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  1. fishdance

    Is this a Electric Blue?

    I would not be comparing our electric blue cichlids to the ones found overseas. There was a mixup with ahli and fryeri / jacksoni and the purity of what we have now can't be determined. Still nice looking fish though. http://animal-world.com/encyclo/fresh/cichlid/ElectricBlueHap.php I'm not saying this based on the link above, I have been keeping cichlids since I was a young boy.
  2. Very good news but it's just a temporary stall. The underlying intention is still there and will not go away. It's even acknowledged. Luckily the cat & dog owners have a much bigger voice.
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    Filtration for a 6x2x2.5

    I would never remove air as it's an extremely good backup and easy to visually check it's on. That's just my opinion though. Why don't you add some powerheads to boost the internal circulation. No other canister and extra maintenance required.
  4. It's not just this legislation. It's a combined methodical strategic approach. Hindering importation through cost, additional regulation, higher penalties, increasing noxious lists, discouraging domestic breeders, reducing markets, It is all working too. So enjoy the hobby while you can. Luckily I don't keep any exotic fish, birds or pets (for all those government forum reading lurkers out there ).
  5. Yes this will apply to fish. This is part of a strategic, co-ordinated and long term well funded implementation plan by state and federal governments to reduce the overall population and number of exotic species in Australia. Having unregulated, uncontrolled and unknown (invisible) movement of exotic plants and animals freely accross the states and the country is bio securities worst nightmare. They have learnt the hard way through bitter experience than sudden sweeping legislation does not work but a slow co ordinated multi approach plan will. This does not apply just to fish. Talk to any exotic bird keeper however all exotic species are targeted. Do a search here and on any australian fish or pet forum and you will see this has been gradually occuring through a variety of well thought out schemes. Some advertised with consultation periods.
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    Breeding Tank Sponges

    The high flow sponges are much coarser and don't clog as fast and definitely easier to clean. I prefer those (only) as I have many tanks and fry will eat off anything but the finer sponge is probably best for your situation. They aren't very expensive, I buy XY-380 sponges for $2.85 in 100 lot quantities so you could just get both?
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    Iridescent shark

    Update. These fish are around 50-60 cm now. I have 12 of them and one seems to be a short body. They are very active, swim at all levels of the tank alone and in schools, it's obvious why people call them irridescent sharks as they have a magical shimmer and cut through the water sleek and gracefully. Currently in a 4m tank but I'm building a bigger one. Hoping to get them to 1.5m sizes eventually.
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    Pumice as a Filter Medium

    I use rounded gravel for media. Rounded is easier to stir and pour clean. It might not have the best surface area per volume but it has enough even for highly stocked tanks. Tank substrate also does a lot of the biological filtration so the canister can be primarily mechanical filtration.
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    My experience with MTS is they close up watertight when water conditions are not favourable, emerging once more when okay. This includes salt, copper, even dehydration (8 years gravel storage). This is my own personal experience, not relaying internet myths. The simplest method I found was to spread the gravel out thinly on tin roof sheets on concrete driveway in the hot hot sun for a few days. This cooks them even though they are sealed shut. If you only have a few buckets you could try an oven. I tried pouring boiled water but that wasn't hot enough. Perhaps if I used a steel 200L drum over a fire.
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    Tretocephalus breeding question

    The towel doesnt split the tank. It stops them realising how exposed they are. Similar to horse blinkers. They are protecting eggs by eating them. Sounds like this is a display tank. Why do you want them to breed anyway? And if you do want babies, give them a breeding tank or rob eggs and hatch/raise yourself.
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    Tretocephalus breeding question

    Assuming the eggs are fertile, turn tank lights completely off and throw a towel over that half of the tank but let them see out so they know whats approaching. I rack my breeding tanks narrow end out so fish can disappear to back when breeding (security) but display at front for food when not.
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    frontosa and tropheus together

    There is always room for another tank. ..
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    Air pump - to have or not to have

    Air pump allows fantastic redundancy for a ridiculously cheap price and almost nothing to run 24/7. It is also very easy to check your air is running both visually and audibly. A $25 investment could easily save your whole tank of prized fish if you haven't noticed the canister had stopped a few hours ago.
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    niagra falls

    I used to do the open drainage tap thing to water change but it's still time consuming as you still need to turn things off and watch the fill up without over flowing. Nowadays I use an overflow to displace water down drain either on the main tank or sump. So to water change say 20% I just that amount into the tank. Either by dripper from tap (24/7) or by gravity drain from a water storage container. Especially good during winter.
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    Are these cichlids still around?

