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  • in reply to: Best tankmates for tiger barbs? #353238

    Catre
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    Hi it’s a Clearseal 3 foot tank so it’s around 20G. Do you think I should just have the barbs on their own then? I was planning on getting 8-10 barbs just to spread the aggression. Would a kuhli loach species work for the bottom? It’s a planted topsoil tank.

     

    I originally wanted to add a pair of dwarf gouramis but I don’t want their fins nipped as I read that might happen with tigers. 

    in reply to: Hardy fish for beginner with soft water. #353147

    Catre
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    I’m back again and thought I’d resurrect this topic because I am asking the same question again (moved house and country for work).

     

    According to my waterboard the water has a conductivity of 178uS/cm which would make it very soft.

     

    Do you think I will need to buffer the water? I would rather just get fish that prefer living in soft water.

     

    I was thinking of going for the suggestion you had for apistogramma?

    in reply to: What is a good hardy low temperature algae eater? #352817

    Catre
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    The florida flagfish is a great algae eater and can live happily at a wide range of temperatures (down to around 18 celsius) but 60 fahrenheit is 15 celsius which is  is very low for any tropical fish. Even fancy goldfish and white cloud minnows which are  temperate fish are kept above this temperature – fancy goldfish usually close to 21 celsius and white clouds above 16 celsius.
    You’d probably be better to get a heaterstat in the tank.

    What other fish do you have at the moment and how big is the tank?

     

    In america there may be more choice for the low temperature range. Anything that can survive at low temperatures is banned here incase they establish in the wild by surviving the winter.

     

    in reply to: anubias #352278

    Catre
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    @george said:
    I have a lot of anubias in my tank, but not enough wood to stick them all onto it. Currently, I have one floating around freely and doing fine, and another one planted in the substrate, which is also doing fine. I found a piece of rhizome (i believe it’s called rhizome) with roots growing from it but no leaves and I was wondering if leaves were going to come out of it or if I could just dump it.

    The rhizome itself is barely 1cm long but the roots reach 6-7cm.

    Anyone know?

    Sell them on ebay!

    in reply to: Hello, and some biotope-setup questions. #352256

    Catre
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    @Catre said: Is it Loma fern? (Lomariopsis Lineata)

    I believe so Catre. The German word is however always misspelled in the english language due to the fact that letters are used, which don’t exist in that language. These are the letters “ß”, which is pronounced as a sharp “s” and the “ü” which is a socalled “Umlaut”. The entire word “süßwasser tang” meaning freshwater kelp, “süß” actually meaning sweet. Since the englisch qwerty keyboard supports neither ß nor ü, the correct way of writing would then be “suesswasser tang”. I thought that might be of interest to some. Regards R.

     

     

     

    I remember learning about the changes to German spellings in class. For a native english speaker the idea that the rules could be changed by a committee seemed surreal!

    I love speaking German and really want to visit there!

    in reply to: Goldfish #352157

    Catre
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    Oh I meant the plant roots might block the holes in the under gravel filter?

    in reply to: Goldfish #352154

    Catre
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    The only thing is would the plants not clog the filter?

    in reply to: Goldfish #352152

    Catre
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    Wow 20 adults?

     

    I was thinking more 3 for a 240L max! They can be right poop machines at adult size.

     

    I understand what you mean about dimensions vs volume. Having danios – I get that slimline fish need lots of space and I suppose for a 30cm fancy then a 120cm tank isn’t THAT huge dimension wise.

     

    I haven’t heard of a reverse UG filter – I though UG filters were not great but having just read an article on this set up on PFK it sounds interesting!

    in reply to: Goldfish #352150

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    @KittyKat said:
    I recommend at least 120×45×45 cm (4×1.5×1.5 ft) for fancy goldfish or at least 180×60×60 cm (6×2×2 ft) for common goldfish. Those are the sizes of tanks that I have seen them grow to full size in. I think part of the reason is that they (especially the “normal” body shaped) need the swimming space, but also goldfish produce a lot of waste and the maintenance burden in smaller tanks is too high for the average fishkeeper.

    To be honest, I think of common goldfish more as pond fish than tank fish and if you think about pond sizes, then it’s not unreasonable to expect ponds to be considerably bigger than what I mention above.

    Thanks for the reply!

    Yeah I think commons are more suited to ponds to but I must admit I am surprised how much space you think fancy goldfish need – a 240L tank right?  I would have thought at least 15G per fancy goldfish rather than 54G! I had heard to have 30G (140L) before the first fish then 10G per fish, but seems to be a bit inadequate then?

    Different sites say different measures as with all fish but goldfish seem the most variable!

    That’s good to know.

    in reply to: A couple of pics #350438

    Catre
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    I love them! The original tropical fish! :D

     

    As you know I have been on the look out for these for my own tank!

    in reply to: Seriouslyfish Soundtrack #350437

    Catre
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    @BillT said:
    This thread needs some life.

    I like that song too!

    I love this song by the same duo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHRkHFxD-xY

    in reply to: Hello, and some biotope-setup questions. #350347

    Catre
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    Is it Loma fern? (Lomariopsis Lineata)

    in reply to: Stocking ideas #350280

    Catre
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    @Rüdiger said:

    @malfunction said:
    ……………………..   Are there any negative consequences to keeping the female as the only fish of her species in the tank?

     

    thanks

    I am generally opposed to purposely keeping a single specimen of any species. Being without conspecifics just deprives the individual of a large part of their natural behaviour.

    I don’t really know what you mean by “breeding cichlids sounds like a nightmare” because from my experience it is like breeding any other fish species. 

    Aggression issues? 

    in reply to: Hardy fish for beginner with soft water. #350098

    Catre
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    It’s ok I only posted yesterday – didn’t expect a response so soon!

     

    I actually really like the sand! The only thing now putting me off the idea of cories is that they might uproot my plants?

    in reply to: A couple of pics #350091

    Catre
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    Such a lovely tank. Glad you got the algae under control.

    I love asian fish and hope that one day I can have a big tank of them. For the moment though I am still cutting my teeth with the smaller rekord 80. 

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