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post #31 of 45 Old 09-28-2006, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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UPDATE.....

did a 70% water cahnge and to my horrer the filter was not working properly due to the water level being to high.

i sorted it out and within an hour the crabs moving again
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post #32 of 45 Old 09-28-2006, 11:41 AM
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Hi predator,

Have you considered using the Track My Tank feature so you can keep an easy log of your aquarium?
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post #33 of 45 Old 09-28-2006, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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i wouldnt know what that was lol
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Do you see "Track My Tank" on the menu bar and on the right of the home page? It is a feature that allows you to detail your tank setup and then make entries logging the levels, the fish, comments, special events, etc.

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i wouldnt know what that was lol
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post #35 of 45 Old 09-28-2006, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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will do that tomorrow,thanks m8
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post #36 of 45 Old 09-29-2006, 04:08 AM
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Hi Predator, keep us updated on how it's going and we'll give you as much help as possible. Remember to keep up the water changes and keep monitoring the water perameters on a daily basis. :)

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post #37 of 45 Old 09-29-2006, 07:14 AM
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Predator, Your concern for the well being of your fish is commendable. It seems as though you have learned one of the golden rules of fishkeeping. Sadly, there are very few LFS's that will provide you with the same concerns about your tank that you do. Most LFS's will encoruage, or at least not discourage, ill fated choices. A key thing to remember is that these stores are out to make money. As a recommendation, I would take a visit to a few different stores, without making any purchases, see what livestock they have available. Look at the quality of the livestock, look for things such as fish available for sale that are suffering from diseases such as whitespot (ich), fin rot, or other fungus'. A more reputible LFS will mark any tanks containing diseased fishes as "not for sale". Listen to information provided by the clerks to other patrons of the store. If you hear things that might sound a bit hinky, bring them up in a forum for discussion. you might also test the honesty of an LFS by finding a spieces of African cichlid and asking the clerk if they can go in with your tank with your community tropicals. If they say yes, then walk out the door. The answer to that question is undoubtedly NO!

Your water has a high Ph, while this is not necessarily ideal for tropical community fish, it is great for Tanganyikan Cichlids and Malawi Cichlids (African Cichlids). Now would be the time to reconsider what you wish to keep. Research your options thouroughly as down the road, it will be far more difficult to change your mind.

Best of luck, I hope this Info has been a help,
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post #38 of 45 Old 09-30-2006, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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nice post m8 thanks,

right i have white gravel in the tank and i have bedded 5 real plants into this.however there starting to look abit ill.do i need some form of plant food???

id assumed they just needed water lol but there begining to wilt.

my ideas for fish where.

tetras
guppys
red and brown clawed crab
fighter
dalmatin molly

will these be ok ????
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post #39 of 45 Old 09-30-2006, 12:14 PM
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Different plants have different levels of a set few requirements.

Light.

CO2.

Food Source.

There is a thread in the DIY section outlining how to make a CO2 system with common household items. Upgrading your flourescent bulbs to one appropriate for plants will be enough to keep most low and some medium level light requiring plants. then, all you need to provide is a food source.

one other consideration that should be made is the plants ability to root itself in the substrate you have provided it.

As with any other aspect of the hobby, a bit of research on your part will have a great impact on your overall success. There are several different internet sources for information on care and requirements of the different aquatic plants.

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post #40 of 45 Old 09-30-2006, 11:33 PM
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You need very hardy plants to root in the substrate you have chosen which is quite coarse. You could consider adding a piece of cured driftwood and choosing plants that will root on wood, there is a kind of fern like plant which does. The driftwood will also help lower your ph.

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