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    A simple frop sheet of plastic (to stop air flow) will make a difference. Easily removed when weather warms. You can upgrade this to 3mm foam underlay used for bamboo flooring but need to tape join as it only comes in 1.2m wide strips. If you can lose access over winter, I'd make a polystyrene wall (wood frame and polystyrene sheets) that you can pull down. If you need access, I'd place polystyrene sheets over your glass tank lids and throw a plastic sheet over each rack. Top insulation makes a huge difference. I have a 10,000L tank at 22 degrees with a single 1500 watt aquarium heater. Heater is hardly ever on. I use swim pool cover as its a thicker grade of plastic.
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    Help with Catching fry

    If you have mouthbrooding fry newly spat, you can siphon hose them easily by putting black tape around the hose end. They literally swim straight in. If they are bigger, you will need to remove all the rocks and use 2 nets as even draining half the water will only help. Most fish keepers run bare or sparse tanks if they move fry/juveniles a lot. I use a 12 volt electric shocker on low setting that temporarily imobilises fish. If you have shell dwellers or rock spawning tangs then moving their homes is quite disruptive to breeding. I built a raised sloped glass false bottom at the back of tank which drops into a front area thats easy to catch. When i drain the water, the fish are forced down into the catch zone and no homes need to be disturbed.
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    NLS cichlid formula or Thera A

    Waste is not always waste though.... just because food is swallowed doesn't mean it is consumed. Quite a high percentage of fish poo will contain perfectly good food which is why some people run scavenger fish in tanks. Hate seeing fish waste go to waste.
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    6x2x2.5' (2 Tier) Journal

    Not a sediment trap which is a deeper zone with an overflow placed higher up to remove heavier solids, but yes it's a mechanical filter. Because Alex is using a fluidised bio chamber, he can put his mechanical filter anywhere (before or after the barrel ). I've got plenty of photos but all on photobucket. Essentially it's just another bucket/barrel filled with stationary K1. The media is easy to flush clean with a flood & stir . You can use the raw LDPE granules that K1 is made from in a similar fashion for about one tenth of the price as they have the same buoyancy but they are only 3mm and make a mess if you don't keep the lid shut.
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    6x2x2.5' (2 Tier) Journal

    Sorry - I wrote in a hurry on a phone as I normally do. Instead of filter wool to mechanically pre filter, you can use a pre chamber of K1 media. Use it static - dry. Water will trickle through stationary K1 leaving the fine dirt behind. Surprisingly fine particles will drop out this way (change in water velocity) with some wet/ dry bio filtration as a bonus. When the K1 starts to get full/clog, the water cant trickle through as fast so water level will rise, lifting the K1 level and you know its time to clean. This could take a month or ten months depending.... To clean, just close the normal bottom drain, flood the static K1 chamber and stir the K1 clean. Then open another tap to drain to waste/ garden. It doesn't take long and this can be automated if you are super lazy. Another pre filter option is the wedge wire. Or your filter wool may do the job just fine. No need to complicate things if everything is working.
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    6x2x2.5' (2 Tier) Journal

    No wedge wire is passive self cleaning. The wire is triangular in profile so wedge opens out. This means whatever can squeeze through the initial gap opening cant get stuck. Google cetus seive for the concept but wedge wire can prefilter most things. A custom stormwater Tee for example sends cleaned water through but caught crap is pushed to waste. Drum filters take quite a lot of water pressure and so many things can go wrong. They can work well but wouldn't be suitable for what your doing. A simple chamber of static K1 would prefilter fairly well in your situation. Just pour water through a chamber of dry K1. And flood / stir to waste when cleaning is needed (the water level rises).
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    6x2x2.5' (2 Tier) Journal

    Alex - your air pump will work easier if you place the irrigation sprinklers on the underside of the polypipe loop. This allows the polypipe loop to fully fill with air (submerged air pocket) so it doesnt have to physically push water out so less back pressure on the diaphragm and get even air all around the ring. If you have lots of air to burn, it is only a small difference but it does make a difference. Also look at wedge wire if you get tired of cleaning or changing the dacron. Its a self cleaning wire screen.
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    Electric eel

    True but they have also tried annoying adverts for a while which mustn't be working. If they really need money to survive then they don't have anything to lose really. And perhaps they also own the other cheaper platform you go to and this is a sneaky way to make that lower priced option look more attractive? I would definitely back up all photos as a precaution.
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    Electric eel

    I think it's a calculated business strategy. Lots of users will find it easier to pay up than lose years of their posts. It would possibly detract new users signing up but who is to say they don't have another photo hosting platform under a different name, much cheaper or free? And if this strategy flops, they can always lower the price later. Time will tell.
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    LONG awaited 6x2x2 geo set up

    What about computer fans (sucking air out) in case hood/tank overheats in summer? Or a feeding tube through hood and glass lids to make frequent feeds easy? Looks very nice and looks like you are having fun !