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post #1 of 8 Old 06-08-2018, 06:04 AM Thread Starter
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Greetings Fellow Fishy People...

I'm setting up a tank after a couple of years hiatus and have come across this product and wanted to know if it's as good as people say it is:
Seachem Alert Combo, selling on eBay for AU$20 (Item # 132616163341) Anybody use them?

As for my little tank it's 165litres, filtered through an Aquis 1250. I intend putting on a wet/dry filter with the inlet hooked to the output of the Aquis (assuming the outlet isn't too much!).
I'm not keen on the force of the outlet right now, so I've aimed it at the side of the tank to deflect some of the flow.

I had it trickle filtering through a hangon filter while I was getting the tank ready but am going to be getting rid of it. If you're in the Melbourne area you can have it, it's only like 3 weeks old.

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post #2 of 8 Old 06-08-2018, 07:36 AM
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Ohh, another melbournian!

I personally consider those alert things a waste of money, many that I know who have them say that the reading can be inaccurate... and i have to agree, nothing beats a good quality test kit.

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With planted tanks a very high pH is normal because the plants are consuming the carbon dioxide. So I basically ignore pH.


That said, the ammonia alert is useful because it reacts to the danger free ammonia not the free ammonia and the safe(r) locked ammonia.


Which is useful if you are using chemicals to lock up ammonia and to prevent overdosing. The importance is that ammonia locks also lock up oxygen.


But even that is irrelevant with a thriving planted tank that is consuming any ammonia present.


my .02

maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: https://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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Actually I've actually never had much success with planted tanks, they always didn't thrive.
Having said that, I've got 3 plants in this tank and I'll see how I go.

My 1250 sprung a leak last night, luckily I checked before I went to bed!! Also lucky I keep it in a big deep bucket.
I couldn't find the leak for the life of me so I ended up fibreglassing the filter on the inside.
I'll check that the leak has fixed and if so I'll run it for about a week on another (fishless) tank before hooking it back up just in case.
The resin will be fully cured by tomorrow so fingers crossed.

Attached is a pic of the wet/dry filter I plan on adding although mine will be 5 trays wide.

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Actually I've actually never had much success with planted tanks, they always didn't thrive.
Having said that, I've got 3 plants in this tank and I'll see how I go.

My 1250 sprung a leak last night, luckily I checked before I went to bed!! Also lucky I keep it in a big deep bucket.
I couldn't find the leak for the life of me so I ended up fibreglassing the filter on the inside.
I'll check that the leak has fixed and if so I'll run it for about a week on another (fishless) tank before hooking it back up just in case.
The resin will be fully cured by tomorrow so fingers crossed.

Attached is a pic of the wet/dry filter I plan on adding although mine will be 5 trays wide.

Cheers
Dave
If the force is too strong for that, I suggest an easy 'T' piping unit to break up the flow between the trickle filter and directly into the tank. Have a ball valve so you can throttle back the water going directly into the tank, and you have a system that you can control the rate of water going through the trickle tray.

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That's an awesome idea!
Here's me thinking along the lines of a small pump purely for the trickle filter, but a T-piece will be so much better.

Thank you :)

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That's an awesome idea!
Here's me thinking along the lines of a small pump purely for the trickle filter, but a T-piece will be so much better.

Thank you :)
Certainly save on electricity... and give you suitable combos to ensure good water flow throughout the tank.

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Well, the mystery leak has got me baffled so I'm picking up an Aqua Zonic E02 pump, it's submersible, can shift 520 litres/hour and it has a 1m head which should do me fine.
Plus it's only AU$22- Bonus!

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