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30 May 2014   #11
ICIT2LOL

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Hiyya Colin mate I take you mean the Flying fox I have had those before and they are reasonably hard to find around here and this new dealer I found suggested other things too but they would I am guessing go after my smaller stuff which is mostly neons, scissor tails, rummy noses and some small (at the moment albino guppies) I do have some Corydoras - panda, sterbi, schultsei my last large Tiger barb, a couple of Black Widows and a couple of Rosy barbs about 25 in all.
Plus I do intend to get some rater nice rainbows he has in the shop but they are a bit on the pricey side right now.

Hum I have no idea of the nitro levels mate as I don't have a kit at the moment but will get one - just one of those things you always mean to get then forget. The cleaning well for the last two months I say I have cleaned every few days but more like two weekly as I have been living at my partners house in Parkes a lot. In hindsight then I suppose my mate who keeps an eye on the place could be feeding a bit too much as the filters gets dirty real quick?? The worst culprit in the intake tube for the overhead as it gets clogged wit black bush withing two days.

Now the tap water is unbelievably alkaline Colin and my test tube goes indigo immediately hence me using down pH stuff I would reckon it would be around 11 - 12 Ph plus they put so much chlorine in it because I think the water source is not that overly clean. So I try to keep my pH around neutral as much as I can - I test it before I mix the refill stuff to try and keep that equilibrium right.

Thing I never had many problems until this algae thing go into the tank and has been quite a a battle to get it back to something like normal
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30 May 2014   #12
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
To answer your question I would steer clear (no pun intended) from Eucalyptus as that oil is very aggressive for cleaning and many other needs but I doubt fresh water or marine fish would dig it at all......why risk it? I would say harder woods should work well for charcoal. Now maybe I should Google this but what makes charcoal activated?
You burn it it a non oxygen environment so it burns off the essential oils an the like but leaves that carbon behind. Burn wood in an open to oxygen way and as you know you end up with ash. Activated carbon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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30 May 2014   #13
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

John,

The Flying Fox is also a false Siamensis...its a very good community tank fish when kept in a pair or more, but as far as I know it also will not eat black brush algae.

What type and age of pH tester are you using? Most will not test past 8.5 or theareabouts. pH of 12 is exceptionally high....I can't see a council supplying the alkaline water. I suspect the readings aren't quite right. What I would recommend is to try the API Freshwater Master test kit. Get some base readings of pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate....high nitrate levels can cause algae problems so I would check that too. How often and what proportion are you changing tank water?

All your fish are community fish, so they can usually tolerate some range in pH, especially since they are captive bred.

Lets see your water parameters, and go from there.
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30 May 2014   #14
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
John,

The Flying Fox is also a false Siamensis...its a very good community tank fish when kept in a pair or more, but as far as I know it also will not eat black brush algae.

What type and age of pH tester are you using? Most will not test past 8.5 or theareabouts. pH of 12 is exceptionally high....I can't see a council supplying the alkaline water. I suspect the readings aren't quite right. What I would recommend is to try the API Freshwater Master test kit. Get some base readings of pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate....high nitrate levels can cause algae problems so I would check that too. How often and what proportion are you changing tank water?

All your fish are community fish, so they can usually tolerate some range in pH, especially since they are captive bred.

Lets see your water parameters, and go from there.
Ok Colin I will get one those kits in the meantime I do have access to fluid testing stuff at work (an RN) and the sticks we use test for nitrites, protein, Spec Gravity, ketones (which can alter pH) pH etc in urine so will be reasonably accurate for a baseline, just at the moment I have just been using that methylene blue dropper and go by the change colour on the small test tubes.

Now unfortunately I have a fairly immobile shoulder and have to get someone to help me change the water a it is quite hard to lift any amount for changing purposes a I think my last real change was some time ago around four months. So it really is over due a change but will see what Ican do after I have got these readings.

I have never had this problem before with this algae and I thought not much of until it suddenly seemed to take over the tank in what also seemed to me a very short space of time.
It got so bad I had to remove just about most of the rocks I had especially for their looks and for places for the shy ones to use
I have to add though that since adding a few more plants it seems to have slowed it down a bit so maybe there is too much plant food in the water?? .
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31 May 2014   #15
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

If you haven't changed the water in 4 months, then I expect your nitrate levels to be very high (100ppm +), leading to the algae problem. This is a well known phenomenon. You need to aim for about 5 to 10ppm nitrate.

The only way to reduce nitrate levels is through water changes. I would start by changing 50% daily until your nitrate levels are under control - dont add any new fish to your tank until then, or they will suffer nitrate shock. Thereafter, you need to aim for a 10% change weekly.
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31 May 2014   #16
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Ok mate I will try as long as the shoulder lets me but if you say it has to be done to keep those levels down I might have to enlist my gardener mate to help out.
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