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  • binky Moderator 17 Jan 2013 15:55:38 9,622 posts
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    ha ha ha - yeah I've heard shrimp can eat fry but we're not breeding so that shouldn't be a concern. Our guppies are well fed so hopefully won't terrorise the adult shrimp.

    One way to find out... :)
  • kalel 17 Jan 2013 16:02:35 87,564 posts
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    It might just be worth waiting for things to settle a bit before adding moe new stuff. I find often doing less is the solution to these kind of things, rather than doing more.
  • binky Moderator 17 Jan 2013 16:14:59 9,622 posts
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    @kalel I hear ya. I'll not be adding any more fish/shrimp for a few weeks. But I'll definitely be doing slightly larger water changes (20% I think) to see if that cleanses the water.
  • binky Moderator 18 Jan 2013 10:49:46 9,622 posts
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    Tank pics after a 20% water change last night. Can still see the brown algae on the driftwood and on the front gravel. grrr:

    Front on -
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/42546803@N03/8391067703/

    From the side -
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/42546803@N03/8391068205/
  • ronuds 18 Jan 2013 13:59:01 21,788 posts
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    The decorations are nice.

    I like it!
  • kalel 18 Jan 2013 14:01:30 87,564 posts
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    Yeah, pretty little tank.

    Funnily enough I've suddenly got a bit of brown algae myself out of nowhere. Must be something in the water ;-)

    Considering it's an issue related to light, I'm wondering if it's a winter thing for me. I generally just let daylight supply my tank with the light it needs, but it's not getting too much right now.
  • ronuds 18 Jan 2013 14:05:31 21,788 posts
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    You'll kill yourself trying to get absolutely perfect conditions. I've never owned a tank that didn't get algae in some form. Unless you're trying to breed fish, it's not a huge deal.

    If you get some sometimes, you clean it and move on. The fish don't usually mind it too much! :D

    Edit: Although, obviously if it's algae due to water conditions not being optimal you'll want to nip that in the bud!

    Edited by ronuds at 14:06:43 18-01-2013
  • binky Moderator 18 Jan 2013 14:11:41 9,622 posts
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    Thanks for the comments :)

    I was thinking it might be a winter/sunshine thing as well, although having only had it in winter I can't put that to the test. I'll let you know this time next year!
  • Khanivor 18 Jan 2013 15:21:31 40,728 posts
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    Get it somewhat under control then buy a few algae eaters.
  • DJCopa 15 Feb 2013 12:08:07 1,056 posts
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    @dust514 Update on my brown algae - This trick has helped clean my ornaments and no come back on the algae front - Cheers. I left ornaments in milton overnight then, when clean, transferred to another bucket of water with chlorine agent in and left them to rinse. Fish happy (been a month now) and tank is steadily getting back to pristine condition (doing little and often so not to freak the little feckers out!).

    On another note, wife got 3 african dart frogs - Jesus, are they hard to feed! I'm now the proud owner of a turkey baster to feed them blood worms - I then have to use it as a bat to keep the other fish away whilst the frogs decide when/how they will eat. "Just eat the worms, FFS!" Any tips on frog feeding with a tank of Platys/Guppies/Tetras/Zebra Loach?
  • DJCopa 15 Feb 2013 12:10:49 1,056 posts
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    Oh, and just read comments above - Looks like I've jinxed the brown algae.... Kalel comment on winter might be spot on.....
  • binky Moderator 20 Feb 2013 08:48:25 9,622 posts
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    As it happens our brown algae is now green algae, and there's far less of it too.
    hmm...

    Oh, and one of the guppies had 4 babies the other week! We now have 4 guppies, 4 fry and 1 super fry (about 7 weeks old). Bang goes any plans of adding different types of fish to our tank!
  • kalel 20 Feb 2013 09:06:46 87,564 posts
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    You can always take your fry to the shop and do swapsies, or just give them away. They usually are happy to do that kind of thing.

    I'm using nerites to try and keep my algae under control. Struggling a bit to keep it in check but hopefully the return of longer days will help sort it.
  • Deleted user 21 March 2013 18:15:30
    My betta just died :(
  • EMarkM 21 Mar 2013 18:43:01 3,173 posts
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    Ah, bad luck meme. We lost our very first tropical fish a few days ago: an elderly clown peckoltia. You have my sympathy.
  • Deleted user 21 March 2013 18:44:17
    We'll give her a burial at sea in a bit. The frog that lives in the tank seems to be going mental, though. He's clearly deep in grief.
  • EMarkM 21 Mar 2013 18:47:31 3,173 posts
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    Get another betta; they're grand.
  • ronuds 22 Mar 2013 14:05:11 21,788 posts
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    :(
  • kalel 22 Mar 2013 14:19:49 87,564 posts
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    Aw, that sucks.
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    I had just bought her a new heater, too, as she'd moved locations but the temp dropped a bit there. Not enough to have killed her, though, they're hardy things.

    Was with us for a year, but I don't know how old she was when we bought her. Ah well. Will pick up a new one (and another frog, I think) at the weekend. Tempted to get a male as they're prettier, but I dunno how he'd get on with the frogs.
  • EMarkM 22 Mar 2013 15:01:28 3,173 posts
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    I wouldn't anticipate too many problems between a male fighter and frogs.
  • DJCopa 22 Mar 2013 15:09:22 1,056 posts
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    Good luck with that - I'm tempted to just go pure frogs in the future. I find them much more interesting and would make feeding a lot easier.
  • Deleted user 22 March 2013 15:32:35
    I want a bigger tank and a wider range of fish (it's only a 2.5 gallon tank, just barely enough for one betta, really), but cost and effort. Once we get our own house I'm going to do a proper aquarium, though. There's one in our local vet that's managed to get the balance of animals, planets and filtering just right so that they only need to do a full water change maybe a couple of times a year.
  • Deleted user 26 March 2013 19:05:02
    Ended up getting two mollies and another dwarf frog to replace the lost betta. Though it does mean the tank needs slightly more maintenance now. Had to order a filter as the tank became a bit cloudy literally overnight. Just doing 10% daily water changes until it arrives.

    They're more active than the betta (which our cats like), but they're not quite as pretty.
  • binky Moderator 27 Mar 2013 21:43:03 9,622 posts
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    Sorry to hear about the betta loss :(

    We are still suffering from algae massively. Having to do a tank scrub every week which is a bit of a pain. Wondering if taking out the moss will help?
  • ronuds 28 Mar 2013 14:05:05 21,788 posts
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    Have you tried any of our suggestions to try and stop it?
  • kalel 28 Mar 2013 14:06:53 87,564 posts
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    Brown or green algae?
  • binky Moderator 29 Mar 2013 12:37:32 9,622 posts
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    Green
  • kalel 29 Mar 2013 12:57:07 87,564 posts
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    Less light and clean your tank.
  • binky Moderator 23 Apr 2013 12:06:10 9,622 posts
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    I do indeed clean the tank every week. Took you up on the light thing though. Have reduced the hours of light (was keeping it on from 8am-9pm, now just from 5pm-10-11pm.

    In addition to this we bought a pair of otto fish that are doing a great job at keeping the algae down. They don't grow big like plecs can, so seemed suited.

    In the mean time we've had a bit of a guppy explosion! Last count last night was 15. That's with some of them getting gobbled up already. Not like we wasn't warned, so was prepared for this, though sad to say we can't keep them.
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