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  2. Slipshodman

    What food are you feeding

    I use Hikari in different sizes - float and sink depending for all Cichlids, pretty happy with it to be honest But i do use nutrafin Pleco logs for the my BN and pleco's as they don't fall apart like all other algae wafers i have tried Even my larger cichlids spit them out giving the plecos a chance at eating, everything else i have tried has been smashed before it hits the bottom
  3. Hi Matt, was wondering if you still are breeding any Geophagus species? Please txt me if you can help? Cheers Tony

    0410560317

  4. Kifaya

    Aqua one Stellar Air Pump

    Went ahead and purchased a Stellar 380D ( 2 X 190 L/hr). So far very happy with the power and how quiet it runs. Can't compare it to any others however as this is my first air pump. Also came with 2 check Valves which is nice. One less part to buy separately 🙂
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  6. Kifaya

    Aqua one Stellar Air Pump

    Hi am looking at buying an Aquarium One Stellar 200 Air pump but there seem to be no reviews yet. Has anyone tried one out? Are they an improvement on the Precision series (sounds like the Precision 7500 is pretty noisy to run). Any alternate recommendations on an Air Pump for 300 Litre Tank would be most welcome. I'm just starting my first cichlid tank and these forums have been a fantastic help! Thanks all
  7. lloydashton

    What food are you feeding

    I use the Tropical brand for all my tangs and absolutely love it. Never had such healthy fish and so much breeding with any other food i tried. It is an expensive food though. Northfin gets really good reviews and i know a few tang breeders that use this aswell.
  8. Bradc

    What food are you feeding

    I use dainichi. I found nls my fish produced alot of waste. I now use dainichi and found them to produce as much waste and seem fat and healthy not that they didnt on nls. I wanna give northfin a try as ive heard its really good but it seems very expensive in comparison to others.
  9. Hello,

    I just saw your ad for the orange cap ventralis and is says you have a few young ones that aren't ready, im setting up a tank right now and it may take a little while and was wondering how long before the younger ones were ready to go?

    Also just enquiring as to if you have any other Tanganyikans for sale or in the future?

    Regards,

     

    Tim

  10. oakes

    What food are you feeding

    Out of curiosity I just ordered some Vitalis cichlid pellets. Described as being 'soft' pellets and have a moisture content of 20% as opposed to 10% for NLS. Anyone tried it?
  11. DFishkeeper

    What food are you feeding

    There are quality and less expensive alternatives to NLS and Sera available nowadays, including locally made foods. I am not going to post details however, as there is a member with a personal agenda who will see that as another opportunity to jump all over this thread post after post daily until it becomes ridiculous as happened to another food thread started a while ago by somebody else who just wanted to let others know they had found a locally made food they liked and were getting good results with. And this member then continued the attack via personal messages on facebook and had to be blocked by myself and others. I was disgusted with the behaviour of this member at that time and have rarely posted on ACE since as a result. You are welcome to PM me for further details on the foods I use for my malawis if you are interested. Cheers, Doug
  12. Snaus

    What food are you feeding

    Yeah i feed nls in all of my tanks. Display, breeders and fry tanks. Its only the size of the pellet that varies. 👍
  13. I've used filter sand before. The grain size is excellent, just big enough so that it doesn't compact and is easy to clean. It's inert and perfect except that I don't find it very pleasing to look at. This time around I went with a fine white silica sand that I obtained from a local quartz quarry. Beautiful appearance, though maintenance might be a little more time consuming.
  14. oakes

    What food are you feeding

    I'll be interested in any responses myself. I'm back into the hobby after 10 years and using NLS cichlid regular like I did back then but curious to know what else might be recommended these days.
  15. Foti

    What food are you feeding

    Hi just finished a bucket of sera fish were happy and healthy previous to that I was feeding nls there are so many brands out there now where does one start? What out there is better than. Thera A? mainly as a low waste staple any reply is a good reply thank you
  16. Yes, the filter sand has a larger particle and should be OK with Geophagus spp. Lemme know how you go. Cheers - Ozi.
  17. Momo

