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by Bas Pels
Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:49 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Planning my new 29 :)
Replies: 20
Views: 4332

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
by Bas Pels
Mon Feb 04, 2019 2:42 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Planning my new 29 :)
Replies: 20
Views: 4332

Re: Planning my new 29 :)

The common Ancistrus are rather easy to seks - males develop a mustache, females don't. this starts @ 6 cm, but all males are recognizible @ 8. Not this is partly due to selective breeding, thus a) this does not autyimatically go for other species and b) a large female may develope som bristles. Fem...
by Bas Pels
Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Planning my new 29 :)
Replies: 20
Views: 4332

Re: Planning my new 29 :)

What is a parrot fish? If you mean a parrot cichlid, please refrain from supporting thos who created such a miserable creature. It derived from Amphilopus labridens or A citrinellus, a slender, fast swimming fish, into a thing with bend spine, not closing opercula which is not able to even breathe p...
by Bas Pels
Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:38 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: How to have Diatom free aquarium?
Replies: 4
Views: 847

Re: How to have Diatom free aquarium?

A new tank has much more diatoms than a mature one. My suggesation would be to firstly follow the previous post, than improve this tank by adding sand, and plants. No matter which of both - loaches need sand to play in. Then I would suggest to realize the 1 inch of fish a gallon only goes for small,...
by Bas Pels
Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:51 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Cobitis loaches
Replies: 10
Views: 1281

Re: Cobitis loaches

I don't have any experience with them. The only Cobitidae I have experience with is Acantocobitis, which is far different. Cobitis are found in the tropics, but also in Europe, in fact 1 species is found here in NL waters. But it is unlawfull keeping this species here, they are protected. As far as ...
by Bas Pels
Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Clown Loach in 105 Gallon
Replies: 3
Views: 633

Re: Clown Loach in 105 Gallon

As the UK gallon is some 10 % larger than the US gallon, you might want to change the 150 gallons redshark mentioned into 165 US gallons
by Bas Pels
Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:35 am
Forum: Fish Health & Treatment
Topic: Pop eye on Gastromyzon
Replies: 6
Views: 2606

Re: Pop eye on Gastromyzon

Getting the fish to the vet is a very bad idea. But perhaps you can get the vet toi the fish?


Most vets know nothing about fishes, and here I really mean nothing, there are vets who don't even realize water can have influence. But you might be Lucky and know a fish vet.
by Bas Pels
Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:51 am
Forum: Fish Health & Treatment
Topic: Pop eye on Gastromyzon
Replies: 6
Views: 2606

Re: Pop eye on Gastromyzon

Honestly, I can't Partly because I did not have any reason to gain experience with fighting deseases in the last 5 years, but also because before that I decided, after a presentation by a vet, never to use antibiotics for fishes. The thing is, after I treat the fish with something, the baceria will ...
by Bas Pels
Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Fish Health & Treatment
Topic: Pop eye on Gastromyzon
Replies: 6
Views: 2606

Re: Pop eye on Gastromyzon

As far as I know, a pop eye is mostly bacterial, and as you assumed, this is often due to lack of water quality. Rapid moving water is most often very poor in dissolved organic matter, hence no large amounts of bacteria can exist. Which made the fish need less defence against them. In our tanks the ...
by Bas Pels
Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:20 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: More then one Yoyo loach
Replies: 10
Views: 1192

Re: More then one Yoyo loach

While I have no experience with Yoyo - you could perhaps try with a yoyoish fish. Problem is, I know only 1 yoyoish fish. And any other would grow more or less to the same size.
by Bas Pels
Sat Dec 08, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: PLANNED POWER OUTAGE
Replies: 6
Views: 922

Re: PLANNED POWER OUTAGE

in most places 10 december is warmer than 10 January. At least it is here in NL. Hope this goes for you too
by Bas Pels
Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:54 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: PLANNED POWER OUTAGE
Replies: 6
Views: 922

Re: PLANNED POWER OUTAGE

Assuming you will keep all the windows closed and so on, the temperature will not drop dramatically. However, after bering still for 8 hours, I would not want to restart the filters, I'd want to clean them first. After all, in these 8 hrs everything has been without oxygen. And, therefore, in case y...
by Bas Pels
Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: DISSOLVED OXYGEN TEST KITS
Replies: 10
Views: 1371

Re: DISSOLVED OXYGEN TEST KITS

Whether a professional or not, what he was doing just does not make any sense from a chemical point of view. no sense at all
by Bas Pels
Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: DISSOLVED OXYGEN TEST KITS
Replies: 10
Views: 1371

Re: DISSOLVED OXYGEN TEST KITS

Around 2 min is the moment he is filling a measuring tubve with water. shaking it to remouve a bit of escess.

Yes, he is basically wasting his time, and te reagens
by Bas Pels
Mon Nov 26, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: DISSOLVED OXYGEN TEST KITS
Replies: 10
Views: 1371

Re: DISSOLVED OXYGEN TEST KITS

To answer your first question, a dopplet test for oxygen may be possible to make, but the result will have no meaning. Imagine standing neat a tank, with the kit. You take some water, and add it carefully into the measuring tube to the required level. That is, you poor water, thought to contain litt...