Aquariums and Fish

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  1. Twitch_80

    Twitch_80 Well-Known Member

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    Some really cool fish guys.. More stuff for the wishlist...
     
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    plantedtank.net is great for plants.

    Lighting and ground sounds good, Just remember if you go too over kill with ferts and use low demanding plants you will just get algae blooms ;P

    I grow pretty decent swords with just seachem root tabs. your lighting will also play a part in how it works, too much lighting will cause more issues but not enough wont work with certain plants.

    You will need to figure out the depth of the tank and what lighting level is going to give you what par result then match this up with the plants you want to keep. another thing you may require is C02 depending on the plants again. If your going to go the plant route may as well get c02 and go with some HC or gloss carpet or a dutch style planted tank.
     
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    Have you read that book I was talking about Squirtle? it's a good book very scientific when it comes to growing palnts.
     
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    unfortunately no. I added it to my list, I have a few books but I find the best way to gain the knowledge is talking to trustful people in the hobby + google. Theres so much valuable information on the net that these new books dont go into depth on. the old books are good for the basics but not the best for all the new ways. Just my opinion but
     
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    Are the co2 still called floromat in the industry squirtle? Thats what I ment, and do they still sell dosing pumps for the
    nutrients.
     
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    Not sure to be honest with you, I decided against the planted tank for now. In my research I did find they are mainly called c02 systems these days, work with a regulator that runs with a bubble counter and soldium (spelling on that one) then you have the option of running it like this manual or using a PH monitor which will run the C02 off when the PH drops to a point then back on etc. keeping it safe for the fish.

    As for nutrients no clue, all the ones I use you poor in the cap and drop in the water ;P haha.
     
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    I found a lot of new books that dont have as much info as this one. can you recomend any?
    this is an old book but it was way ahead of its time. I read it, when it was new and went to the aquarium shop
    and asked for a co2 floromat and they didn't even now what I was talking about so I had to make my own out of a
    soda stream and that was about 15 years ago.
    And they didn't like the idea of a what we call now a refugium filter so alot has changed but I found most of that out
    in this book.

    The dosing pump automaticly feeds the fertiliser as it is needed so you dont overdose.
     
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    Id have to get a name for my 1 book I like its all on L number plecos.

    I did find this, I trust these guys so any of these would be worth a read.

    MFK Book Review

    I honestly just find reading off a website much easier then a book.
     
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    That would be great mate I like to collect books.
    heres a photo of the co2 floromat, with the dosing pump, ph controller and temp controller.
     
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    Yup thats the same as what they use these days to some extent, c02 bottle > double regulator> solenode> Bubble counter . The rest well.... the first is a PH level rest no clue. I am not the best with this side of the hobby. Looks like a pretty decent setup, I guess the only aspect that has changed possibly is the controllers.

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    THis is my favorite scape by tom barr, he does amazing work with plants well worth the google. His new discus setup is also something I would dream of.
     
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    the pic didn't work mate.
    good set up thats from 1986 when I went to europe back then they were well in front of us I lernt alot over there about
    aquariums.
     
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    Cheers for the link champ I'll check it out. I've been using AquariumLife.com.au heaps of info on there and it's Australian based so it's a bit more what I'm after.

    How many watts you running to grow the swords? I went for a cruize out to Majestics aquariums in the city today, got the ADA aqua soil,liquid ferts,lights, a nice tree stump driftwood, and black gravel wasn't planning on getting any fish but because my girlfriend drove she had to get something to girly up my bedroom reef tank up with so she picked a royal gramma and a juvi black and white ocellaris clownfish and also got a school of neon tetras to cycle the planted tank with they did me a good deal so I'm happy..

    I won't be running c02 straight away more going for the low tech setup path to begin with and once I know everything is growing and running ok I'll look into setting up c02 and get my hands on a diffuser, now to look into what plant species to start of with.

    I'll be getting a book of a mate today that's by Takashi Amano it's not really to do with fish but more aqua scaping and planted tank setups. Check this out this is his home angel fish tank setup.. Start it at 1minute the first 1minute is just walking around n that.

    [video=youtube_share;hE9DrRN9jJQ]http://youtu.be/hE9DrRN9jJQ[/video]
     
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    Does anyone keep a large exotic tank with big exotics?

    Theres so many fish I'd love to keep and have been considering a huge tank for awhile now.
     
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    so jealous venomous1111!!!
     
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    I have a fish tank :)

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    whats a big exotic? lol some friends have big fish, red tail cats, barras, peacock bass , rays etc I even know someone with sea snakes ^_^
     
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    Sounds good venomous1111 could you let me know what the name of it when you get it.

    Jonesy1990 nice setup I used to have one a bit like that not as big, 1500lt I'll try and get the pics of my mate I didn't
    take any pics of it.

    Scleropages are they baby angels?
     
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    What type of sea snakes?.... do you mean mangroove snakes?
    As all sea snakes have a very specialised environment that ifs generally impossible to recreate at home unless you have a VERY large tank. Furthermore most have a specialised diet that would not be possible and if it was possible depending on the species, it would not be economical.

    I would love to be proved otherwise though! Something of that caliber would be amazing.

    On the other hand most Mangroove snakes can easily be kept, although they are not common, their robust life in captivity is further supported by SE Asia. Specifically Cambodia where they use them for a food source when fish is scarce.

    Mulgaaustralis
     
  20. Squirtle

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    No clue lol, Mate showed me a video of them and thats it, I wasn't very keen on them. it would not amaze me if they are something special but I cant say sorry. 100% no mangrove snakes. these guys were underwater and from what I gathered they dont go onto land much. I can ask next time I see him.
     
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