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PlecoSam last won the day on December 28 2017

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  1. PlecoSam

    plecos and africans

    I have kept Plecos with my Cichilds for many years, they generally do well in a cichlid tank but are more difficult to feed properly.
  2. PlecoSam

    What food are you feeding

    Hey @Link2Hell, no problems on my side of the city, on the other side though it is quite devastating. Thank you for your thoughts. Sam.
  3. PlecoSam

    What food are you feeding

    My thoughts as well, I stopped using NLS years ago with the same issues you have. Dainichi and Northfin are good foods.
  4. PlecoSam

    peacock cichlids keeping hard?

    I have not had Marbles for a long long time, but I do remember having a few physo ones.
  5. PlecoSam

    peacock cichlids keeping hard?

    Do they, yeah they did, came home to a floating Electra... he had the crap beaten out of him.
  6. PlecoSam

    peacock cichlids keeping hard?

    Oh, I would not worry to much, he is just defending his turf, I would leave it as it is. My Taiwan reef is called Bigred, he rules my tank, but is a pacifier too, the only fish that fight aggressively are my Placidichromis Electra, two fought to the death and every so often the other two lip lock and duke it out.
  7. PlecoSam

    peacock cichlids keeping hard?

    Is the chasing excessive or does the Benga just chase the Taiwan out of his territory, any lip locking or fin nipping?
  8. PlecoSam

    peacock cichlids keeping hard?

    There is nothing wrong with NLS, it provides size and colour the caveat being excess filter sludge and waste and therefore extra maintenance, in my opinion there are options which provide the same colour and size without the blocking up your filters with excess waste sludge.
  9. PlecoSam

    peacock cichlids keeping hard?

    There are other options apart from NLS, in fact many of us have moved away from NLS, your filters will thank you. In my personal experience, Dainichi, Extreme and Northfin are all good foods without the negative filter effects of NLS.
  10. PlecoSam

    RLSS Waveline DC Pumps?

    I would not say an Eheim compact vibrates the house down, I would not even say my or the Eheim 5000 is loud. However the larger Eheim's do emit a low frequency hum which will pass through gyrock/dry walls and at 2am this low frequency noise is annoying and will keep many people awake. I use my Eheim as a water change pump now and upgraded to a Dragon variable pump, expensive but at 2am I only hear the noise of trickling water. Another positive factor for a DC pump is the Eheim would use 75-80ish watts, but I run the Dragon at 40ish watts, obvious savings there over the Eheim but at the Dragon price point 40watts is a very long payback time.
  11. PlecoSam

    Canister filters – Aquael, Eheim or Fluval

    I would say the newer Fluvals are as good as an Eheim or Fluval have bridged the gap, Eheim was once leagues above but the latest Fluval filters are very good.
  12. I tried startright but it does not dissolve very well, have you tried continuum’s products for rift lakes?
  13. PlecoSam

    frontosa and tropheus together

    Is there a Ritalin for Fronnies?
  14. PlecoSam

    6x2x2 sump vs canisters filter????

    Bean animal is what I use but even they make some noise, my noise tolerance is extremely high but not everyone has a high tolerance. One place noise comes from is water trickling into the weir, the higher the level the lower the noise, canisters do not have this problem. My vote is for sump filtration and if used in conjunction with a bean animal or full siphon setup noise is very manageable. My 7x2x2 is right outside my bedroom next to the door entrance, noise is not a problem for me.
  15. PlecoSam

    6x2x2 sump vs canisters filter????

    A sump is more versatile in a setup this size, but eliminating noise completely can never really be achieved. Noise is fine for almost all people during the day, but if your setup is close to a bedroom or separated by a gyprock wall, then the use of an AC pump can be a problem. The low frequency hum of a larger AC pump motor will travel straight through a gyprock wall, this problem can be solved by the use of a DC pump but they cost a little, to a lot more. Sump designs can be very simple, which is the type I prefer as a simple design can help with maintenance, complex setups are not really needed and just add to maintenance headaches. The pros of a sump are:- Increased water volume Increased filter capacity Increased filtration medium diversity Ease of visual inspection maintenance Ease of filter maintenance The negatives of a sump are:- Increased noise Require a weir or holes to be drilled in the tank I have only used Fluval and Eheim canisters, the Eheim was easily the best when I used them (in my opinion) but this was in the days of before “chinese junk” flooded the market. In the good old days Eheim were a brilliant filter with Fluval a close second, purely my opinion after using both. Fast forward 12yrs and I cannot really help much with canister choice, in recent years I did own a Fluval 404 and it did a great job in my 4’ x 2’ x 18”. Canisters still suffer the same problems and that is reduced filter capacity, expense and virtually no visual inspection, they also slow down as they fill with detritus and mulm. Canisters can be removed and cleaned easily, you can install two canisters and have a redundant setup. They are also much quieter, do not need a weir or holes drilled, and are a good choice for a filtration unit. Be thankful modern canisters are self priming, have easy to use auto valves and have filter baskets, this was not always the case :-).