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    More plants illegal in the EU

    The EU has added to the list of plants that are now illegal to trade. And as the link explains, although we leave the EU in a couple of days, the UK will still ban them...
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    Seriously Fish

    Is it just me or does anyone else find the advertising links for filters, heaters and food in the text of the fish profiles to be annoying? The site seems to have done a deal with Amazon as that's where all the links lead to.
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    More filtration = more fish?

    I have read elsewhere that increasing filtration means that more fish can be kept in the tank, but I am having a hard time believing this. For example, take a 50 gallon tank. The argument is that this tank can hold a certain amount of fish if it has an internal/HOB rated for 50 gallons. Change...
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    Stocking after fishless cycling

    In the Fishless Cyling method here http://www.fishforums.net/threads/cycling-your-new-fresh-water-tank-read-this-first.421488/ it says "A major benefit of this fishless cycling method is that you can now fully stock your tank in one go. This means an average stocking level for your tank size...
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    Seriously Fish database

    I use Seriously Fish's database as my main source when researching fish. I have just tried to look something up and I get a 404 error message. When I googled SF, the first item was titled "Seriously Fish - Domain Name Expired". Does anyone know what is happening at Seriously Fish? Has it gone...
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    Aquarian Flake Recall

    I was in the supermarket this morning where I spotted a recall notice for Aquarian Flake. I googled it when I got home and found this https://www.food.gov.uk/news-updates/news/2016/15291/aquarian-recalls-two-of-its-fish-food-products   I know it is a week old but it is worth posting in case...
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    Esha Products And Water Conditioners

    I have used eSHa 2000 when necessary over the years and have finally noticed that the instructions say to do a water change before using it if you have used any water conditioners. I have looked at eSHa's website and in the advice section under the heading water conditioners, it says     I get...
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    Male Apistogramma Cacatuoides, Teesside

    Livestock: Male Apistogramma cacatuoides (cockatoo cichlid) Quantity for sale giving away: One Reason for Sale giving away: I have three apistos from a spawn - I thought they were 1 male 2 females. The male and one female have spawned a few times, so I have them correct. But the third apisto...
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    Lump On Betta

    This isn't really an emergency because the fish seems fine. But my betta has a lump. I got him in August, he went into my 50 litre tank with pygmy cories and female endler-guppy hybrids for company. After a couple of weeks I noticed a raised scale as if he'd caught himself on something. I kept a...
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    New Maidenhead Aquatics In Teesside

    Just a heads up for anyone living in the Cleveland, UK area. I called in at Peter Barratt (or whatever they're called now) in Yarm Road Eaglescliffe this morning. Right in the entrance to the fish department was a tank with a Maidenhead Aquatics label on it! And more MA labels inside. I asked...
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    Another Black Sand Question

    Yesterday, I got some black sand to replace the gravel in my rio 125. I have 'sand coloured' sand in my other tanks, so I wanted a change. It isn't a branded sand, the shop sold it by the pound weight from a large tub. This morning I've started to wash it. It is a very different texture from the...
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    Dwarf Frog Mishap

    To start at the beginning - I have 2 dwarf african frogs. Up until 2 days ago they shared a tank with my betta and a bumblebee nerite. But the frogs kept chasing the betta, and the betta had taken to stalking the frogs, so I set up a new tank with the betta and snail in the original tank and...
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    Another Bolivian Ram Sex Thread

    I have had two bolivian rams since January and I still can't decide what sex they are. I chose the two that looked the most different and behaved differently. The first two pics are of one fish, the second two are of the other. Appologies for the pics - the white patches on fish 1 are...
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    Apple Snail Out Of Water

    I found one of my apple snails on the worktop behind the tank yesterday when I was doing a water change. I've no idea how it got out as it's three times the size of the hole in the lid where the wires go through. I also don't know how long it had been there. The trapdoor was pulled well into the...
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    Water Hardness

    I've started this thread to carry on from one started in Buy Sell and Swap as this is probably the better place for it. This is the thread - http://www.fishforums.net/index.php?showtopic=277436 So what I'd like to know is which units API use in their GH test kit. My water board has a table for...
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    Apistogramma Borellii Fry

    A few months ago, I got a pair of Apistogramma borellii and they spawned within a couple of weeks. I managed to save one fry! It's in with my Tateurndina fry and growing rapidly. It's much bigger that the other fry (very slow growers!) and I'm afraid it will soon see them as food. The male...
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    Apistogramma Borellii

    I recently bought a pair of Apistogramma borellii. They came out of quarantine on Saturday, and they're now in a 125 litre tank. Last night (Wednesday) I noticed the female chasing the male away from her 'cave' (an upturned flowerpot with a hole in the rim). So this morning I had a look and...
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    Faulty Juwel Light - Not The Ballast!

    Just before I went to bed last night I turned on the light of my Juwel Rio. It was OK for about a minute, then it just went out. I thought it was a bit strange as when the ballast goes, the first sign is that the light won't turn on. I plugged it into another socket (it was plugged into a timer...
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    Female Bettas In Teesside

    I've just been to Maidenhead Aquatics @ Stokesley and they've loads of female bettas. All colours both plain and cambodian, and mainly crowntails. So if anyone's interested...
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    Cockatoo Cichlid Tankmates

    I have been thinking about getting a pair/trio of these fish (depending on how the shops sell them), but during my on-line researches I came across a site that warned against keeping dither fish with them. The writer had kept some with neon tetras and the cockatoos had systematically hunted them...
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