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post #71 of 80 Old 12-21-2012, 04:57 PM
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I can say the wood with the fungus (and that is what this is) is not Malaysian Driftwood. I think it is manzanita, but won't insist on that. The colour is a bit odd, but that may be due to the lighting and/or camera.

With so many species of fungus, it is impossible to say if this one is toxic or not; that would take an examination under the microscope by a microbiologist. So, you have two options. One is to remove the wood, boil it as much as you can, and replace it to see if this reappears. Second is to remove it and forget it; I had to do this with mine, after my attempts to clean it worked for a couple months, then the blasted fungus returned and fish began dying because it was on the back side and I didn't see it at first. Third is to leave it and watch for any signs of trouble: water may begin to cloud, whitish cloudiness; fish will become listless, lethargic; respiration will quicken, then some upper fish may begin to stay near the surface, and then gasp for air. This is going much too far, and will likely kill the fish by this time. But if you are prepared to leave the wood, those are the signs to look for. Again, this fungus may be harmless, but there is no way to tell except as I've set out.

In my case, the corys were first to be affected; they got listless, breathing much heavier than normal. At that point I removed the wood and did a 75% water change that solved the problem with no fish loss. I scrubbed the wood in boiling water, then placed it in a non-fish tank for 3 months with no sign of fungus, so it went into another fish tank. After a few weeks, fish began dying and I discovered the fungus had reappeared, so the wood went out to the garden.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #72 of 80 Old 12-22-2012, 12:01 PM Thread Starter
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This list is just for me as on phone - copy paspasting is fiddly -so i can look at the profiles and find the one I want. Haha

Ceratopteris cornuta*Echinodorus bleherae*Echinodorus cordifolius*Echinodorus major*Echinodorus X barthii*Helanthium bolivianus*Helanthium tenellum*Hydrocotyle leucocephala*Taxiphyllum barbieri

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post #73 of 80 Old 12-24-2012, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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As per email JDM this is the tank and stand.
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post #74 of 80 Old 12-24-2012, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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Oh and THINK your right JDM, seems aqua one do UK Australia and NZ.

Still, sure there must be another 80 cm wide tank in Canada that will fit nicely in your 81cm gap. Haha
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post #75 of 80 Old 12-24-2012, 09:06 PM
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It's actually not a gap, divider wall between two arches so it doesn't need to fit so much as to not be bigger. One item that I failed to mention, I am working with the wife factor. An aquarium was taboo until recently. We did pick out the unit together so I think changing it to a larger unit now might not go over well... I'm certain that she would notice the difference between a 25 and an 80 gallon tank.

Thanks for the info though. I do have a much larger space that an aquarium would fit nicely into... we'll see how number one goes first.

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Total years fish keeping experience: 7 months, can't start counting in years for a while yet.

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Small scale nitrogen cycle with a jar, water and fish food; no substrate, filter etc
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post #76 of 80 Old 12-25-2012, 07:53 AM Thread Starter
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Then JDM if You want a bigger tank today is the day to play your cards. It's Christmas after all and the best day, minus your bday I suppose, to play the "pleeeeeaaaase" card. Size matters J, and no one ever thought smaller was better. Point this out to your wife. Haha
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post #77 of 80 Old 12-25-2012, 12:42 PM
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My birthday was two weeks ago. I figure once I get this one running that a second is more likely. We're plant people and water plants are intriguing. Two tanks allow for more variety in fish anyway... Albeit smaller fish than one larger tank.

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The shotgun approach to a planted tank with an LED fixture

Small scale nitrogen cycle with a jar, water and fish food; no substrate, filter etc
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post #78 of 80 Old 12-27-2012, 07:56 PM
I got my first 55 gallon tank for my birthday last February (used) and I joined here the day before.

We keep adding tanks (there's a moratorium on now) because of the variety issue. There's always a new fish we want to keep. Damn fish. They're addictive like crack. Mind you, we haven't been knocking over liquor stores to supply our fish habit. Yet. LOL. Just kidding.


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post #79 of 80 Old 12-27-2012, 08:30 PM
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.... Mind you, we haven't been knocking over liquor stores to supply our fish habit. Yet. LOL. Just kidding.
News flash:
"Ottawa area LCBO outlets have been targeted but what has been dubbed the "fishy crooks"."

I'll know who it was.

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post #80 of 80 Old 12-27-2012, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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Haha but I bet you would!
When you start seeing old ladies in the street and they suddenly turn into giant discus and large driftwood hovering you know that's the time to get out of the hobby
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