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  1. Thanks for the response mystery. However, I still am interested as to whether my idea would be viable for future reference? Rather than purchase a new product, it would be handy to use something already available
  2. They have ammonium nitrogen in the inredient list. From other hobbyist test reports i have recently read online of the products both crushed and uncrushed in glasses of water, they definitely produce some form of ammonia. Others reports plus my own experience of a sudden massive ammonia spike, after adding the balls crushed and uncrushed to the tank draw me to this conclusion. What I wonder is would it be sufficient to replace my current 1 TSB dosing of fish food as an ammonia source? And would the other ingredients listed i.e. P and K cause any unwanted effects in the tank once dissolved? Algae blooms for example? If not, perhaps a less labour intensive way for cycling a tank for those without access to liquid ammonia?
  3. Hello folks, As some of you may be aware we have been on an extended mission of setting up our 50+ gallon tank, whilst our 2 little one's were undergoing QT. As I work away for 2 weeks at a time it has been a longer process than normal, but am pleased to say they will be venturing into their new home next break at last! Recently, I added some Osmocote Aquatic into the substrate (https://www.scottsaustralia.com.au/osmocote/osmocote-plus-trace-elements/osmocote-water-gardens-aquatic-plants/) However, as these tablets are rather big I tried breaking them up into smaller pieces, freezing them and placing them in the substrate. This then meant I had inadvertently crushed a few of the little balls. The next day or 2 I noticed we had 4-8ppm of ammonia in the tank and panicked! Luckily a small water change and another day or two of cycling and this had been converted to nitrates. Which leads me to the reason I have started this topic. Rather than having my partner continuously top up a mesh bag with fish food for the next week or so until I return, I was thinking why not throw a few of those little yellow fertiliser balls in the bag instead?!? (Some slightly crushed perhaps?) They are slow release when under the substrate and obviously leech a bit faster when exposed purely to the water column, as I am sure most of you are already aware. Does anybody see any issue with this or possible problems that may arise? Thanks in advance
  4. When would you add the dechlorlinator if feeding tap water straight into the tank? Is there a window of opportunity after adding non treated water, to treat it before it becomes harmful?
  5. But yes, I suggest to thoroughly rinse it. When you think it is clear, rinse again. Better safe than sorry I say. I used a 20 Liter bucket, filled it to about 1/2 full with Black Beauty and hand rinsed, then tipped it into another bucket filled with water and repeated the process numerous times. It also helps to use a light coloured bucket, when you think it is clear place it in the bucket, fill with water and mix around. After 5 or so minutes tip a bit of the water out and if the bucket is stained a light colour, it needs more rinsing.
  6. I have recently purchased "Black Beauty" which is also a coal slag of the same grit. I believe from the MSDS they are similar products and from my extensive research they both appear to be inert substrates. It looks awesome. The one thing I will HIGHLY recommend is rinsing it THOROUGHLY!!! It has a fair bit of dust built up when it comes straight out of the bag and my 25 KG bag took over a good hour of hand rinsing and changing buckets before the water was consistently clear and not leaving any residue on the surface. Fineness wise, when rinsing you will notice the real small bits float to the top, I allowed them to overflow and have currently not noticed any issues with the sand being too fine once I had raised my filter intake, even when stirring the sand up. Even when I poured it into my tank it didnt get cloudy at all or float about! Hope this helps
  7. From my recent experiences and numerous cycling issues, it can be normal, as Ammonia will not be shown until that food starts decaying. A daily pinch is going to take some time before the first pinch starts to break down. This definitely extends our cycling time, especially when you consider if you have liquid ammonia they recommend you raising it to 4ppm instantly (Using the food method, good luck reaching 4ppm and it certainly would take a few days either way). What I would recommend is a filter media bag or something similar, crush up a tablespoon or two of food flakes in there to assist in it breaking down into ammonia quicker. Replace this bag every week to avoid it rotting away and creating a bad smell. This should assist in speeding your process up a little bit. I personally would not bother testing until a good week has passed from when you add the crushed tablespoon. Recently, we had to cycle our 210L tank using the method I suggest above and even then it took some time before we started seeing ammonia, max we ever saw was maybe about... 1ppm Hope this helps
  8. Just thought I would post an update on this topic, in case some people have not seen it mentioned in my blog post. Our Qt cycle has nearly finished. Hype has a few more black spots on him. I hope/assume these will fade over time and no longer require salt???? The main thing I wanted to report back was how quickly his burst bubble repaired itself! He was already in QT with salt etc. when the vacuuming accident occurred. Within a matter of weeks his bubble is fully healed and possibly bigger than it was beforehand! Quite pleased with the result!
