What would you never be without

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18 Sep 2013 10:58 #1 by CrustyCrab (Peter Biddulph)
What fishkeeping items would you not be without?
Apart from aquariums, filters, heaters, lights, fish etc.... :whistle:
For me its a Gravel Cleaner, Spare heater and Impellers, Airpump, Basic Meds, Testkits, Easylife FFM and Ammolock

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18 Sep 2013 11:20 #2 by igmillichip (ian millichip)
Largish plastic containers.....in case a tank breaks !!

Water conditioner; molecular sieves or similar (eg ammonia removing zeolites, PolyFilter); spare filters (small ones).

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18 Sep 2013 12:24 #3 by Ski (Alan McGee)
Yeah largish plastic containers would be handy. Lids would be good so you could also use for transporting fish.

Always handy to have some egg crate around.

I know ya said no filters but it's always handy to have a spare fx5 around like we've seen in the past. Have to get my hands on a spare one myself.

Medicine for ich and other things that might pop up

And as always, some monster fish :) , oh and maybe an indoor tropical pond

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18 Sep 2013 13:09 #4 by CrustyCrab (Peter Biddulph)

Ski wrote: Yeah largish plastic containers would be handy. Lids would be good so you could also use for transporting fish.

Always handy to have some egg crate around.

I know ya said no filters but it's always handy to have a spare fx5 around like we've seen in the past. Have to get my hands on a spare one myself.

Medicine for ich and other things that might pop up

And as always, some monster fish :) , oh and maybe an indoor tropical pond


and you forgot herself for the breakfast !!

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18 Sep 2013 14:17 #5 by JohnH (John)
Nice little thread, lighthearted but with a serious undertone, thanks for starting this one Crusty.
I'm wracking what's left of my brain to come up with one definitive item - there really are lots of 'must-haves'.
I suppose one thing I really couldn't do without must be my RO unit (pump's making a dreadful racket, I think I'll need to save up for a replacement one day soon).

John

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N. Tipp

We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl - year after year.


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18 Sep 2013 15:16 #6 by m4r10 (m4r10)
After struggling for a long time with plastic drums for water changes, I can't imagine what life would be without the pump which is doing the most of the water change for me. On top of that, I already sold the drums so I'll be fecked if the pump breaks down :crazy:

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18 Sep 2013 15:21 #7 by bmcg38 (Brian McGrath)

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18 Sep 2013 16:24 #8 by Melander (Andreas Melander)
Good thread, hard choices..

I have to go with the spares; heater & air pump (preferably with a seeded sponge filter) but I'm also very fond of my turkey baster.

Andreas

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18 Sep 2013 18:28 #9 by LemonJelly (Johnny Cowley)
The love of a good woman... and sponge filters :whistle:

"The only thing that burns in Hell is the part of you that won't let go of your life; your memories, your attachments. They burn them all away. But they're not punishing you.They're freeing your soul."

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18 Sep 2013 18:36 #10 by wylam (Stuart Sexton)
I would never be without my OH, because my house would be full of tanks only for her...............wait... hold on a minute!!! :evil:

Multi tasking: Screwing up more than one thing at a time.

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19 Sep 2013 06:30 #11 by Homer (Kevin)
Fish Antibiotics like Metronidazole and meds lie Levamisole , bloody Government!! I have to get my sister to send them to me from the USA !

H.

The Glass is always greener on the other side.


It's NOT "Chee lick", NOT "Chee Chee Licks"!!! Cichlids is pronounced as "Sick Lids"!!!!!

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19 Sep 2013 08:02 #12 by Stem12 (Stephen M)
Ye same I suppose, large bucket, and I kind of freak out if my water conditioner is less than a half bottle :/

Freezer always has a back up of food i.e.; bloodworms brine shrimp etc. (missus not to happy)..

Oh and the simplest of all a tank scrubber like a little sponge always have them on back up..

Stephen M.

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19ltr-Fluval Chi-

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25 Nov 2014 11:36 #13 by JohnH (John)
I was looking back at some previous posts and thought this one might be worth resurrecting, in the light of the new influx of Forum members.

I guess, for me, it would still have to be my RO unit, although when my 'new' rainwater system gets finished this might just become redundant - or at least become confined to backup status.

It will be interesting to read comments from others - who knows, a year on priorities may have changed?

John.

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We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl - year after year.


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25 Nov 2014 19:08 - 25 Nov 2014 19:08 #14 by Eric (Eric Corcoran)
Plastic tubs . They're great for quarantine and for growing on fry. Very cheap as well.
Sponge filters. I always keep a couple of sponges in the main tank just in case
Catappa leaves. Can never be without

Eric
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25 Nov 2014 20:43 #15 by anthonyd (Anthony Debesne)
Buckets
airline for water changes
Ro unit
Conductivity meter

Anthony

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19 Jun 2016 11:09 #16 by Bill (Bill Hunter)
A really good, strong padlock on the inside of my fish room so I can sit in peace and quiet :cool:
Bill

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19 Jun 2016 12:23 #17 by robert (robert carter)
My back up heaters , pumps and filters so i can relax knowinng if something goes bang i have a back up

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19 Jun 2016 12:45 #18 by Sukahn (Shane Doorley)
My ro system, backup pumps and heaters and a 210L water butt full of ro water in case.

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