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    • Subtlefly
      By Subtlefly
      Hi Team,
      So here is the list of what has been purchased
      900x400x200 PPG starphire glass rimless tank (custom build) 10mm glass
      Flat one ONF+ warm white 60 cm pendant light (rated for 17 to 20 gallons - so hopefully can put it high and it will be bright enough! - the 90cm is rated for 40 to 48 gallons)
      Eheim ecco 130 filter
      Seachem Matrix (for the filter)
      DOOA Stream Pipe ARC P-2 (13mm) 
      DOOA Stream Pipe V-1 (13, H15mm) 
      ADA power sand advance 2 kg
      ADA amazonia fine granules  9L
      ADA amazonia II (with extras) 9L
      ADA cube garden mat 8mm   900x450 ( will have to trim it)
      Seachem flourishm liquid fertiliser
      I think other than some tweezers and curved scissors that is it so far..  I will start to post pics when the tank arrives!  
      Thanks and have a great day
      sub
       
       
       
    • Crabby
      By Crabby
      Okay, so the title pretty much says it all... One of my berried tts just moulted, and she left the eggs in the moult. What happened, and why? 
      I'm going to try to save the eggs with some sort of extraction, and I'll be very careful. She was pretty far along. I think I'll use the net over bubbler method. Does anyone have experience with this, and particularly the extraction? I won't do anything until I have some idea to go off. 
      Thanks in advance.
      Crabby
      Oh and the moult is under like 2 hours old. Wasn't there when I started watching a movie, was there when I checked back after.
      Going off this video: 
      Hoping the process will be similar. 
       
    • Crabby
      By Crabby
      Hey folks!
      So I got myself a little 5 gallon (20L) recently (it was free!) to use for quarantine. I’m going to use it to qt some cory cats and maybe some tetras or gouramis for my community tank. The thing is, I’ve got it set up really nicely in my room and I want to have it actually stocked. I definitely don’t want a betta, but I found some super cute guppies on gumtree (Wild Thai Orchid) that I can never find locally. How many guppies do u think I could get in the tank?? The seller only has 4 pairs, so is selling in pairs but not trios, so that could have an affect on the amount. I also plan on adding shrimp, either of a neo or caridina variety, or native - like dae or chameleons. 
      So my questions are: how many guppies could go in the tank (assuming they breed and I keep the babies in with them for about a month each time), could I fit in anything else (with a pair or 4), like a couple of chilli rasboras or rocket killies, and will the shrimps be enough for a cleanup crew, or should I add an Otto or something?
      Cheers!
    • Crabby
      By Crabby
      Hey guys, I thought I’d just make a single topic for my community tank, so I stop running around in other chats asking the same questions 😁. I’m going thru a big change in the tank at the moment, so will likely update in the morning with photos once the cloudiness is gone. Be prepared for a possibly very long message about a 10 hour process 😂.
      Cheerio!
    • Crabby
      By Crabby
      Hey guys, just found an add for this website showcasing a cool-lookin native algae eating shrimp.
      https://algaeeatingshrimp.com.au/products/australian-algae-eating-shrimp
      Anyone heard of these before or own any? My interest was peaked by the claim that they eat hair-type algae, as I have some on my crypts and lace fern that I cannot remove. And for a price of $4 ea, and super easy parameters, they sound pretty doable! 
      Tell me more oh great SKFians! 😁
      (or feel free to point me towards an already existing page)
      post-note: have you/do you keep these grubs? Seems like your sort of thing.
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    • sdlTBfanUK
      That looks great and I'm sure shrimps will be very happy exploring and grazing in there. I look forward to hearing how it goes this time. I don't think anyone over here is sending shrimps (or fish) at the moment so I am not planning to get anything here soon, the fish are doing well in that tank, and there is 1 red steel shrimp survivor which shows itself occassionally? Simon  
    • LCM94
      now the upload seems to be working with a 2Mb file ... but initially 6Mb seemed to big (popup with a "-200" error message, whatever that means 😐)  
    • sdlTBfanUK
      Good to see you back and hopefully this time all will go well! Tiger shrimp would probably be best as a TESTER as they are less fragile and more adaptable to different parameters than Taiwan bee, so I would get a small group of those and see how that goes at this stage, you can change (or mix?) to the Taiwan bee if all works for a few months? With the correct parameters the PH should stay stable unless there is something like rocks that alter the PH. Using RO water plus the shrimp minerals will provide all the parameters at a set balance. I'm not aware of any changes since you posted the pctures back in April so can only assume it may be file size related, can you do one at 1mb or below? Simon  
    • LCM94
      Hello, I have totally redone my tank: removed substrate & woods. Cleaned the inside of the tank. I just kept most of the plants, cleaned them in tap water, cut out the roots. I put in a new substrate: JBL Manado Dark (neutral substrate) I added spider wood after cleaning them off Almost a month now has passed and parameters are pretty much stable. I still use osmosis water (ph = 6 to 6.5). I had a question though: - If I set the correct ppm parameters, normally Ph should stay stable? - I was thinking of introducing Tiger shrimps (that should be fine) but what about caridinas? I guess that would work as well?  PS: seems that I can't upload a file of 6Mb? Even 2Mb
    • jayc
      Epic ! LOL, your cat ! Just sitting there watching all the fuss.
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