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    After my other half swore blind that she wouldn't be spending anything on my tank what so ever I was pleasantly surprised to open a box containing a sump light (par 20 algae bulb and lamp clamp) and it was exactly the one I've wanted for ages. She was sneaky and looked through my phone and contacted @@merser who schemed behind my back
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    Sometimes it’s the little things…… Autumn is here and we are all beginning to spend even more time with our home reef as the nights draw in and outside temperatures drop. I’ve decided to celebrate the start of the new season with a competition. We really want to see your little thing….. no, not that little thing no one wants to see that!
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    I take it today is Lets have a laugh at the old fogies day. At least I can still go diving at my age. Sent from my using Tapatalk
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    Just to update you all swiftly. Everyone who has been in touch has their prize in its way to them, with the exception of superdart who will receive his early next week.
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    We all know 60% of our livestock is now tank fragged and even the millions they have invested in aquafarming corals but there is a real impact in fish collecting and the taking of wild colonies of corals being taken from the wild which we have to accept does effect the local wildlife structure of that certain area they are taken from and I to have said things in my tank and I do appreciate them and give the very best care to them but it gets me when such things are collected and are then found there way to less experienced reefers to which most perish so what it must look like to the outside world is we are stripping reefs for nothing. Education and knowledge can show them the majority of us do care and CAN make a difference in the future pollution ect is a real threat and we as hobbyist fight this on a daily basis we need to get this msg out....
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    One of the most common diseases in the home aquaria is "white spot", this is true for both fresh and salt water. White Spot is caused by a parasite called Cryptocaryon irritans (for Marine white spot) and Ichthyophthirius multifiliis (for Freshwater White Spot). The parasite is a type of protozoa which lives between the skin cells and those cells in the gills during one stage of its life cycle. Understanding this life cycle can help us understand why certain fish seem more likely to be affected by Ich and how it is treated. Ich Life Cycle For both the fresh and saltwater forms there is the same basic 3 stages of life. 1. The Parasitic stage- (trophont)- The parasite is embedded into the skin or gills feeding on tissue debris and body fluids. 2. The Reproductive stage- (tomont)- the now mature parasite leaves the fishes skin and gills and lands on the substrate. Here the parasite encrusts and becomes a cyst, the parasite reproduces asexually. 3. The Infective stage- (tomites)- when large amounts of offspring have been produced, the cyst breaks open, dispersing the large amounts of parasite into the water column. These parasites need to find a host as soon as possible. The time span in which this happens over varies considerably between the 2 species and the environment they are in. This is where aquarists use nature to their advantage in order to get rid of the parasite. Symptoms The symptoms of Ich are the same or similar between freshwater and saltwater ich. If your fish was healthy and fat prior to the outbreak it has a high chance of survival if you act fast after seeing one of the symptoms. Just keeping the fish eating during the symptoms can up the chances of survival substantially. Common symptoms: • White Nodules that look like grains of sugar or sand on the skin • Irritated gills • Laboured Breathing • Lack of appetite In later stages: • Clouded eyes It is important to note that the ich parasite tends to be more present in late afternoon to evening as there are suggestions that it is mildly photosynthetic. Treatment Whilst researching the various methods of treatment for this article, I have come across an important fact; most of the treatments are to one of 2 things. They either build up fish immunity to prevent re-infection or to change the environment to prevent re-infection. List of some treatments: All are tried at hobbyist's risk. Many hobbyists have their own opinions on various methods. The following are based on research and personal experience of myself and Luke. Fortunately, during our time at university Ich was something we were able to research extensively for an assignment. - Hypo-salinity/Hyper-salinity (depending on whether Fresh or Saltwater Species)- Many fish cannot tolerate the change and should be done very slowly if attempted. It is important that the fish is watched for signs of stress. This is often done at wholesalers and importers. From personal experience, many marine fish are transported in hypo-salinity, some species such as blue stripe pipefish purchased directly from wholesalers maybe in a salinity of 1.017, this is apparently to reduce stress to the fish and help prevent ich. This method stresses the parasite to death when in the tomont and tomite stages. As for time scales of this, it varies massively dependant on the source of information that you use. Most suggest 2-4weeks after observing no spots on the fish. It is important to note that this treatment should only be done in a quarantine tank which has dimmed lighting, no substrate and something like drainpipe for cover. There is also evidence that a dip of fresh RO/DI water for marine ich or saltwater for Freshwater ich can work, although tolerances for this depend on species. - Increased Temperature- There is some schools of thought that increasing the temperature will make the lifecycle of the parasite burn out as it decreases the time for each stage. There seems little evidence to support this, although it is known that the cycle is quicker in warmer waters. - Copper Based Medications- All forms of ich can be treated with copper based medications. This should be done in a quarantine tank that is dedicated for the treatment of Ich. The treatment of copper kills the tomont and tomite stages of the ich parasite. In the case of marine ich, the tank cannot be used for coral or marine inverts as copper traces will become present in the tanks silicon, this can be seen by a blue discolouration of the silicon. There is evidence that copper based treatments can reduce the fish’s immunity, and tends to be a “last chance saloon” for the fish. There are many treatments available on the market, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. - Garlic Based Foods- There is some evidence that Garlic can help with immunity of the fish. There are loads of foods on the market that contain garlic oil as enrichment. It can also be purchased in oil form. It is known that garlic can stimulate appetite and this is how many believe how garlic helps with the treatment of ich, as the fish eats it becomes healthier and can battle the parasite by natural means. This tends to be the secretion of mucus that prevents the irritation and prevents re-infection of the parasite into the skin. Garlic is often added to frozen foods for the training of mandarins to try and persuade them to feed. - Other “natural” methods- Ich outbreaks have been seen in the wild, and as nature is this amazing force, often only the sick and weak will become prey to the parasite. In the marine environment there are a few invertebrates and fish that are known as “cleaners” which will feed on the various parasites. In particular the cleaner shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis) and the cleaner wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus), can be used to help and possibly cure (in mild cases) ich. However, the purchase of a cleaner wrasse for ich treatment is unadvisable as the cleaner wrasse is also susceptible to ich and therefore might become infected itself. A cleaner shrimp however cannot contract ich and therefore a good place to start in treating mild ich cases. In one case a tang was showing signs of ich, 2 cleaner shrimp were added to the aquarium and within 5 minutes of them being added, the tang went to be cleaned having probably having never seen a cleaner shrimp in its life. - The “Tank Moving Method”- This is a method I stumbled upon during my research into treatments and seems to be so simple, but should be effective if carried out clinically. This method involves regular water changes and 2 quarantine tanks. The method involves swapping the fish to a new tank every water change. When the tank becomes “empty” it is thoroughly cleaned and dried to remove any trace of the parasite in the tank. It removes the tomont and tomites from the water and is putting the fish into a “clean” tank of the parasite. It is labour intensive, but should prevent the life cycle continuing and no parasites re-infecting the fish in question. I hope this gives you all the help you need in surviving Ich in your aquarium, and I think I have covered all the basic areas that will help you get a better understanding of those white blobs on your fish that can be fatal. -“Fallow” tank method- this method is now often quoted in the treatment of ich in the long term. Although this method is logical in the sense that no fish = no ich assuming the life cycle of the parasite burns though, however it is not known how long the parasites can survive in cyst form therefore timescale is difficult to determine. Another critical part of this method is the infected fish during this fallow period. 1 QT set up is not enough to break the cycle hence method above. There is also evidence that although “spots” may not be present on the surface of the skin, the parasite could be in the fish gills or in the water/ on the substrate. ++ From this research, it is also important to remember that ANY water from an external source could contain the parasite, and this includes any within corals and invertebrates such as anemones, zoa and LPS and every addition could therefore carry a risk. Maintaining good husbandry including QT of all new additions (including coral and other inverts) could reduce this risk. Secondary to this, ther sessile form of ich could also be present of substrate of infected tanks and care should be taken to avoid the introduction of substrates of infected tanks where possible.++ As careful as we are in the aquarium setting, it is not always possible to prevent ich entering our systems, however it is important to remember some of these points when designing the aquarium system, a space for suitable QT or even just a spare tank and equipment to allow for cases can really aid in the battle of this disease. REFERENCES: A. Colorni (1985) Aspects of the biology of Cryptocaryon irritans, and hyposalinity as a control measure in cultured gilt-head sea bream Sparus aurata, Diseases of Aquatic Organisms Vol.1 pages 19-22 Pro, S (2008) Marine Ich/ Cryptocaryon irritans- A discussion of this parasite and the treatment options available Part 1 and 2 http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2003-1...ture/index.php
  8. 4 points
    Finally made my decision and tank ordered. Very excited! Just collecting all the necessary equipment now - plus re-arranging the whole lounge! Feels like Christmas! :)
  9. 4 points
    I played a lot of darts years ago and got quite good at it representing England in the UKDL, Great Britain in the UKDL, Gloucestershire, and the West of England in the BDO as well as BICDO.I think that I won over 700 trophy's including the British amateur championship and got 3rd in the World one held back in 1981 in Barbados.....Packed up playing in the late 90's when I started shift working.
