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You could try Ste Chesters at <"Premier Aquatics"> in Runcorn. He will know if there are any available and Ste is a very long term (and skilled) Apistogramma etc keeper.
Mention to him that you were referred from this forum.
<"Micro (or Banana) worms"> (Panagrellus sp.) are really <"easy to culture"> and most small fish will eat them. They also elicit the feeding response in fry (by wriggling) and that makes them more likely to eat small dry food items (powdered dry food, decapsulated brine shrimps, freeze...
This one <"WIO sand">? Silica sand to it should be fine.
I'll be honest I just "play sand" at a fraction of the price, but it is usually the colour of the "Heaven sand".
I've actually gone away from using mixed particle sized sand, it looks more natural, but due to sand sifting (by...
Just chuck them in, tannins and all. Tannins are a good thing. Have a look at <"All the leaves are brown">.
OK. The hair algae is a good thing <"in some ways">, if you don't mind Ramshorn snails they will <"graze most algae">.
They will, but I'm not a fan of root tabs (<"controlled...
Some more <"structural leaf litter"> might help with pair dynamics. @Sturl are you in the UK?
I'd also like some more plants, <"Ceratopteris thalictroides"> is a good one to fill in the empty space and may also help with your algal problems.
Do you know what type of algae you have...
With the traditional disclaimer that I'm useless at both sexing and ID, I think they probably are a pair of A. borellii.
The things that worry me a little bit is that "she" isn't very yellow and seems to have a lot of spangling on the cheeks.
The things that make me think "she" is a...
The amount of "good" advice you will receive about pH (and buffering) from most fish shops (or forums) in the UK could be written on the back of a postage stamp. I'd like to think that things would be better in Germany, Sweden, Netherlands etc.
Another vote got Apistogramma borellii. In a larger tank A. macmasteri?
Have a look at the "Aquarium Co-Op" video on "Seasoned Tank Time", it makes a lot more sense than "not cycled / cycled".
I've written a lot about <"letting tanks grow in">, but I've never given it an official...
I am, they are very low maintenance "tank janitors" and capable of surviving even in tanks with Cichlids. They are a "biological model organism", so there is loads if scientific research on them.
I originally heard about them as egg janitors for Corydoras.
I'd guess even "sensitive" wasn't sensitive enough to get an accurate value. An <"Ion Selective Electrode"> is your best bet for low nitrate (NO3) levels and even then they aren't perfect.
One problem is the solubility of NO3-, meaning that you have to reduce it to nitrite (NO2-)...