    A Walk Down Memory Lane

    You old blokes are starting to lose your memory.... As if Rod? @ parramatta aquarium wasn’t part of the rounds, on Harris street.... filthy shop but had some hidden gems. heaps of memories, been active In hobby now for about 30 years, starting as a 6yr with my mum doing a weekly run to trans at canly vale to top up the goldfish tank that I’ve killed again, whether it be from using multi cure as ager, cleaning tank with dishwashing detergent, or flushing tank with tap water. Lots of highs and lows over the years, hobbies in a dying state that’s for sure, I can only hope now that my kids show some interest.
  18. thanks for the reply I ended up buying a bag of play sand from Bunnings but I think I got more mud than sand I didn't like it anyhow as you said to fine and would end up causing problems. I also got a bag of pool filter sand from Clark Rubber which is coarser than the play sand I tested with some acid and got no reaction. I'm thinking of some sort of Geo and something a bit smaller that is compatible not 100% sure yet I'll set the tank up and see what's available. Cheers
  19. Most LFS gravel is OK. Bunnings has some decent gravels for cheap too. Stay away from marble or glassed based substrates from Bunnings as there can be chemical interaction which pull the pH in a direction you may not want, or there could be contaminants on the 'mirror' stuff. The problem I found with sand is that it compacts and can be a PITA to vacuum. The particle is amorphous, so eventually settles firmly and can go anaerobic. Yep - that means you get to clean out stinky black sand when you remodel that system. If you're going South American, think small gravel to be kind to your clean-up crew and yourself when it's cleaning time. Have a little think about driftwood and plants too. If you structure your substrate installation it's really easy to do a low-tech planted that will pretty much self fertilise. That said: the big question is "What species are you considering?" Some substrates and plants are incompatible with some species.
  20. johnw83

    Where is everyone

    from Brisbane and not on here much on other forums
  21. OziOscar

    Where is everyone

    Yep, it looks OK. The office room (5 x 10 metres) is already grey walls, dark grey ceiling, light grey bookshelves so the silver grey Aqua One looks like it was meant to be here. Changed my mind about discus. Too much effin' around with pH management, controlled pH and temperature water changes, high temperature tolerant plants, trying to go heavy planted and try to be reasonably close to biotope, the expense of keeping the tank and the water change at 28C... It gets down to 4C here in winter, so it would take at least 600W of heating at least 12 hours to get up to the desired temperature. That's about $7 per week ($84 per quarter) in power for water changes for twice weekly changes. CO2 and high light at the front for micro-grass, dimmer at the rear for other plant species, etc. Add the aggro of the missus' disapproval of a couple of blue barrels in the house... negotiable, but why bother? Too much trouble imho. The water profile for my area (upper north shore) is pH 7.8... ffs... The water supply body is proud to say they're heading for 8.0. I don't understand why. That looks like a PITA for some water users - such as those of us who are trying to maintain sub-7 and for we who are professional gardeners. Yes, benno, you're right. Can't do juvies in a planted tank without a lot of attrition. Been there. Done that. Lives lost, dollars burnt. Won't do it again... too unkind. Have cleaned and sanitised the tank, and am test filling as I write. The kids (7 & 4) were excited about it at first, demanding to stay and watch, but then declared "Dad! This is boring" which elicited a response of "No sh1t, Sherlock. Want to listen to paint drying?" They actually said yes. I think they have a future listening to early Pink Floyd. Back to the drawing board. Cheers - Ozi.
  22. benno

    Where is everyone

    If doing discus with plants make sure you just go for adult discus straight away. Babies always end up stunted in planted tanks no matter how many water changes are performed.
  23. After many years of keeping African cichlids with shell grit substrate I have now decided to set up a couple of South American tanks. I've read a lot of post about substrate where people are using play sand filter sand paving sand etcetera and it looks like it comes down to personal preference. So before I make up my mind which one to use was wondering if someone could tell me if these sands and gravels are inert and pH neutral. Cheers and everyone have a great Christmas
  24. oakes

    Where is everyone

    Sounds great Ozi. The Aqua One tanks look nice and would be perfect for a discus display. I used to have a 90L AR620 as a planted tetra display. I think you'll find that you have to boost the lighting & filtration. Mine's up and running after a couple of minor setbacks. Now the long wait while it cycles.
  25. OziOscar

    Where is everyone

    Hi Oakes Yes, it would have been about that long. I think I closed down the last system about ten years ago. I bought a used Aqua One four footer (4 x 17 x 20) for cheap, the one with the rounded-corners one-piece front pane. Am thinking to do a planted discus display tank. I've done it before on a smaller scale, so this will be fun. Still lots of reading to do to update my knowledge and techniques, and decide between Bleher style biotope or proper eye-candy. Like you, am not keen on breeding again. You end up with many tanks, heaps of technical equipment and the LFS orders a new Ferrari every time they see you. Cheers - Ozi.
  26. oakes

    Where is everyone

    Hi Ozi, I think we were both active at around the same time 10-15 years ago. What set up do you have in mind this time around? I had a 4 x 18 x 18 delivered this week and will be spending the weekend sanding and staining and initial setup stuff. I plan to keep some medium sized central Americans. Probably just display, not sure I want to get into raising fry again.
  27. Bradc

    Ophthalmotilapia ventralis

    Myn are just flashing and showing hints of breeding. Small pits barely call them pits. Hopefully in the next few months ill get some fry.
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