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  1. alanmin4304

    hello all

    Welcome (kia ora))
  2. It looks to me like the plants have been grown emersed and are having a struggle converting to submersed growth. You can sometimes have better luck if you put these plants in a glass of water on the window sill until they grow roots.
  3. They are looking pretty healthy
  4. V . spiralis is so named because it has a spiralling flower stem. but has straight leaves and is therefore banned. If the leaves on your plant are twisted then it is OK. Many plants are not named or are mis-named in pet shops.
  5. The plants you want to grow are tropicals and will need a heater as well as good artificial ligh.
  6. Sorry, cannot see enough to give an opinion.
  7. gambusia are nasty by nature and would probably give the white clouds a hard time. They cannot be legally bred either, and since they are live bearers---not easy to not breed.
  8. Reverse osmosis is really only a very fine filter and strips everything out of the water. People often forget that there are good things in the water and the only thing in drinking water that is likely to be harmful to fish is chlorine which can be easily treated with prime.
  9. killifish would not be happy in a cold water thank. White cloud minnows are named after the white cloud mountains in China where it can get pretty cold,. Killis come from water a lot warmer than that,. You are likely to have problems with velvet --particularly with Nothobrancius
  10. I have done both ways but think the netting is easiest.
  11. The best way to breed fish that are egg scatterers is to make a tray with fine netting on the bottom and short legs so there is room for the eggs to fall out the bottom. You can then spawn a group and save the eggs.
  12. Unfortunately most people are more interested in facebook and youtube these days and most people who know anything about breeding fish, turtles, newts or reptiles area bit sick of the BS on those sights.
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    Unfortunately in my case they identified the wrong fish---took healthy fish and would not take the infected ones and that is when I gave up on the idea. The fish can feed normally but they lose condition and become pinch gutted and the location of the back stakes if it was a cattle beast becomes concave rather than convex before the lesions show.
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    I would suspect it is piscene tuberculosis. This is caused by a variety of bacteria of the micobacterium group and is zoonotic ---that is, it can be spread to humans. This is the reason for the requirement for people involved in the quarantine of imported fish to wear long gloves. To be sure you would need to get a lab to culture and identify the bacteria. They could also test for antibiotic resistance. I think in quarantine that the fish are destroyed. That is what happened to me when I had it in imported goldfish many moons ago. I am not sure how you can sanitize the tank after this.
  15. As near to zero magnesium and calcium as you can get. Rainwater or distilled water.
  16. Tetras generally require soft water and with many the first lot of eggs are usually no good. suggest you try again in 10 days. tetras also breed best when young.
  17. Redwood Aquatics used to import crypts and should still have a few available. They grew a lot outside so not the best time of the year.
  18. Usually easier to see looking down from the top.
  19. You need to breed these to normals because the offspring will generally have deformities linked to the leucistic gene.
  20. You need to use it at full strength as per the instructions
  21. alanmin4304


    Welcome back
  22. Sounds like the lights should be OK.
  23. How long are the lights on, what type of lights and what is the depth of water.?
  24. What lights are you using?
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