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    @@mrdave the other day said He thought it would be a good idea for me to do a write-up on my move from Tap to RO water and the ups and downs I've come across. I shall start with the tap water so here goes. My tank was running for roughly 4 1/2 years it has no sump and runs on external filters and just over 70 kg of live Rock . Now for the things I needed help me with the tapwater first of all I used Tetre Aquasafe which I added to my water changes and when first setting up. To combat Nitrate I used JBL Bionitratex bags which kept it between 5 to 10. To help with the phos are used a reactor with Rowa phos which kept it down to 0.02-0.03. My external filters contained JBL bags. SeraSiporax rings. Active carbon. One sponge in each and floss in each which were claimed once a month. The salt brand I use is D&D H20 . I also run a protein skimmer .my additives Iodine.and Mag. My positives was no hair algae or any other algae problems also I have never had Canyo. Also I've never had any fish diseases bearing in mind my tank is heavily stocked with fish. My dousing regime I hardly ever have to because the conditioner and the tap water contain high amounts of KH,Cal,Mag when doing water changes it keeps the levels up just needs a slight tweak once a week to maintain the levels I require. The negatives I've found with tap water. I have to use a considerable amount of Rowa phos roughly between 800-1000 mils per month to keep things at the lower level that I require .as for my nitrate I use roughly 20 JBL bags every six months help keep my nitrate down also to a levels found happy with. With the cleaning of the glass of my tank needs to be done between 1 to 2 days. Problems with Corals you only ones I've ever had problems with all these Xenia.Bubble.Medusa. And the last important thing and probably the most important not having to worry about what additives May be added to our drinking water from the water boards in the future. RO WATER. I've been using it now for roughly just over 6 months now. Things I run it with now I still have just over 70 kg of live Rock I use one large external filter now I was using 20 JBL bags has now cut down to 10 as I've started using A reactor with bio pellets and still waiting for them to Kickin properly my external filter contains A black and blue sponge floss . Active carbon . IBL bags and the recommended amount of SeraSiporax rings and I also run a protein skimmer. The positives using RO. I'm using a lot less Rowa phos I am now only using 400 mils every four weeks to keep it at 0.03 or below. And cleaning front of glass roughly every three days now. And water clarity seems clearer. I'm not having to worry about the water authorities adding things to my tap water that my Harm system in the future. Negatives using RO. Having to dose a hell of a lot more to keep things stable costing a lot more in KH buffers and calcium and Mac having to buy a lot more of it keep things stable where before when adding tapwater my top ups was doing so 90% of this for me without even realising hardly ever had to buy these additives. So I believe I calcium reactor will resolve my problem which should help cut down on the Big three. Using a RO/DI unit more time consuming more expense. Reading back on this I can see tap water was a lot more easier for me and a lot less work needed to .i spend more on some things and less on others .other than that it was just the risk of water authorities of what I may add or may not in the future. For me personally using RO is definitely harder work and much more complicated to maintain things still needs help with combating nitrite and Phos so additives are required to help with this exactly the same as with tap water with probably half the amount required LOL:) For others out there that don't know me this is just my own experience of using both and I am not advising you to use tapwater for those who are starting out in this hobby I would advise to use RO water. I have only ever use tap water for over 40 years now but in the last six months I am now using RO I still say it can be done with tap water Which I have proved over the years and I know there are many others out there that have to . But at the end of the day the safest route is definitely to go with RO water it's safer with no worries Of the unexpected from the water boards.
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    How dare you call me an old git I will be back as soon as the nurse returns with my new incontinent pants How dare you call me an old git I will be back as soon as the nurse returns with my new incontinent pants Cant remember sending it twice
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    Good idea! Here's a pic of him using it for the first time....... [emoji12]
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    40????? I thought we had to tell the truth in here, how many paper rounds did you have mate :):):)
  15. 4 points
    Reef Face is the friendliest reef and marine fish forum in the UK. It's a place to ask all those questions you want to ask but have been too intimidated to ask elsewhere, remember the only silly questions are the ones you don't ask. Members and Sponsors alike are really friendly, feel free to approach anyone here. If you're looking for an answer about your fish or your corals, or maybe you're looking for advice on a product or you're looking for one, we'll help you out. It doesn't matter if you're just starting out with your first nano aquarium or you're been reefing for 50+ years. Get yourself signed up and say hello. We promise it's a much better hobby when you've got mates to talk to about it :fishy:
  16. 4 points
    As a new member to the forum thought I would start by introducing myself and post a blog telling my story of setting up a 2000 litre tank. It was quite a journey and I wrote it in 2010 when it was the start of a fish only system. It is now a reef set up that's been running for 2 years. Just a bit about me. I am 61, and live in Mallorca, Spain where I have been for 32 years. I am originally from Stoke, and attempted my first marine tank in 1979. I came back to the hobby in 2010 and discovered a whole new world of fishkeeping. The blog is in several parts but I will start with a couple of pages and then if its of any interest will continue later with it. Hi,As a recent newbie to this site I thought I would let you know the trials and tribulations I have been through , in the name of fishkeeping.I have lived in Spain for 30 years, and a couple of years ago I decided to continue with keeping marine fish.I had my first attempt at keeping marines in 1979.I kept looking at this big space in my dining room, and thought it would be a good idea to have a purpose built tank in there.Any normal person would have started with a medium sized tank, but not me, why not have a tank made that would fill this space I thought. So for the next couple of weeks I began designing all kinds of weird shapes, do I go for glass or that plastic stuff, do I go tall or short.I decided to buy a glass tank from a company in Scotland, (seemed like a good idea at the time). I sent them the measurements and within a couple of weeks it was made. 3 metres long by 80cm x 80 cm.They asked me questions like, what kind of filtration are you having, and how many weirs do you want.I thought this was some kind of Scottish thing so I told them to make 2 weirs and that the filtration system would be under the tank.The tank was to be supplied with a stand and it was going to have cupboards and things, great I thought, the wife likes cupboards.The next project whilst waiting for the tank to be made was to sort out the filtration. On to e bay we go and find what looks like the ideal system, an Aquamedic riff filter 2000 with sump. I bought it without much care and attention to detail and as I was going to England the following week decided to collect it in person from some place