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Forum: Equipment 04-29-2013, 11:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 432
Posted By snafuspyramid
Don't worry about oxygen levels unless you're...

Don't worry about oxygen levels unless you're overstocked or are keeping fancy goldfish.

Do worry about temperature. Six hours probably not an issue there either though.

It'll be fine. Happens...
Forum: Equipment 04-29-2013, 11:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 750
Posted By snafuspyramid
At a guess it probably would be cheaper to heat...

At a guess it probably would be cheaper to heat the room, though you've said you don't want to do that, which is fair enough. The sump sounds like the most sensible idea.

On the subject of...
Forum: Algae 04-25-2013, 09:18 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,848
Posted By snafuspyramid
I have a 90 gallon tank with lowish light (twin...

I have a 90 gallon tank with lowish light (twin 54 watt T5HO sitting immediately on the glass - cheap reflectors). No Co2. I had some problems with BBA when I first set it up - easy fixed by adding a...
Forum: Substrate 04-23-2013, 10:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 699
Posted By snafuspyramid
I need the ph at 6.5, so not alkaline exactly....

I need the ph at 6.5, so not alkaline exactly. But I'll certainly need to look into it further.

@Hoppy, the tank is too heavy to move with substrate in, sadly.
Forum: Substrate 04-22-2013, 11:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 699
Posted By snafuspyramid
Sounds like fun, at worst I can always move the...

Sounds like fun, at worst I can always move the 20 gallon fancy goldfish tank first and keep the tropicals in that for a few days while I wait for the substrate in the 90 to settle (of course...
Forum: Substrate 04-22-2013, 04:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 699
Posted By snafuspyramid
Moving house with Aquasoil

After a nasty tank crash and losing half my livestock, Iíve decided itís time for a major tank revamp.

This is a 90 gallon planted tank thatís been established for three or four years.

As part...
Forum: Algae 01-06-2012, 08:53 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,264
Posted By snafuspyramid
I do recall reading that this does happen...

I do recall reading that this does happen sometimes, but it was never my experience, so I dismissed it.

However, I feed my fish infrequently, on average once every 3 days. Perhaps that kept 'em...
Forum: Algae 01-01-2012, 09:40 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,264
Posted By snafuspyramid
The only solution that doesn't involve tearing...

The only solution that doesn't involve tearing the tank down is Siamese Algae Eaters, as a lot of others have commented. Snails won't work. Shrimp won't work. Prime might work, but I doubt it.

You...
Forum: Fish 10-14-2011, 05:33 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,427
Posted By snafuspyramid
What do you stock in your favourite display tank?

What do you stock in your favourite planted display tank?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-14-2011, 01:25 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,344
Posted By snafuspyramid
I have several different types of Val. I have...

I have several different types of Val. I have always done full Excel dosages. They cling to life for the first week and then stop complaining and grow like crazy. I've never lost any.

All mosses...
Forum: Equipment 10-13-2011, 09:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,711
Posted By snafuspyramid
No, it's best to use the Seachem bags. You...

No, it's best to use the Seachem bags. You shouldn't complain, they're nearly AU$25 here (about US)$25!

I've tried almost all of the above suggestions. It really isn't worth it, they won't...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-13-2011, 10:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 376
Posted By snafuspyramid
Counteracting shell grit in substrate

I put two tablespoons of shell grit into a 20 gallon back when it had sailfin mollies in it. It's evenly distributed throughout the substrate.

Recently, we pulled down the tank and replaced the...
Forum: Equipment 10-11-2011, 03:54 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 10,550
Posted By snafuspyramid
I agree, carbon certainly has a role at startup...

I agree, carbon certainly has a role at startup and when dealing with specific problems. It's also very useful, if not absolutely necessary, in unplanted tanks. I personally still use Purigen as a...
Forum: Equipment 10-09-2011, 07:40 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 10,550
Posted By snafuspyramid
That's interesting, I assume the colour is...

That's interesting, I assume the colour is designed to filter out certain wavelengths to inhibit photosynthesis, while still being relatively transparent so you can see when the hoses need cleaning....
Forum: Equipment 10-09-2011, 06:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 10,550
Posted By snafuspyramid
Eheim Classic: Review

Now, I’ve been using these filters for several years now. Generally, users who write reviews of filters do so at the initial purchase and set-up stage. While this is fine, I think that the difference...
Forum: Equipment 10-08-2011, 11:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 370
Posted By snafuspyramid
How to fill scratches in impeller chamber

I've decided to sell one of my Eheims, because it rattles a little. Wouldn't be such an issue but for the fact I need to sleep next to it, it's pretty inoffensive otherwise. Still, I've spent a great...
Forum: Equipment 10-08-2011, 09:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 478
Posted By snafuspyramid
Actually no, I'm not sure. After thinking...

Actually no, I'm not sure.

After thinking about it for a few more hours, I've decided to buy another, identical, Eheim Classic.

It's a love hate relationship, you see.

I asked my old man...
Forum: Equipment 10-08-2011, 09:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 478
Posted By snafuspyramid
EDIT: I might get two 1400L/PH (the 303B models)...

EDIT: I might get two 1400L/PH (the 303B models) instead, only costs an extra $12 for the pair...

...Or one 1000L/PH and one 2000L/PH...
Forum: Equipment 10-08-2011, 09:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 478
Posted By snafuspyramid
Which SunSun filters to replace 2217 and 2215?

After about a year of hating the things, I've finally figured out why my Classics won't fall silent - it's because they both have deep scratches in the impeller chambers. One of these I know I'm...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-06-2011, 11:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 350
Posted By snafuspyramid
The smell is only faint, and only apparent when I...

The smell is only faint, and only apparent when I am over the tank, changing the water or fiddling about. The tank does have deep sand substrate, although it has a pretty healthy population of MTS I...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-06-2011, 05:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 350
Posted By snafuspyramid
Smelly tank

My tank is smelly.

Not two-Apple-snails-died-last-week-and-are-rotting-somewhere smelly (I've been there). But there's still that distinct sulphurous odour that indicates something's up.

All...
Forum: Equipment 10-06-2011, 03:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,736
Posted By snafuspyramid
I find that you can either buy more expensive,...

I find that you can either buy more expensive, brand name filter floss (in which case you can just keep re-using it, it holds together well enough) or super-cheap pillow-stuffing style floss (which...
Forum: Fish 10-06-2011, 03:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 464
Posted By snafuspyramid
There can also be problems with angels...

There can also be problems with angels transferring parasites to discus, but of course that shouldn't be an issue with proper quarantining and whatnot. I don't imagine the food competition would be...
Forum: Lighting 10-04-2011, 02:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 335
Posted By snafuspyramid
Twin T5HO. Mounted on the little feet brings...

Twin T5HO. Mounted on the little feet brings light about 4" off the surface.
Forum: Equipment 10-04-2011, 12:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,069
Posted By snafuspyramid
Oh, and I don't think there are any parts in the...

Oh, and I don't think there are any parts in the motor that could be causing the problem. It's just a copper coil in epoxy. I'll see if I can remove the pump head cover and check that any screws are...
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