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  1. I found a few more but havent't seen any for a while, had a good tank cleanout etc. They had a habit of crawling up the glass so weren't hard to find and remove, whatever they were.
  2. Thanks for that link. I'm not sure it's quite what I'm looking for though, as I wanted one with a light fitting. I have a condensation tray on it already. I've actually bought some Arcadia Arc Pods to clip onto my tank rather than try to find a hood or luminaire. Thanks anyway!
  3. I found another this morning, munching happily on a bit of leaf. It didn't stay there very long, wheee out the window!
  4. No, platys are platys, the colours are just variations. My yellow male chases my red female more than my other females (a mickey mouse and a sunset/glow). What is best is to have at at least 3 females for every male so that the chasing is evened out and one particular female isn't picked on all the time.
  5. Hmm, it wasn't brown or orange like that says, it was transluscent/greeny coloured. It got flung out the window into the garden, whatever it was. I know it's a good idea to treat plants but I do dislike pesticides in general. Also I worry that anything designed to kill 'nasties' will hurt my shrimp. Also, like I said, I've never had problems with plants from this place before. Hopefully it was just a one off.
  6. I'm always finding baby platys, they are a master at hiding in moss. Sometimes I think they've all been eaten and then they'll poke their heads out of a plant... I have 6 that I've rescued in a breeding net but I'm not rescuing anymore, even though I've just seen two more. Let nature take its course...
  7. Same here, anacharis. I didn't actually treat this bunch because the guy I get the plants from guarantees them snail free etc, and I've never had any snails or anything. I guess it's always possible for something to get through but I never expected to get a caterpillar in my tank! It's due a gravel vac and waterchange tomorrow anyway so I'll have a good look around. And this is where having goldfish could come in handy again, it would just be a tasty snack - I miss them!
  8. I was watching my tank this morning and noticed a piece of plant stalk about an inch long was rolling along the bottom. I thought it was from the current, but then realised it was going the wrong way... Closer inspection, I thought I saw something wiggling in it. I freaked out, scooped it out and put it in a tub. I poked it until this thing crawled out. It's only about 1cm long, looks furry/hairy, is green from eating plant matter, and walks like a caterpillar, with the hump action in the middle, with little legs at the front, and obvious jaws. In short, it looks like a caterpillar. Except it's in my tank, living in a tube of plant stalk. Needless to say, it won't be going back in!
  9. Just my luck, my tank is about 760mm, and NONE of their units will fit it. Shame, I really like the look of these.
  10. I've never had any tropicals lay eggs but it was a shock when my goldies did. "Now what do I do?" I managed to get them out with a net, practically scraping them off the tank, put them in a small 2 gallon tank with a filter, kept it warm, and pretty much left them to it. I never expected them to hatch, yet two weeks later I had hundreds of goldfish fry. 8 months later I had storage/rubbermaid type tubs all over the flat, full of baby goldfish, STILL not really sure what to do with them...thankfully, I found someone with a pond to take them off me, and in they went to fend for themselves. I'm cross enough with myself for rescuing 6 baby platys a couple of months ago and keeping them in a breeding net in the main tank. It's all very well me keeping them, but I'm going to end up with 6 more fish and there's no room for them in that tank, and no room for me to set up a new tank. I wish I'd never seen them and they'd just got eaten! I'm so attached to them now though Raising fry is exciting and a bit of an experiment but unless I was sure I could have spare tanks(s) running for months and could find homes for them, I'd let nature take its course with the eggs.... that's just me though!
  11. The problem I have with my tank is it is 30" long and didn't come with a hood. I have a condensation tray on it, and it gets lots of natural light as it's near a window (not direct sunlight) but now my tank is fully planted I want proper lights on it. They are growing and doing well, but still...they need light. I can't find a hood (an affordable one anyway) to fit my tank and I have seen these Over Tank Luminaire things which I like the look of. I found this one on eBay: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...em=200322776503 Am I missing something? Am I reading the listing wrong and it isn't the whole unit? As that seems very cheap to me. (Think it works out at about $90) The other issue is, I know these units are adjustable to an extent but would the 32" unit fit my 30" tank? The seller said it would, but he might just be after a sale (call me skeptical). Are these hoods worth the money?