called Warrington.I collected the said sump and system which was being dismantled as the owner had seen enough of Warrington and was fleeing to France.To say it was a squeeze getting it into the Easyjet mercedes corned beef car is an understatement, however the tank was being delivered the next day into Stoke on Trent and the guys from the tank company in Scotland were delivering it.I must add that I have an import company and the transport was not a problem. The 40ft trailer was loaded with my business items and I left enough space for the tank and the filter system.The Jocks arrived on time and said they would need 8 more men to help to unload it, they were 3 in total.I managed to find 8 Polish guys standing on a street corner and with the promise of monetry reward persuaded them to help.Now the back of a 40 ft trailer is high, and no matter how we tried could not lift it high enough, talk about heavy. so onto 3 pallets, a forklift truck was used to get it on board, together with the filter system. The polish guys had received their 5 pounds each for 5 min work and were heading for the pub. The doors were closed and I packed the tank with loads of blankets, not to keep it warm but to protect it.Five days later the trailer arrived at my warehouse in Malloca, I was excited and coudnt wait to open the doors.When I got inside the trailer the tank looked fine apart from a 6 ft crack going from one side to the other. I was asked if any of my ramblings are true. The answer is 100% yes. I decided to tell of my world of fishkeeping mistakes in an effort to inform those who may be thinking of starting a marine tank without first exploring in detail the pros and cons of such a venture.If only I would have known about this forum when I started a couple of years ago, I would not have had the problems described in part 1. Also it does you good to put into print the mistakes that have been made. If this little piece helps one new beginner to discover the art of fishkeeping it will have been worth the effort.The tank was split at the base, I stared at it in disbelief. One of my workers looked at it and said smuglyYOU SHOULD HAVE PUT SOME BLANKETS UNDER THE BASE. It never fails to amaze me that after the event everyones an expert.For the next few days I sat in my office with the tank on pallets outside in the warehouse. By this time not only did my staff giggle everytime they passed my window, but the neighbours from the various warehouses also popped round for a laugh.To compound matters I had to tell the wife the bad news, but true to form I said that it was just a minor crack and that it would be sorted. My nose grew another inch.Its strange when you try go to sleep that if you start thinking fish things its guaranteed you will be awake most of the night. When I did go off to sleep that night I dreamt of water spashing out onto the floor, fish gasping for breath, and my wife with her suitcase.I decided not to panick, and arranged for a local glass company to come to the warehouse to try and resolve the problem.2 lads turned up the following day, they looked like Jedward, and they stood over the tank with that sucking and gasping that only comes when you know this aint gonna be cheap.Now this tank because of its size had been made with extra thick glass, it takes 8 strong men to lift it, so when Jedward said they needed to take it to their place I agreed to their request. They changed their minds within 2 minutes of trying to get it into their van which looked as though it had just come back from the Paris Dakar rally. So it was decided to put a complete new base on the tank from the outside, and that the glass would be made the same thickness as the original base. This would add another massive weight to it. What a good idea.2 weeks later Jedward returned and put the new base on leaving the original split visible from the inside.I would deal with that problem later.Another week passes as I was under strict instructions from the blonde twosome to let the silicone go off. I didnt understand where it was going off to, but I agreed.The following week I arranged for DHL to collect it from my warehouse and take it to my house.One of my staff said, HOW ARE YOU GOING TO GET THAT THROUGH YOUR DOOR. I said that it would be wide enough, but as I muttered those words I felt what can only be described as a toilet feeling going through my body.I arranged for DHL to deliver it and also as there were no Polish type people about I mustered 8 of my sons best friends to help, not knowing that 5 of them were smoking that weed stuff and that they only agreed because they were unaware of the tanks size, and had heard previously from my son that dad pays for 5 minutes work.I have photos by the way of the moment they turned up at the house and tried to lift it. I will try and photobucket it with tomorrows hopefully final installment.suffice it to say the tank would not go through the door or any windows , so it was either to take the roof off the house or knock a hole in the dining room wall for the tank to fit through.The wife was out at work, I had 6 hours, what could go wrong. I will try and post some pics later David Sent from my K30AD_M31AD_M51AD using Tapatalk
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    Many thanks for the very warm welcome folks. Its great to be accepted onto the forum. I'm hoping that our presence will be a worthwhile addition to the community and that we will be able to offer some direct and beneficial advice and guidance with regards the products that we do. I probably know many of you already across various forums etc. but for those not familiar here is a quick, 'get to know you' run through. Reef-Eden is headed by myself, Simon Garratt as the Managing director. I've been a practicing reefkeeper for well over 35yrs now (in fact so long I cant really remember doing much else now). 3 yrs ago I started up Reef-Eden international as a simple distribution company and we have grown over that time to become the Uk's sole distributor for Polyplab, UK Distributor for Giesemann Aquaristik, and technical and sales support for Giesemann in the UK and US. We have also expanded over that time into manufacturing and consultation, including high quality private custom built aquariums, sump systems and other equipment, commercial, educational and scientific system design and construction, plus development and manufacturing of our own dedicated Jellyfish and seahorse aquariums. As a company we are always working on several new products of our own at any one time, whilst also consulting with our partners such as Giesemann with regards to pushing the envelope in lighting technology and other areas. As a company we are always directly contactable if you have any questions. You can read a little bit more about the company here if you fancy: http://www.reef-eden-international.com/about_us.htm Of course it wouldn't be right to leave without mentioning the Second in Command. Chelsey... Chelsey has a huge amount of technical and practical reef experience. As well as working at Reef-Eden several days a week (keeping me organised and helping with product support just to name a few areas) she also works at a local aquatic store here in Southampton the rest f the week. I honestly don't know how she does it, but she basically does 7 days a week 8-12 hrs a day around marines in all areas, is always happy, and quite frankly is a major asset. So you are aware, both I and Chelsey will be posting and helping out via this account to keep things simple. I think that's about it for introductions. Of course feel free to have a look at some of the stuff we do by clicking on our banner or head over to http://www.reef-eden-international.com/index.htm, keep an eye on some superb promotions that go onto our Special Offers section of the web site, and of course, feel free to contact us if you have any questions or need help in acquiring any of our products. Many thanks and happy Reef-Keeping to all.. Simon.
