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  1. N0body Of The Goat

    I Think They're In Trouble..

    Removing the gravel probably removed a lot of bacteria that kept the water safe for the fish, while at the same time, stirring up a lot of "nasties" into circulation.   Many would say (especially in europe) that two fancy goldfish require at least 140 litres of water to live in.   It is hard to...
  2. N0body Of The Goat

    Quickly Cycle A Tank To Combat Ammonia Poisoning - How?!

    I would suggest a ~95% water change pronto in the goby's current tank   One of the worse things you can do is put fish into a smaller tank, when the tank and its filter is not cycled. There is less volume to dilute the ammonia and nitrite, so levels will reach deadly toxic levels quicker.  ...
  3. N0body Of The Goat

    Another Plec Dead,shown In Pics

    How many of each of these midwater fish are in this ~70x65x51cm tank?   Which plec species did you have?   What food were you giving this catfish?   Were you regularly seeing this catfish actively eat the food you added?
  4. N0body Of The Goat

    African Spotted Leaf Fish

    Ctenopoma acutirostre are very easy to feed dried foods, my four year old group eat Tetra Prima; Doromin; Cichlid XL; New Era Tropical Pellet; New Era Plec Pellet; Hikari Cichlid Gold.   Feeder fish, besides the whole ethical debate (it is illegal to use them in the UK), are a major risk for...
  5. N0body Of The Goat

    Denison Barb

    I've seen the anti-social personality of Redline Torpedo Barbs first-hand, I started with 3 and there was a dramatic change when I added another 3 to their QT a few days later.   Moving them between tanks is a loaded game of "Russian roulette," they are unbelievably sensitive to water chemistry...
  6. N0body Of The Goat

    Fish That Stay Towards The Top

    How long is this hex tank?   Congo Tetras (Phenacogrammus interrptus) are moderate sized, semi-active fish that need at least 120cm of tank length. I have six that youngsters (~3.5-5cm SL) that make good use of a 120x30x37cm tank. They are rather adaptable as far as water hardness goes, upto gH...
  7. N0body Of The Goat

    Can I Keep Two Bronze Corydoras?

    10+ of any social species acts more natural and looks great, my biggest group is 25 midwater; diurnal; schooling catfish (Pareutropius mandevillei).
  8. N0body Of The Goat

    Bulldog Pleco In And 8 Gallon

    The tank dimensions could work, you could even add a small group (6) of small, upper water "dithers" that are comfortable in the conditions Chaetostoma spp. need (10-20x real turnover with plenty of surface movement, 20-23C). A few options that spring to mind are Bloodfin Tetras (Aphyocharax...
  9. N0body Of The Goat

    African Butterfly Fish

    Are you aware that some rainbows including Pseudomugil gertrudae are not "tropical" fish? During the year, their natural waters are recorded to change from 12-34C. (site is great reference for rainbows)   Such fish can be kept in a tank without a...
  10. N0body Of The Goat

    Denison Barb

    A group of 10+, in a 5-foot tank that changes temperature through the seasons (~15C winter season through to ~25C summer season; spring/autumn ~20C) and lots of water movement for high oxygen levels in a sight to behold.   A very misunderstood fish in the hobby, they are not "tropical" fish.
  11. N0body Of The Goat

    Sick African Brown Knife

    25% monthly water changes is rather low, I do ~50% weekly changes on my five active tanks, including my African Congo/oddball 6-footer.   Even though you have a nitrate reading of 100mg/l, it could be higher, the test reagents fall out of solution and give false lower results. Shaking/banging...
  12. N0body Of The Goat

    Fish Dying, Help Please

    In my experience, detectable traces of nitrite tend to be more lethal in the short term than ammonia. Nitrite messes with the ability of fish to supply their body with oxygen, a classic sign of nitrite issues is when fish are gasping at the surface (which can also be a sign of simply low oxygen...
  13. N0body Of The Goat

    Suggestions For Additional Fish

    Hopefully you are letting that tank temp cool during a winter period, Buenos Aires Tetras are not "tropical" fish, they have evolved in a region where the temp drops to ~16C.   Taking the seasonal/temperate conditions above into consideration, temperate Corydoras should be chosen, such as...
  14. N0body Of The Goat

    Fish Dying, Help Please

    What are the ammonia and nitrite readings now? How warm is the water? What pH is the water? Have you still got the old bio cubes?   On the face of it, this sounds like you have removed a lot of the beneficial bacteria and you are now "fish in cycling."   If you have been doing frequent (weekly)...
  15. N0body Of The Goat

    Hard Water Woes :(

    I really do hope you have mistyped in this post between "degrees" of hardness and milligrams per litre! ;)
  16. N0body Of The Goat

    Are My Dwarf Chain Loaches Ok...they're Always Hiding?

    What else is in the tank with them? Midwater fish of a similar size, that are not very boisterous, will act as good dithers.    I started with 5 Dwarf Chain Loaches (like you, all shop had), then added two more (which cost a lot more per fish, hence only 2 bought), which did not really help make...
  17. N0body Of The Goat

    Peat To Soften Water

    Connect a water butt to the guttering of the house, then work out how to mix this "raw" rainwater with your hard tap water to get softer water. Peat will have negligible effect on gH 17 water.   Or as DrRob wrote, choose your South American fish with care, choosing species that are very...
  18. N0body Of The Goat

    Black "gunk" In Fluval C-4 Filter

    Define "normal population of fish!" Species, numbers, rough size of body excluding tail fin ("Standard length.")   Dimensions of this 29g?   You should not be continually replacing filter pads, I'm still using the same ones I started with upto four years ago. When these get clogged up, slowing...
  19. N0body Of The Goat

    Featherfin Catfish And Upside Down Catfish Compatability

    Wish I had spotted this thread earlier...   The Synodontis eupterus would probably be ok, they are quite adaptable regarding water chemistry and can normally look after themselves in most community tanks.   However, Synodontis nigriventris would be an awful idea in a Rift Valley community. These...
  20. N0body Of The Goat

    Hard Water Woes :(

    30C could well be a factor. I lost two of my Steatocranus over Tues/Weds this week in my Rio240, including one of my ~2.5 year old males on the Tuesday. This tank had a horrid outbreak of HITH disease earlier this year, so I'm going to quarantine the tank for a few weeks just in case disease was...