.

105.4

1,158 posts

38 months

Sunday 6th June
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extraT said:
Hi All



My question is if I have ballsed up the cycling process already by forgetting the heater?

No IMO.

You have got your pump / filtration unit running though I assume?

extraT

1,396 posts

117 months

Sunday 6th June
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105.4 said:
extraT said:
Hi All



My question is if I have ballsed up the cycling process already by forgetting the heater?

No IMO.

You have got your pump / filtration unit running though I assume?
Yep, everything is set up and looking good(except I accidentally kicked up a bit of sand, so water is a bit cloudy, fully expecting that to settle down or I’ll take care of it with the next water change), I just forgot to plug the bloody heater in!

105.4

1,158 posts

38 months

Sunday 6th June
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extraT said:
Yep, everything is set up and looking good(except I accidentally kicked up a bit of sand, so water is a bit cloudy, fully expecting that to settle down or I’ll take care of it with the next water change), I just forgot to plug the bloody heater in!
You’ll be fine, especially as the weather is so warm anyway.