  18. 4 points
    The rant continues Do you remember the school holidays when you were a child. The summer hols, six weeks without school, you thought they would never end, but of course September comes around your mum takes you to be fitted for your school uniform, or if like me she just let down the turn ups from last years trousers and make do, even though your arms stuck out of your old blazer. Anyway the point I am trying to make is that the time did come round, and my wife discovered the unit had been vandalisedSaving grace was that the mother in law flew back to Stoke the day before the discovery, I coudnt have put up with stereo nagging, so it came to pass that yours truly was back in the mire.However a little domestic dispute did nothing to dampen my enthusiasm, and I decided the time was right to fill up the tank and perhaps even put some of those fish things in there.It was at this point that I started to read articles relating to fish keeping, in particular regarding salt water aquariums.I think I already mentioned that I had my first saltwater tank in 1979. Reading the articles in front of me I started to gather that things have really moved on since then.I had never heard of a sump system and I am indebted to its creator Mr Sump for its inception. I had never heard of most of the equipment either and so began a brand new learning curve to which I am still at beginner level.So for the first time in ages I read, and it soon became clear that you cannot just fill the tank with saltwater, throw in a few fish and sit back.I was looking at the filter system, one of the compartments had bio balls in them, at this point it is necessary to say ISNT GOOGLE MARVELOUS. Look up bio balls, now I see the idea, what does that protein skimmer really do, google it again, really thats clever, and so it goes on and on, (a bit like this article)I did go down to my local fish store at this point, they had one saltwater aquarium and a few fish in them, and the owner was really friendly. He became my best buddie when I ordered 100 kilos of live rock, and sacks and sacks of live sand. His previous record for an order of live rock was five kilos, he would remember this day for ever.Going back to the tank I decided to mix some salt for the tank, and then for some strange reason I had a moment of common sense. I will half fill the tank with tap water just to ensuse that there were no leaks, I felt so proud of myself for this decision, and so with newly aquired hose pipe began filling it with the water. Well I know you are all thinking that I bet it leaks, well it did but not until I was in bed in the icy cold bedroom.Again another point worthy of mention apart from it being november, we had fitted wooden floors to the dining room and the lounge the previous month, I was off to England on business and the wife had seen on the telly this advert from a company called, FLOORS TO GO, OR FLOORS 4 U OR FLOORS SOMETHING OR OTHER, anyway one of my tasks set for me to do apart from calling in to M&S to buy her an uplifting bra something called a wonderbra, its a wonder I wasnt arrested buts thats another story.So I bought the required amount of floorboards, which magically click together so easily that the salesman said a 10 year old child could do it.Unfortunately I couldnt find one of those, and ended up paying for a Spanish guy who was on the dole but arrived at the house in a BMW X5 to come and fit them, and a really good job he did I must add.When I was loading them onto a 40 ft trailer in Stoke, the guys gathered round expecting another tank extravaganza, I was sorry to disappoint them.Back to the fill up, as the water level rose I was pacing up and down the tank like an expectant father, I stopped the filling up process which took nearly an hour, as I didnt notice until later that the wife had come back from the shops and parked her front wheel on the hose pipe, I still claim she did that on purpose.For most of the afternoon and evening the aquarium was looking good, and I even went to the expence of putting a piece of insulating tape to mark the level of the tank water, I coudnt kick start the filter system for obvious reasons.I also forgot to mention that I bought an aquarium chiller whilst in England as it would be needed I thought in the summer months. It said on the instructions that it was and I quote, WHISPER QUIET. Which I totally agree with, it is WHISPER QUIET until it reaches its temperature set point at which time it sounded like a Moto GP bike.The chiller had to be installed in our lounge cos there just wasnt any other place for it, this meant drilling two holes through a joining wall for the inlet and outlet pipes, another job done by Carl and me whilst she was out. This also meant that it was next to the plasma tv. According to the manufacturer LG, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO HAVE THE VOLUME ABOVE THE SETTING 27 OR SERIOUS EARING IMPEDIMENT MAY OCCUR. The fact is unles you put it on setting 30 you had no idea that the fat bird on the telly was singing HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE MARIA.I went to bed that night content in the knowledge that we were finally getting somewhere, the guy at the fish shop had even offered me a free moray eel, (big mistake) Another learning curve, if your local fish guy offers you ANYTHING free its because some poor soul he has sold it to before has had his fish collection decimated by this creature, and he sees you as his saviour.Its horrible to be in a deep comatose sleep to be awakened by the sound of an hysterical woman, ITS FLOODED, ITS FLOODED she wailed. By the time I had awoken my feet were in a river of water. Now on a positive note, and this is a blessing in a strange kind of way I discovered at this point that the floor was not completely level and that the water was eventually making its way through the kitchen and out through the back door, convenient I thought. The next four hours were spent with mop and bucket, I did say to the wife that at least it was only tap water and not saltwater, this had little effect and the silent routine began, it was 8.31. amBy mid day the water level had subsided and luckily the water had been diverted from going into the lounge because of the sloping floor.Have you ever had a flood, its really weird no matter how many towels you use the water doesnt seem to go away.I ran upstairs having used all the towels from the mother in laws bathroom, our bathroom has, (sorry that should read HAD ) very white fluffy tuffy ever so soft wooly feeling to them and were excellent I thought for the mop up process, this is the point that the wifes silent routine ended, seeing her towels on the floor and me wringing them out over the kitchen sink. Okay so I didnt remove the dishes from the night before, SORRY.She went ballistic, now we have been married 34 years, I think thats right, but I cant remember her using such expletives, this is a woman who I have never heard break wind in those 34 years.She disappeared into the garden, and it was 8pm before I saw her again. Sent from my K30AD_M31AD_M51AD using Tapatalk
  19. 4 points
    Folks, I've had a read through this thread and had a right old chuckle, first txt speak, oh my word, yes one of my pet hates for sure, some folks have it real bad, I get lots and lots of emails, imagine the ones that come in txt speak, yes in emails I kid you not!!! I'll leave that one there before I blow a fuse !! Football, come on guys I live in Wales!! I am a proud Welshman but football, well we have Swansea and that's about it, Cardiff well we'll see. Most importantly this forum, I have to been seen to be unbiased as I work on many forums worldwide for Red Sea but we have a PM system who want my thoughts on Reef Face so don't be scarred to use it!!! I can say I think its great but any further elaboration you'll need to ask me for it personally, I have had the pleasure of meeting a few guys who are members personally ( you know who you are) and I will say this, it was my absolute pleasure to meet you all and remember a Forum is only as good as its members, and before any starts, Admin and Mod's are members too !!! Long may the members keep this great forum what it is, the friendly one.
  20. 4 points
    for all of those who keep a diary, if your tank has improved significantly, an award will be given so now there is an incentive to update your tank thread and a tank will be picked from threads
  21. 4 points
    The best bit of advice I can offer is to formulate your own opinions ! It's great to research, ask questions and gain advice from fellow aquarists. It is however vitally important not to just do what someone tells you or something you may have read, take a step back and apply a little thinking time to your question/solution. There is no certainty that the article you have read or the person that you've asked is 100% correct and the internet can be a minefield of misleading information at times, my philosophy is look at at least 3 different sources, if they all say the same, great. If they differ from one to the next then this is the area that I then look into in more detail. Remember no one knows your aquarium like you do, they are all individual and what works for one may not for the next, even if the set ups are identical, on a microbiological level they WILL be different. It's your aquarium, no one else can make mistakes for you ! :)
  22. 3 points
