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  1. I personally don't think making medicated gel food is a good idea. Besides the concern of hot water rendering the antibiotic useless, getting the crushed pellets evenly mixed in the gel food could be a problem. And on top of that you'd be diluting the concentration of the antibiotics which would require that the fish eat even more food to get the proper amount of antibiotics into its system.
  2. The BioMate balls would be OK in a canister or wet/dry filtration system, but they're not the ideal media for your Penguin 200. You just can't fit many 1" diameter balls in the space you have. You'd be better off using sintered glass, porous ceramic, lava rock or even sponges in a Penguin Media Basket to fill your extra slot
  3. Actually, one TABLEspoon per 5 gallons is a much more accurate measure to get a 0.1% salt solution than one TEAspoon per gallon, whether you're using aquarium or fine grained salt. Depending on the size of the salt grains one TEAspoon of salt falls between 0.12 to 0.17%. The most accurate way to measure salt is to weigh it... a 0.1% salt solution is 3.785 grams per gallon.
  4. You have nothing to worry about as far as too much current is concerned. As a matter of fact, your two Penguin 200 filters are barely adequate filtration for a 46 gallon tank. You might even give some thought to upgrading and replacing one of the Penguin 200s with a Penguin 350.
  5. Bak2it

    Wadding Fabric

    Every time I'm forced to change brands of polyester fiberfill, I take a relatively large piece of the fiberfill and put it in a 5 gallon bucket of water with a powerhead. I check the kH, gH, and PH of the water and let it run overnight. If all the readings are the same the next day, I figure it's aquarium safe. For you US users. I'm currently using EcoFil by Carlee. I bought it on sale at Kohls for $1.29 for a 12 ounce bag.
  6. If you can't find a Python in the UK, just get a water-bed fill/drain kit. They work exactly the same way as a Python and cost a lot less.
  7. Bak2it

    Wadding Fabric

    Most spun polyester fiberfill works great in aquarium filters. I use it all the time. I don't know what brands of fiberfill you can get in N. Ireland, but for U.S. aquarists... Stay away from a brand of polyester fiberfill called Mountain Mist. It's sold at Joann Fabric stores. This brand of polyester fiberfill will drive your kH and PH through the roof.
  8. You can cut down on the amount of water any pump moves by increasing the head height.
  9. Don't worry about a bio-wheel that rotates slowly or irregularly, as long as it's rotating at any speed... It's doing it's job. Putting crushed coral in a Whisper bio-bag and then in the media basket will work just fine.
  10. Sorry Kissy, I can't help you with this one. My goldfish treat live plants like a salad bar so I have very little experience with live plants or the chemicals used when raising them. But here's a link to the Seachem's Flourish Excel FAQ section. Your question isn't answered here, but they do have a link where you can ask a new question. Seachem is probably your best bet to get the answers to your Flourish Excel questions. http://www.seachem.com/support/FAQs/FlourishExcel_faq.html
  11. The small amount of ammonia in your well water might be relatively harmless to your fish, but it's not harmless to you and your family. I suggest you contact a local company and buy some sort of filter to improve the quality of your well water.
  12. Setting up your tank and letting it run for a week is a good idea. But, don't add the biological media from your current tank until you're ready to add your fish to the new tank. The biological bacteria on the media in your current tank will die if you put it in the new tank and they don't have a constant source of ammonia.
  13. It sounds to me like the perfect solution to your problem would be a simple small sponge pre-filter for your pump. If getting clogged up with algae is the problem you're having with the Rio pump, you're going to have the same problem with any brand of pump you use.
  14. Kissy, all the kH and gH test kits do a lousy job at checking water with low mineral levels. With the API gH test kit, trying to tell if the sample is green or orange after only one drop is just about impossible. The solution is just too diluted to tell if it's orange or green. About all you can do is hold the test tube up in front of a piece of white paper and guess. If your water was harder the color change would be as distinct as what you saw with the kH test.
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