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    Nearly new to aquarium life

    God help anyone keeping birds in aviaries then 😉
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    Nearly new to aquarium life

    Avel never the less happy they are and as said breeding well, I prefer 20-25c but every year I have to spend my days in the cold weather and yet I survive ok.
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    Nearly new to aquarium life

    Yes pretty close 😜, we’re back off to states for a fortnight next year staying with friends in Pittsburgh. Everyone has their own ideas on how a tank should be kept and ok some things as a basic rule need to be adhered to. We don’t overstock so tank is never on a knife edge and needs all...
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    Nearly new to aquarium life

    Yes I agree if taking them from the wild, however they are bred in captivity and as such have adapted to differing water conditions. If they were not happy and content then they wouldn’t be breeding so prolifically lol.
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    Nearly new to aquarium life

    Hi Jenny, We keep both tanks 25-26c
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    Nearly new to aquarium life

    Hi Jenny ok large tank is 200ltr and fish as I can recall (wife’s tank) 4 black mollies 1-2” 1 large bristlenose cat 1 old rainbow schiclid (mr grumpy) 4 pentazona barbs 8 neon tetras 4 olgae corys (the masons) 2 Pakistani loaches (the chuckle brothers) My tank upstairs 40ltr 3 pearl gourami...
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    Nearly new to aquarium life

    Hi BLK and welcome back to the lovely life of aquarium life. My wife and I do a diff approach to most here and have purely natural tanks, no chemicals used plenty of plants and no water changes EVER. We feed the fish max twice a week and not too much I must add, so we force the fish to be fish...
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    Best filters discussion

    LOL, I hear that!!!! I have spare filter and heater tucked away in the drawer that all manuals warranties are stored. I do the same with the business I have a new spare 4.5” grinder and chop saw in case one breaks I can continue. Old saying is if it ain’t broke don’t fix it!! And it is true in...
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    Share my tanks

    Very tidy and well laid out tanks........peaceful to the enth degree for sure. I assume you prefer order in life hence the plastic plants? Imho the more natural look of real plants that grow and move in the flow not only enhances any tank but is also beneficial to the tank and fish in general. I...
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    Best filters discussion

    Horses for courses I guess we have fluval in both tanks no issues
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    Best filters discussion

    Heck you didn’t have much luck with Fluval it seems, had ours six months now and yes you have to pull it forward to get to filters and that is fine for me. Mrs said was hard to clean so showed her easy way and no more moaning lol
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    Help with 6 week old fry

    Doing some research most carnivorous fish including bettas will hunt for the green hydra if you cut down on their food.
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    Holiday mode?

    We only feed every third day as it is so thanks for info, didn’t know they could last a fortnight. Ok and sorry for posting in wrong section
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    Holiday mode?

    Hi all, ok the wife and I are planning on maybe two weeks away in the motorhome in October and it has dawned on me heck the fishes!!!! So I know such items as automatic fish feeders and holiday blocks exist, what do you guys gals do for a fortnight with no one popping in to feed them for you...
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    Help with 6 week old fry

    The problem as I see it with the smaller tanks is that due to the size any changes of water quality is virtually instant and as Kribensis said......I have never bred Or kept Bettas. So if they are dropping like flies then something in the tank is killing them or they are so stressed they are...
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