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  1. sofiko

    Recommend any tank removalists?

    Thanks for the info.
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    Buying used Matrix media

    This matrix had been used in a saltwater tank, however, the seller's closed down the sw tank and the matrix media (8 litres) has been lying idle for a couple of months. Still for peace of mind, I'll look at treating the matrix further, before adding to my fw tank. Appreciate all your helpful comments
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    Buying used Matrix media

    Seachem's Matrix Thanks for all your comments I'll take on your advice and "treat" the used matrix for any nasties, before placing it in my filter.
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    Buying used Matrix media

    To cut costs, I'm looking at purchasing some used matrix media. Are there any risks with doings so? - like it being previously contaminated with medications/chemicals. The seller had been using the matrix in his marine tank, for a while. Are there any other problems to think about?
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    american vids

    Amazing looking fish. Thanks for the vids.
  6. sofiko

    Aqua clear 110

    I've got two AC110's, one running on each of my 4x18x18. Highly recommend them. Always had crystal clear water. Very silent running. Heaps of water turnover (1800 lph). Very easy to clean and you could put any media you want in them or just stay with what media comes with it. Low power usage (20 watts, from memory)
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    Best LFS for AMERICAN cichlids in Sydney?

    In terms of retailers, the best retailer for Americans is 'Riverside Aquarium' at Campsie, though pricey. Asquith and Auburn Aquariums are good value and both have a large variety, good clean displays and excellent customer service. 'Total Marine' at moorebank - is also worth a visit. St George is mainly Africans and Marine with only a few americans. Your best bet however, would be to seek out the breeders of those varieties you're interested in.
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    Frontosa gone very disappointed

    Hey George, Sorry for your loss. I've also learn't that lesson the hard way. Now I'm always careful before I leave the tank. Alex
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    Aquarium safe silicon

    I bought some rhodosil v2 (clear) silicone about 2 weeks ago at St George Aquariums for $10
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    Aquarium safe silicon

    A lot of people use "Selleys Glass Silicone" for their aquariums. Bunnings usually stocks it. Below is the link http://www.selleys.com.au/Selleys-Glass-Si...ne/default.aspx I prefer to use "RHODORSIL V2 SILICONE" which can bought off ebay or any good lfs
  11. sofiko

    tank and cabinet builders in sydney

    MS Aquariums 7/1 Field Cl, Moorebank
  12. sofiko

    jaguars courting

    Very nice, Jason Thanks for the vid
  13. sofiko

    Tanks (Excellent quality)

    Hey guys....Can we stick to my original question??? The content seems to have drifted to recommended tankbuilders and cabinetmakers in the last several threads. I had my idea of who to get to build my next tank even BEFORE I started this post. My question was NOT "who" builds great tanks but "WHAT" makes a great tank (workmanship, strength, materials, etc....) MOST tankbuilders will always build you the perfect tank WHEN the customer knows exactly what he wants. Thanks to all who have given me great ideas about great tanks so far (Type of glass, good bracing, black silicon, quality slide lids, beveled edges and plumbing/holes in weirs)....Please keep it coming along those lines To anyone else who needs to know WHO builds the best tanks or cabinets - I suggest you either look to previous posts (There's been plenty of them....The "Search" function is your friend ); or start your own little post.
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    Tanks (Excellent quality)

    I'm pretty big on getting great customer service as well as someone who I feel wants my business....I've no doubt the guy at Xtreme is a good tankmaker Up till now I've had Laurie (St George) build my new tanks and am leaning towards him fot the next one. While I'm very happy with the service and tanks, I just want to be better armed this time around. I've also heard many raves for the guy at San Souci (although, I hear he might be now retired).