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Retirement and forum shutdown (17 Jan 2022)

Hi,

John Howell who has managed the forum for years is getting on and wishes to retire from the role of managing it.
Over the years, he has managed the forum through good days and bad days and he has always been fair.
He has managed to bring his passion for fish keeping to the forum and keep it going for so long.

I wish to thank John for his hard work in keeping the forum going.

With John wishing to "retire" from the role of managing the forum and the forum receiving very little traffic, I think we must agree that forum has come to a natural conclusion and it's time to put it to rest.

I am proposing that the forum be made read-only from March 2022 onwards and that no new users or content be created. The website is still registered for several more years, so the content will still be accessible but no new topics or replies will be allowed.

If there is interest from the ITFS or other fish keeping clubs, we may redirect traffic to them or to a Facebook group but will not actively manage it.

I'd like to thank everyone over the years who helped with forum, posted a reply, started a new topic, ask a question and helped a newbie in fish keeping. And thank you to the sponsors who helped us along the away. Hopefully it made the hobby stronger.

I'd especially like to thank John Howell and Valerie Rousseau for all of their contributions, without them the forum would have never been has successful.

Thank you
Darragh Sherwin

30L Nano. New Project

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06 Aug 2014 20:53 - 06 Aug 2014 20:59 #1 by Lauris (Lauris)


ok. so this i my third tank now.
As recently replaced my 30 nano scape with 60L, now decided not leave it in shed
to collect dust. Today new tank layout created. Only hardscape for fe weeks. I still
need to decide what plants I would like to see in. Used available rock and wood
from previous scapes. Do not mind the pink rail. as this DIY thing needs to be completed.


About tank:
Capacity: 30L
Ligt: Beamswork 600Lumens LED's
Soil: ADA
Filter: Planning to spin it with one of my old Eheim 2213



I still need to complete the scpe. Will get some white gravel or something at fold in front, just
before where the rocks and wood starts.



Have no clue what live stock it will hold. Will see whats available with my LFS when I will be ready
to spin it up. Defo some group of tiny-fancy fishes.



I still have no clue about what plants will go in. I need to search out for some growing
partly dipped in water. I would like to see that piece of wood outside the box wrapped
up with some creeping plant (any good suggestions welcome). And something green
trying to escape the tank on top-right corner. Never tried something like, so this will
be a new experience for me.

NOTE: Does anyone have spare white or light in color fine gravel? I could buy it or you could donate it? :)
I need only about 3 cups of it. please


ohh yeah.. I like now my dinning room much. My wife said this is too much for her.
I guess she needs a time..

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07 Aug 2014 13:39 #2 by Lauris (Lauris)
soooo.. the rail is done.
I'd say I'm proud of myself. lol :silly:
Looks very nice. I LOVE DIY things
Cost me nothing. Just a time to find
a bits and pieces in my shed and attic


the rail itself came from dissembled old bed tent-cover
of one alike:


So it was just a matter of fact to get few pieces together, drill the holes, and adjust the
LED unit itself with hooks.






as my wife is an artist - ( www.ironia-art.com ) - it did not took long to think where to get the paint
covered the rail with 2 layers of acrylic black paint





now.. this is a waaaaaay much better look now :cool:



and fixed it in place. easy-peasy

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07 Aug 2014 20:28 #3 by Jim (Jim Lawlor)
That's pretty cool and a great re-use of something that would otherwise end up in a skip !

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08 Aug 2014 12:28 #4 by Lauris (Lauris)
as expected.. it is always healthy to leave your hardscape for a while to settle with no water..
so did few changes in the left side corner. also emptied the front fold for different gravel.
And added few pieces of rock there and there..










As i never had a chance before.. I decided that this will be a nicely planted Betta tank. I always liked the
fish but none of the tanks were suitable for it. Regardless of its size I will try to make for Betta as much
hiding spaces as possible. I'm thinking to get a pair of it (male+female). I know they don't like strong
currents so I will get a lilly pipe for this and will load my eheim 2213 full of media tu reduce the flow as much as possible. However - I would like to see a very few tiny schooling fishes. Any suggestions (suitable for Betta)
very welcome.


Possible plants:
On the left side - possible one -
Pogostemon erectus
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I'm considering on the top right corner Sunset Hygrophila
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And some kind of Anubias as they can adapt above the water levels


Any suggestions?


Thanks!

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10 Aug 2014 23:09 #5 by platty252 (Darren Dalton)


Hay I see you have a bed just like mine. ;)
As an artist your wife should appreciate the living art you are creating. I like the dinning room.

