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About mjoconr

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  1. Correct usage of Metronide

    Hi I've been losing fish to sucken stomach disease for some time now, but have not been able to get my hands on Metronide. I've been able to do this now and would like to know what the recommended dosages and how often I would treat my tanks. I want to treat all my tanks. I now that there some recommendations to place it in food but with the number of tanks I think treating the tank would be more effective. Am I wrong ? Thanks
  2. RLSS Waveline DC Pumps?

    The Eheim Compact+ 5000 I was supplied (in the kit for the tank) was so loud that we would never have been able to sleep. It was causing the whole house to vibrate. So yes the DC pumps are much better.
  3. RLSS Waveline DC Pumps?

    I have two of these running right now a dc-4000 and dc-6000. Both have been runing well over 2 years. So good pumps.
  4. Does Matrix need Replacing

    This is a post which includes an offical responce from Seachem. http://www.seachem.com/support/forums/forum/general-discussion/1897-matrix-performance-deteriorates I've had the same 15kg I purchased 4 years ago in my tanks and if anything the filtration is better. Mike
  5. The use of additives really comes does to your water, in my case my water has no KH or GH so I'm adding large amounts of additives just to get a KG and GH of 7. I use TechDen's Start Right African Cichlid Riftlake Salt which then supplement with more carbonate to up the KH using something like Aquasonic Carbonate Hardness Generator. Cheers
  6. Air pump - to have or not to have

    If you have a fish room use air pumps for filters and agitation, but if your tanks are around a home your better off just using the return from filters and powerhead/wave makers. I started out having air pump on my tanks but over the years I've found that I'm better off using other means to agitate the water surface.
  7. Fish room filtration

    I just saw this youtube video, it give you some good ideas and mentions her wish to move to HMF
  8. Fish room filtration

    Hi Bradc Hamburg Matten Filters (HMF) are very popular in Germany in breeding facilities, I suggest you have a very good look at all the different designs of these. Its a very power effective method of keeping fish as you do not need pumps, just a large air pump. I suggest that your use Poret foam as this does not block up like normal sponge material. I have a number of tanks using HMF designs two of them have been up and running for two years, no need to clean them in that time. Poretfoam.com is the starting point for the foam and some ideas Cheers MIke
  9. Filtration

    I had a 3" for many years, it had goldfish and a couple of internal filters did the job for over 10 years. When I moved to Cichlids I found that this was not enough even a lightly stocked tank. That being said with the water parameters you indicated it would seem as if the cycle is working so maybe your ok. The one thing I have learnt with tropical fish is that the O2 levels can be a major issue. So yes I would be adding a wave maker pointing at the surface. MIke
  10. Rare cichlids

    The rarest fish I have are Gephyrochromis lawsi, 3 males and hopefully 2 females. I really hope they breed. The two extra males are in other tanks.
  11. Fish Deaths due to heat?

    When treating white spot I run the tank at 30deg C, but thats consistent over a few weeks. I suggest that if your having deaths then issue might be O2 levels. My biggest issue with tropical tanks has been fish dieing because my O2 levels where to low. So maybe look at that as an issue. Mike
  12. Forgot to add dechlorinator

    Yep, should always be used but in general one water change should not kill things if forgotten but don't do it on purpose. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Forgot to add dechlorinator

    Generally not, but if the local water has high chlorine it could. Its more likely that he does not have enough filtration which holds the bacteria as a result most of the bacteria was killed by the chlorine causing an ammonia spike. If there is enough bio filtration a change of 30% would not have caused the death of enough bacteria to cause a major problem. Mike
  14. New Tank Advice

    1. I've got a Absolute Aquarium cube tank which I use for community fish. I had two holes cut in the back and I use a Mattenfilter with a small aqua one canister filter canister for the curculation. No pads in the canister just bio-media. Its be running for about 2 years, with no need to clean anything. 2. I would use a EcoTech Vectra M1/L1 they are the quietest pumps for the price. Using one on a 500 L tank with Malawi. 3. A Durso stand pipe is an option (https://www.dursostandpipes.com/) these go in a weir. Make sure you have at least two down pipes for safety. A Bean Animal is the best solution but does take more room. (http://www.beananimal.com/projects/silent-and-fail-safe-aquarium-overflow-system.aspx) I have the second best in my display tank. Durso and a Full Siphon very very quite. This can be placed in a internal weir or a hang on the back. Its very important for noise control that the water only drops about 25mm to 50mm full flow height in the tank to the height the water in the weir. 4. not my area 5. wave makers or power heads all the way. I hate the noise of air pumps and do not like the bubbles that much.
  15. Sump and teir setup

    Just a rinse is needed after the clean down with vinegar. Standard PVC primer and glue is safe once its cured.