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  1. The ones I have seen for sale in the likes of Animates and Pet Stop aren't particularly suitable for betta so I'm not surprised (the filtration is pretty rubbish). You might be better seeing if you can find someone to make them to fit what you like. I don't know of any places down there though sorry.
  2. If the tank isn't going to get too cold then its a possibility. Are you able to add a heater that is more able to heat to nearer 20? What is the substrate of the tank as sand or very smooth pebbles are better for corydora to protect their barbules.
  3. For a coldwater or tropical tank? What size is your tank and where are you in NZ?
  4. Paradise fish can get quite a big larger than wcmm and are better kept with larger, rather than smaller fish. Will it still harass a school - each fish has its own temperament. You'll only know if you try it and see the number of wcmm diminishing and/or no sign of fry. Best to have a second tank set up for the first few months, just in case.
  5. You could try Cam Scott owner of The Fish Room or alternatively find a water trough either on public land, or ask a farmer if you can look in theirs - for daphnia.
  6. Have you tried epsom salts and not feeding for a couple of days?
  7. I think it is Cardinal Plant. Native of North America. The majority of stem plants sold in the shops are grown emersed and will eventually rot or if they do grow will head straight up unless pinched out. While they are cheap to buy compared to other aquatic plants it ends up being cheaper in the long run to spend your $$ and buy more expensive truly aquatic plants. If you spend some time learning to grow these you will likely recoup some of the cost if you sell the surplus. Best advice - ask heaps of questions about what you intend to buy, if necessary go away and research what you have been told and then come back and purchase. Or. take photos and ask on this forum.
  8. I am unable to help with where to catch them as I have never caught and kept natives. If you do decide to catch them, do so with the knowledge that once a native has been captured and kept it is unable to be released back to either the same place or somewhere different.
  9. I closed down my tanks two years ago and hoped to be going to start up again but it is not to be. I'll keep listing over the next few days so feel free to ask if you are wanting something in particular. Heaps of gear as listed below, most of it marine equipment but could easily be used for freshwater set ups. Make an offer on it as I am moving house. Black Aqua One 28 -32mm tubing x 6 metres - used for marine water changes Black Aqua One 28 - 32mm tubing x 5.3 metres - used for marine water changes 200 litre black storage barrell with screw on lid. Used for storing RO water but will need a good clean out. Hailea immersible pump HX500 model - fits the black aqua one tubing above. Used to pump the water through to the house for marine water changes. Brine Shrimp sieves - set of 4 I'm in Epsom Auckland and pick up as courier is not viable in the current climate.
  10. No question is ever stupid Welcome back - I'm currently in the own no fish stage.
  11. Have you looked on the plant database at the top of the page? Swords can be very difficult to ID unless they flower. https://aquariumworld.nz/databases/1-plants/
  12. I was about to recommend Stockers, but then I read they no longer stock it. Try trademe?
  13. Livingart - you should run DIY fish keeping classes.
  14. The trick will be trying to get a courier company to pick up in the afternoon rather than earlier in the day. Perhaps you could arrange it through a local shop?
  15. Six days isn't that long but are your test kits within expiry still? Give the flakes sitting on the substrate a good stir up and see if that provides the impetus for an ammonia increase.
  16. NZRK Capitations list and payment for caps and levy put through today.
  17. Adrienne

    Heater problem

    Whitespot has a 21 day cycle so bringing it down slowly as is happening won't be detrimental in that respect and will be less stress than dropping it rapidly. It's good to see you are still keeping fish after all this time
  18. Adrienne

    Heater problem

    Is it actually coming on? Could it be your house is too warm and that is keeping the temp up? Was the tank at 26 before you turned it up?
  19. Have you tried the likes of Hollywood Fish Farm, Mt Roskill or Albany. They generally have some stock of anubias, ferns etc - the ones that grow well with CO2 injection.
  20. Try joining this facebook group which is affiliated to the FNZAS, who runs the aquarium world website https://www.facebook.com/groups/nzreefkeepers/
  21. I very much agree with Caryl in that adding other fish has upset the tank balance. What size is the clown knife compared to the other fish? Generally clown knife and oscar's do not make the best tank mates. If nitrates are high then either too much is being fed or the current filters are not coping with the bioload being placed on them.
  22. Adrienne

    Salt Water

    No issues as long as you follow good collection guidelines. 'I also went down to the Takapuna Boat Ramp and collected natural salt water, ran it through a 100 micron filter to get rid of nasties, diluted it a bit to get the salinity level suitable for my tank and used that. '
  23. Adrienne

    Salt Water

    10% is sufficient each week. RODI is not really negotiable, depends on the TDS out of your tap really but best to have a reading of 0 TDS to control algae outbreaks etc. Some people use pure dew bottled water. Re how long should a bucket of salt last - thats like asking how long is a piece of string. It depends on the salinity level you are wanting in your tank and the type of salt you use as not all salt is created equal. You will also need a refractometer to check the salinity level of the water you mix as it is rare that following the directions on the label you will get exactly what it says. I made up artificial salt water using RODI water and buckets of salt. I also went down to the Takapuna Boat Ramp and collected natural salt water, ran it through a 100 micron filter to get rid of nasties, diluted it a bit to get the salinity level suitable for my tank and used that. You can do this if you go within half an hour each side of high tide on days when there hasn't been rain for at least 24hrs and the swell is not too heavy. Sea water has salinity of 1.027, most marine tanks run at 1.025.
  24. I asked a similar question but haven't gotten an answer. I am sure you are correct as it looks exactly the same as my 850 Aquaone.
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