I like both hardscapes.
Pogostemon erectus can grow fast and tall if it gets lots of light. With reduced light it only needs trimming every 4-6 months.
Most plants will work on the back right growing out of the water. Once they are not to close to the light were they will dry out.
There is a new Cryptocoryne "hobbit" that is very small that could work well in this scape. All going well I could have some this week.

A good option to go with the Betta is the red ruby tetra. Small, colorful and just to big to be eaten.

I like the DIY project. I think everyone likes a bit of DIY.
Keep up the good work.

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30 Aug 2014 13:20 - 30 Aug 2014 13:22 #6 by Lauris (Lauris)
Thank you Darren!

I think ruby tetra might be a good option
About top right corner I still have a spot to plant
I'm thinking kid or red-coloured plants, as it
might be a good contrast.

yesterday flooded
Will upload some nicer pics today eve or tmrw




also I need to sort out lilly pipes. as this does not look well (green pipes.lol)

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31 Aug 2014 21:21 #7 by Lauris (Lauris)
Ok. Few more pics of flooding it and once water cleared








so just few more plants and my Betta will swim in by the end of September
not afe enough now as I would like to keep co2 for a while a bit over the levels

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31 Aug 2014 22:30 #8 by platty252 (Darren Dalton)
Looking good Lauris. There is a nice bit of depth in the center of the scape.

You could try Rotala indica grown in to a bush in the back right corner with only some if braking the surface.
But you would have to let it come forward down between some of the rocks. This might be high maintance to keep it short enough.

Hygrophila pinnatifida might be a better option and IMO look well in the corner.

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14 Sep 2014 21:22 #9 by Lauris (Lauris)
Ok! Time for another update!

plants doing well.
2 weeks til Betta will be in. Decided to move my 2 yellow rasboras from another nano!
I say I love them. Will add another 3 or 4. I hope Betta won't mind a little company.
Have read on different forums they can get easy away with these, but that's more depends
on particular Betta temperament. Will see how it will act, if needed I always can move yellow
rasboras to to one of my other tanks. One Amano shrimp went along with few snails.
So far solution to reduce current with 2 walves closed on 1/4th on intake forks fine.
















PS> Darren:
Is it possible to order 3 or 4 Yellow Rasboras? I see you getting them in as I saw few in your new display tank :)

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14 Sep 2014 21:44 #10 by platty252 (Darren Dalton)
Looking good Lauris.
The Pogostemon erectus looks great. If it grows to fast for you just reduce the light level.

I will try get some Kabuti rasbora in for you.
The one's in the tank were the last of them.

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14 Sep 2014 21:58 #11 by Lauris (Lauris)
thanks. I would love to have them.
if you get them and if you can place them on hold i will take 5.
just let me know here via pm. thanks

also i will look for some fine net, this time i don't want let them to escape
and net should do fine without any big light loose

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14 Sep 2014 22:12 #12 by platty252 (Darren Dalton)
will do.

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16 Sep 2014 16:51 - 20 Sep 2014 20:26 #13 by Lauris (Lauris)
unfortunately the one posted here earlier passed away..
but this Sat. I will collect this one..
It should really pop-out in this tank. I hope he will like
his new apartments

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19 Sep 2014 19:44 #14 by Lauris (Lauris)
collecting my Betta tomorrow!
excited over the roof! like a little boy!


I gues my wife she is right!
"Man is like a big child, just the toys are more expensive" lol

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19 Sep 2014 19:44 #15 by Lauris (Lauris)

collecting my Betta tomorrow!
excited over the roof! like a little boy!


I guess my wife she is right!
"Man is like a big child, just the toys are more expensive" lol


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20 Sep 2014 20:26 #16 by Lauris (Lauris)
ok

meet Rocky!

this male has some serious balls! love my new addition!






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20 Sep 2014 20:32 #17 by Eric (Eric Corcoran)
Great pics Lauris. Glad you like him

Eric

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20 Sep 2014 20:38 #18 by Homer (Kevin)
Replied by Homer (Kevin) on topic 30L Nano. New Project
I have a female if you want her.

Kev.

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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29 Sep 2014 22:15 - 30 Sep 2014 16:27 #19 by Lauris (Lauris)
Just a quick update. As I closed my Fuval nano project (takes too much time for me to maintain 3 nanos)
moved to this one a bit of cuba carpet, monteCarlo and riccia fluitans (love this plant), I will leave it for few weeks
with no trimming, love it goes bushy






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30 Sep 2014 10:16 #20 by Aroshni (Lydia Olivera)
Lauris the tank is looking great and the betta is awesome, they are amazing fishes and never stop surprising me. Mine was in a community with kubotais, lampeyes, galaxies and shrimps and the shrimps kept breeding!

P.S I can't see the last photos you've uploaded.