    My introduction to marines was through Luke. We met each other on our Biology course at uni. We got to know each other and ending up falling in love! In the following months I became “goby” and started to clean his 4x2x2 foot tank. I would watch his clown fish and his tang for hours when I went over. I decided that I would look around my local shops, (I live away from home during uni). And that’s when I saw the fish that made me decide to have my own reef tank. A tiny psychedelic mandarin appeared from underneath the LFS’s Coral in their coral tank. The Mandarin Police I went on so many sites to find information on Mandarins, entered so many discussions, and I encountered the Mandarin Police. These were the people that ridiculed anyone and everyone that was even considering keeping a mandarin. I was interested to know why they were being so cruel. The main reason I discovered were because they personally struggled to keep one. The feeding of mandarins is pretty notorious. Mandarins are known to be finicky eaters. Mainly due to the fact they need to eat all the time and have fairly small mouths. In a normal reef aquarium they are often out completed by other reef fish for food. They also seen to be difficult to feed frozen food (I’ll come back to this later). Mandarins in the wild Both Mandarin species Synchiropus splendidus and Synchiropus picturatus live in and around the Indonesian coast up towards Japan. They are generally seen around dawn and dusk. They feed on zooplankton mainly rotifers and copepods. They tend to move around the seabed and around the rocks. The breed at dusk and display courting dances up the water column. The Male competes for females, and normally the bigger males will win the females. Males are very territorial and will fight til the death if needs must. Mandarins in the Aquarium Nearly all mandarins in the trade are wild caught using a 3 spike harpoon. They are collected and then starved during transportation. Only the strongest make it to their destination country. They are often seen as perfect reef inhabitants as they non aggressive and are rarely abused by tankmates due to their slimy mucus over their skin (mandarins don’t have scales!) which is bad tasting, hence their ability to have such beautiful patterns! This mucus also gives them excellent protection from white spot- an added bonus, however they CAN get ich- it is a common fallacy that they can’t. There is also evidence to suggest that spotted mandarins also eat flatworms, although from personal experience it is very much “if there’s nothing else!” Mandarins have been raised in captivity, however it is rare to ever raise fry as it is extremely hard work. Eggs float to the surface and must be collected as quickly as possible. They then need to be kept in suspension. The eggs hatch and then need to be fed. This is where problems arise. The eggs are only 0.8mm in diameter and the fry aren’t much bigger. Baby rotifers need to be offered as soon as the eggs hatch. There is so many opinions on keeping mandarins. One school of thought is that they require a huge tank with a refugium and plenty of live rock for them to survive, which in some ways is true. A well stocked refugium of pods is going to help you feed the mandarin, particularly if they do not eat frozen food. WAIT- DO NOT PRESUME YOU CANNOT HAVE A MANDARIN IF YOU ONLY HAVE A SMALL TANK! It is just more work! I have personally keeping a mandarin in a 30L pico successfully! Mandarins can be kept in a smaller tank. It just takes a bit more work to keep them feeding. A mandarin can do amazingly well in a species specific tank that is made to suite these slow feeders. Seahorses and Pipefish make excellent tankmates as they are all slow feeders and eat copepods. Measures to take to keep a mandarin in a small tank If you want to keep a mandarin in a small tank, there is a few rules I feel you should stick to. These have been formulated by my own experiences with my own mandarin, and with Luke’s pair in his old tank. 1. Choose a healthy specimen (see more on this later) 2. Ensure you have plenty of patience if you have to train your mandarin onto frozen food. Or purchase a mandarin you have observed feeding on frozen food. 3. Have a supply of pods. They are readily online. Many sites now have a subscription service. 4. Cheato macro-algae or similar will allow pods to reproduce without getting eaten, whether it’s a handful in the corner of your tank or a HOB filter full of it, it is a MUST in a mandarin tank! 5. A back up plan. Sometimes things do not go to plan. I know that if my mandarin were to go downhill, Luke has offered his sump or his display tank to feed him up until I can fix the problem in my tank. His sump is also full of pods, which is great if I need some at short notice. 6. Self-confidence. The Mandarin Police are always out in force. If you know you can support the mandarin, then you have nothing to worry about. If you have done your research and you have got your back up plan, you are being responsible. If people didn’t push the boundaries in this hobby in the past, we wouldn’t have the hobby! Choosing a healthy specimen If you decide to give a mandarin a go it is so important to find a good specimen before you start. A starved mandarin hardly ever comes back. If the mandarin looks thin, with a lateral line visible it is NOT healthy, and not worth your money. A key sign of an unhealthy mandarin is a pinched stomach. This can happen in the space of a week. When you go to your LFS and think you can see healthy mandarin, other things to note is whether it is male or female. Males tend to do better in captivity, and generally the bigger and fatter have the better chances, however the bigger the mandarin the more food. The male has a bigger dorsal spike than the female and is substantially larger than a female. Another thing and this is possibly the most important, is whether it is feeding frozen. If they say yes, then you need to know what and also see it feeding. Mandarins are greedy and will eat all the time. If there is no sign of it taking the frozen, be weary. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me
  23. 3 points
    Unless you're into brown frags full of bryopsis and bubble algae, I really wouldn't bother. You'd be lucky to find a decent coral in the display tanks that doesn't have some form of recession, stripping or algae. Been on a downward spiral for a long time and only so much I could do with the 2 days I was in. I asked for more days to get things sorted but they weren't interested. They wanted to run it into the ground to justify closing it. Even only last week I messaged him to ask what the hell was going on and asked him outright if we were closing down. I'm not stupid, I had a feeling it was going this way but just clung on to the hope he would pull his finger outta his ar$e and sort it out or let me do it. Only last week he denied it, saying we had coral shipments on the way and it would be sorted in the new year. So late on Xmas eve I get a message from a customer saying "sorry to hear the aquarium is shutting down". I didn't have a clue what he was talking about so went on the cockfields facebook page and saw it for myself. Nice of him to let the world know before letting his staff know. I messaged him to find out what was going on and he said "I thought I text you an hour ago but it didn't go through, sorry". As if that makes it ok! Even if the text had gone through its not something that should be done by text, an hour before announcing it to the world, late on Xmas eve. He's now playing the "nobody has lost their jobs" card by saying I have opportunities to help entertain kids and maintain the farm. Neither of which I have any interest in nor was anything to do with the job I accepted when I commenced working there. The job was a sales assistant in the marine section of the business. Rather than having the decency to offer redundancy he's forcing people out by making them do jobs they have no interest in so they will leave on their own accord. Sadly, the place shutting down won't be a loss to the hobby as it's been poor for a while now which is a shame as it used to be one of the best before their attention turned to cuddly toys and bouncy castles. Anyway, hope you all had a better Christmas than I've had lol. Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge using Tapatalk
  24. 3 points
    Hello heard a lot about Reef Face from Darren, as we all know he never stops talking! Will get my tank diary sorted asap thanks for letting me be part of this awesome group!
  25. 3 points
    Same here. Bit too far to come mate otherwise I'd be happy to help. How about adding one question at a time on your tank thread? OR pose a question per day in the relevant sections. Lots of experienced guys here who can cast an eye over your problems and its not as though you can't take a good picture to help us help you.
  26. 3 points
  27. 3 points
    I would add pretty much the same 1) Oz sps are significantly harder to keep then indo / maricultured 2) the almost always brown out intially this Is good it's a self recovery mechanism and means it is likely to survive 3) if it doesn't brown out you'll probably lose it in my experience within a 6 months not sure why just seems to be the way. 4)if it browns out It van take anywhere from a few weeks to a year to Bounce back So why do we do it? on the whole Oz sps have a higher colour pottental then indo stuf, they also offer something different to indo stuff once you've been round sps you'll see that most indo stuff look the same in different shops hell you can typically tell they use the same supplier (Bali!)
  28. 3 points
    Sadly as you are finding out, decorative starfish don't last long in aquariums. Most eventually starve as nobody knows for sure what they feed on. For better success rate you could try a sand sifting or brittle starfish. While not as nice to look at they are regardless still very interesting (and beneficial) creatures.
  29. 3 points
    At last lol To me to you to me to you
  30. 3 points
    ^^^^^^^^^ We need a "dislike" button for posts like that Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S6 using Tapatalk
  31. 3 points
    1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be updated in the opening post throughout the season. Iquatics have kindly donated 2 x "fish geek" t-shirts Big thanks to Iquatics!
  32. 3 points
    @@WOODY5371 and I are are hitting manchester tonight for a celebratory drink with my girlfriend as its her birthday. All posts from me or him after 9pm are to be ignored Thanks Dave
  33. 3 points
    Merry Christmas reef facer's
  34. 3 points
    Had a serious word with my corals If they dont get their act together Im going tropical
  35. 3 points
    Get the salinity right and and let the other levels fall slowly it went up slow so bring it down slow keep you kh above 7 pal
  36. 3 points
    I am pleased to inform you all that Ultra Marine will be coming on board in the very near future. I have been in contact with them for a while and we are going to move forward with our relationship !!!!!
