Quote: Originally Posted by Golden
I think I mentioned this a few years ago...get a few Siamensis to take care of the black brush algae....other algae eaters will not touch it.
Charcoal from any wood will do fine as an activated carbon source, but cloudy water suggests you might be overfeeding? When was the last time you cleaned out the filters?
Thanks for the heads up on the Siamesis Colin (I remember it was you that identified that algae way back when I first got the tank "infected") and this happens just every now and then it has been crystal clear for a long time now.
Now I don't go mad with he feed but did find a really good dealer just lately (as I think the algae came from there in the first place) who sold me some dried Australian black worms and I am wondering maybe it may be them I only use a tiny amount as a teat is usually I feed them mosquito larvae but with the cold weather they are as yo know is short supply now.
I did try to reactivate some of the charcoal in a very hot oven for 20 minutes but i made no difference so I just made more fresh stuff.
filters I clean he corner one every three days the overhead once a day for the intake tube and whenever the two refillable cartridges get clogged and I know when they are getting past the use
by date as the water backs up in the in tank. The large sponge say once a month and the bacterial one least as I have to and that is only the top intakes grid.
All the refillable renewable filters phosphate remover gauze in them that gets replaced when looking a bit grubby and I try to keep that black brush to a minimum by physically removing it. But I shall see if I can get those Siamesis from the fellow in Orange.
Anak Yep mate that is me asking the question in the forum I used visit before I found this one (I couldn't stand the flaming and general arrogance of a lot of them and yep theta bloke has answered my question, and I have a ton of eucalyptus trees on my five acres so not shortage . I have been using Elm timber up to now not knowing if that the eucalypt's have a lot of volatile oil in the leaves mainly (I know) wanted make out for sure before I went ahead and us it..
I have a 200 litre (4 foot) tank with about 35 smaller fish with a few plants and stuff.
I have mainly basalt rocks with quartz gravel in the tank and one problem I do have is that any water I use to top up the tank has to be treated with a Ph down as the water is so alkaline where I live because it flows out of and across limestone bed rock.
The method I use for making charcoal is very simple
this video shows it down with gas - I use the second method only mine is just a bonfire and I plug the top with earth afterwards. It also gets rid of garden rubbish.
How To Make Charcoal (High Quality) - YouTube
< this method shows the escaping gases and volatiles better. I also use a large bulk coffee tin instead of the paint can
Making Charcoal - YouTube