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by jonstfrancis
Mon Mar 25, 2013 8:54 am
Forum: Freshwater Forum
Topic: Aid Water Quality?
Replies: 7
Views: 5202

Re: Aid Water Quality?

With the spider plant it will produce many plantlets on long runners that will drop into the water and root. I think that'd look really interesting and be rather distinct. Spider plants can grow under water for sometime but the plantlets would need clipping off after a certain period of time. I also...
by jonstfrancis
Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:13 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: What Is your craziest Loach Story
Replies: 4
Views: 1458

Re: What Is your craziest Loach Story

I had a dojo jump out a tank. I couldn't see it near the tank so spent a long time combing the substrate and taking everything out of the tank. Later managed to find the dojo under the furniture as it had wriggled across the carpet, covered in dust and half dry and with all its barbels sucked into i...
by jonstfrancis
Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:34 pm
Forum: Freshwater Forum
Topic: My aquarium
Replies: 1
Views: 2063

My aquarium

Sorry that the photo is poor, but this is my aquarium. Fish species in the tank are; Tanichthys albonubes, Corydoras paleatus, Sewellia lineolata and Pseudogastromyzon myersi. But they are almost all hiding behind rocks and plants. https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/524884_591024...
by jonstfrancis
Mon Feb 18, 2013 7:38 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: New Loach Owner, need some advice.
Replies: 6
Views: 1982

Re: New Loach Owner, need some advice.

They will lay about on the bottom during the day as they enjoy being active for (long?) periods during the night. Don't be surprised to find them lying asleep on the bottom, under the substrate with just their mouth and barbels showing, on a stone, suspended bizarrely on a plant or on the filter. I ...
by jonstfrancis
Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:37 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: how clean
Replies: 11
Views: 4533

Re: how clean

But Clown Loaches do best in flowing water. The algae grows in all areas of my aquarium. The brush algae in your tank (which is beautiful by the way) seems to be much shorter than in mine. I'm assuming it is because the plecs graze on it. In some parts of my tank clumps of the brush grow to almost ...
by jonstfrancis
Wed Feb 13, 2013 6:20 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: how clean
Replies: 11
Views: 4533

Re: how clean

Doesn't this algae need water flow to grow well?
I think it can help by keeping things you really don't want covered in brush algae out of the direct flow and in stiller water. It works in my tank anyway.
ps it's scientific name is Audouinella
by jonstfrancis
Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:18 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: how clean
Replies: 11
Views: 4533

Re: how clean

Black brush algae? I've grown fond of it in my tank, it kind of suits the natural look of mine. Although I do pinch some off of the wood and some rocks during water changes to give better feeding ground for hillstream loaches. And I take some pebbles out and rub them clean in the bucket full of remo...
by jonstfrancis
Wed Dec 26, 2012 8:42 pm
Forum: Freshwater Forum
Topic: Clams / Freshwater mussels
Replies: 1
Views: 1716

Clams / Freshwater mussels

Just wondering if anyone has any knowledge of keeping clams in aquaria?
I've noticed that a shop near me are selling "yellow clams" but have also noticed that there are "blue" and "pink" ones for sale on the internet too.
Well, I've an interest in putting a couple in an aquarium.
by jonstfrancis
Tue Dec 25, 2012 8:27 pm
Forum: Freshwater Forum
Topic: Aquarium without hood and light
Replies: 9
Views: 5995

Re: Aquarium without hood and light

Thanks again everyone. Didn't do anything really clever like some of the ideas you guys came up with that I wanted to follow. But anyway, I bought a T8 lighting fixture with bulb and cut a wire and plug from an old appliance and put in a 3 amp fuse. Got the light plugged in and working. Then made a ...
by jonstfrancis
Tue Dec 25, 2012 8:12 pm
Forum: Freshwater Forum
Topic: Planting an established tank question
Replies: 14
Views: 6927

Re: Planting an established tank question

I bought a little pot of this plant, Lilaeopsis novae-zelandiae, about three months ago. Took it out of the pot and removed the fibre it was rooting into and spread it about the tank's substrate. http://www.fnzas.org.nz/?p=820 Really am surprised at how well it has done in my tank and it has spread ...
by jonstfrancis
Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:05 am
Forum: Freshwater Forum
Topic: Aquarium without hood and light
Replies: 9
Views: 5995

Re: Aquarium without hood and light

Thanks again!
And, I'll try and make it hillstream proof Starsplitter.
So, I'm going to try and sort it out this weekend. If I finish it I'll let update the thread with the what's what.
Thinking of a lamp or shop light suspended over the tank which will be glass covered.
by jonstfrancis
Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:19 pm
Forum: Freshwater Forum
Topic: Aquarium without hood and light
Replies: 9
Views: 5995

Re: Aquarium without hood and light

Thanks guys!
You've both got me thinking... and thinking it shouldn't be too difficult to set up a light over the glass.
A light suspended above the aquarium but not fixed to it would work well and also enable me to keep the light on while I'm changing the water etc.
by jonstfrancis
Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:41 pm
Forum: Freshwater Forum
Topic: Aquarium without hood and light
Replies: 9
Views: 5995

Re: Aquarium without hood and light

The tank I'm concerned about is my 48in long tank. It houses minnows, corydoras and hillstreams. I'm not worried about them escaping as they've never tried before. I have a make shift lid of glass and a lid from a smaller aquarium but the light fixture broke. Please tell me about those ideas you hav...
by jonstfrancis
Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:01 pm
Forum: Freshwater Forum
Topic: Aquarium without hood and light
Replies: 9
Views: 5995

Aquarium without hood and light

So, I've aquariums without lighting. What is the best/cheapest way to set up lighting for aquariums without the original lid/hood and light? It doesn't seem very easy to just buy the correct lid and lighting. Does anyone have any ideas about setting up something that doesn't cost the earth or take a...
by jonstfrancis
Fri Nov 02, 2012 9:03 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: new hillstream tank
Replies: 20
Views: 8219

Re: new hillstream tank

Sounds good to me :D
I've thought about getting some Rhinogobius myself but they seemed rather expensive in the aquarium shops near me.
Good luck with stocking up your tank!