  37. 3 points
    To all you GUESTS out there why not join Reef-Face and share your knowledge with us and is a good way to show off your system to:) if you have any questions I matter how small or how silly you think they are is always someone willing to help you on here:)
  38. 3 points
    Welcome to the friendliest forum on the web . Don't be afraid to ask any questions regarding fish keeping no matter how daft you think it is. PS Don't take any notice of my rants, according to my wife of 42 years I am clinically insane. Enjoy. Sent from my K30AD_M31AD_M51AD using Tapatalk
  39. 3 points
  40. 3 points
    Well there you go folks I couldn't have said it better myself there is now 81 of you out there at the present so don't be shy come and show your stuff:)
  41. 3 points
    The Vortech controller has another socket for a 12v supply. It can be programmed to be run a constant speed as a %. Mine is set to 50%. The vortech emergency power pack is about £100 (from memory). Inside are the same batteries as an emergency light power pack. All I did was remove the lamps and run a lead to the vortech contoller. The emergency lights 12v supply is off when mains is charging the batteries and switches on the 12v automatically when the mains fails. The emergency pack is available for about £30 delivered. It is all pretty simple. My only adaptation was a 12v to 3v DC/DC converter which runs a cheap fishing bait airpump (normally 2 "C" cells) Total with pump, voltage converter, airstones, battery pack, small jack plug (for vortech) and cable, about £45 to £50
  42. 3 points
    Sorry I never got back on last night but as they say, family comes first. Or should I say building a monster truck out of lego for my 3yr old comes first....:-) Ok, I'll start off my reply by addressing one simple aspect of the whole debate, and refer to an excellent piece of writing by Nathan Hill of PFK that is currently doing the international rounds and something I agree with as a hobbyist myself 110%. http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/content.php?sid=6541 If you cant be bothered to read the link, here is a short rendition of it and its relevance to this subject. Hobbyists (and I mean ALL OF US) need to stop talking about fish death as though it were something out of our control, and we need to stop passing the buck to everybody else in the chain of custody just to save our own ego's and fragile sense of misguided ethics....We don't 'LOSE' fish to things like White spot and velvet etc. Pixies do not snorkel in our tanks at night, taking out fish and hiding them like they do with our car keys...We do not LOSE fish..... We KILL them.... by either exposing them to an environment that has a parasitic or life threatening agent already present, or we introduce such an agent by way of poor or absent control measures to minimise the possibility of such action and consequence. There are no excuses, no get outs and no yeh but I wasn't aware...From the very first day we entertain buying an aquarium, we have all the resources we need to hand (books, the internet, the retailor etc etc) to conduct the proper prior research and assess the best curse of action when it comes to taking an animal from the wild and putting it into a glass box for our viewing pleasure. It is totally and utterly OUR choice to take that animal. .And it is totally OUR choice to proceed down the path of pre-education 'prior' to action, 'OR' ignorance, laziness and blind faith in our own commonly escalated sense of ability, or the advice of another party without questioning the validity of that source against other freely available and possibly contradictory opinion that may be backed by more conclusive evidence. The simple fact here is that the responsibility for the welfare of the animal lies completely in the hands of the keeper....We always have the choice to buy or not to buy, we always have the choice to spend £30.00 on the book now and buy the fish later, we always have the choice to spend an hour in the evening doing some online research before committing to take that animal from the wild and placing it in captivity. The choice is always ours, and ours alone. Consequently, we have to 'ACCEPT' ownership of the outcome in its entirety. Now I don't mean to upset anybody here, But equally i'm not going to apologise for making anybody feel guilty.. Admitting ones failings, accepting ownership of a problem, and accepting responsibility for our actions in the face of other 'easier' targets is what pushes us forward and makes us better hobbyists. In relation to the subject matter here, lets be clear...Neither the manufacturer of a product, the retailor who sells it, or the product itself is to blame for whether a fish does or doesn't survive, because the bottom line is, the fish should never have been put into the position that it needed such assistance in the first place...Products such as medications etc are there to 'HELP' combat our own errors in management, be that through mistakes in quarantine protocol, lack of prior research into the risks of introducing stock without quarantine procedure, or plain simple arrogance in the face of overwhelming odds that we will introduce a potentially life threatening contagion at some point or other without such controls in place.....Lets put it this way...Like fleas on a Hedgehog, Common sense tells us that all animals taken from the wild can and likely will be carrying 'something'...if we add 50 fish from 50 different locations from around the world then chances are that somebody will be carrying something... ...................................... Now onto Medic.. Medic (or more correctly), the chemicals found in medic, have been long used within the commercial fish and aquaculture food industries way before it made its way into the hobby..mainly (by way of constant dosing and background level management) as a means of controlling the spread of parasitic organisms within these large commercial systems prior to anything getting out of hand, and especially because it doesn't contain anything that can build up within the stock rendering it unfit for consumption. Its tried, tested and proven to work in these applications so there is little argument as to it being voodoo and magic.. Why are results mixed: When you look at feedback on forums etc the one thing you have to bare in mind is that each and every case is different, the situation and timing is different for each case and this will effect the results.....This rule applies to ALL methods of disease control in aquaria, be that medication, Hypo-salinity treatment, food additives etc etc...there are successes and failures in ALL methods and none are guaranteed to work in all cases and for all individuals.. The Products primary role is to 'HELP' in situations where a parasitic element such as WS or velvet is in place.. It is not a 'CURE' and there are no guarantees nor claims of guarentee as to results gained in all situations because the result is largely dependent on at which stage action is taken and a combination of other environmental or social factors...As with any infection/disease/ or contagion of a parasitic nature, the results of treatment are largely dependent on how far the contagion has spread and how well it is established prior to action being taken. Catch things early and your chances of maintaining control of the situation and rectifying it are much much higher. Take action too late and the ratio between success and failure will shift to the negative. Equally results are tied to other environmental factors which make controlling the pathogen easier or harder, including but not exclusive to stocking density/diet/aggressiveness and territoriality/water conditions... to name but a few. In many cases that we have assisted with directly over the phone, difficulty in controlling the issue (after the infection has taken a firm foothold) is most commonly tied to little more than plain simple overstocking...Adding one more fish to an already heavily loaded and territorially volatile environment which then has a knock on effect....equally but rarely discussed is the non quarantined addition of species from differing regions of the world carrying a pathogen of a differing strain to that encountered by existing stock with little to no resistance. Stocking density is however the most common issue and something that is poorly understood when it comes to controlling the spread and rate of infection within a closed system. The common error in thought is that we are dealing with an organism that has a single fixed duration cycle with stages where control is obtained more easily. The truth however s that we are not dealing with a single pathogenic individual. we are dealing with many thousands that are all at differing stages of that cycle, each one overlapping. The more hosts that are present relative to the volume at hand, the more overlapping cycles are generated and the higher the parasitic population density gets relative to that volume and host density...consequently the harder it becomes to control the issue 'before' fatalities are incurred. Equally all fish have differing capacity to cope with such bombardment, some of it is by morphological traits such as scale structure/density which acts as a physical barrier, ability to produce thicker mucus coats etc etc.. even diet can play a lead role in terms of how much energy the fish can gain from the food available to it offset against the expenditure in energy in gaining that food..