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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,113 ✭✭✭BigAl81


    Tis a Juwel Vision 180 litre (bowed front). I've 1 common goldfish, 1 Shubunkin, 1 Ranchu (not sure if thats what it is??), 5 Zebra Danios and 2 White Cloud Mountain Minnows.

    4 Real plants: 1 Amazon Sword, and 3 I'm not sure what they are, the red-y one I got in Ikea! I also have 1 piece of bog wood.

    I run 2 filters (Fluval 4plus and fluval U1) and a heater in the winter (I keep the tank around 20 degrees C).

    Ammonia 0 to 0.25ppm, Nitrite 0, Nitrate ~10ppm, PH ~ 7.5.





    Also available in night mode....



    Cheers :)

  • Registered Users Posts: 250 ✭✭fguinan

    WIZE wrote: »
    i can give you an Angel fish . im in Celbridge . its about 4 inches
    Thanks for the offer... but I was planning to get a small angel fish so my tetras don't end up in his mouth!

  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 16,695 Mod ✭✭✭✭Silverfish

    Silverfish wrote: »

    Just remembered this - that was then, and this is now:


    Moved him into a 300L tank


    He's still the boss of the tank though.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,016 ✭✭✭✭vibe666

    here's the new addition. it's a 2nd hand 260L Juwel Vision.

    it's going to need a lot of work to get it how i want it, but it'll have to do how it is for now whilst i get together all the bits and pieces i want.

    no backing yet, so that's the dining room wallpaper you can see behind it. :)

    it got about 75% of the water from my old 65L aquarium, plus a good squeeze out of the filter media and the existing substrate and filter came full of the good (and most likely bad, but you can't win them all) stuff from its old home so i'm just going to keep an eye on the levels and do frequent water changes as required until it's all settled down, then i'll look at getting re-decorating and maybe getting another few fish to liven the place up a bit.

    I still have the 65L tank on the go with a single fish in, who was very antisocial towards everyone else in the small tank before i upgraded, so i've left him where he is. my wife wanted me to feed him to our cats because he's killed off at least half a dozen other fish inc. 2 angels, but i'm getting far too soft in my old age so he's living out his time in solitary for now. if anything else seems overly aggressive in the bigger tank, i'll just move them in with him and they can fight it out together. :)


    my long term plan will be lots of sand, bogwood & plenty of live plants with a plain dark background (or possibly something 3D), but it'll do as it is for now, it's keeping both our cats and the new baby very entertained as it is.


    i also have an air pump with it, so i'll be looking at getting some pipe to snake around under the substrate for some bubble action, i've just got to find somewhere that has some.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,656 ✭✭✭norrie rugger

    Seahorse definitely has air line.
    I imagine that most stores would

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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,016 ✭✭✭✭vibe666

    Seahorse definitely has air line.
    I imagine that most stores would
    i'm working out near blanchardstown so i was going to try the Petstop out there next to Lidl in Blanch and see what they have.

    if not, i might nip round to seahorse tomorrow afternoon, thanks for the tip although i think if i go in there, i'll come out with half the shop! :)

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,114 ✭✭✭✭Sleepy

    Paid a visit to Seahorse over the weekend and added 2 Dwarf Rainbow Gourami, 2 Dwarf Powder Gourami and 4 Guppies to the tank over the weekend. :)

    There were already 2 Clown loach, a Pleco and 14 Neon Tetras in there so pretty full for now! If anyone can identify the plants I'd appreciate it. Have a nice backing for the tank but haven't gotten around to putting it on yet.



  • Registered Users Posts: 24,114 ✭✭✭✭Sleepy

    Silverfish wrote: »
    Moved him into a 300L tank

    What's that you have either side of the thermometer?

  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 16,695 Mod ✭✭✭✭Silverfish

    Sleepy wrote: »
    What's that you have either side of the thermometer?

    An Ammonia Alert and a pH Alert. Or the Food alerts, since the big fish clacks them against the glass to get attention when he's hungry.

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,114 ✭✭✭✭Sleepy

    Must look out for some of those, good idea!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,016 ✭✭✭✭vibe666

    i have an ammonia alert one, very handy to be keeping an eye on things at a glance without having to whip out the tester.

    the dot in the middle changes colour depending on the current conditions (and will change back when they improve) and the colour wheel around the dot gives you something to compare it against.

    very clever really. not a replacement for regular testing, but still very useful imho.

    they're made by a company called seachem and you can find stockists via google or ebay by searching for "seachem alert".

    the ammonia one lasts for up to 12 months but the pH one is only for up to 6 months.

  • Registered Users Posts: 17,736 ✭✭✭✭kylith

    Apologies for the blurry pics!

    Tank front view

    Rummynoses in lotus

    Talyn shows off his tail

    Front view. You can see the tetras at the end and Talyn perched on the wood in the middle by the bubble tube, it's one of his favourite hang out spots.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,656 ✭✭✭norrie rugger

    To me, the addition of a little root wood has made a tonne of a difference


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,114 ✭✭✭✭Sleepy

    Love the planting, really impressive!

  • Registered Users Posts: 621 ✭✭✭Bebo stunnah

    This is my 128lt Boyu TL-550 that I picked up in the Local Connacht Gold (to be fair Ive studied civil engineering, and the filter system is better than alot of the wastewater plants around the county!)

    I've got 2 weather loaches in it, and 8 goldfish, as far as i can figure, there's 2 longtailed ones, a common, 2 shubunkins a comet and 2 black goldfish.. which im still not sure what they are, all i can find online is black moors, and im certain that theyre definitely not moors. Ive had this setup for about 2 months now, after moving them out of a small little 35lt tank (i know, bit too small). It's going to be fun when I move in the next few weeks! but when im settled into the new place I was thinkin of adding some other things, anyone got any suggestions?



    theses are the 2 black 'goldies'


    and finally a video..

