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Discussion in 'Beginners Corner' started by ButtNekkid, Sep 23, 2016.

  1. Phile

    Phile Member

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    I have always used the Hydro sponge filters that I got online from That Pet Place. Inexpensive, easy to use, replacement sponges available, great for small tanks. I used them for my jollies.
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    Hi,

    I have found this silica sand that is used for sandfilters. It´s size is 0,4-0,8mm. It´s supposed to be pre-washed.
    Is this a good choice for apistos. Will it clog up?
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    dw1305 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Hi all,
    It is fine, a lot of people use it. Have a search for <"pool filter sand"> on the forum.

    cheers Darrel
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    Hi,

    I tested my sand. It raises conductivity. I tested by putting 2 tsp of sand into a cup of DI water for over 24 hours.
    5 µS before. 18 µS after. Do I have to make more tests (KH/GH) or is it useless as a substrate? As it seems to leach something.
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    gerald Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    That's still a negligible amount of conductivity. The solubility of silicate is very small and won't harm the fish; nor will it raise KH or GH, if silicate is the main ion dissolving from it.
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    Hi all,
    Did the water warm up while it was in the cup (ie. was the original DI water cold)? If it warmed up some of the rise in conductivity will be to do with temperature.
    I agree with Gerald, it is a small rise in conductivity, and I think it should be OK to use.

    It could be traces of calcium carbonate left in the silica sand, bur they would only be traces.

    cheers Darrel
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    Hi,

    The water was at room temperature the whole time. Will it stop leeching eventually?
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    Yes!

    1st spawn from my Cacatuoides . I ´ve kept tanks for 20+ years and this is the first time I see free swimming fry.
    The most spectacular thing! I just saw mom coming home from behind the Java bush and "puking" 10+ fry!

    Amazing parents. Kicking tetras asses constantly. Haven´t seen any predation from Cardinals.

    In pic whole family at "peat pit" having fun!

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    Do you think my smaller tank is too small for breeding with dithers?
    My Cacatuoides male picks up a couple of fry and beats up hatchets and the tetras even they stay on surface and and in the opposite corner.
    3 of my hatchets has lost half of their tail fins.

    I removed the male to my bigger tank so that the dithers have time to heal.
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    Any ideas why behaviour like this occurs?
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    gerald Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Why do cichlid parents attack fish that look like they could eat their fry? Think real hard ...
    In the wild they would probably chase away any fish within about 3 feet of their fry.
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    Hi,

    Is this peat particle dirt that comes from water changes harmful to plants? Will it hinder their ability to harvest nutrients?
    I personally don´t mind how my moss looks.

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    Any comments on this?
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    gerald Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Blow the peat off the plants with a baster or pipette if a thick layer settles on them. A little wont harm them. Peat in the substrate is good for plants.
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