(simple lesson in biology...energy = a more responsive immune system and ability to cope with environmental stress factors).....in simple terms if we look at a predatory fish such as a lionfish that has easy access to a high energy diet with little in the way of energy expenditure and compare it to a member of the tang family which expends large amounts of energy with a highly active lifestyle supported by a relatively low energy food source (algae) then its not difficult to see why lionfish groupers and other predatory fish are generally more resistant to WS infections, commonly pulling through quite easily compared to Tangs which historically get hit more severely and have a much lower survival rate. The Important thing to remember about Medic is, catch things early...It isn't designed to kill the parasite as such, as this is incredibly hard to do within a closed system such as a reef which houses many other organisms without adversely affecting the whole closed ecosystem and risk damage to those other lower life forms. It is designed to interrupt the cycles of the parasite and interfere with the infection-re-infection cycle and to open up a window of opportunity for the fish to attain some degree of relief and take on additional energy by way of good feeding..as per the advice on our site: Important Additional advice: The following environmental conditions are all attributable to a suppressed immune system which allows a higher probability of ongoing infection / cross infection / repeated infections and ultimately the demise of valuable stock. Overstocking/Poor water quality / suppressed pH / low oxygen levels / Poor diet / Insufficient quantity of food / Irregular availability of food / bullying / harassment / extended light periods / overly intense or constantly bright persistent moon phases / lack of secure night-time or daytime retreat areas. As part of any good captive health care program, the fishes dietary and environmental needs should be factored as follows. Ensure regular feedings of preferred foods and consider a vitamin soak to enhance the food that the fish does take (an extended reduction in appetite is commonly more dangerous than the parasite itself), consider reducing the light period to allow a longer resting phase, ensure night-time illumination is not so intense that the fish fails to settle properly, and ensure the fish isn't being bullied or harassed by fellow tank mates. If infestation is severe, consider the use of a temporary Hospital/Quarantine system combined with a dedicated medication specific to that particular infection. Good pre-addition quarantine procedures should be considered at all times to prevent introduction of parasitic strains to existing stock that may not have an established immunity. ..................................................... That last line is important and goes back to what I was saying at the very start of this post...The 'responsibility' lies with the keeper in terms of preventing the introduction of a pathogen from the very start by way of proper research and understanding of the environment they are about to try and create tied with the risks involved in running a closed system. As a reefkeeper myself, I am well aware of the risks of introducing infection to an established system in the absence of effective quarantine procedures. Its a game I've played for over 30yrs now, and touch wood I've been lucky. That luck is partially down to prior research, understanding the needs of the animal prior to purchase as to whether it will fit in wit my existing stock or specific biotope, its dietary requirements and its social habits in comparison to the environment I plan to add it to. But underlying all of that is a very basic understanding that it is my gamble, my responsibility, and ultimately the result rests squarely on my shoulders. As a company we try to provide products that assist the hobbyist in both gaining and maintaining a successful aquarium, some of those products are aimed at getting you off on the right track from the start, whilst others (such as Medic) are aimed at solving problems that can arise for various reasons later down the line either by accident or simple carelessness or lack of prior research. In the absence of 100% effective pre-education for all prospective fishkeepers by legislation, our duty of care (as a hobby and industry) towards the animals we take from the wild requires products such as Medic to be in place, or at least until such time as we have measures in place to negate its usefulness ( a day any self respecting hobbyist or business should welcome). So to reply to one simple post on here..."I would be scotch mist off if I spent £30.00 on something that didn't work"....... There is only one reason to be scotch mist off in reality, In that the only person you should be scotch mist off at is yourself, because put yourself in that position to start with.. Nobody has offered a GUARENTEED solution to your problem, or promised a resolution to poor or lacking prior-research and effective measures to prevent you getting into that situation. All that has been offered is the 'possibility' that the product may assist you in getting control of the situation until such time as you can effect a positive long term resolution to the root cause...The long term results will largely be dependent on when you stepped in to resolve the issue, and what you do after getting control to prevent a re-occurrence or escalation. Maybe the real question to ask, is: What 'value' you place on the life of an animal you willingly took from the wild, and how far your responsibility extends in relation to duty of care...The average price of a single fish or coral within our hobby isn't that far off £30.00...so it does beg the following question. How can you be willing to spend £30.00 repeatedly on animals that in all situations only have a limited % of potential survival in your system (no animal is 100% guaranteed to survive)...Yet you question sending £30.00 on something that may to equal percentages of success or failure save the life of that animal or a complete community of animals.? ....... Sorry if that comes across as a rant, That is not my intention, and no disrespect is intended towards anybody, bt I do feel in such cases as this that some degree of clarity and honesty is afforded...if not for the benefit of the contributing posters, but also others who may read such a post in the future. If anybody wants to ask questions regarding dosages and other aspects of application I am more than happy to offer advice and support. But I don't want to get into debates that go around in circles based on whether its worth spending a bit of money on something that can potentially save an animals life, and keep somebody within the hobby. Kind regards Simon.
  43. 3 points
    Might be a stupid question, but I was discussing with @@tbert33 earlier... Why doesn't anyone offer quarantine services? Obviously it would be at owners risk etc but would be great for those who don't have QT tanks wouldn't it? I think there is a gap in the market...
  44. 3 points
    @tbert33@Bluewater cheers guys was getting worried
  45. 3 points
    As promised its time to wrap up the events of the last few years.The tank arrivedin Mallorca in September of 2009,it has been a long and in many ways a frustrating time. Many lessons have been learnt, and I was asked that if I would have known the problems that I encountered, would I have still done it.The answer is yes and no.To buy a tank of this size without first doing my homework was a disaster waiting to happen. The filter system was also another lesson in not studying the various aspects of whether it would be suitable for purpose.THE FLOOR IS TILED.Paul and Jack turned up to give me a quote, the wife wanted MR SMARMY to give a quote as well, but I made the decision to go ahead with P & J.The tiles were ordered and there was a waiting period of a week waiting for them to arrive, so in the meantime I went to collect the extra 100 kilos of live rock.My friendly fish guy was again waiting in eager anticipation fo my arrival. Outside the shop was parked a brand new Smart car. There was loads of writing and pictures on the bonnet, the boot of the car had a picture of a lionfish, at first I thought it had been sponsored by John West, and expected to see a big key at the side of it.He was very proud of it and showed me all the way around it.I was a little disappointed that the silicone companies name was not featured, but at least he had a nice car to take the kids to private school I thought.We loaded up the rock, and as I was leaving he gave me a large plastic bag which he said was a present, inside the bag was a mean looking moray eel, well I coudnt resist it, apparently it was called a snowflake eel, and from that moment I called him Snowflake. He was about 18 inches long.The water parameters were being checked by me at this point,and this is the waiting game that I find unbearable, now suffice to say that if you test for the presence of nitrates, nitrites etc, you will need some decent test kits, the idea is to test daily until there is no trace of these chemicals including ammonia.I would test the water on the hour every hour waiting for these elements to zero out.Now there are loads of products available which claim to do away with this wait, I decided to take the advice of my friendly fish guy and wait.It is possible that with a tank of this size that for the nitrogen cycle to do its business, could take anything from 1 week to 6 weeks. I was told that the eel would help for this process to quicken, and because they are very tolerant of ammonia spikes, that it would be safe to put him in the tank.The live rock was added to the tank, again it just disappeared into the abyss of the tank, but did look slightly better. During this period it was my idea to have a fish only tank, and not to delve into the murky world of corals, propagation SPS and so on. Also my friend Carl had decided to give up with fishkeeping and also he was planning to leave the island and move to France.Carl gave me the start up fish of my tank but this was later.The eel was put into the tank, he was green in colour, and had a big mouth with protruding lips, he was obviously related to my mother in law, the likeness was amazing.The tank was up to temperature holding steady at 26 degrees, I had to put 2 x 300 watt heaters into the sump to maintain the temperature.All was well he was swimming around like a good un, when I came downstairs the following morning he was gone.I thought at first that he was hiding behind the rockwork, but on close inspection he was not there. There were, I thought 2 possibilities, he had either managed to go into the weirs and down into the pipework, or he had jumped out and was at the back of the tank on the floor. If it was the latter I would have no way of getting to him as the tank was up against the wall at the back of the dining room.I did eventually find a way of checking the back of the tank, it involved a stick, tape, and a torch which was taped to a mirror, he was not there.It was a week later when I saw him again, he did indeed go down the weir, and one evening whilst staring at an empty tank I saw his head peak over the weir and he slid back into the tank,He was hungry and got a big meal that night. It would become common practice for him to pop his head and part of his body out of the tank, and rest on the side of the tank, whilst we ate our evening meal, I am sure that he would have had a yorkshire pudding if I would have thrown him one.Now the builders came and started work, the floorboards came up and the smell was awful, underneath the floorboards were pieces of silver foil type underlay, they were soaking wet and were causing the smell.Paul was nervous about the eel, and I did wind him up telling