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,114 ✭✭✭✭Sleepy

    I'd hold off adding any more fish to that unless you can move the goldies somewhere else...

    128 litres is *WAY* too small for 8 goldfish... It's recommended to have 140l for the first goldfish and another 40l per fish thereafter... Adding the bio-load of the weather loaches and you should be at about 450l for that many fish...

  • Registered Users Posts: 621 ✭✭✭Bebo stunnah

    450lt?... would that not mean that most of the fish tanks on the market are far too small as it is? (I am aware that goldfish are the rats of the fish world, as regards dirtyness) The one I have was on the larger side to the ones I could find, infact I didnt see any over 350lt... I would assume alot has to do with the filters? Not quite sure what the specs on it are, but the whole back portion is the filter

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,114 ✭✭✭✭Sleepy

    It's to do with goldie's being large fish that need room to swim (common's grow up to over a foot in length!) and, as you said, they're dirty fish. Most common tropical fish require far smaller tanks than goldfish.

    Most fish tanks you see in pet shops are way too small, goldfish bowls are downright animal cruelty.

  • Registered Users Posts: 621 ✭✭✭Bebo stunnah

    A foot? :o i only thought koi would get that bag? because years ago when my mum had fish, they were years old and none of them aver grew bigger than 3 inches, and then they got ich from a pair of moors she bought and the whole lot ended up underneath the front garden :(

    Also, any suggestions to what the black ones are?

  • Registered Users Posts: 17,736 ✭✭✭✭kylith

    If none of your mum's fish grew beyond 3" it's probably because they were stunted from being kept in a fish bowl; keeping a goldfish in a bowl is the equivalant of keeping a human in a room 3' square because that's what they measure back to front.

    This is Paul, common, shop bought goldie, in a tank while I was cleaning out the garden pond. He was bought about 10 years ago from a petshop at the length of an inch or so. The tank he's in in the pic is 12" in diameter, and he was completely unable to move in there. I doubt if he'd even fit inside a standard goldfish bowl. I'm moving him indoors away from the bad weather (the pond froze almost solid last winter) and I've had to get a 120L tank which is the bare minimum he needs. Ideally he'd be in something twice the size.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 621 ✭✭✭Bebo stunnah

    No, she had a 50/60 lt rectangular one.. Ive never kept a fish in a bowl, even took my little sisters one that she had in a glass vase for about 3 weeks, was doing great, then all of a sudden seemed to be just staying in the 1 spot for a few days, then one day i seen him stuck to the filter inlet

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,827 ✭✭✭fred funk }{

    I decided to change my tank over from a standard community tank to an African Tanganyikan Cichlid tank. I gave my local petshop all of my fish except my pleco in exchange for some fish food. The substrate is coral sand and the rocks are ocean rocks. Even after two rinses the sand still clouded up the tank, which wasn't unexpected. I collected some sea snail shells down the local beech for a bit of decoration.

    I've changed the rocks around a few times and I'm still not 100% happy and I'm sure i'll change it around again over the coming days, maybe take out a few stones.

    For now the pleco has the whole tank to himself but not for long. I'll be picking up some fish this week, maybe some shell dwellers. I'll update the pictures when I ad some more fishies :)









  • Registered Users Posts: 17,736 ✭✭✭✭kylith

    Got my tanks all planted up.

    20L betta tank

    40L BiUbe

  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 15,858 ✭✭✭✭paddy147

    Following on from our 1st tank (500 litre Discuss tank)....This is project number 2 (the expensive one,as Im finding out the hard way. :eek::D ).

    This little 120 litre Juwel tank will now become a sump for a custom made marine tank.It has to be modified and sectioned off to make the sump.

    What am I getting myself into here???:D

  • Registered Users Posts: 17,736 ✭✭✭✭kylith

    LOL, my 'massive tank' is your 'little sump' :D

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,016 ✭✭✭✭vibe666

    it's not the size of the tank, it's what you put in it...

    ...or something. :pac:

  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 15,858 ✭✭✭✭paddy147

    kylith wrote: »
    LOL, my 'massive tank' is your 'little sump' :D

    Excuse the pun here....but......I think Im in a bit too "deep" here now.

    We have allready spent out a bleedin fortune on this marine setup as of present,and still dont even have the tank or cabinet made.

    Some amount of equipement and gear needed to do marine.:eek:

    Oh well.:D

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,120 ✭✭✭fungun

    paddy - does the equipment in your marine tank degrade much faster than in freshwater and if so, how much faster?

  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 15,858 ✭✭✭✭paddy147

    fungun wrote: »
    paddy - does the equipment in your marine tank degrade much faster than in freshwater and if so, how much faster?

    Havent even got the tank made yet,so I cant say or tell you.

    Tank,cabinet and sump are all being built by Seahorse Aquariams,as we speak.:)

    So far,the following has been bought....

    1 x Deltec MC500 Protein Skimmer
    1 x FMR75 Fluidised Reactor and Pump
    1 bag of Bio Pellets
    2 x Koralia 4S turbine blowers
    1 x V2 Vectron 600 UV Light Sterilisation System.
    1 x 5 stage "pumped" Reverse Osmosis water system (will be here on Monday)

    God knows what else.:pac::D

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,120 ✭✭✭fungun

    id be interested to know the final cost of an entire marine has been in my mind for a while as i moved from typical community to cichlids....seems like the obvious next step!