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  1. I had some albinos with black marks on their fins, similar to what I see on the fin, years ago. I assumed they were bruising or injuries. I can't remember if the marks disapeared (healed?) or if I sold them with the marks. None of my current albinos have them.
  2. I haven't used either of those brands but I have been running a Beamswork 5ft white/blue/moonlight LED on my unplanted Malawi cichlid tank for the past year and it does a decent job. I've had no problems with it and all the diodes are still working. The only thing I don't like is needing to toggle the switch to change from white to blue to moonlight but to get a programmable light is a big jump in price.
  3. I've got a healthy colony of Saulosi that I sourced from Andrew at Labyrinth so I am confident they are pure.
  4. Their prices must have shot up a lot in the past 12 months, I didn't pay anywhere near that for mine. Edit - delivery usually adds a fair bit to the price, I ended up hiring a van and DIYing instead of getting Abyss to deliver
  5. Interesting article published in Nature about the timeline of cichlid deversification https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-17827-9#Fig1
  6. I don't know if they are the best but I've been pleased with the two tanks and cabinets I've had made at Abyss Aquarium. They manufacture on site in Gregory Hills with pretty competitive pricing considering the quality of the work.
  7. Super easy to work with. You can cut it with a stanley knife, and cut holes in it with a hole saw.
  8. All other things being equal (fish stocking, plant stocking, water changes etc.) comparing nitrate readings from when the rods are in and out is probably as good as you'd get. It won't get you published in a scientific journal but as a home experiment it'll be interesting to see what happens. Do you think having the rods sitting on the substrate will be enough to anaerobic conditions or are you going to bury them under the substrate?
  9. Since you were measuring CO2 I thought wondered if you might have been adding it. I'm far from a planted tank expert but I don't think any of the plants you have are fast growing enough or demanding to need CO2. I'm sure I've read in the past that its usually the lack of other nutrients like nitrates that are more limiting on plant growth in the average aquarium. Adding CO2 has the potential to mess with your pH and make keeping it stable tricky.
  10. I think the anubias will be ok, the val might survive if you can keep them from digging it up, the milfoil and taiwan moss are probably short term prospects. Are you dosing CO2?
  11. Interesting idea, how are you planning on measuring if it is effective?
  12. The other option is to catch her after she has been holding for a couple of weeks and put her in a fry saver and let her spit in there. Depending on how long she holds and how much condition she loses it might be a good idea to separate from the males until she recovers some condition.
  13. When I click the link I get the message "This attachment is not available. It may have been removed or the person who shared it may not have permission to share it to this location."
  14. I can't see the video but I would guess the white upper lip is more likely from lip locking than columnaris. If you tank is fully cycled I wouldn't expect to see any ammonia but some test kits do give false readings especially when it is next to zero.
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