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  1. NannaLou

    Family days out…why do we do it..?

    You’d think that we’d learn from experience, but it seems not so in all cases. When the eldest two grandchildren were 5/6 ish we went to France for a week’s holiday. Paid 100s of Euros to get into Disneyland for the day and they hated it! They hated the crowds, the queues and, when they got to...
  2. NannaLou

    Bully Guppy

    Context: I’ve had a really rough few months, my mum fell on 19th December and broke her pelvis, she had quite advanced dementia, she’s been in hospital and then moved to a nursing home where she died very unexpectedly 3 weeks ago. My dad is elderly and I’m doing all the paperwork and organising...
  3. NannaLou

    How many posts are made on here each day..?

    Ok, so, after a very successful fish forum find I decided to try and find a craft equivalent…Oh My Goodness…! It took 3 days to get a reply to my introductory post…😂 The wonderful TFF usually has a welcome within minutes! I asked if I was missing something (TFF is my first forum experience)...
  4. NannaLou

    For Colin - just for fun 🙂

    Hello @Colin_T - have you started trading kitties to save yourself the chase..? My daughters kitten seems to think she is the dinner!! 😂😂😂
  5. NannaLou

    Poorly Betta, is this Ich..?

    My poor fish have been rather neglected since 19th December when my mum fell and broke her pelvis. Been running around sorting care for her, helping my dad and battling a really bad cold 😢. Anyway, Blue has been a bit lethargic the last couple of days and this evening I have noticed about 7(?)...
  6. NannaLou

    Will water in a container in the aquarium stagnate..?

    I’m going to put a Teapot in my aquarium and have a plant growing out of the top…thinking Anubias as a close to the surface resting space for Blue… I’ve googled for hours and can’t get an answer to whether the water in the teapot with get stagnant or stale. If I filled the teapot with gravel...
  7. NannaLou

    Happy Thanksgiving 😀

    Not something we celebrate ’over here’ but a lovely sentiment for a celebration… So, Happy Thanksgiving to all of you a cross the water, and everyone else too!! 🍻☕️🍰🎉🎊🎈 I‘m going to start by saying I’m giving thanks …. that all of those close to me have not suffered any ill health throughout...
  8. NannaLou

    How long to change water mix safely?

    Morning 🙂, I currently use 50/50 tap and RO water for Blue, but keeping the mix and temperature the same is a bit of a faff 😳. Would he be ok in pure RO water, would it need to be re-mineralised (if so by any set amount)? And how long would it take to change from 50/50 to 100%..? From other...
  9. NannaLou

    Decorations…

    I’ve always gone for a slightly haphazard jungle/natural look for my tanks (more newbie trial and error than planning) but I love the look of some of the more structured/themed tanks. I love @OliveFish05’s idea of the tea cup and saucer (I might steal that if that’s ok?) and I’ve looked on...
  10. NannaLou

    Lights and when they should be on…

    So, I’ve bought a new light for the upstairs tank, it has an 8, 10 and 12 hour automatic cycle with about 15-20 minutes of ”dawn” and “dusk” as the lights get brighter or dimmer. I’m working at home and the tank is in my bedroom, under a window and next to my desk (I spend far, far too long...
  11. NannaLou

    How much difference does size make..?

    I‘ve been back at the lfs again this afternoon looking at my ‘new’ tank…Fluval Roma 125 ltr and working out how many sleeps until Christmas… Then I realised that there was a Fluval Roma 200 ltr for about £60 more (almost double the water capacity). But, am I running before I can walk..? I...
  12. NannaLou

    Too many fish choices and variables causing confusion…

    I’m still planning for my new tank (not yet bought but I want to know what’s going to go in it so I know I’ve got everything covered). I’ve had the Pygmy Cory conversation (thank you for the advice on that one) and will be looking at having 6 Bronze Cories and keep my fingers crossed they don’t...
  13. NannaLou

    Pygmy Corydoras…?

    I know that I’m going to be getting another tank (a Christmas present 😀). So that means I’ve got lots of time to plan and scheme… I have hard water 16dH, and high PH? (I haven’t quite got my head round this yet) my PH is 7.1 and High PH 7.4+ ( I live just south of the South Downs near...
  14. NannaLou

    Adapting a base for a tank

    I started off my fish keeping journey with an ‘all in one’ tank. Very quickly, heaters and filters were changed out and the inside modified (removed the internal heater/filter housing block). I’m planning on having a second, larger tank in the lounge and I’d like the two tanks to look the same...
  15. NannaLou

    Water level….

    There was a comment on a post the other day where someone asked why the water level was so low… where should the water level be..? On my Betta tank I have a flat, ‘sit inside the rim’ cover and I always have the water about an inch below this so he can ‘get air’… On my upstairs tank, the water...
  16. NannaLou

    Anyone know anything about this tank..?

    Thinking I might need another tank….and this will fit perfectly next to the bookshelves…I wouldn’t even have to move anything…so it’s got to be the right thing to do 😂 Just wondered if anyone has any feedback on this brand, or if there’s something similar you’d recommend over this one...
  17. NannaLou

    Fish keeping - a steep learning curve…

    I can’t even begin to think about everything I’ve learnt (either totally new knowledge, or a better understanding of existing knowledge) since I’ve been on this forum. So of the knowledge has been as a result of specific questions to solve an issue, some of it has been through ‘incidental’...
  18. NannaLou

    GLO fish…

    There is a thread running about GLO fish being aggressive and I don’t want to hijack that, but can I just check on the images that have been posted..? The colours are amazing - but they don’t strike me as being very ‘natural’. Do you need special lights to see these colours, or have they been...
  19. NannaLou

    Shortage of fish..?

    I’m almost ready for the fish for my second tank, and I’m going to have Blue Star Endlers. I asked the lfs if they would order them and they said yes, but it could be a while, but as I’m still not 100% ready that wasn’t an issue. I checked yesterday on how long they thought it might be and...
  20. NannaLou

    Putting a Betta to bed…

    A comment from @Avel1896 in the thread, ”Anyone else..?” Has me wondering how you put a Betta to bed..🤷‍♀️ I‘d loved to teach Blue to go to bed (I haven’t managed to see where he sleeps since I’ve had him) how do you do this..? And what sort of bed..? I’ve seem little plastic ‘cups’ that are...
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