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  • in reply to: My Macropodus opercularis #355148

    knutschi
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    I was wondering if M. opercularis forms stable pairs if one keeps more than 1 male and female in the same tank? This is something I could not imagine, so I was not looking out for this as I was keeping and breeding them years ago. But other people suggested this behaviour. Also this gay pair seems to support this hypothesis?

    in reply to: Some Peru Fishes #354953

    knutschi
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    Unfortunately, pics are not visible anymore?

    in reply to: Ambastaia behaviour #354625

    knutschi
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    About 15-20 A. sidthimunki were kept by a friend of mine together with a smaller guppy breed in about 120l. The tank was well planted and contained lots of stone heaps and tree roots to structure it and provide hiding places for the loaches. After a while the guppies started missing eyes.

    Same thing happened in a shop to Trigonstigma espei  where A. sidthimunki were kept together with them in a small tank (max. 60l).

    in reply to: Hello! #354377

    knutschi
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    You need to take the plants out of those pots.

    in reply to: Hello! #354366

    knutschi
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    Hello again!

     

    Unfortunately I don’t have time to write extensively. So here are some things I noticed and would do differently:

     

    Use sand (of natural color) as substrate. By using gravel you limit your options in which fish you can keep.

     

    Your tank is empty. You need many, many more plants, including plants which will reach the surface. In the beginning use plants which are rather fast growing. Before planting them into your tank you need to remove all pots, substrate, clamps etc. from the plants or they will not grow very well.

     

    Do you know about cycling? Cycling a planted tank is different and not as simple. High ammonia will also kill your plants.

     

    Do you know about your water parameters, hardness & pH?

     

    I don’t know about your filters. Try to disassemble and reassemble your filter, make sure there is no air within and position it and all cable in a way that there is minimum contact to the tank and especially the cover/lid. This might reduce noise a lot.

    Concerning noise I have been quite happy with the Eheim Pickup 2012 (to large for ur tank, but there are smaller ones in this series) and the Fluval U1 (clogs rather quickly and therefore has to be cleaned often).

    Hope this helps a little.

    in reply to: Hello! #354317

    knutschi
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    Welcome!

    Yes that would totally be my advice. Exchange that tank for one which at least can hold 120l. If you can go for 180-240l. Much of the other advice will depend on were you live and what is available to you? There are places you can use the water straight from the tap but in many places you have to pretreat it somehow.

     

    Tbh we are not a beginners forum here. I would recommend to get advice at one of the larger ornamental fish forums of your country.

    in reply to: no filter in a livebearer breeding tank? #354316

    knutschi
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    Don’t think this is a step further, rather backwards. Filters have been invented and are used for a reason. Your branches will never reach the surface area an internal filter normally has.

    However, your approach can work and I have seen it done by professional fish breaders. Water exchange was about 90% at least once weekly.

    in reply to: Looking for a barb #354312

    knutschi
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    How about Tanichthys albonubes? They should be fine with some current and also prefer lower temps.

    in reply to: Riveiera Maya/Quintana roo #354311

    knutschi
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    Great post! Thanks for sharing! What a density of fish!

    in reply to: Tom's Bucket O' Mud #352644

    knutschi
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    Awesome tank!

     

    I was wondering, you said there is no filter, does that mean there is no current at all? How do you heat the tank?

    in reply to: Red-nosed tetras #352509

    knutschi
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    Show us some pics of your fish :D

    in reply to: Handmade cover materials #352097

    knutschi
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    Coming back to your first question about the heating. If you had no heater, the tank will eventually cool down to room temperature no mater how much isolation you put. You can significantly decrease heat loss (decreasing heating costs) by insulating the sides of your tank with polystyrene.

    in reply to: HMF filter – advice? #351954

    knutschi
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    Hello H!

     

    I would not worry about the algae too much, they take over the function of the non existing plants and are in fact useful for your pond. They are rather a cosmetic problem. No filter will help you against algae. To prevent their growth you need to reduce nutrition, which is done by adding plants competing for them and/or by frequent water exchange (is their any water exchange done at all?).

    Moreover the “waste accumulating as a film over the fountain surface”  is most likely a biofilm consisting of useful bacteria and again algae.

     

    A correctly installed HMF would indeed be very low maintenance and could run for years without need for any manipulation.

     

    Best

    K

    in reply to: fish not in database? #351897

    knutschi
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    Sorry for being not clear enough, but this has never in no means been a complaint!

    in reply to: fish not in database? #351895

    knutschi
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    Thx Matt for the clarifications! I completely undertstand your restrictions, I was just wondering how it works here ;)

     

    Imho the species request thread only makes sense, if in fact someone will do those profiles otherwise you only raise false hopes ^^

     

    Keep up the good work Smile

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