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30 Sep 2014 16:30 #21 by Lauris (Lauris)

Lauris the tank is looking great and the betta is awesome, they are amazing fishes and never stop surprising me. Mine was in a community with kubotais, lampeyes, galaxies and shrimps and the shrimps kept breeding!

P.S I can't see the last photos you've uploaded.


thanks! my one does go away only with snails. :)
I tried with 2 yellow rasboras - did not work
I tried with 4 rice fishes - did not work either

Added a good bit of snails - he is now happy lil fella on his own


something went wrong with usual hos I was using . no pics should appear

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01 Oct 2014 00:33 #22 by platty252 (Darren Dalton)

Just a quick update. As I closed my Fuval nano project ]


Your wife wont be happy with the nano gone. Her with the eye of an artist will quickly notice the balance has gone in the dinning room.
Don't be surprised if she demands another tank to be set up. :laugh:

I like it when tanks are let overgrow a bit. But be careful with the Riccia, it can easily overtake or detach if not kept in check.

Again you have achieved good depth in the tank. You must be a photographer at heart or else your wife has subconsciously been a big influence in your layouts.

P.S. reading your post I just want to check if you still want the Kabuti rasbora, or is the Betta attacking them?

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01 Oct 2014 17:27 #23 by Lauris (Lauris)

Just a quick update. As I closed my Fuval nano project ]


Your wife wont be happy with the nano gone. Her with the eye of an artist will quickly notice the balance has gone in the dinning room.
Don't be surprised if she demands another tank to be set up. :laugh:


hah. she noticed it only on 2nd day. lol. so I think she is happy I have a hobby but she isn't excited about it.
also she has very strong criticism and appears to be this Betta tank is first one she really like. lol

I like it when tanks are let overgrow a bit. But be careful with the Riccia, it can easily overtake or detach if not kept in check.


I'm trying to keep an eye and not let it take over all over the place.
at the moment it goes soo bushy i don't want to cut it. but once it will overgrow I will
do some good cut back and hive the cut-offs away

P.S. reading your post I just want to check if you still want the Kabuti rasbora, or is the Betta attacking them?

yep. Betta does not get away with them. but I still would love them. I'll add them to my 60L scape

Again you have achieved good depth in the tank. You must be a photographer at heart or else your wife has subconsciously been a big influence in your layouts.

I am a hobbyist photographer. I guess for 7 years now. Mainly Film photography - Irish landscapes (film 35mm)
www.flickr.com/photos/lkzgraphy/sets/72157626061072539/ and MMA www.facebook.com/InCagePhotography?ref=bookmarks
also equestrian shows (but mainly business stuff, helping my wife to generate profit :) )

thanks!

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02 Oct 2014 23:23 #24 by platty252 (Darren Dalton)
No problem, I will have them soon for you.

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05 Oct 2014 15:55 - 05 Oct 2014 15:58 #25 by Lauris (Lauris)
Cut back no mercy
Maintenance like this takes about 2 hours for me



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05 Oct 2014 16:27 - 05 Oct 2014 16:28 #26 by Aroshni (Lydia Olivera)
Master of scissors!

Is that riccia? I have it in my nano and is a pain in the ass when you have:
a) a moss tree
b) floating plants
In my case I have both and I spend a lot of time taking the cuts, also I have realised that if you let it grow too tall a lot of stems go loose.
I'm going to try another setup in my nano.
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05 Oct 2014 16:33 #27 by Lauris (Lauris)
scissor-man! lol

yep. Riccia.
I'm trying to manage with it and keep it in nice bushes. the main is you need to cut it in off
once it is big enough to chop off in one peace. I leave out the forming thereafter and it does
minimize possible cut-offs to spread around the tank. I have no issues when it gets bushy
as it does stick together well. to be honest I love this plant a lot. defo thinking about ways
how to use it in my upcoming scape

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05 Oct 2014 16:41 #28 by Aroshni (Lydia Olivera)
Where do you have it tied and what did you use for it?
I tied mine to plain stones and then covered with a mussel net and with a lot of thin fishing thread.

Planning another tank? Guess you going for a big one...any idea in mind?

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05 Oct 2014 16:52 - 05 Oct 2014 16:54 #29 by Lauris (Lauris)
nope. not big one yet.
not ready. have plan for Fuval 46L (will take it of Kev)

I need something with closed top. will net a bunch of Rasbora Kubotai in
and this time I may play around with twin-star. would like to test how
that little wonder works

my riccia is just initially buried in my soil
than just threw few tine stones on top of it and job done

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05 Oct 2014 17:15 #30 by Aroshni (Lydia Olivera)
I have 8 or 9 kubotais and I'd like to replace them with more lampeyes. I love kubotais but I can't spot them as easy as the lampeyes or the galaxies.

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