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  1. Filtration for a 6x2x2.5

    I think canisters work best when inlet and outlet access the tank over the top Drilling holes in the base of the tank create a weakness where water pressure is greatest....any failure of those holes/fitting or canister would lead to the tank draining I agree with fish dance re keeping aeration. Extra canister wont increase water quality unless it is chemical filtration and that's not Good to do full time. Water Quality is best improved by gravel vac and increasing frequency of water changes.... Just my opinion....;)
  2. These are on AI’s list atm....anyone seen them? got photos?
  3. Canister filters – Aquael, Eheim or Fluval

    If your intent in "Over filtering" is to give you fish optimum conditions.....you would be better to increase water changes..... I've heard of discus breeders who do almost 100% water changes morning and afternoon Lots of chemicals/toxins don't get filtered out.........so like in nature....best solution is to replace the water Putting a filter on the tank with a bigger pump just increases water flow which may actually be counter productive....stressing fish that don't like high water flow
  4. Under gravel filter enough

    Has anyone tried a reverse underground filter? Power head to push water to underside of gravel, then up through gravel.....waste then gets trapped under the bottom of the gravel Each time you do a water change connect to U/G filter inlet and water is drawn through gravel from top to bottom Trapped waste is then removed.... This is opposite to normal U/G filter but saves gravel vac???
  5. Sick Fish Tank

    I've found that "Soft water" fish....(Rams).... tend to die 1 by 1 when kept in Hard water....their kidneys fail at different rates It's not an issue of pH....other than hard water tends to be high pH...just as soft water tends to be a low pH... So pH is a rough indicator of Hardness.... Although you may get a low pH tank with very high TDS if you've put in a lot of pH Down in trying to lower the pH I've yet to see a soft water tank with a pH of 8??? It maybe disease....BUT....all fish a more susceptible to disease if stressed....ie Keep in inappropriate water chemistry I've found it useless to treat fish for disease if water isn't correct first.... Sounds like a small tank....too small for Heckelli.....perhaps it is the killer??? A working video would Help....;)
  6. Sick Fish Tank

    Could be a lot of things....but if pH is 8 then most likely water is hard.... Rams are a soft water fish.... as more south American Cichlids are.... Keep them in Hard water and it eventually overloads their kidneys....death follows Get a source of soft water and start with 50% tap water, 50% softwater... Check to see if their is any source in tank that could be adding to total dissolved solids....ornaments or white gravel that could be calcium carbonate
  7. Sick Fish Tank

    Video would Help
  8. Sick Fish Tank

    Do a big water change.....and gravel vac at same time That's a start.... Cant see video
  9. South American needs salt?

    Try weekly 30% water changes with straight tank water.....they should really pop with the drop in conductivity at each water change 7.8 pH and gH 12 is too high for South Americans.....would be Great for Central Americans pH under 7 and gH under 5....IMO
  10. South American needs salt?

    South Americans Cichlids (Amazon) like soft/acid water....I wouldn't add any salt....particularly Sodium Chloride the Blue Moorii prefers hard/Alkaline water Central American Cichlids like harder water I'm of the opinion...salt is ok with guppies, mollies and brackish water fish Ok for medication as a salt bath....don't favour regular use in freshwater tanks....other than specific species mentioned
  11. Shellies

    Many shellies and Tang step breeders are best kept in species only colonies......trouble is it takes time to build a spectacular colony and many just don't have the patience....particularly if they have only one display tank I once saw a 2ft cube with a pile of rocks in the middle.....It contained Princess Cichlids....half a dozen pairs and fry of all sizes everywhere....it was spectacular You could do the same with Julies....the more there are the less aggression
  12. Rain water v tap

    The basis of immunisations is to expose you to de-toxified pathogens so you body creates antibodies Healthy people/fish need to build an immune system.....keep either in a bubble and they don't cope well if they leave History has shown many new civilisations have been decimated by simple diseases introduced by their finders so I think the proof is there
  13. Wild Betta M'ssssssssss

    You should get an RO unit.... Soft water for the wild bettas Waste water for the Tangs
  14. Advice - Juli Species - Which ones are recommended

    One of the best displays I've seen was a 2x2x2 cube with a colony of Princess Cichlids It had a big pile of rocks in the middle....and pairs with fry all over it....fry and juvies every-where I thought it was spectacular Julies are also step breeders.....if you sell off each batch of fry you have missed an opportunity I like the smaller ones....ornatus...or transcriptus"bemba" looks interesting