him that he was poisonous and a single bite could be fatal. He watched warily, and at the same time tiled the floor.I asked Paul if he could put a drain in the middle of the floor, this would be handy when we had the next flood, he mentioned it to the wife. The subject was not mentioned again.The fish were finally added the next week, Carl had a beautiful clown triggerfish, picasso triggers, niger, and unilatis triggers, a blue tang, they were fantastic fish, I think he was happy that they were moving from a maisonette into a mansion.I continued to have problems with the sump overflowing, but it was a lot easier to mop up from a tiled floor than a crappy wooden one.Three years down the road and I am in the process of changing to a reef system, new lights, new protein skimmer, the old filter system have been dismantled and put in store, calcium reactor, phosphate reactor, and an Aquatronica control unit have all damaged the wallet but at least its now all working fine.Its a strange hobby keeping fish, they rely on us to look after them, and when one dies it really can be upsetting.I lost a really nice lionfish once, he just stopped eating, and no matter what I tried he eventually died. I didnt have the heart to throw him away so I wrapped him in a couple of plastic bags and froze him. The wife found him whilst looking for peas, she was not happy.So what lessons have been learnt, I suppose the most important one is don’t buy a tank in one part of Europe and ship it to another part.Research what equipment will be needed, and importantly make sure you are aware of the costs involved.I now have 6 other tanks which I use for breeding, although my attempts at this so far have been poor. I love this hobby, and I am waiting for the day when I can relax, sit down and admire the beauty of a reef tank, I somehow think that it will always be a work in progress.It has been very theraputic to have had this opportunity to relate my journey into the fishkeeping world, its been an adventure.I would like to thank the administators of Reef Face for allowing this rant, and if you find yourselves coming to Mallorca, get in touch, there are weekly tours planned which include Jedwards van, the DHL HQ, Worzel T shirts are also on sale. THE END *************** Sent from my K30AD_M31AD_M51AD using Tapatalk
  46. 3 points
    The saga continues The thing that I have failed to mention so far is COST, not just to my marriage, but to my wallet.If you pay by credit card it doesnt count I told her, trying to convince myself and my bank manager.Why do you need to up the limit on your card he asked with that look of a car salesman telling you that the car has only 20,000 miles and never been rallied.So far the tank, the repair, DHL, the filter system the lighting system not to mention the impending cost of the wall were all beginning to add up, and I spent many a morning waiting to intercept the postie and screw up the bank statements.So my advice to anyone considering going into this hobby is to seek medical advice first, and then to make sure you dont keep fish receipts in your jeans, or invoices for 100 kilos of live rock and sand.The missis is going to wash those jeans you never take off eventually and find them.You will start reading magazines,joining forums etc you may even start reading instructions on the back of products. You will buy more additives than you can get from your local Chinese restaurant, and your shelves will look like youve opened a chemist shop. On top of this you will be bewildered do I need a kalkwasser that guys got one on the forum must be good, what is a kalkwasser I must get one, e bay now. PH up PH down, PH sideways, nitrates, nitrites, ammonia does it ever end.You will be the star at parties when you explain the nitrogen cycle to people who think its some kind of olympic event. THE WALL.I must however explain about the wall. I live in a house that is over 100 years old, the outside walls are made up of large dry rock walls, behind these are blockwork or breezeblock reinforced with steel. I think when the house was built they were expecting a war between the Spanish and the Arabs.So there we were, the DHL man looking bored, eight of Spains finest druggies, and me looking at a one ton tank in the back of a DHL lorry.Now Spainish are very good at making their ideas known, but when push comes to shove,(and there was about to begin some shoving) they really are useless. These lads were no exception. For 10 minutes they sat on my garden wall having a smoke, we were 6 hours and counting before the wife returned home, the DHL man was moaning that he wanted to go home to feed his pidgeons, and I was measuring the dining room wall with a broomstick handle cos I coudnt find a tape measure.The Spanish team then decided to burst into their favourite song, IS THEESE THE WAY TO AMADRILLO they sang, (it was beginning to get on my nerves,) even DHL man knew the words, how quaint I thoughtMiguel who was I would say 9 stone wet through, and a worzel Gummidge lookalike said that if we put 5 pallets on top of each other and situate them half way between the DHL lorry and the dining room wall, we could have a rest, (and a smoke) and then when suitably rested we could continue the onward journey of 12 yards towards the wall. That seemed sensible coming from Worzel, and did seem the best option.It was clear that once we managed to manhandle it out of the lorry that said DHL man would be away with his pidgeons, so I knew it would be a waste of time to ask for his help.So we commenced stage one. Four of us on each end, huffing and puffing, and after a nod from me and a un, dos, tres from Worzel, the tank was lifted and we moved step by step towards the pallets. Onto the middle of the pallets down it goes, and rests precariously on the pallets. I breathe a huge sigh of relief, Worzel looks like hes burst a blood vessel, and the rest of the gang sit back on the wall, youve guessed it for another smoke.Now all I have to do is to knock a small hole wide enough for the tank to fit through, put the stand up in the dining room, slide the tank through the hole, and lift the tank up and onto its majestic final resting place, as that meir cat says on that advert SIMMMPLE.5 hours 30 minutes to the arrival of the wife, how pleased she will be to see the tank I thought becoming very pleased with my self, a feeling that would last for a staggering 10 minutes.My son who was very quiet up to this point asked if I knew what I was doing. Now when you have kids, (he is in his early thirties,) you dont want to admit to him that you have absolutely no idea what is involved in making a hole in a really thick ancient building, so I sent him into the garage to find a heavy duty drill, lumphammer, and one of those mask things that doctors use when doing operations.Now in my defence I did make a mark on the outside of the wall which was meticulously marked with the broomhandle, and as X marked the spot I commenced the drilling. 3 drill bits later and having made progress by making a small dent in the brickwork, I decided that the lump hammer would have to called into action.Now I really must cut this part down to a reasonable size, needless to say the clock began counting down really fast, and the 5 hours and 30 minutes was quickly 2 hours and 10 minutes, and although the major stone work was now rubble on the newly paved patio, the breezeblock was proving difficult.All of the gang, including Worzel had put in their bit of banging skills. I was so concentrated on the job in hand that when I went to the fridge in the garage to get more beers for the lads I noticed that the DHL lorry was still there. It was then that I saw DHL man sitting on a grass verge legs in the air and laughing uncontrollably into his mobile phone. I was to learn later that there was a live feed from his mobile to DHL Headquarters, the pidgeons would have to go hungry.Okay so we finally made a hole in the wall,Worzel then said I should have made the hole at floor level, instead of 3 feet up the wall, (another expert) I must admit it would certainly have helped but as there was no going back, (tick tock) we attempted to lift the tank through the wall at chest height. Now I dont know whether you can picture this scenario, but we managed to get it half way, we then up- ended a pallet and put it at one end of the tank, and did the same at the other end, the result was that half the tank was in the dining room and the other half outside in the driveway. Worzel sugested we fill it with water and that it would make a nice feature.Then, as if the job was done the motley crew said that they were off to watch some football match that was starting at 8 pm. I looked at my watch in total disbelief, 10 minutes and counting, a tank sticking and balancing on pallets and the sight of them scurrying away was not a comfortable feeling.Then all was silent,apart from me and DHL man who was holding his hand out, I thought he was doing a John Inman impersonation, but apparently he wanted a tip.He went, the wife arrived in her jeep, I went to the toilet and stuffed toilet paper in my ears.Funny isnt it when you expect a bit of a discussion, nothing... I went downstairs, my wife didnt speak I even said how nice her hair looked. It was going to be the old silent routine, ok I can handle it, tomorrow it will be sorted as long as I can get the A team back I thought.The wife sat in the lounge with her arms crossed, (always a bad sign) I peered through into the lounge, cup of tea I politely enquired, silence.On the telly some guy was jumping off a high building roof, David Bowie was singing IS THERE LIFE ON MARS, and I thoughtI bloody hope so david, I bloody hope so. Sent from my K30AD_M31AD_M51AD using Tapatalk
  47. 3 points
    Razor units which are not Chinese have the CE mark are still widely reported to have had issues on earlier models. The LED's themselves will not catch on fire, it is the power modules controlling the voltage that will suffer most problems or at worst the plastic holding the LED's themselves. Most if not all power modules are made using Chinese/Taiwanese voltage regulators and controllers (the things that control light intensity). My biggest fear when using these units is not the potential for fire but the potential for electric shock either by the unit falling in the tank due to dodgy hangers or by my own clumsiness. We don't bat an eyelid buying a cheap iron or toaster yet these use much more power and represent a far greater fire risk than our LED light units.
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    If the number is 69 then I'm up for a round with her lol Sent from my HTC One_M8 using Tapatalk