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by Lycosid
Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: About filtration
Replies: 29
Views: 4257

Re: About filtration

I am a huge fan of Mattens. I have 3 tanks which rely primarily on them. Almost as much, I like the Poret foam cubes. This is a brand and I am sure there are other brands as good, I just ended up using this one. I'll second this. I have a whole aquatics lab running off Mattenfilters, and we never h...
by Lycosid
Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Callichthyidae - Corys et al)
Topic: What is actually causing the mass death of Corydoras fry during the first few weeks of life?
Replies: 5
Views: 313

Re: What is actually causing the mass death of Corydoras fry during the first few weeks of life?

For marine fish there is some research saying that some fry are actually born too small to eat properly. Your experience with some fry surviving in the waste tank suggests that the mechanism may be genetic - some fry will die, some fry will survive, and if you throw a survivor in the waste tank it w...
by Lycosid
Fri Mar 27, 2020 2:02 am
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: How many ottos for a 55Gal tank
Replies: 11
Views: 559

Re: How many ottos for a 55Gal tank

I only have planted tanks, but my understanding is that Otocinclus spp. are much more difficult to keep without plants. In terms off the lack of success in growing plants, it is unlikely to be too much light or too long a light period. cheers Darrel I've had good luck with otos in a heavily planted...
by Lycosid
Sun Feb 09, 2020 4:57 am
Forum: What is my catfish?
Topic: Which Bumblebee Catfish?
Replies: 3
Views: 1016

Re: Which Bumblebee Catfish?

Edit: my tentative ID is South American bumblebee but even then I’m not sure if multiple species have that common name Normally that means Microglanis iheringi . Seems like a reasonable ID, especially because that's all I ever see at the Petsmart/Petco style stores. The size I normally see them at ...
by Lycosid
Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: 13 spawns in 6 weeks: It doesn't get much better than this (for me, anyway... oh wait, it does-43 spawns in 17 weeks
Replies: 45
Views: 10995

Re: 13 spawns in 6 weeks: It doesn't get much better than this

Storms can have fast changes in air pressure - changes fish are able to detect, although I wonder how. After all, the difference between half a ppi, that is some 50 cm water pressure, is something quite a few fish meet without consequence a day just going for a breath. But some do detect such a cha...
by Lycosid
Tue Jan 07, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: RO water
Replies: 11
Views: 1096

Re: RO water

Hi guys hope everyone is doing well in the new year. I have been having issues of eggs hatching prematurely and was suggested by a friend that I drop my ph. So im going to start doing water changes with RO water is it needed to remineralize it before adding it? So normally RO drops the pH because i...
by Lycosid
Sat Sep 28, 2019 1:47 am
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: New to Otocinclus
Replies: 24
Views: 1522

Re: New to Otocinclus

Hi guys! The water is great, but I’m changing it every 3 days to make sure. Also I’’ happy to inform that my otos are alive eating and FAT. They go thru a piece of zucchini a day and I am very, very happy. Thanks for all your help and advice. