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by Bas Pels
Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: So Much For the Fishless Cycle
Replies: 20
Views: 157

Re: So Much For the Fishless Cycle

adding fish, waiting a week before adding more and so on looks like the best way to do so.
by Bas Pels
Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:45 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: So Much For the Fishless Cycle
Replies: 20
Views: 157

Re: So Much For the Fishless Cycle

While the idea of starting with some easy fishes is a good one, take care of selecting a species you would want in your tank I´ve read about people starting with a few guppies. Obviously, this few became more and more, and a long story short, they had to take out every last bit of decoration in orde...
by Bas Pels
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:01 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Pool Filter Sand
Replies: 13
Views: 228

Re: Pool Filter Sand

I have sand in all my tanks, in the largest one some 10 cm. No problems, what so ever. The sdand did come from a local contracftor, it was originally intended to build roads. That is, it is not well defined in any aspect. By now, more than 10 years later, the clay must have disappeared, so it is get...
by Bas Pels
Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: So Much For the Fishless Cycle
Replies: 20
Views: 157

Re: So Much For the Fishless Cycle

There was only 1 reason why I did not suggest stirring the sand - I assumed some fertilizer would be mixed into it. Apparently this is not the case. However, do remember, waterdoes not flow mucht through sand, so I would assume most of the sand did not come into contact with the surfactant. That is,...
by Bas Pels
Sun Aug 05, 2018 3:26 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: So Much For the Fishless Cycle
Replies: 20
Views: 157

Re: So Much For the Fishless Cycle

A surfactant is a compound which helps making other compounds, such as fat, solve in water. These compounds have one end which dissolves in wate,r while the othjer dissolves in fat. What happens is, the fat dissolving part will enter the fat, leaving the water dissolvable part on the outside. With e...
by Bas Pels
Sat Jul 28, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Freshwater Forum
Topic: TINTING AQUARIUM BACKGROUND
Replies: 12
Views: 190

Re: TINTING AQUARIUM BACKGROUND

Thanks for showing us the result. I have to admit, I had expected more.
by Bas Pels
Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:28 am
Forum: Fish Health & Treatment
Topic: White lines/dry or cracked skin on clown loach
Replies: 3
Views: 99

Re: White lines/dry or cracked skin on clown loach

If you write "white bumps" - how large are these? Ich is small. At most a millimeter (1/25th of an inch) across, and hardly any thickness. I get a feeling the white bumps should me much larger, 2 mm thick 3 or more mm across, and in that case the ilness was not ich. Most likely the fishes have recov...
by Bas Pels
Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:04 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Clown loach laying eggs
Replies: 14
Views: 217

Re: Clown loach laying eggs

Please tell us more. This is not rare, this is highly exceptional
by Bas Pels
Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Fish Health & Treatment
Topic: Did My Fish Get Me Sick
Replies: 3
Views: 74

Re: Did My Fish Get Me Sick

I can't imagine you drank the fishes water. Still some of the medecins used to cvure fish are notr really safe, so if you are not certain the fish is medicated, don't touch the water. Almost all deseases fish can have son't do too well in humans. That is, almost all illnesses you can cure by heating...
by Bas Pels
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: How to clean sand substrate ?
Replies: 9
Views: 101

Re: How to clean sand substrate ?

I never do anything to the sand, but I got rather large fishes in some tanks.

Perhaps these flush the debris away, perhaps the microbes in the tank are rather efficient - but I never see any debris on the floor
by Bas Pels
Fri Jul 06, 2018 2:51 am
Forum: Freshwater Forum
Topic: TINTING AQUARIUM BACKGROUND
Replies: 12
Views: 190

Re: TINTING AQUARIUM BACKGROUND

I do thik in this case your finacé is right. In a darkened car, there´s more light outside than inside. The light further comes from outside In a tank, the tank is brighter than the wall behind it, and the light comes from above, going to the wall. Regardless any transparancy in the foil, no light i...
by Bas Pels
Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:37 am
Forum: Freshwater Forum
Topic: TINTING AQUARIUM BACKGROUND
Replies: 12
Views: 190

Re: TINTING AQUARIUM BACKGROUND

While I can apriciate foil will look better, none of my tanks have peeled the paint.
by Bas Pels
Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:36 am
Forum: Freshwater Forum
Topic: TINTING AQUARIUM BACKGROUND
Replies: 12
Views: 190

Re: TINTING AQUARIUM BACKGROUND

I painted almost all my tanks. The first one with light colors, which did not work out. The others black, just black, and this works perfectly. However, dark grey could suffice too. Paint does not hold very well on glass, so put to piece you ant to paint horizontal, and obviously, paint the outside....
by Bas Pels
Sat Jun 30, 2018 4:32 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Copper or betel nut safe for sewellia?
Replies: 5
Views: 81

Re: Copper or betel nut safe for sewellia?

I never tried one of these products, AND I never kept Sewellia. However, I do know Sewellia comes from very clean, rapid moving water, and fish from these areas are usually rather sensitive where it comes to toxic products.

I would suggest not using any, but feeding a bit less
by Bas Pels
Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:54 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Moving and Quarantine
Replies: 23
Views: 273

Re: Moving and Quarantine

While I did and do use quarantaine for new fish, if I move fish from 1 tank to another I don't seem to need it Moving fishes weakens them, but apparently, in my tanks the conditions are rather similar, and therefore it waekens them a little, if any. When I moved house, I emptied 1 tank moved it an f...