  9. Hey people! As some of you may be aware, I'm working on a new and upgraded tank. I am currently mulling over swapping my horrible looking large gravel that came with it for sand. I am hoping I can get some of the coal slag as it is black, if not I may just have to stick to river sand... I am concerned that sand may get into my canister filter and ruin it... I know raising it a bit off the ground will assist... But is that enough? Or should I also place some form of sponge or covering over the intake? Anyone have experience as to the pro's and con's of this idea? Or have any other suggestions for either sand type, or how to manage it once installed? Thanks in advance, appreciate your help
  10. After a bit more research I have heard furnace slag is a good cheaper alternative... I have managed to find this type of product available in Melbourne here > http://www.burwell.com.au/CatalogueRetrieve.aspx?ProductID=1163185&A=SearchResult&SearchID=50064828&ObjectID=1163185&ObjectType=27 Any thoughts on using this?
  11. Hello, In my blog post I received a recommendation to change to a sand substrate, rather than my medium to large sized white gravel. I was thinking of using a rather fine sized gravel, rather than sand to avoid it making my water murky at times and possibly being sucked into my canister filter causing damage? My LFS stocks 5KG bags of a nice looking black silica gravel, but they cost $20. And I do not want to use a cheap white sand like those in pool filters. Does anyone have any recommendations of a suitable substrate, preferably in the darker colours, for cheaper than $20 for 5Kg!? Thanks
  12. Hello Only just saw the replies on this thread as I had not followed it! Glad others appreciated the nice snapshot also! Thanks for your input 4prettyfish, definitely something I will be keeping a close eye on as time progresses. Once he has done his stint in quarantine and goes into the our new larger tank I think we will keep it out.
  13. Sorry, only just had time to read your checklist post and see you are currently using salt, that is good! While you wait for another member to respond if he is still being harassed and picked on I would definitely chuck him in the 5G bucket and keep a close monitor on it. Again, goodluck
  14. It's recommended to use a minimum of 10 gallons normally for a QT tank. Problem with going smaller would be the water chemistry is a lot easier to change and turn toxic (higher concentrations of ammonia) I think as he is being picked on by others, it is necessary to seperate them, if a 5 gallon bucket is all you have it may be your best(only) option. You would have to keep a close eye on the ammonia levels though. Obviously ensure the parameter's are similar to the current QT tank, PH wise, to prevent any further shock/stress to the fish. I'm no expert but that is my 2 cents. Good luck, it's an awesome looking fish. I've wanted one myself since I first saw them! P.S. - were your current QT tanks using salt? I think you should be using it in the 5G bucket at least, to help prevent the infection spreading. (They recommend only adding 0.1% salt every 12 or more hours to bring it to a total of 0.3%... I assume this is to avoid a sudden change/shock also)
  15. Thanks for the details Dan They all look nice, especially the Nymphea Zenkeri! Now, I just got to hope the ones we do decide on we can find and get our hands on! Here is a picture of the "Violet" they sold to us. Wonder if anyone can recognise this, whether in aquatics or in the backyard? free photo hosting We plan on "making a complaint" to the aquarium that sold non-aquatic plants to us knowing how we intended to plant them. Hopefully they provide a good response and maybe replace the "dud's" with actual aquatic plants for free or something similar... Otherwise we have half the mind to take our business elsewhere from now on.
  16. Hey people, Quick update for any interested : Here is a clearer picture upload pictures As you can see, his left eye is still quite red and sore by the looks from his vacuuming accident.... However, his bubble has pretty much almost returned to its normal size!!! It looks slightly different but I am amazed at how quickly it filled with fluid again! I think being in a QT tank under treatment may have assisted in this! Quite happy with that result. We will be up to round 3 of the salt/prazi treatment tomorrow. Hype's black smudge appears to be getting slightly bigger but no abnormal behaviour appears to be occurring... Still wondering if this is a normal reaction that the infection/infestation (if there was one?) is having to the salt/prazi?
