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by Bas Pels
Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:44 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Can I get a hillstream loach?
Replies: 7
Views: 37

Re: Can I get a hillstream loach?

I would think you would need to preovide more current than you are able to. But, I don´t have any personal experience with them - I think mny tanks are not really suitable. I got one with a 10 times pump, but this tank gets too warm in summer. It´s Always 3 degrees C above room temperature, and room...
by Bas Pels
Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Freshwater Forum
Topic: Elephant skin rock
Replies: 5
Views: 22

Re: Elephant skin rock

While I think Diana proposes a good test, I woould perform it slightly different: I would use a lower pH. The lower the pH, the more will dissolve. That is, you get a faster measure. No change in a month, " pH 1 point lower will imply no change in a year in your tank With tregard to vinegar, the vin...
by Bas Pels
Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Freshwater Forum
Topic: Elephant skin rock
Replies: 5
Views: 22

Re: Elephant skin rock

Frankly, I don´t believe in `slightly`. ths stone does contain calciumcarbonate, and thus will raise the hardness. How much? That depends on the chemistry of your tank. Acidic water will dissolve more than neutral of basic water. Your water being soft helps a bit, but pH is much more important. Then...
by Bas Pels
Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:10 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: dojo/weather loach question
Replies: 8
Views: 94

Re: dojo/weather loach question

Reading your post, I think `You admit your tank can be improved, whay don´t you?`Because a gravel substrate is plainly not what a dojo needs
by Bas Pels
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:41 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Are These Queen Loaches?
Replies: 12
Views: 62

Re: Are These Queen Loaches?

Corydoras and Botia is not a really good combination indeed.

As said, they all live on the bottom, but don't really understand each othjer. Further, it is better to have 1 big group than 2 smallish ones, whether Cory or Botia
by Bas Pels
Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:09 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Powerheads
Replies: 14
Views: 189

Re: Powerheads

if the output is too diffuse, wouldn't it be an option to change the nozzle somewhat? Using a saw or something
by Bas Pels
Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Foam bubbles on top of aquarium
Replies: 9
Views: 109

Re: Foam bubbles on top of aquarium

Sorry for missing that. Perhaps someting you used decorating did contain the proteins
by Bas Pels
Fri Jun 01, 2018 2:40 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: ID Please Serpent body large head
Replies: 7
Views: 119

Re: ID Please Serpent body large head

Can´t help you, but please do try and overfeed them for a while, they are skinny.
by Bas Pels
Fri Jun 01, 2018 2:38 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Foam bubbles on top of aquarium
Replies: 9
Views: 109

Re: Foam bubbles on top of aquarium

Sea water enthousiasts have protein skimmers, using foam to separate the protein from the water. Although this does not work properly in sweet water - one needs very tiny bubbles, which are instable in sweetweater, but stabel i nseawater, in order to get this foam. BUT proteins can produce a foam, a...
by Bas Pels
Mon May 28, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Backdrops for aquariums
Replies: 4
Views: 89

Re: Backdrops for aquariums

in 1988 I got a tank, which I painted. Many colors of Grey, and the rusult was far to light. I still got this tank, but it is the only one painted brightly. 1 tank I forgot to do the back, so I tookplywood, painted black, but all others have their backs, and sides, painted black. The smallest ones a...
by Bas Pels
Tue May 22, 2018 2:43 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Help me build the perfect loach tank
Replies: 67
Views: 875

Re: Help me build the perfect loach tank

@ waterchanges, I have a few hoses of 10 meters. I never use buckets for waterchanging. I do use them for anything else, from siphoning dirt (rarely) to shopping
by Bas Pels
Mon May 21, 2018 2:51 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Help me build the perfect loach tank
Replies: 67
Views: 875

Re: Help me build the perfect loach tank

I assume the Dr Tim was supposed to introduce bacteria. You could go an find someone with a gool working tank, and take a bid of the bottom material as a starter.

Personally, I don´t like such commercial preparations, but opinions can differ
by Bas Pels
Sat May 19, 2018 2:41 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Help me build the perfect loach tank
Replies: 67
Views: 875

Re: Help me build the perfect loach tank

Well done, lost of hiding places is nice. The only thing I'd suggest is to actually have vertical coverage. You'll be surprised how much bottom feeders like going up when there's actually something to explore... How do I create this? I love Bas suggestions of emergent plants and intend on planting ...
by Bas Pels
Thu May 17, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Sand for loaches?
Replies: 13
Views: 225

Re: Sand for loaches?

it´s the normal behaviour of Acantopsis species, and yes, sand is found in their gut, but obviously excreted unprocessed. I can´t tell which other loach has this behaviour. In areas where cichilids are found, Africa and South America, cichlids have taken this niche. Geophagus and other cichlids have...
by Bas Pels
Fri May 11, 2018 2:32 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Help me build the perfect loach tank
Replies: 67
Views: 875

Re: Help me build the perfect loach tank

With regard to painting a tak, almost all my tanks have the back and side windows pained. The only exception are 2 tanks where I somehow forgot to paint the back. The difference between high gloss and low gloss is het coaseness of the filler - low glos has a slightly more coarse one, making the surf...