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diademhill
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PostPosted: 2011.12.09(Fri)13:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

The best treatment is improving the water quality.

TBH I don't use any interpet products & antibacterials can damage the filter.

Is this the shop that sold you the Easy Balance?
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Blue Dragon
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PostPosted: 2011.12.09(Fri)16:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, you've guessed it, it was the same pet shop.

I bought it as I would rather have it to hand should I need it. Also got some blood worms for him which he loved and got quite excited trying to eat them as the cube thawed.

Also tried to give the Pleco and Loach some cucumber as many people recommended it but the slices just float on the top. On Youtube they sink so I will try and weigh them down with something safe. I wonder if stainless less is safe to put in the tank, just until they eat the cucumber.
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diademhill
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PostPosted: 2011.12.10(Sat)2:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stick the cucumber on a stainless fork.
Courgette is even better.
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Blue Dragon
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PostPosted: 2011.12.11(Sun)0:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

diademhill wrote:
Stick the cucumber on a stainless fork.
Courgette is even better.


Okay, got some courgettes. Do I just slice them and pop them into the tank? Or do I need to blanch them first?
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diademhill
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PostPosted: 2011.12.11(Sun)3:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just one half inch slice for your tank.
A quick dip in boiling water won't hurt.
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Olorin
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PostPosted: 2012.02.08(Wed)16:10    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Blue Dragon, welcome to the deep end. I have not posted on the forum for ages, but was reading through and came across your thread/problem. How is it going? Are you beginning to feel more confident with the whole set up? I had a similar situation when I first started quite a few years ago now. This forum has always been a great help so I do hope you managed it and are able to really "get going" with the "hobby/science/fanaticism/passion/life-style...
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Blue Dragon
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PostPosted: 2012.02.08(Wed)18:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Olorin, Thank you for asking.

the catfish I was so worried about is doing well. I have moved him as well as the pleco and clown to a 375 liter tank and he is busy claiming no less than 3 hiding places.
My swordtail female had 12 babies on the 1st of January 2012 and now 6 more on the 1st of February. Good thing I got a new tank!

I am feeling much more confident and end up giving my local fish store advice when I go there now but there is always more to learn in this field.

what sot of set up have you got?
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Olorin
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PostPosted: 2012.02.09(Thu)7:41    Post subject: Reply with quote

hiya Blue Dragon, glad to hear you triumphed and bought yourself a decent sized tank to boot. I hope you will be posting pictures as it develops. When I first set up my tanks they looked like this - they sort of still do though a lot of time has past. I hope to get round to updating my diaries and sharing some new pics on the forum in the near future. Here you go if your interested:

http://www.aquahobby.com/board/viewtopic.php?t=51035&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=20

and the bigger one:

http://www.aquahobby.com/board/viewtopic.php?t=47980&start=10

all the best to you.

p.s. since we are no longer really talking about freshwater basics it might be preferred if we move this sort of conversation to another thread - obviously though continue this line for more help or comments from all the guys and guyesses...
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