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by Bas Pels
Tue May 22, 2018 2:43 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Help me build the perfect loach tank
Replies: 66
Views: 438

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: 66
Views: 438

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: 66
Views: 438

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: 131

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: 66
Views: 438

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...
by Bas Pels
Thu May 10, 2018 2:43 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Help me build the perfect loach tank
Replies: 66
Views: 438

Re: Help me build the perfect loach tank

Here I have to disagree with Diana.

Firstly, the ich problem is solved, but more importantly, anything you put into the big tank will be facing a period of more than a week without any fishes in the tank. No ich spore could survioe that
by Bas Pels
Wed May 09, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Powerheads
Replies: 9
Views: 88

Re: Powerheads

Loaches do that. It must have been over 20 years ago, but I once saw a loach (don't remember what species) swim into the suction tube of an Eheim, so I opened the pot, remouving the substrate in order to see some 6 loaches, looking good by the way, in the pot.
by Bas Pels
Tue May 08, 2018 2:43 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Help me build the perfect loach tank
Replies: 66
Views: 438

Re: Help me build the perfect loach tank

Quite a few of my tanks are unheated too. I got another with a heater being rathes powerless, and this heater is working 24/7. That one will, therefore, never overheat the tank too What helps is using intern filtration, with a pump in the tank. Assume this pump uses 30 watts. This energy will go int...
by Bas Pels
Tue May 08, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Fish Health & Treatment
Topic: Ich?
Replies: 60
Views: 490

Re: Ich?

Although ich is a disease which will hit the fish when they are weakend, for instance new fish are vulnerable, I've never seen ich hitting after moving fishes. Therefore you can move the fishes to the bigger tank, and use this one as a quarantaine tank for now. Later on, I would assume the large tan...
by Bas Pels
Mon May 07, 2018 2:46 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Help me build the perfect loach tank
Replies: 66
Views: 438

Re: Help me build the perfect loach tank

So are we in consensus that sand is the way to go for a substrate, at 2" for the tank for loaches? unless the bottom is rock, any water, wherever, has a sandy bottom. The word sandy can, however, include even finer particles we rather not have in our tanks. So yes, regardless what you want to keep ...
by Bas Pels
Sun May 06, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Help me build the perfect loach tank
Replies: 66
Views: 438

Re: Help me build the perfect loach tank

don't know whether 400 watt is needed for your 300 L, but 2 is Always safer than 1 In fact, you could get 2 cheap ones, costing much less than 1 good one, and be safer With regard to filtration, the main thing in filtratio nis the volume of the filtrer substrate. This should be at least 6 % of the t...
by Bas Pels
Sun May 06, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Help me build the perfect loach tank
Replies: 66
Views: 438

Re: Help me build the perfect loach tank

@ sand, I once had the road builder put a cubic meter of sand in my yard, and this is the sand I use since. Originally it was rich, with clay and so on, but in the case of the tank above, the sand has been used in a tank for 4 years, and all nutrients werre used. So I added clay and so on. In other ...
by Bas Pels
Sun May 06, 2018 2:56 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Help me build the perfect loach tank
Replies: 66
Views: 438

Re: Help me build the perfect loach tank

With regard to the plants, I'd choose Cryptocorynes. They don't grow fast, so you will not need to get your hands wet every week or so - with the resulting advantages for the fish. Loaches like quiet tanks. I have a 75 * 70 * 30 cm tank (30 is het height) with a lot of wood in the back, and Crypto's...
by Bas Pels
Wed May 02, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: Fish Health & Treatment
Topic: Ich?
Replies: 60
Views: 490

Re: Ich?

Raising the tempt to 30 C - that´s close to 86 F - is a good opportunity in case the fish can easily withstand that temperature. I keep Cherry barb, I think you mean Puntius titteya, aroiund 21 C, and no 30 C weould be too high. In case the treatment is nog good for the patient, it will not help. St...
by Bas Pels
Fri Apr 27, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: Fish Health & Treatment
Topic: Ich?
Replies: 60
Views: 490

Re: Ich?

While large waterchanges help fighting ich, and certainly cleaning the substrate does, the problem is you will neeg certain bacteria in the tank. Those that make NO3- out of NO2-. That is, these bacteria detoxify these nitrites by making nitrates, being 10.000 times less toxic. So, while your need f...