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  1. dw1305

    Bloodworms!!!

    Hi all, Have you tried <"Fluval Bugbites">? They seem to be accepted by a range of fish that won't normally eat dried food. cheers Darrel
  2. dw1305

    Bloodworms!!!

    Hi all, I don't feed frozen Bloodworms (Chironomid Midge larvae), or live ones that have been collected commercially. You only get commercially exploitable densities of Bloodworms in grossly organically polluted water, such as at sewage farms. I'm happy to feed living bloodworms that <"I...
  3. dw1305

    Newly identified pencil fish?

    Hi all, I've seen them with yellow rather than red fins. cheers Darrel
  4. dw1305

    Remineralizer For Distilled/RO Water

    Hi all, That is it really, an ion is an ion is an ion, they don't know where they've come from, what the product was called, or <"how much it cost">. I refer to it a lot. Have a look at the <"UKAPS: IFC Aquarium Fertilizer Calculator">. It builds on James's work (and the <"Rotala Butterfly...
  5. dw1305

    Remineralizer For Distilled/RO Water

    Hi all, That is what I do as well. I have a hard tap supply (about 18 dGH & 18 dKH) and approx. 650 microS. It is good quality water from a deep limestone aquifer. If you want to go down the re-mineraliser route I would use DIY one, it is much, much cheaper in the long run. Details are at...
  6. dw1305

    dither fish (20 gallon long)

    Hi all, Pencil fish (Nannostomus spp.) are an option. I kept A. cacatuoides with Black-neon Tetra (Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi) as <"a dither"> and both fish raised fry successfully. cheers Darrel
  7. dw1305

    Will my tank mates be okay?

    Hi all, I kept these for a while, and the males are <"really aggressive"> for a small fish, much more aggressive <"than A. cacatuoides">. cheers Darrel
  8. dw1305

    Dicrossus filamentosus fry care and death

    Hi all, They are just another Panagrellus sp., a little bit smaller than microworms and more productive. I'm a Grindal worm fan as well. Have tried culturing them on rolled oats? Much, much better than dried potato etc. cheers Darrel
  9. dw1305

    New Breeding Tank

    Hi all, Red Ramshorn snails will work over time, as long as your water isn't too soft. Otocinclus only really eat Diatoms, but they are egg safe and the Apistogramma largely ignore them. I don't worry <"too much about algae"> either cheers Darrel
  10. dw1305

    Dicrossus filamentosus fry care and death

    Hi all, Not food then. cheers Darrel
  11. dw1305

    Dicrossus filamentosus fry care and death

    Hi all, I'd start by saying fry <"is further than I've got"> with any Dicrossus spp., but I wonder if a smaller live food item (than Artemia (Brine Shrimp) ) might be needed for the fry? "Banana worms" (Panagrellus nepenthicola) might do? and are very easy to culture or even "Vinegar eels"...
  12. dw1305

    How much do you guys get selling Apisto caucatoides to your LFS?

    Hi all, Same as @MacZ, store credit or a maximum of £1.50 ($2.00) a fish. They have to be saleable size and often they don't want too many females. It is really easy to <"flood the market"> locally as well, if you won't post fish (and I won't). Also the LFS may not want a fish again if it...
  13. dw1305

    Need some identification help

    Hi all, I'm sorry to hear that. I can see your plastic plants, which are fine for cover and breaking up line of sight, but a lot of us like planted tanks, partially because growing plants make you less reliant on the filter for nitrification. When you say recycle, what exactly do you mean...
  14. dw1305

    Is softened water harmful?

    Hi all, Tom thank you, that makes me a bit better on what is a truly horrible day in England (cold, wet, windy etc). It certainly beats some of the other comments <"I've received over the years"> on <"forums">. cheers Darrel
  15. dw1305

    are Magnolia denudata and Magnolia x soulangeana leaves safe for aquaria?

    Hi all, Sorry "pick your own", just meaning picked up by you, rather than bought from ebay etc. I've never bought any "structural leaf litter", Indian Almond Leaves (Terminalia catappa) or Alder (Alnus spp.) "cones" etc. I've always collected my own. cheers Darrel
  16. dw1305

    Is softened water harmful?

    Hi all, The conclusion and the cation exchange bit were right, it just reduces dGH rather than dKH and that is near enough for me. Agreed if you've made 10,500 posts your allowed the occasional one that is ~95% correct. cheers Darrel
  17. dw1305

    Is softened water harmful?

    Hi all, Yes, it is <"strong acid"> exchange so it doesn't effect the carbonate anion, just the cation and it changes dGH, (by swapping two Na+ ions for a Ca++ ion), but not the dKH (carbonate hardness). The advantage for household showers etc is that sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3) is soluble and...
  18. dw1305

    are Magnolia denudata and Magnolia x soulangeana leaves safe for aquaria?

    Hi all, They look fine, and likely to be the evergreen Magnolia grandiflora. Are they PYO? cheers Darrel
  19. dw1305

    24*12*10 inch blackwater tank...stocking suggestions?

    Hi all, There isn't any advantage to this. It is a bit of a strange one but adding CO2 just changes the carbonate ~ CO2 ~ pH equilibrium point, by <"adding more Total Inorganic Carbon (TIC)">. You also have the risk of accidentally asphyxiating your fish. They do. The pH in soft water is...
  20. dw1305

    are Magnolia denudata and Magnolia x soulangeana leaves safe for aquaria?

    Hi all, I have snails and Asellus in all my tanks, so it might be their grazing. cheers Darrel
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