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  1. Great pics! The pond & fish looks so beautiful and natural. Even the filter looks beautiful and natural!
  2. Pretty baby! I gave up using suction cups on my heaters years ago. I had discus that would or could wedge itself perfectly between heater and glass, so no suction cups. It just dangles vertically. That may be a problem if you have boisterous fish that will play and ram the heaters though. My heaters were either the thicker glass like Eheim's or thermoplastic like Aqueon Pros, I might be hesitant with letting Visitherm heaters dangle.
  3. Pretty baby! I gave up using suction cups on my heaters years ago. I had discus that would or could wedge itself perfectly between heater and glass, so no suction cups. It just dangles vertically. That may be a problem if you have boisterous fish that will play and ram the heaters though. My heaters were either the thicker glass like Eheim's or thermoplastic like Aqueon Pros, I might be hesitant with letting Visitherm heaters dangle. Quote Edit
  4. No worries. I don't have any L. Tanganyikan fish now, but if I did have to set up another tank, it likely will be a colony of multies and a rock dweller like a calvus, eretmodus or something. Dwarf Sumbus would be really cool too. But our market is the same as yours, except all tanks are more nano now due to space limitations for newer hobbyists. Planted, shrimp or fowler and some sps reef.
  5. Welcome! Nice background, your soon to be goldfish are keepers, sounds like your hubby is one too.
  6. I've never kept Opaline gourami's, they sound beautiful! Good luck with them!
  7. Yeah, Blue Rams can be finicky but their personalities are so much fun and the colours are gorgeous, I find that as a whole, cichlids interacting with you (a lot like goldfish) makes a tank so much more fun to maintain. Consider a pair of Bolivian rams then, not as finicky to care for, colours aren't as eye popping, but fun to keep too. For flash and action, maybe a school of dwarf rainbowfish of your choice if you are bored with tetras. If I had more space, I would like to add one of the smaller species of Gourami's, maybe a honey gourami. Something different, nice colours and personalities too. Your tank is large enough to have action through all levels of your tank. A school of Cory cats for the bottom, mid/bottom perhaps a pair of Bolivian rams, top/mid a school of rainbowfish. Gouramis like hanging near the top too. Take your time with this, make it a fun project to research fish that you think you like!
  8. So exciting for a new setup. German rams prefer temps at the higher end of the scale, Panda corys on the cooler side. Sterbai corys can handle the heat, but they are bigger. Not to say that pandas can't handle the heat, but IME their life span tends to be shortened. Cardinal tetras are more robust, I prefer them over neon tetras and they can handle higher temperatures too. Rummynose tetras are another pretty option that can go well with rams. Your stocking looks fine, but you may be dealing with a lot of babies if there are lots of hiding places for the guppies/sword fry. If you like bettas, I'm stocking a 40g breeder tank and I would like to put together a betta sorority of 5 lovely plakat/koi ladies. Most of my tropical fish are bottom dwellers so the bettas will have plenty of swimming space up top, mid and bottom.
  9. Glad you are enjoying your fronts, they are gorgeous! If I had a large enough tank for them, I would have kept a school of fronts. I enjoyed my tanganyikan cichlids when I had them, but the market here is so bad. It could be our very soft water, so SA cichlids are very popular. The people that do want them have to buy them online. It sounds like there isn't much demand for L. Tanganyikan cichlids in the UK?
  10. So hard to tell. First pics "looks" like 40ppm, 2nd 20 ppm. I'm always scratching my head at the best of times - the higher ranges are harder to interpret. I like the Salifert nitrate test kits a little better - it is easier to read different shades of pink/purple. What I do is do a 50% water change anyways - the lower ranges of the nitrate colour chart are easier to decipher. Take another reading after the water change and mentally double the readings value . What I mean is that if the nitrate reading after a 50% water change reads 20ppm, then nitrates before the water change would have been about 20ppm x 2 or about 40ppm? In my (totally unscientific) experience, the nitrate readings after a 50% water change are not as bad as I originally thought. I may be totally wrong, but the fish will always benefit from a water change. It would be interesting to know other aquarists experiences if they do this or am I totally out to lunch.
  11. Sponge filters - kinda ugly looking, but they do an amazing job. I have used ATI Hydro Sponges for years, I would lean towards the IV for a 40g tank. Another option are cubefilters - they last you forever and provides greater bio capacity. Better Box Filters, kinda of a hybrid between a sponge and the old style bottom filters. I am using 2 of these, both in a 40g tank and I really like them. Both are sold by Swiss Tropicals in North America.
  12. Most of my tanks are overfiltered, but the fish are not complaining. Nothing wrong with a sponge filter, cheap and easy to clean and run. Very easy to adjust the flow rate with air valves.
  13. Cool...just asking because my spouse just retired from Dept Fisheries & Oceans (Canada), lots of funding going towards species @ risk, Aquaculture...she says she's never seen the gov't open up their wallets as much as it has for the last several years. If you're willing to migrate to the coast...
  14. Species at risk - fish? Is your work on either side of the coast?
  15. Yikes! Stay well everybody, anytime is a tough time to be down for any length of time, but if you have to deal with winters on our side of the world makes it especially worse.
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