  12. I heard freezing is actually very painful as it causes ice crystals to form in the fish. Clove oil is the most humane method.
  13. I like this setup the best so far shame about the leech, ew...
  14. I know. I have kept them before. But some do get larger and have more needs than others, comparatively speaking, so I'm just checking which kind would be best for my size tank. Think I'm just going to go for a fantail, I've seen some pretty calicos. Need to find homes for my tropicals first anyway.
  15. Perhaps. I've never had any problems, though. However, I agree they are best kept on their own, especially in the much smaller tanks where there are fewer hiding places. It can be risky to put other fish/creatures in when bettas are perfectly happy living alone.
  16. I think orandas are really cute, and I know my lfs often has really interesting looking ones, but I worry because aren't they one of the kinds that get really big? Bigger than a fantail at least. But I love their chubby little faces! I guess a fantail would make the most sense for a 23 G though... Thanks for your help
  17. It depends on the personality. I had one that hated anything that moved, including his reflection, and I had another that lived happily in a community tank and rarely even flared at himself in a mirror. As a general rule avoid male guppies and anything else easily mistaken for another betta. Shrimp are a good alternative. Also, it depends on the size of your tank, if you already have one. If it's only 2 or 3 gallons, then really you can't have any fish other than a betta. The smaller the fish you want to add (if you already have some in mind, that is), the more likely it is that it's a shoaling one - like neons - and you simply won't have the room. So what size is your tank?
  18. But too large, I think. I don't want to have to be upgrading my tank anytime soon, you see...
  19. I've a 23 gallon tank, just short of 3ft long. It's stocked with tropicals at the moment but I used to keep goldfish, and they gave me lots of fry, and quite frankly I miss their personality and presence in my life! I'm moving house soon and thinking it would be a good opportunity to change back to goldies (I know my lfs would take my tropicals back). The tank is cycled and planted. I've only ever had single tailed fish so which of the fancies are hardiest? I'd like just one fancy goldie (I presume just one would be ok in this tank?) but can't pick a variety. I'd like one that stays relatively small, compared to, for example, the deep body of a ryukin (the tank's too small for one of those anyway...) I quite like ranchus, but maybe I'd be best starting with a fantail or something...or a black moor...I don't know!
  20. Yes I have half live plants, and half silk plants. Plan to have it all live plants eventually. As for 'how' I do my gravel vacs, I'm not sure what you mean...? I vacuum the gravel apocraphya - not sure if it is worms but if I suspect as such I shall ask your advice, I would be clueless there! Thanks
  21. Yep, decided to salt it this morning anyway. I can't see a single thing wrong with any of them. Could anything else cause it - stress? Though I don't see what they'd have to be stressed about. Oh well - I suppose there isn't much else I can do but watch them.
  22. Not all of them. The guppy does occasionally, a couple of the neons do, a couple of corys and a couple of platys. I've been looking again today and still can't see any skin problems, etc.
  23. Ok...though I answered most already: [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 0 [*]Nitrate level? 10mg/l [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.5 [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? Roughly the same [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Drop test kit, nutrafin [*]Water temperature? 24C - roughly 75/76F? [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 23G, running 6 months [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? Fluval 3 [*]How often do you change the water and how much? Gravel vac once a week changing at least 30%, water change mid week changing around 20% [*]How many fish/what kind of fish in the tank and their size? 4 corys, a guppy, 4 platys, 6 neons [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? king british safe water and safe guard [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? flake, blood worm, brine shrimp, algae pellets (not all at once!) - once or twice a day [*]Any new fish added to the tank? no [*]Any medications added to the tank? no [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? no [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? no - only the random flashing
  24. I've noticed that some of my fish keep flashing against the pebbles in my tank - and mainly only in one area of the tank, strangely enough. I gravel vac once a week and do a small water change mid week too. I took some readings: Ammonia and Nitrite 0mg/l Nitrate approx 15mg/l pH 7.5 24 hours later after a water change I did them again and the nitrate had reduced to 10mg/l. I can't see any signs of skin problems at all. Puzzling me a bit
  25. I love my neons too and they're getting huge, they're more like an inch and a half now. And they're always my first indicator that something might be a bit off with the water as suddenly they aren't as active. I do a gravel vac and 30% water change once a week and then another small water change midweek to freshen things up and I think they appreciate it
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