Originally Posted by Tazman
I am originally from the UK and now living in Canada, not the US.
I do not need more light, I have 2 QUAD T5HO lights on the 180g tank...no algae problems as my synodontis multipunctus and Bristlenose Pleco take care of that.
Air stones, I personally do not like and have enough oxygenation created from the spray bar from my Rena XP4 and Penguin 350 and spraybar from my FX5.
Upping the temperature in my tank would likely cause stress to my fish as it is already at 78-80F (24-26°C), why would I want to expose my fish to higher temperatures to remove nitrates? I have Nitrates at 20ppm and do a 90g water change in the 180g tank once a week. Nitrates will be 10ppm or less after the change.
I cycled my 180g in 2 weeks heavily using filter media and decorations from my other established tanks. I have also been keeping fish for 15 years, freshwater and also some years ago a 300g reef tank, just starting again with saltwater now.
i agree your temp high enough there lol
you may not like air stones or bars but your fish will and if you want to change 90g of water how ever often ?
all because your pride will not let you learn than that is your problem
if i am wrong on all of this then explain how i kept a 180 gallon for 12 years with no cycles in such good water chemistry
i speak from experience which is FACT
if you lived in the uk and ever had molly's or LOACH
me and my dad would have more than likely bred them
As we used to pull approx 80 molly's a day at a very high standard (binning maybe 10 weak one's)
Selling them to the better fresh water sellers in the UK
Such as Stapley Water Gardens in it earlier years when it was the only place to get the very best quality of fish in the NW of England