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  1. dw1305

    Confused by the terms triple red, quad red, super red, etc.

    Hi all, I think that it is a common finding. I live in the S. of the UK, where we have hard water, and I've been in a situation where I couldn' t give away Apistogramma that were selling (or I'd guess not selling) in shops for £20 a pair. There are only a limited number of people who want to...
  2. dw1305

    Can you have low ph with high alkalinity ?

    Hi all, Just ignore them, they are totally clueless. In fact when you aren't on this forum just ignore what anybody tells you about pH, hardness, pH crashes and buffering, because it will all be wrong, very wrong or totally wrong. Cheers Darrel
  3. dw1305

    SNAILS

    Hi all, <"Snail fan"> as well. cheers Darrel
  4. dw1305

    Acclimatization

    Hi all, I like to get the fish from the bag into the tank fairly rapidly as well. I usually <"pour most of the water out of the transport bag"> (through a net, I know that accidents can happen) and then submerge the bag, fish and residual water <"in the quarantine tank"> and hopefully the fish...
  5. dw1305

    Ivanacara Bimaculata

    Hi all, "Electrical conductivity" a measure of the amount of ions in solution, estimated from the electrical current they conduct. Usually quoted in micro Siemens. Pure H2O is an electrical insulator (I'm ignoring the self ionization of water). Conductivity doesn't tell you which ions you...
  6. dw1305

    Rescaping 30gallon long

    Hi all, <"Fairly fine silica sand">, <"structural leaf litter">, <"plenty of moss">, <"Amazon Frogbit">, <"soft water">, <"live food">. If I wanted a recipe to follow? I'd recommend @apistobob (Bob Wiltshire) <"website">. Some-ones advice to follow? @Mike Wise ("Wise by name, wise by...
  7. dw1305

    tds and organic (wood and leaves) contribution.

    Hi all, How are you cycling it? I wouldn't think they will do any harm, but I wouldn't worry about their food grade status, as @Ben Rhau says it doesn't matter as soon as they are in the tank. Samee for me, I've no idea why people buy "botanicals", unless they have no access to the outside...
  8. dw1305

    M. altispinosus pair

    Hi all, They look in really good condition. cheers Darrel
  9. dw1305

    ADA Aquasoil and TDS

    Hi all, and how is a refractometer help in freshwater? I suggest you leave, now, unless you have any Dwarf Cichlid related questions. (Definitely not) cheers Darrel
  10. dw1305

    looking for nannacara adoketa

    Hi all, 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. cheers Darrel
  11. dw1305

    Should i be feeding my A. Pucallpaensis frys ?

    Hi all, <"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...
  12. dw1305

    Apistogramma cuiari

    Hi all, That is a <"smart fish">. I know @Tom C brought some to Europe. cheers Darrel
  13. dw1305

    substrate sands.

    Hi all, 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...
  14. dw1305

    Sexing apistogramma borellii

    Hi all, 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...
  15. dw1305

    Sexing apistogramma borellii

    Hi all, 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...
  16. dw1305

    Sexing apistogramma borellii

    Hi all, 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...
  17. dw1305

    Easiest / hardiest dwarf cichlid to raise

    Hi all, 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. cheers Darrel
  18. dw1305

    Easiest / hardiest dwarf cichlid to raise

    Hi all, 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...
  19. dw1305

    Are these still juveniles? When will they be sexually mature?

    Hi all, Apologies, on a phone. Assuming she is a female, they are old enough to breed. Cheers Darrel
  20. dw1305

    Are these still juveniles? When will they be sexually mature?

    Hi all, The raised fin rays at the front of the dorsal fin. Cheers Darrel
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