Recent content by Tykey

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    Poorly dwarf gourami

    I've got a couple of dwarf gouramis, one of which is looking decidedly poorly, and I reckon its got dwarf gourami disease. Is there anything to be done for the other one , and to protect the other varieties of gourami sharing the tank?
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    New Aquarium thoughts

    I've just installed a replacement tank. I talked to Maidenhead, but was gobsmacked with the prices of new Jewel tanks. Its not just Maidenhead, the on line prices were just as huge. What are they, to justify their prices, they are just bits of glass siliconed together, with bits of plastic on...
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    Never trust technology, without using common sense!

    One of the 100w ones is already out. I think I've got something like a 50w one somewhere, which might get a go on its own. We shall see??
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    Never trust technology, without using common sense!

    So do I! Even when I make a plonker of myself, they never mention it again?
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    Never trust technology, without using common sense!

    Well done for spotting my deliberate mistake, I wondered who would be the first to do that? They were, of course 100w heaters. Its difficult to read labels underwater.
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    Never trust technology, without using common sense!

    My 50 gallon tank, which is now about 3 months mature, is giving me great pride in its appearance. The community fish are as happy as pigs in muck. I had bought one of those immersible temperature guages, and I put in a previously used 1000w heater/thermostat. Even if I turned the thermostat up...
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    Why are all my fish staying at the surface?

    Cdelly, don't know, I wondered about that?. But if all the fish are already in there and suffering, it makes very little difference. It certainly doesn't make it worse, and the proof of the pudding is in the eating, as we Brits say??
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    Why are all my fish staying at the surface?

    Hi. I made a total pigs ear of starting my tank up. After 30 years, I seemed to have lost all my experience. Any road up, I finished up with fish dying by the hour, the water was grey and smelly with a scum on top. My aquarium shop advised using this stuff, so I put some in. The next morning...
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    New tank help...

    I'm no expert in changing tanks, but I did it about 3 months ago, and it was a disaster - but I'm more expert from the experience. I put a bottle of Fluval stuff in it as I filled the new tank and very soon the water went very cloudy and a horrible scum formed on top. To be fair, I'd allowed the...
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    Upgrading my tank!!

    Make sure the new tank doesn't lose temperature during the change. Top up with water a bit hotter if it does.
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    New tank, disaster or at least it is to me

    Latest update: new fish are arriving and settling in brilliantly, the tank has never looked better and healthier, and I'm wiser. One of the spin off benefits is that quite by accident (with the aid of Google maps) I stumbled onto a new local supplier of fish and technical support in Rotherham...
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    New tank, disaster or at least it is to me

    I have before and after photos. I put in the water treatment stuff, changed about 10% of the water, and added the start up treatment I mentioned yesterday. That was about teatime, and this morning the result was amazing!! ???? The scum has gone, I can see the back of the tank, and Pearl the...
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    New tank, disaster or at least it is to me

    I think I treated the water the last time I filled a tank. But it was 30 years ago, and memories fade. But I do remember virtually no fish died??
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    New tank, disaster or at least it is to me

    I've slept on it, and I'm certain that you are all correct in that I didnt cycle the system properly. There are lots of things I could have done better. Firstly, I could/should have treated the tap water as I filled the tank. My local aquarium specialist has supplied me with some Aquadip to...
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    New tank, disaster or at least it is to me

    Decision made, I actually did start cycling properly, but inadvertently stressed out the fish en route, and that's confused the situation. You've all been great in helping me sort out my thoughts - THANKS So I'm going to leave it alone to settle down, although I'll buy some test strips to keep...
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