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by Bas Pels
Sat Apr 06, 2019 4:00 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Planning my new 29 :)
Replies: 20
Views: 4317

Re: Planning my new 29 :)

Do you know what a blood parrot is? It descended from an Amphilophus citrinellum, but it has been destroyed by inbreeding. The spine is curved, the gills don't close. That is, the fish can't breath well, cvan't swim well - but being an A citrinellus it should want to be one of the swiftest swimming ...
by Bas Pels
Sat Mar 30, 2019 4:33 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)
Replies: 112
Views: 18042

Re: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)

Plant material. The very thing which make the water black. One among them is humic acid - this is partly decayed plants, large molecules with acid funtion an quite a few places. Now you might think acid = conductive, but atthe pH of black water, 5 or less, the humnic acid is - as we chemist call it ...
by Bas Pels
Fri Mar 29, 2019 3:39 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)
Replies: 112
Views: 18042

Re: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)

That's right. What a softener does, is exchange calcium and mangesium for sodium. Waterhardness has it's origiens in the laundry - calcium and mangesium hinder the effects of soap. Therefore hard water needed the use of more soap, and later the softening industry began. For us, hardness was basicall...
by Bas Pels
Tue Mar 26, 2019 4:05 am
Forum: Fish Health & Treatment
Topic: Clown Loach - Red Gills, High Nitrates, Help?
Replies: 4
Views: 6872

Re: Clown Loach - Red Gills, High Nitrates, Help?

An old topic, with a nonsense comment. Beware for what may follow
by Bas Pels
Sat Mar 23, 2019 4:30 am
Forum: Fish Health & Treatment
Topic: skinny clown
Replies: 3
Views: 3786

Re: skinny clown

Fish, generally, don't need much, but clowns need more then other fish. I would assume twice wat a similar sized barb would need.
by Bas Pels
Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:22 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Building my first loach tank!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 849

Re: Building my first loach tank!!!

A Rio 180 is 180 liters - actutally less, as the 180 liters is measured on the outside. I once measured the actual measurements - inside, without sandfloor and empty few cm in the top, anmd found that the real amount of water is ~70 % of the "official" one. That is, a Rio 180 normally contains some ...
by Bas Pels
Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:58 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)
Replies: 112
Views: 18042

Re: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)

Bas, let me say this. Tank PH is 8.0. I add baking soda with each water change to keep a consistent KH between 3-5. My tap water is 8.2. KH out of tap is 0. Is it possible PH will not drastically fall over a few days without adding baking soda to the newly added water? Last water change was 3/8, 40...
by Bas Pels
Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)
Replies: 112
Views: 18042

Re: Videos. Cyst bursting. Silver Dollar (lives with loaches)

Don’t I need the KH to be existent? If I don’t add baking soda the KH will be nil. That can’t be safe. KH comes from the German for Carbonate hardness. Carbonates are normally in your water, unless the pH is too low. CO2 is in the air everywhere, and dissolves into the water. It can react with a wa...
by Bas Pels
Sun Mar 10, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Loaches rubbing on wood
Replies: 12
Views: 6456

Re: Loaches rubbing on wood

Very sharp of you - this is a mummy threat indeed. From 2006 :shock:
by Bas Pels
Sat Mar 09, 2019 3:07 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Loaches rubbing on wood
Replies: 12
Views: 6456

Re: Loaches rubbing on wood

It sounds to me as if their new water is a bit itchy - like wearing a pair of wool trousers.
by Bas Pels
Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Points to watch with RO units?
Replies: 6
Views: 852

Re: Points to watch with RO units?

Using an RO unit normally implies having a large container to prepare the water. An RO unit exits water with a hardness of 0, containing no dissolved gasses. It also exits a lot of waste water, harder than what went in, with the gasses and everything else. In many cases the unit provides for the opt...
by Bas Pels
Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:22 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Weird red algea?
Replies: 6
Views: 941

Re: Weird red algea?

Black beard algae are another matter indeed. It´s been a long time since I had them, but I don´t know anymore how I got rid if them
by Bas Pels
Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:19 am
Forum: Fish Health & Treatment
Topic: cannabis for fish meds
Replies: 2
Views: 2429

Re: cannabis for fish meds

Is this serious or is it another spam attempt? I don´t know but I do know I will not attempt the link.

Can´t answer the question, as I dson´t have any experience with feeding cannabis
by Bas Pels
Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:07 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Weird red algea?
Replies: 6
Views: 941

Re: Weird red algea?

I've had the same, but I can't say I dislike this kind of algae

If you do, you might change something in the tank, favouring another kind of algae - but this might take some time to change
by Bas Pels
Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:49 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Planning my new 29 :)
Replies: 20
Views: 4317

Re: Planning my new 29 :)

I found out that constant 21 C is too cold. White cloud minnows can stand temps as high as 22, perhaps 24 C - but better not al year long.

There are much better combinations, for instance Trichmopomus heteromorpha, Boraras and so on