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  2. Fishly is a legitimate site, so im not sure whats going on there, you will need to try and contact them do they have a phone number?
  3. I suspect many started the same way 🙂 My dad stripped an old freezer and buried it in the garden to make our first fish pond, when I was about 12, after feeling sorry for the ones in the bowl. He went on to build a larger, kidney shaped one. I have a photo of my friend and I swimming (more like wallowing) in it when I was 16 (no I am not posting it here!) I married at 18 and after a couple of years talked my husband into helping me set up our first tropical tank - we then killed all the fish thanks to incorrect information from the garden centre who sold us the gear (no internet in those days and no local pet shop!). It took a couple of years and many mistakes before we got the hang of it, thanks to helping set up a local fish club then joining the FNZAS. At the height of our interest, we had 18 aquariums around the house, as our 2 kids had their own tanks in their rooms, and you can find the progress of our pond build (2006 I think) in the cold water section here. As we are both now retired, we are down to one tropical 4ft tank which has been running since 2000 - 2002. We are considering dismantling it though as we are finding the maintenance harder to do these days and the tank is well overdue to be re-sealed. Every time there is an earthquake I fear the seals will give way! Our pond, which we enjoyed for about 18 years, was recently filled in to make way for an access ramp for my now disabled husband. Good luck with your new set-up.
  4. Hello The first time I kept fish they were goldfish, and I was about ten. There was not as much good info available to a kid then and needless to say, it did not end well. Coming back to it as a thirty year old after much drooling over beautiful aquascapes on YouTube, I'm glad there is so much more support now. I have started off with a Betta, some golden barbs and two otocinclus. They seem happy and my dog is absolutely fascinated with these new tiny inhabitants of her house!
  5. Yes i have purchased a bit off them and always prompt and efficient service, maybe try a reminder here https://www.facebook.com/FishlyNZ
  6. I've not heard of them (which doesn't mean much) but I note they have a Facebook page. If you have a FB account, you could try messaging them through there. They appear to be based in Hawkes Bay.
  7. Hi, I recently set up a new tank, and ordered plants from a site called Fishly.co.nz. Day eight since I made the order and I have received an order confirmation but nothing else. No shipping confirmation, no delivery. I have sent them an email but they have not replied. I buy a lot of things online and the site looks legit, but at this point I'm really concerned. Has anyone else purchased plants or fish from this site?
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  9. Hey Have a blue planet essentials 150L setup complete with fluval 206, LED light and stand currently running complete with substrate and a rainbow shark (which i also need to rehome) Additionally have another 150-160L tank with missing internal filter and broken light. Comes with Sun-sun 303B The catch is im up a lot of stairs and i ideally need them gone in the next couple of days. Especially the blueplanet setup. Cheers Shane
  10. I spoke to someone who lives in ChCh and used to breed these. If you still need help by the end of the week, let me know and I will contact her again but she is at a conference this week so unable to help until she gets home.
  11. I have never had a tank without fish but know a lot of people use root tabs successfully. Why not add a fast growing plant, like water sprite/Indian fern?
  12. My tank has water! Finally there is something to do other than killing off some specific bacteria. Aquarium system 2.0 now has plants, a Hydrocotyle (pennywort) species and a Nymphoides indica (snowflake lily). They've put on healthy leaves since being submerged. They're going to need to provide cover for my fish, so they've still got some growing to do before any animals go in. They're in a new system without much available "stuff" to use for this, and their new growth is slowing down and looking weaker. They seem to be especially struggling with nitrogen and iron, but the idea of putting a complete fertilizer the water column is making me nervous about algae blooms. Is it worth adding root tabs to my plants to get them the missing nutrients? And is there a way to add small amounts of usable nitrogen to my water?
  13. Yes you will need to alter it and possibly add magnesium and calcium
  14. I was planning on using the saltwater for a tropical tank, as in 1.024 - 1.026 sg, if the salinity is too high should I just dilute with rodi water?
  15. Sorry no idea on Waitematas water quality, if you are keeping local marine fauna no need to alter salinity my carpet sharks outgrew a 270 x 120 x 60cm in 2 years, having a circular enclosure means they can swim for a long time yes 2hp will cover that size
  16. Do you reckon the water from around waitemata harbour is fine to use? I had a look at the water quality report from 2019 but i'm not really sure. Also will I have to adjust the salinity? Thanks edit: would a 270x220x50cm (3000 litres) be big enough for a carpet shark or skate and a pufferfish? Also do you think I could use a 2 hp chiller for 3000 litres or more?
