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Old 10-09-2016, 03:31 PM   #371
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When for awhile I had a couple of Fiddler Crabs, the entire rear of the top was covered with plastic film and, yes, duct taped across the back and taped around the intakes and airline, zero escapes or jumpers then. It is off now, as tape eventually lost adhesion so removed it. One time after a deep cleaning, it was removed and replaced. After you figure out where the tape goes it doesn't take long at all.

Yes, the call of the Discus. I have 2 tanks up on tabs right now - a 155G bowfront and a 175 bowfront, apparently same foot print but the larger one is 3 inches taller (did someone say ladder).

There is an importer just 20 miles from me and has really beautiful fish. Was told to me by a CAS member who saw them and I have seen some CL ads. Just what I need is a new way to spend hundreds of $$$.

Need a solid auto change system plan first. Do you have any thoughts for a auto water changer system?

Have admired those fish since was a wee child (very many years, lol). And now more than a rainbow of choices of colors and patterns.
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Good point on water changer. At the moment it's gravel vac / buckets to garden (10gal every 8minutes) and then refill from hose. It's when I start playing with plants that a pwc takes over an hour.

I was thinking though of having a finger thick layer of black pebbles with several pots of val or something hardy. Maybe - could also do a large pile of driftwood and just let algae grow. Really low tech tank. That would be a nice change from now.
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I have a low tech tank and it isn't full of algae!!! If you don't blast too much light you don't seem to get too much algae .
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That looks nice! I don't think I could do much in the way of plants - they never grew before under low tech very well but I'd like to have something.

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OMG a fish just jumped out and was flopping around on the tiles. I put him back

Woah!! At least he was found and rescued
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Woah!! At least he was found and rescued

Lucky fish! Seems to be super-active in morning and disappears at night. Might drive over to shop and get two more this weekend (replace the other one that jumped out).

I've cut out some plastic so bit of a fiddle now to get into tank but that should hopefully stop them jumping.
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Sounds like a good idea! Do you always quarantine new fish? If so for how long?


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Probably a couple of weeks to a couple of days. It depends on the shop / where I bought them.


I don't really like buying any fish over summer peak, even with QT.


If they have been in the shop for a bit I'm more confident. I've also found a good shop where the risk is a bit lower.
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Why is that? Higher rate of issues in summer?
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Why is that? Higher rate of issues in summer?

Yes pretty much. More risk of bacterial infections I find. Found some better shops but my QT gets a degree or two hotter and the main tank can lift a degree. So I tend to try and skip buying in warmer months but have been mainly buying plants over the last few years so still getting in there
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