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  1. Nice - would like to have one myself
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    make sure you follow the instruction when using medications, and continue with treatment as specified even if the white spot goes and turn the temp up. I believe that some fish may be carriers as I seem to go for a few months without any white spot and the then it reared it self again. no new fish etc. so treat early and follow treatment instruction to the letter. Protozin work for me last time even with my loaches at half dose.
  3. another way is to use a bag sealer to make a long thin waterproof sleive from a think plastic bag and place the sensor in this.
  4. That is the sort of thing I plan to build. buying a couple of those DAQ boards and the software would be the easiest and quickest way to go. The problem I find is cost. I'm a chep dudE and that DrDaq thing is like $160 for like $5 of components. The sensors too are damn expensive too. I'd love a ph probe in each tank but at $100 I'd need to be seeling a while lotta fish to cover it. The Dallas 3 wire temperature ic is one of the two chips I've got. I was thinking of trying to mount one a blob of silicon or on the outside of the tank glass. I know it wouldn't give the fastest or most accurate results but I'm only really looking for when a heater goes nuts and sticks on or off. codyg : The thing wouldn't involve many components. You'd be suprised how easy they are to put together. It is one of those things you think is hard until you actually try. Properley designing the curcuit is the hard bit. I'll try to put something together, maybe on my web page over the next week or two with my designs. Dean ← You chould use a precision temperature sensor ic which is a lot cheaper and faster, but then you would read the temperature via a AD convertor or simular circuitry before the pic or pc
  5. Hi, You would be better of buying a existing commerial type and then opening it up a taking the temperature reading from that, (voltage or current) an sending that to a microcontroller or a pc. The main problem is sealing the temperature probe. I've have used Dallas 3 wire temperature ics in the past, very easy to use with pic mircocontrollers.
  6. nice pic, mine sometimes slepts on its back , very strange to look at.
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    Yo-Yo loachs

    I have been feeding mine with flake and cut up earth worms, and maybe they get a few trumpet snails to eat too.
  8. got two myself on weekend.
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    YoYo Loach

    Hi, any one have any experience / advise in keeping these? As I have just added them to my community tank. Troy
  10. The spot/lumps are on the fin and the body.
  11. Hi, I have some gold fish in a pond out the back of my house, the fish have started to have white lumps all over them, fins and body. is this white spot or something else? it doesn't look like the white spot I had in my tropical tank much larger. The water is very cold about 12 degrees. has any one got a idea and how to treat it?
  12. I have used Protozin too, it worked even with my loaches at half dose. Remember to take out any thing you dont wont strained blue thu.
  13. I agree, I have cut pipe with a normal hand wood saw.
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    I Had the same but the snails clean it off. I beleive it is to do with the lubricate (spelling?) they use in the molding process acts as nutriment for some single organism.
  15. does being married equal less tanks? any opinion. Iam only allowed one tank and one pond.
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    Filter pads

    Hi, Iam looking at building a trickle / mini reef type filter for my pond. What have people used for filter pads? as I have looked in the lfs and these are quite expensive ( m2 pad ). Is there a buget alternative?
  17. Hi, Has anyone used agar instead of gelatine, so it could be truely vegetarian?
  18. At the moment the there is concerns with dissolved aluminum in drinking water for human consumption, a health risk. Maybe it effects fish too?
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    bioballs question

    Bioballs look better then gutter guard. In a large diy filter setup gutter guard would be more economical ( under $2 a roll ) better and easier to manage then bioballs. Bacteria will grow and die with the bio load of the tank, so try to have as much material as you can stuff in, more is better in my opinion.
  20. Just would like to know if anyone has transported fish interstate by car long distance. Like from Sydney to melbourne or Adelaide to melbourne etc and how did they do this, experiences and any tips would be helpful.
  21. You could use a sercuirty window film, but it requires someone to install it.
  22. most low light requirement plants will grow under normal incandescent lights ( in the 50s they grow lots of plants using this techique (the disadvantage is heat and cost more wattage eq 100watt compared to 32 watt ( the cost of flouros too high at this stage for hobby lighting) ). depends on the size of tank but normal daylight flouros can grow plants well , if the tank is small try a energy saving bulb as the new all in one tanks are coming out with pc flouros( but have a lower colour spectrum then normal flouros at this stage.) try the cool white ones I beleive these have a higher colour spectrum. For ulimate plant growth you need to look at metal halide lights systems just like your local dope grower.
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    LED Lighting

    Hi, With the availability of high intensity white leds today a simple light source using a diffuser is achievable (400 – 750 wavelength spread I have no idea if plants would grow or not) . A simple 12volt dc power supply and constant current drive circuit or basic resistor led circuits (not as good) is all that is required.
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