  17. Yes you can use natural salt water, yes you can avoid dosing elements, You may need to increase the percentage of water change as your bioload increases to not use a skimmer
  18. Does anyone know if i'm able to use straight natural sea water (apart from some mechanical filtration to remove particulates). I will be getting the water from clean areas and at the right time as well. I'm planning a 300x300x60cm aquarium inspired by the massive bullet shaped aquarium at kelly tarltons in the cafe area. It will basically be like an above ground pond but made from glass. I'm planning to only keep soft corals and macroalgae, could I avoid dosing elements (alk, calcium and magnesium) as long as I do weekly 10% water changes? Also could I get away without a skimmer if I have a large (800 litre+) refugium and a low-medium bioload? Any help appreciated, Cheers
  19. This seasons Bearded Dragons (Pogona vitticeps) for sale $450 each. 5 month old and 3 month old. Bred from our Simpson Desert Beardies.
  20. I need help, altho could be a bit soon. My girl lost her girl friend and I managed to find another, thought a girl, but think he's a boy My girl hasn't left her nest for 5 days and i wonder if she's sitting on eggs. I don't want to breed them, and don't know what to do. Can anyone advise, or maybe take them to their home and care for them? The parents I mean and the chicks when born, or even now if it won't upset them. I am in Sefton, North Canterbury. paws xx
  21. Definitely still here in lowish numbers. iv been trying to get my hands on them for afew years with no luck.
  22. For Sale: I have multiple items available. Please contact me for more details. Price is firm. Must collect Upper Hutt. No Shipping Refer to photos. Have included a full tank photo which was taken before closing down this week showing lights and canister still working. 1 x 150L Blue Planet Tank only (no cabinet)$100 Very minimal scratches as well looked after. 1 x Eheim Jager Heater 200 Watt $40 1 x Aqua One Aquis CF1200 Canister Filter $80 This has just been turned off and media rinsed in tank water. Left in a cycled state ready to switch on a use. Also comes with 2 x AQUARIO NEO Flow Premium L (ver.2) Missing a couple of parts due to me breaking a couple but there is enough for a full set plus spares. 1 x CurrentUSA Serene LED Freshwater Light Kit $100. Will fit a tank length of 610mm up to 1100mm. This is not a light you get here in NZ. Refer to link as this was recommended to me by a local fishkeeper as a top quality light for plant growth which I have to agree. Check the link as its a pretty cool light. https://youtu.be/uoGYgiPB9cI?si=GasOYgGgom-20xNA 1 x Blue Planet U View Purifier Mini – 3 watt Green Killing Machine $40 (Photo C) 2 x Ehiem Bubble Machines $ 20 each. 1 x Juwel Surface Skimmer $20 (Photo A) 1 x Eheim Filter 45 Pickup $20 (Photo B) Plant Trimmer Set $10 First in first serve, no dibs or holds.
  23. All the hermanns are down but greeks are still up but not eating
  24. The Hawkes Bay Aquarium Society will be hosting a fish show and expo around April/May 2025. We are currently gathering expressions of interest for those people/businesses that may want to enter in the following areas: -Fish Show Entries -Aquascaping contests -Exhibitors -Sponsors If you are interested please contact [email protected]. More information will be coming in the coming months
  25. Are yours tortoises in Brumation Mark, Mine both dug in on Mothers day for the big sleep....
  26. You are most likely correct in thinking it is just him and not water conditions or all the fish would be showing problems. This is not an unusual situation for him to be in and he has possibly been permanently damaged too. Easiest way to separate him is to float him in the tank in a plastic container eg ice cream container. I sometimes pegged mine to the side so it didn't float around and get stuck under the water return in the days I used HOB (hang on the back) filters. Only give him enough water at first to stay upright. This allows him to rest easily on the bottom of the container. You will need to do partial water changes daily in the container. I used to use a turkey baster to do this as I had one on hand and it was less stressful to the fish. Easier to lift the container out, tip half the water out (without losing the fish down the drain) and top it up with tank water. A 2L ice cream container is better than a clear one as he can't see out and she can't see in. Do note though - if you use a white container, the fish will turn very pale as they try to match their surroundings. A dark blue, or black, one would be better. Feed him tiny amounts and fingers crossed he improves. In the meantime, try and add more plants, live ones preferably, so he has plenty of places to hide. Out of sight, out of mind, works with fish. Water sprite or Indian fern (Ceratopteris) is good for this. Java fern (Microsorium pteropus) is very hardy and a good beginner's plant. It attaches itself to rocks or driftwood. Tie a few of the roots to a rock, or jam them into a split in the driftwood, and it will grow from there. No need to plant the roots into gravel. Both these plants reproduce by forming baby plants along the parent plant so you just pick them off and plant them. Sprite is also interesting as it will grow above the water surface and, when it does, its leaves look totally different! Fish can damage themselves on fake plants, depending on whether they are plastic or silk stuff and live plants are better for both fish and aquarium nutrient balance. Please let me know how you get on!
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