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Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 03-11-2019, 04:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 373
Posted By J.Mcpeak
Home water softeners using sodium replacement are...

Home water softeners using sodium replacement are not ideal I don’t think.
Ion exchange units for human consumption aren’t much better.

Either of these will leave you with unbalanced water and in...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 03-11-2019, 03:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 396
Posted By J.Mcpeak
Take a bucket of source water. Wait 24 hours...

Take a bucket of source water.
Wait 24 hours with aeration.
Then test it for GH/KH & pH.

What are you using for buffering alkalinity?
You may also need some calcium (reads as) GH powder.

Try...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 03-10-2019, 08:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 460
Posted By J.Mcpeak
Up the temperature for ich! I learnt that...

Up the temperature for ich!

I learnt that here.....no meds needed.
Make sure the fish can take it!
Increase oxygen, as you increase temperature.

If the tank is fishless, ich will not...
Forum: General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 03-10-2019, 07:55 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 678
Posted By J.Mcpeak
Is it digital? Maybe the algorithm employed by...

Is it digital?
Maybe the algorithm employed by the manufacturer rounds up?
Anything above .50 scales up to the next 1.

More decimal places equals a greater accuracy however, it costs much more!...
Forum: General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 03-10-2019, 07:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 519
Posted By J.Mcpeak
You are putting dead waste back in the tank! ...

You are putting dead waste back in the tank!
Ok, youre removing detritus from the tank to the filter but you are probably not removing nitrate or replenishing GH/KH.

The answer to how long?...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 03-10-2019, 07:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 829
Posted By J.Mcpeak
Probably some type of Protozoa.

Probably some type of Protozoa.
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 03-10-2019, 07:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 518
Posted By J.Mcpeak
I vote fluval! Although I don’t have the C...

I vote fluval!
Although I don’t have the C filter.
Apart from one tmc reef pump.....
All the filters in my fish house are fluval.
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 03-10-2019, 06:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 54,035
Posted By J.Mcpeak
Ammonia and nitrite will take care of themselves,...

Ammonia and nitrite will take care of themselves, if the tank is not overstocked.

It is possible to reduce nitrate naturally but a water change is the easiest way most of the time.

Create...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 03-10-2019, 06:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 699
Posted By J.Mcpeak
Seachem prime will give false readings for...

Seachem prime will give false readings for ammonia.
(When using most available test kits)

It is stated by seachem in their website.

Prime will bind ammonia nitrite and nitrate making the...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 03-10-2019, 05:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,033
Posted By J.Mcpeak
.25 ammonia in tap water would indicate...

.25 ammonia in tap water would indicate chloramine being used by the water company.
It is used as it is more stable in longer pipe runs than chlorine.

Also, the toxicity of ammonia varies...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 03-10-2019, 05:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 493
Posted By J.Mcpeak
Run the quarantine filter in the main tank..........

Run the quarantine filter in the main tank.......
Then it’s ready for emergencies or new stock as required.
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 03-10-2019, 05:44 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,555
Posted By J.Mcpeak
Cyanobacteria. The clue is the oxygen...

Cyanobacteria.

The clue is the oxygen bubbles.
Most often a lush green/blue but can also be brown.

Normally this is due to lack of water changes or organic build up within the tank. More water...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 03-10-2019, 05:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 339
Posted By J.Mcpeak
Yes. Generally speaking........ Most fish will...

Yes. Generally speaking........
Most fish will regenerate fins.
Of course under the right conditions!
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 05-04-2017, 04:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 514
Posted By J.Mcpeak
Maybe the regulator got knocked?

Maybe the regulator got knocked?
Forum: New Acquisitions 05-04-2017, 02:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 791
Posted By J.Mcpeak
Count the pectoral fin rays. It is most likely...

Count the pectoral fin rays.
It is most likely S.multipunctatus
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 05-04-2017, 02:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 514
Posted By J.Mcpeak
You have a co2 canister. That's your...

You have a co2 canister.

That's your problem.
Too much co2 will acidify the water.
Look up Kh, pH, co2 triangle. Plenty charts on aunty internet.

Vigorous aeration will drive off co2. (Air on...
Forum: DIY Projects 05-04-2017, 02:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 871
Posted By J.Mcpeak
That's the correct attitude! I actually thought...

That's the correct attitude!
I actually thought it would put you off!
Once you've figured out the circuit, like which way it needs to be configured, the bits are easy to source.
(Just get a better...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 05-04-2017, 01:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 514
Posted By J.Mcpeak
No it doesn't. (I have play sand in 3 tanks and...

No it doesn't. (I have play sand in 3 tanks and they didn't crash)
Give us some tank details.
Could be a build up of co2
Forum: DIY Projects 05-04-2017, 10:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 871
Posted By J.Mcpeak
I wrote a speech but it got lost in the post. ...

I wrote a speech but it got lost in the post.
Are you any good at electronics? I'm a novice........
You'll need a DMM and a decent solder station, of course the ability to solder and a basic...
Forum: New Acquisitions 05-04-2017, 07:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,037
Posted By J.Mcpeak
What have you done in those three years? (Just...

What have you done in those three years?
(Just a question, not being mean!)

I really want a reef tank too, my LFS suggested freshwater first.......
12years ago.

I've probably spent an...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 05-04-2017, 06:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 619
Posted By J.Mcpeak
Nitrifying Bacteria Facts...

Nitrifying Bacteria Facts (https://www.bioconlabs.com/nitribactfacts.html)
They are largely non-motile and must colonize a surface (gravel, sand, synthetic biomedia, etc.) for optimum growth. They...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 05-03-2017, 09:55 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,952
Posted By J.Mcpeak
Several otocinclus not singular. 6, 8 or even 10...

Several otocinclus not singular. 6, 8 or even 10 fish.
Yes.
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 05-03-2017, 09:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,582
Posted By J.Mcpeak
If hiding in the corner is doing fine...... ...

If hiding in the corner is doing fine......
(Sounds a bit mean) blunt but effective.
But then I can't see the fish and how it behaves day to day.

Tetra appreciate very fast water, gourami quite...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 05-03-2017, 09:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,809
Posted By J.Mcpeak
Trapped air from floating food? If it's...

Trapped air from floating food?

If it's exclusively at eating time.

(Feed slow sinking pellet and/or bloodworm, or push the flake into the water body so they don't eat from the surface)
...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 05-03-2017, 08:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,582
Posted By J.Mcpeak
Bingo! At least one person gets it! Yeah, I'm...

Bingo!
At least one person gets it!
Yeah, I'm a big fan of shoals of shoaling fish. Proper sizes too.
Same for any tetra, get lots, appreciate the show.

Every fish that requires "at least 5 (or...
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