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25 Mar 2016 10:06 #1 by robert (robert carter)
going on hols for two weeks , as our son will be with us I have no one to keep an eye on things , I use an automatic feeder all the time to feed my 350 litre community tank feeding new spectrum half mil pellets , twice a day 8am and 8pm these float for a short time and are eaten before they get a chance to sink . I have quite a lot of bottom feeding fish clown loaches and catfish these are normally feed with wafers after lights out at night . during the hols I wont have anyone to feed these so am worried about the bottom feeders . was wondering if I mixed some JBL granocolor which sinks farily fast in with the NLS and programmed a extra feed into the feeder would this ensure the bottom feeder got some food during the hols

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25 Mar 2016 14:04 #2 by alan 64 (alan)
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i think that will do the job mate

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25 Mar 2016 16:33 #3 by robert (robert carter)
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thanks Alan ,so with your seal of approval does that mean any fish losses will be covered by yourself ,just forward your bank details , :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy:

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25 Mar 2016 17:10 #4 by alan 64 (alan)
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Eh dont think so mate if it were me i would just get someone to feed them twice a week as ur so heavily stocked id be afraid of amonia build up

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25 Mar 2016 18:25 #5 by robert (robert carter)
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hi alan ,not worried about ammonia the filters are good never seam to get any ammonia or nitrate reckon its the biohome media doing a brilliant job ,was just worried about the bottom feeders getting enough feed.

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08 Apr 2016 07:25 #6 by robert (robert carter)
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Well just three days to go before I am back in dublin just hoping everything is ok with the tank and pond , and then can really get stuck into the new project the 350 with sump coldwater tank

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08 Apr 2016 13:06 #7 by Jonlate (Jon Late)
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I have never seen someone so active on a forum while on holiday. Is it raining or are you bored?
Only 3 more days to worry if everything is alive or not, if the feeder worked, the electric didn't trip, the tank leaked, the heaters stuck on, Etc. Etc.
Enjoy your 3 days that's left. If it's happened it's happened. But everything is probably okay.
Just sit back and relax, and look forward to the water changes when you get home.

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08 Apr 2016 13:10 #8 by robert (robert carter)
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Hi jonlate , it's lashing here in spain at the moment, so just researching things for the new build , better than watching daytime TV . Just icing to get Bach now . This fishkeeping bug just can't be beat

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10 Apr 2016 09:36 #9 by robert (robert carter)
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Well 14 hrs and will be home so fingers crossed all is ok

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10 Apr 2016 19:06 #10 by alan 64 (alan)
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Hopefuly everything will be as u left it mate

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11 Apr 2016 07:10 #11 by robert (robert carter)
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Well back from the hols late last night , everything in the 350 is good ,plants need a good trim but does look as though I lost and fish , shrimp tank is good just a good bit on algee on the glass , the pond no losses but topped it up the morning we were leaving and forgot to turn the hose ,so it's had a two week constant water change , so a good bit of maintainance to be done ,and can now really get stuck into the new project 350 coldwater with sump .

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11 Apr 2016 12:55 #12 by alan 64 (alan)
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Hey mate if the hose was running in the pond constantly how did all that tap water not kill the fish

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11 Apr 2016 13:42 #13 by robert (robert carter)
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I have been keeping koi for over 30 years and never used a water declorinator in the pond ,and never had a problem ,two of my mates who have ponds don't use it either . I do use it in the tanks

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11 Apr 2016 13:44 #14 by Jonlate (Jon Late)
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Hope water meters are not in your area!
Irish water would be well happy :woohoo:
Glad everything's basically ok.

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11 Apr 2016 13:47 #15 by robert (robert carter)
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no water meters as yet , but on the plus side wont have to do a water change this weekend

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11 Apr 2016 15:39 #16 by alan 64 (alan)
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I left a hose running in my koi pond years ago and it killed all the fish thats y this is interesting to me

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11 Apr 2016 17:55 #17 by nomad (pat murphy)
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Maybe the magic bio-home media has another trick up its sleeve : )

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11 Apr 2016 21:14 #18 by robert (robert carter)
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Have the heater on to 10 degrees and even fed a small bit of wheatgerm to them

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11 Apr 2016 21:28 #19 by nomad (pat murphy)
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Have no heater Robert but was told by a guy that owns an aquatic buiseness that to start feeding in the spring when the water temp is consistant at 7 degrees and above once nightime temps don't drop below 7degrees.I checked and Wednesday night temps are supposed to be dropping to around lowest 4 degrees so think will hold off a bit more.

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12 Apr 2016 09:01 #20 by robert (robert carter)
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Water temp is way down for time of year ,

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