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  • in reply to: ram cichlid aggressiveness #350210

    Bluedave
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    good news on the agressiveness calming down, shame about the eggs!

     

    Odd that the male doesn’t protect them, I had a pair spawn and the male held off a couple of Discus who were 3 or 4 times his size!

    in reply to: Plant Identification #350164

    Bluedave
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    the 4th one is limnophila sessiliflora

    in reply to: small tank #350163

    Bluedave
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    not sure about the killifish but thats a tiny tank and not much suitable for it really. I had one of a similar size stocked with shrimp and 5 eyespot rasbora.

    in reply to: New To Freshwater Tropical…………Need Some Help! #350162

    Bluedave
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    you said you were in the process of lowering you GH and KH – how?

     

    I would leave well alone with changing these if your new to the hobby. A big drop in KH may cause a big drop in pH and kill your live stock (when you’ve added them!). I would stock fish that suit your water hardness.

     

    Would agree with the lobster/Frog comment. I made the mistake of adding a lobster to a small commynity tank once, within about a week I had no fish or plants left – he’d eaten the lot!

    in reply to: ram cichlid aggressiveness #350161

    Bluedave
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    if it carries on you may have to remove her, I had a pair a few years ago where the male hassled the female to death after an unsuccessful spawning. He just wouldn’t leave her a lone.

     

    Can you put her in a q tank for a while to give her a breather? Try and re-introduce her later?

    in reply to: Co2 diffusion #348102

    Bluedave
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    Fantastic information Wasserscheu and great pics.

     

    Something i may have to try in the future

    in reply to: Cuba 2012 #348097

    Bluedave
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    crackin’

     

    more pics!

    in reply to: Cichlid Suggestions #348096

    Bluedave
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    Any Malawi experts out there? I’ve never kept them.

     

    In terms of diet this depends on what Lake Malawi fish you will keep.

     

    Take a look in the knowledge base at Mbuna or peacock species – although if you go down the mbuna route i’m pretty sure that you will be stuck with just mbuna as they are very aggressive (i.e. you couldn’t mix mbuna with peacocks).

     

    Thats about the extent of my knowledge i’m afraid!

    in reply to: Co2 diffusion #348095

    Bluedave
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    Looks like you have left the plants in the pots you bought them in with the rockwool still attached? Thats probably your main problem as it stifles root growth. Take them out and remove as much rockwool as possible.

     

    Whip the Java fern out and tie it to that lovely bit of wood behind – it’ll soon bounce back.

     

    Anubias is the same, they like to be tied to rocks and wood, however, you can plant it in the gravel but you have to make sure the rhizome (the long bit with all the roots coming off it) is out of the substrate. hopefully you can see what i mean in the pic below:

     

    http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/hh138/Bluedave78/327.jpg

     

    If your fish keep digging them up you may want to tie them to a small stone (to act as an anchor) and place on your substrate, the plant will soon send roots into the substrate and hide the stone.

     

    Wasserscheu’s suggestion of little cups with fine sand and a fert tab is a good one, however, this will restrict the growth of the swords – they have massive root balls. Might be a good idea to establish them and then plant them directly when they have put on some growth? They should be ok in the gravel (out of the rockwool) with some fert tabs close by. I always use a layer of laterite in tanks that contain Ech. species (although adding that to your substrate with water in may prove troublesome!).

     

    Hope all that helps!

    in reply to: Co2 diffusion #311809

    Bluedave
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    More questions mate!

     

    How long do you have the lights on for?

     

    whats your substrate? Have you ever added root tabs to the substrate, what about iron.

    Amazon swords are greedy root feeders and prefer a lot of iron.

     

    Anubias grows in very low light conditions – i have soem in a tank wich hasn’t had the lights on for a bout 6 months (no fish in it!) and it’s still growing!

     

    Java fern should also grow in low light conditions. Any pics?

    in reply to: Co2 diffusion #311928

    Bluedave
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    you can make a reactor with yeast or buy a commercial version. Only problem with these are that they aren’t very consistent in deleivering CO2. This can lead to algae problems, as algae loves a CO2 imbalance.

     

    If you’ve only got 7 plants and low lighting levels then i’m not sure you’ll need to add CO2.

     

    What are your tank parameters, lighting levels and fert regime. Also what fish and plants do you have. It is likely to be something else rather than CO2.

    in reply to: Juwel Dark Cliff Background #311927

    Bluedave
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    Heh Stingy, not seen you about for a bit!

    in reply to: German Blue Ram aggression #314457

    Bluedave
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    This is quite common in my experience – how sure are you that they are females?

     

    I only keep Rams in single male/female pairs for this reason – they are very aggresive towards each other especially when it comes to protecting fry etc. a bit like most cichlids really.

    in reply to: Seriouslyfish Soundtrack #314636

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    in reply to: Seriouslyfish Soundtrack #316449

    Bluedave
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    i like the Cash cover, which is excellent but the orignal NIN version is a bit more cut to the bone, i see oblivion facing me!

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