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  • binky Moderator 7 Jan 2013 16:17:37 9,950 posts
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    @DJCopa I find them fascinating, I *think* he likes them too. He was fairly impressed on Xmas day, but then shot off to play with his other toys. As soon as the grandparents turned up he was very excited about showing them Fish and Fingers though :D

    Noticed the Mickey Mouse platys. Could be an alternative to getting the neon tetra I've always wanted. Thing is, now I've seen how lovely guppies can be, neons seem to be a bit... inactive comparatively.

    Hmm, to Tetra, or not to Tetra...
  • Deleted user 7 January 2013 16:20:52
    I think whatever you get, you feel like they're the best fish in the world.

    What's the argument for not getting a tetra?
  • binky Moderator 7 Jan 2013 16:22:13 9,950 posts
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    @kalel Space, really. I'll either get 5/6 tetra and that's it, or a couple of Platys.

    Would also like to get some cherry or ghost shrimp for the bottom of the tank.
  • Deleted user 7 January 2013 16:24:11
    So what, you can get more guppies if you go for them?

    Sounds like loads to me anyway. You should try getting goldies. 20 gallons per fish!
  • binky Moderator 7 Jan 2013 16:27:47 9,950 posts
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    In all likelihood, I'll probably add some Tetra at the end of the month. Taking it easy on adding a little at a time to not overload the cycle more than anything at the moment and as such using the time to deliberate on what to get.

    Still tempted to get a male guppy or 2 and then maybe something bigger that could feast upon the offspring whilst singing the circle of life... but the mrs would kill me :D
  • DJCopa 7 Jan 2013 16:30:33 1,058 posts
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    Get a bigger tank :) I had to get a Brucie Shark bubble maker for Harvey - It was the one stipulation. Then my wife treated me to a skeleton in a coffin - It's really just replaced my comic purchasing!

    I'm no expert, but did read when I started that Neon Tetras can be more susceptible to 'non-perfect' water than other tetras. I started with Rummy Nose Tetra's (6) and last week got some Rosy Tetras which are my 'big' fish.

    What ever floats your boat though (this thread is a pun's paradise) - As Kalel says whatever you have is going to be awesome in your eyes.
  • binky Moderator 7 Jan 2013 16:35:01 9,950 posts
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    haha, this is definitely a hobby that doesn't have space to grow in my house I'm afraid.. yet.
  • binky Moderator 10 Jan 2013 11:35:08 9,950 posts
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    One of the female guppies gave birth last night! Found a small fry swimming around the tank just before I went to bed. Guess she was preggers from the fish shop. Hope the little guy doesn't get eaten :D
  • Deleted user 10 January 2013 11:38:25
    Congrats!
  • ronuds 10 Jan 2013 15:10:07 21,788 posts
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    I'm pretty sure if you leave the little guy in there, it's only a matter of time before it'll be gobbled up.

    Edited by ronuds at 15:10:20 10-01-2013
  • DJCopa 10 Jan 2013 15:24:19 1,058 posts
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    Might be alright - One of my Red Koi Platy's gave birth within a few days of getting them - Now have 6 beautiful babies .

    \am proud.
  • DJCopa 10 Jan 2013 15:27:11 1,058 posts
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    On another note, I get a lot of brown muck on my ornaments, although tank itself is clean. I do a 10% water change each week, and check state of water at same time. I've taken ornaments out and cleaned in tank water during change, but muck comes back after a few days.
    Fish seem to like it as a food source but I'm wondering if I need to get rid as looks a bit unsightly (my lad continually points out that Brucie the Shark is dirty).
  • ronuds 10 Jan 2013 15:34:09 21,788 posts
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    Sounds like algae - possibly from having too much light on your tank.
  • Deleted user 10 January 2013 15:35:50
    Do you have live plants?
  • DJCopa 10 Jan 2013 15:38:46 1,058 posts
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    Fake plants, as still new to the whole thing (had it about 5 months) and didn't fancy the extra hassle. I did think about the Tropical light I have with the tank, but it only goes on when I get in from work (1700) and goes off at about 2200. Maybe that's still too much with no plants?
  • ronuds 10 Jan 2013 15:43:36 21,788 posts
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    What about sunlight?
  • Deleted user 10 January 2013 15:47:14
    Hmm, apparently brown algae is from not enough light according to a quick google, so that could be your problem.

    Personally I'd say any algae build up that rapid puts a question mark on your filter as well. That's quick!
  • DJCopa 10 Jan 2013 15:48:40 1,058 posts
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    Not direct - Positioned in middle of room. Really odd, as had none for first 2-3 months - Only change is the fish that have been added, and that's been gradual.
    Ah well, it's not that unsightly but I just like everything in my tank to look spotless. Not overly keen on using chemicals as have heard they don't do an awful lot and can harm the fish, but open to hear if others have had luck with them?

    Cheers for help.
  • DJCopa 10 Jan 2013 15:51:06 1,058 posts
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    Cheers Kalel - Filters are cleaned/changed weekly (in tank water) but now you've said that I don't think I've changed the sponges that go between the charcoal filter. I will change them and kick then myself if it is that!
  • Deleted user 10 January 2013 15:51:48
    It does sound like it's a fairly common thing with new tanks, all part of getting them cycled so I wouldn't worry too much.

    If it persists though then don't just ignore it, as these things are not really great.
  • DJCopa 10 Jan 2013 15:54:46 1,058 posts
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    Yeah - Thing is, I got it second hand so the bacteria was already on filters, etc. Spent 3 weeks doing the water cycling before adding fish (took water to fish shop so they could double check) - I think you might be right with the filter - It's annoyed me now how I've missed it :)
  • binky Moderator 10 Jan 2013 15:57:12 9,950 posts
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    I thought I'd read that it wasn't a good idea to change sponges particularly, as they hold on to all the good bacteria?

    I keep my tank lights on for pretty much all day 8 - 8. Wonder if that's too much or just right?

    I'm off to buy some Java moss on the way home if I can.
  • ronuds 10 Jan 2013 16:04:37 21,788 posts
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    That's gotta be a pretty disgusting filter to be spitting out muck. Never had that before!
  • DJCopa 10 Jan 2013 16:05:31 1,058 posts
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    You might be right binky - I'll start with a good clean in Tank Water on both filters and see what happens.....

    I've got a nice bit of Bog Wood - Fish live better than me!
  • Deleted user 10 January 2013 16:08:03
    I'm sure I read that your light should be on for 12-14 hours a day. As long as the fish have a good 6-8 hours darkness then they'll be OK.
  • DJCopa 10 Jan 2013 16:08:10 1,058 posts
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    I don't think it's spitting out muck, just might not be collecting the muck in the first place - Tank water is crystal clear, tank walls are clean and fish are happy (in that they swim about and dart in and out of all the holes/plants) - Just the ornaments.

    Will give it a clean tomorrow night and see what occurs.....
  • DJCopa 10 Jan 2013 16:09:17 1,058 posts
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    @HairyArse Is that for real plants though? I'll happily leave light on longer if it helps.....
  • Deleted user 10 January 2013 16:12:35
    @DJCopa Well I don't have real plants in mine. Seems to work for me. :)
  • DJCopa 10 Jan 2013 16:13:50 1,058 posts
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    Nice - I will give that a go :)
  • binky Moderator 10 Jan 2013 16:19:17 9,950 posts
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    Also one thing I'm going to be doing soon, is adding a couple of shrimps to the tank. Apparently they thrive on that sort of muck DJC.
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