  17. Hey Dan, Gotta love the scams us newbies fall for. Coburg Aquarium is one of the largest we have in Melbourne so we would have thought that their information was reliable. Unfortunately, they sold us the "mauve stricta", "purple waffle" and something they labelled as "violet". From the research I have done currently due to the poor performance of these plants, to find out they are not truly aquatic species. How a so-called reputable store sells them as such doesn't quite make sense to me, although it obviously makes cents to them. Mauve stricta - It appears the one I was referring to had the scientific name of "Hemigraphis sp." not Hygrophilia! It had a purple tinge to its leaves. Purple waffle - www.aquariumlife.com.au/.../389-Hemigraphis-Exotica-Purple-Waffle - article on this site clearly states it is no good submerged. Violet - I cannot find a look a like online or a scientific name for this anywhere. Like the two above it was a thin stemmed plant, although it didnt branch out and expand as much and had a lovely bright pink colour to it. I feel this will also be another non-aquatic plant over time... Disappointing, but live and learn. I guess if they look so pretty they are probably to good to be true! Was hoping you might have some recommendations for some easier, low tech plants that would add a bit of colour to the aquarium, that actually are suited to be fully submerged? Thanks again in advance for your help Dan (or any others with suggestions), we appreciate it
  18. Hey Dan, Haha yeah we got excited and carried away with some of the bits we found so grabbed a few so we could experiment with what worked the best! Once they have been soaked for a sufficient time and we place them in I shall post some pictures. Speaking of which, I know tannins will colour the water and slowly lower the PH. Would you know... Apart from this is there anything else to be concerned about? I'm just forward thinking and if we get impatient with the tannins coming out and just place it in the tank, managing the slow PH shift, once the tannins are in the tank are they hard to remove?? I'd assume a few water changes and the water would be back to clear again? Been doing a fair bit of research into plants. Isn't this a whole different kettle of fish! It would appear that to have a more successful growth/success rate, fertilization will be necessary and if I keep trying to "put it off" probably will suffer along with our plants in the long run Please, correct me if I am wrong, but to my understanding, this may require the following additional supplements : Phospate, Iron, Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium and Nitrates. Once the fish are in the tank, I believe their bio-load will produce some Phospate and obviously Nitrates. This would lead me to believe the more critical additional supplements needed would be Iron (for plant colour) and Potassium? However, I notice Seachem Flourish (http://www.seachem.com/Products/product_pages/Flourish.html) contains trace elements of Magnesium, Iron and Potassium/Potash. So I suppose, my long winded question is : Apart from flourish, what additional dry ferts or root tabs would be a good base to establish a good planted tank? What do you use? I think I will go with the dry fert option out of the two as it would appear to be cheaper and last longer. Look forward to your response, Cheers! PS. I forgot to mention CO2, but as I intend on a low tech tank, this should be sufficient from the fish waste I hope?
  19. Hi folks, An update on this thread : We added another light globe to the tank while its still in the cycling process We went hunting for some driftwood this week just passed and found 3 nice bits. Currently they are soaking in a rubbish bin to try and remove as much of the tannins as possible. As they are big pieces, we were unable to boil them on the stove We have also purchased a few plants as trial and error. When we got them, I sanitised them in the bleach solution as recommended on the forum. Unfortunately, this didn't do what I had hoped. One of the purple plants "Purple Waffle" didnt like the treatment at all and its leaves are looking horrible at the moment. Also, somehow some snails snuck through the process, so now we have to crush a few of them daily in the hope they stop returning! The java fern appears to be going well... We also got another thinner stemmed plant, the name eludes me.... it was marketed as "violet" or something similar. This also does not appear to be doing to well currently and has lost a lot of its vibrant pinky colour. I purchased a small bottle of "Flourish" as a sampler, as I wanted to try and give the plants a good shot. I am beginning to think I may need something else to help re-stimulate these plants to get back into good shape? Would you have any suggestions?
  20. not the greatest clarity due to being taken on a crappy old iphone, but i hope it should suffice. Thanks [url\ =ttp://postimage.org/][/url] windows 7 print screen
  21. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) 0-20ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) 0ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) - unsure * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) - unsure Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Master Kit * Water temperature? 20 degrees * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 10 Gallon QT tank (running for 5 months) * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Biopro UVF-2200 * How often do you change the water and how much? During Prazi treatment, as per Koko’s guidelines prepared by DNAlex * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Yesterday, approx. 50% at the start of round 2. · * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 fish, one bubble eye one pearlscale · * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Fraction, 0.3% Salt, Prazi powder, Aquasonics goldfish water conditioner · * What do you feed your fish and how often? Fish Flakes Twice a day, peas twice a week. · * Any new fish added to the tank? Yes, the pearlscale approx. a week ago · * Any medications added to the tank? Salt at 0.3% and Prazi · * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. First time medicating, up to second day of round 2 Prazi treatment · * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Black smudge mark appeared on Hype’s back * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? No I have asked my partner to send me some pictures as I am back on site, I shall upload once received. Thanks
  22. Hi fellow users! So we are in the middle of cycling our new tank, whilst waiting for it we got excited and decided to add a new Pearlscale to the family! We did this as we have been planning on increasing our stock, and figured we may as well "QT" both fish at once, using the 0.3% salt and prazi regime. The water conditions are fine, all reading 0. After the second or 3rd day we noticed a small black smudge appear on Hype's back. Over the next few days the size of this smudge and intensity has increased, more likely to be called a black mark now, rather than a smudge. From what I have read, this may be normal if he was initially affected by lice/flukes? Is it occurring as the lice are being affected by the treatment and coming out of his body? P.S. We had a mishap yesterday when vacuuming, and Hype had one of his bubble cheeks pop!!! It was horrific! But, horror stories aside, is there anything I should keep an eye out on over the next few days to make sure he is ok? I believe the salt treatment he is already in should be beneficial? This morning his bubble appeared slightly better than yesterday, but his actual eye does look a bit sore and red from the trauma.
  23. Hello! As we add more fish, setup our planted tank and take more photo's of it all I shall add them here! But for now, I liked Hype being sneaky, so here is the first of many to come!
  24. Hahahaha love the dog guarding the tank
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