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PlecoSam

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  1. PlecoSam

    From the ashes....

    Thats how it starts VIS, nekminut 8 footer again.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    peacock cichlids keeping hard?

    I have not had Marbles for a long long time, but I do remember having a few physo ones.
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    peacock cichlids keeping hard?

    Do they, yeah they did, came home to a floating Electra... he had the crap beaten out of him.
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    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.
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    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?
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
  13. I tried startright but it does not dissolve very well, have you tried continuum’s products for rift lakes?
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    frontosa and tropheus together

    Is there a Ritalin for Fronnies?
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    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.
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    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 :-).
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    Sump Recommendations for 5x2x2 Malawian Set up

    Too fragile to warrant use in a sump, to each their own, I would use it in a canister though and only where space is at a premium. My marine pure was used in canister filters and when cleaning damage would easily occur or I found marine pure dust in places inside the filter where the marine pure was rubbing against each other. The filter blocks I use in my sumps and they support better denitrification over the filter spheres, although I do not see much, if any, nitrate reduction in my setups.
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    Sump Recommendations for 5x2x2 Malawian Set up

    Marine pure is good but very fragile, very soft, any rubbing and it will turn to dust. I would not put anything but Marine pure blocks in a sump.
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    best food for conditioning large malawi haps

    Why not purchase raw and cook yourself?
  20. PlecoSam

    Fish deaths after water changes

    How much water did you change? At what point did you add the dechlorinator, i.e. bucket or tank?
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    NLS cichlid formula or Thera A

    I don't think pellet size is going to help, waste is waste and fish living in waste is counter intuitive, all for a supposed healthier food. I also will say in my opinion healthier fish on NLS is debatable, Dainichi and Extreme are not exactly cheap, give the same results colour wise but are much easier on your filter and maintenance. Each to their own but after 3 years of feeding NLS and some debate with Buccal, I bit the bullet and had to say the kid was right, my fish look just as healthy and colourful. :-)
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    NLS cichlid formula or Thera A

    I will be the controversial one and say that I do not like NLS. NLS produces waste which is very hard to on the filtration system, the fish may love it and it may be good for them but the sticky filth it produces is not worth the hassle. Dainichi, Extreme, Sera and even Hikari are much better alternatives in my opinion.
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    Large tanks and rental properties

    Pot is illegal, unless for medicinal purposes and only in certain states.
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    UV FILTER

    I do not think many hobby grade uv filters will be worth your while on a tank that size unfortunately.
  25. PlecoSam

    To close and sell fish and tanks or not

    I have shut down all my tanks except the 7 foot display tank, I still love my display but the reduced workload is bliss.
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