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Beg. borrow and ......... New tank on a budget

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Re: Beg. borrow and ......... New tank on a budget

PostAuthor: smetuk » Sun Apr 07, 2013 17:59

Hello everyone, wowzer though :fundance , was not expecting so much attention, Its marvelous to have so much knowledge in a one stop shop. All of the conflicting opinions on the WWW are confusing at best.

So it would seem I have been over zealous on the sand. I will be taking your group advice of stirring and removing half upon my next clean out. I was wondering about Assassin snails, will they help? Can i even put them in with Malawi water chemistry?

So many questions in my head..... Think I'll drip feed them though to try and keep the complexity down :O

Thanks to Vinboy for the tip on being patient and waiting for algae growth before I go changing lights, this now seems completely obvious to me :durr . Having an 8 year break from keeping fish has made me a lot more rusty than I thought!
I have sourced what appears to be a good breeder just 15 miles away from me, have yet to go see, but he comes highly recommended. I also have a small fry tank on the go with the following stock- 3 red zebra fry (not sexed, also have 3 in main tank), 3 electric blues and 3 powder blue pseudotrpheus of some description. which all came from a lad with a few breeding tanks just up the road. My intention is to hopefully keep a breeding trio or quad of the red zebras, and sell on the spare males. I guess the rest will have to wait until I am sure about sex, Think I'm going to be ok with the electric blues but still a little young to tell. I notice that most of the Mbuna stay toward the bottom half of the tank, any recommendations on mid to top swimmers?

Thanks for everyones time!!! :good:

Steve

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Re: Beg. borrow and ......... New tank on a budget

PostAuthor: matt_harry_harrison » Sun Apr 07, 2013 18:03

Hi, and welcome the tank is going to look really good :good: you made the right choice (sorry despite all the time it took to clear) to take out some of the sand - it's too thick and if oxygen can't get through it easily there's a risk of it going anerobic (ie in absence of oxygen - it will then go black and can give off hydrogen sulphide) which isn't good for the fish.....

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Re: Beg. borrow and ......... New tank on a budget

PostAuthor: smetuk » Sun Apr 07, 2013 18:09

Thanks Matt,

Hydrogen sulphide, like bad **trump** gas? :O Oh! Pretty sure that's toxic to me too! Sand removal maybe a job for the very near future me thinks!

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Re: Beg. borrow and ......... New tank on a budget

PostAuthor: Nads » Sun Apr 07, 2013 20:16

smetuk wrote:Thanks Matt,

Hydrogen sulphide, like bad **trump** gas? :O Oh! Pretty sure that's toxic to me too! Sand removal maybe a job for the very near future me thinks!

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