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  2. Cath

    RO help

    Yes I understand that and no it doesn't make me feel any better. It is still incredibly high.
  3. alanmin4304

    RO help

    That is why it is important that the results are expressed correctly. That is the same as 11.3 mg/l nitrate nitrogen If it makes you feel better.
  4. Cath

    RO help

    OK Just heard back. The council test came back at 42ppm +5 This is actually in line with my test as I probably read the red colour a little higher than I should have - is hard to tell the difference. Anyhow it is still unacceptable in my book. Apparently the NZ 'acceptable' level has crept up to 50ppm, something I find hard to believe and completely utterly unacceptable.
  5. Cath

    RO help

    I expected to hear by now but will let you know as soon as I do 🙂
  6. alanmin4304

    RO help

    It will be a good thing to see the results that their tests come up with and compare that with the results that you are getting.
  7. Cath

    RO help

    hmm, hills lab told me it was the same thing. But I hear you and it would make sense. I don't understand the measurements but I do know that ours are still stupidly worryingly high. Cheers
  8. alanmin4304

    RO help

    Not to the scientist doing the analysis
  9. Cath

    RO help

    My understanding is that ppm is the same as mg/l. ?
  10. alanmin4304

    RO help

    Any scientific papers I have seen express the results in mg/l nitrate (mav 50 mg/l) or mg/l nitrate nitrogen (mav 11.3mg/l). MAV stands for maximum allowable value. ppm is not correct as it is referring to both weight and volume as the same units.
  11. alanmin4304

    RO help

    You need to be careful how you measure and express your findings. PPM is not a scientific term.
  12. livingart

    RO help

    http://www.roforaquarium.com/reverse-osmosis-water-suitable-aquariums/
  13. livingart

    RO help

    As Alan said kick your water suppliers butt You could get the water tested from your RO system to see what it is lacking It will be soft probably and something like a commercial buffer may be an easy fix http://www.hollywoodfishfarm.co.nz/product/seachem-equilibrium-300g-5/
  14. Cath

    RO help

    I know it does - by a long shot. The council came out and did their own tests - waiting for the results, as they don't believe my test results - who knows, I find it unbelievable too. They say their last test came in at 9.6ppm. They say that 10ppm is safe however I know from research I have read that in actual fact anything over .87ppm puts us at risk of colorectal cancer. It is very scary and stressful and to say I am angry is a gross understatement. The only reason I discovered this is because I could not get my tank nitrates below 40ppm despite heavy planting. Finally, not even suspecting this would be the cause, I tested the tap water and nearly had a fit. In the mean time I need to know about this RO filtration and what I will have to add to it to make it safe for plants and fish!
  15. alanmin4304

    RO help

    That exceeds the NZ Drinking water standard for nitrate and you should talk to your drinking water supplier and see what they are going to do about it.
  16. Cath

    RO help

    Hi there, due to the ridiculously scary high nitrate readings in our tap water here in canterbury (80ppm!!!) we are installing an RO system. I understand thi strips the water of every mineral and I also understand that there are certain minerals the fish will need. So my question is what products do I need to get to restore the correct minerals/chemistry to the water. It is a heavily planted tropical freshwater tank. (see pic) Thanks in advance...I hope someone sees this 😉 Cheers
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  18. As, above I have a breeding pair of koi angels I have a video of them laying if you message me I can send it to u as an email Open to offers Pick up only from papatoetoe
  19. I purchased a second hand tank over the weekend and it came with fish. I have kept tropical fish before but not for about 5 years. I am in no way an expert and I like to research my fish well. The tank I have purchased has a real mish-mash of fish, some of which I have never kept before. I have 3 flying fox fish in the tank. They are quite aggressive and all research that I have done suggests that this is common, especially as they get older. I am moving them on but I know they are great at eating algae, particularly the black fluffy algae that other fish tend to leave alone. Is there any other species of fish that will eat this algae and is suitable for a community tank set up?
  20. Shannonlouise

    New here

    Hi everyone, I am new on here. It has been a few years since I kept tropical fish and I just got a new set up yesterday. My name is Shannon and I live in Hamilton with my husband and our 2 year old son.
  21. Hey Killi keepers The latest import bought in eggersi and rachovii Some nothos that havent been in nz for a few years now If anyone knows of or heard of anyone who has a spare eggersi male please let me know We have 3 female eggersi and our last male now appears to have dropsy with his swim bladder issues. We have a comfy 2 trios of rachovii and 2 more females arriving this coming week. We also have palmqvisti and korthasae we look forward to sharing eggs with other killi keepers
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  23. Sadly you have done the best that you can, sometimes they recover. Possibly dropsy or gut infection.
  24. Blue Planet 65 litre as new used once for 3 weeks.SOLD Just tank and lids $40
  25. Tank and hood no filter $50 Hood is off a 620T this is the shorter tank, has been resealed recently, no leaks. Light has been replaced with LED
  26. Aquastart 500- $50 was used for newts and has a divider for land area that can be easily removed currently has 3 types of carnivorous plants New bulbs 3 months old, clear cover needs a clean
  27. My honey Gourami laying flat on her side for the past 2 days, been worse on the second day. I have hospitalised her, raised temp to 30 deg and treated with methylene blue and gave her peas, she's not eating, but gills or moving. Occasionally she tries to swim but falls back down to gravel. She also has slightly enlarged rear side compared to rest of the body. Anything better I could do to save her?
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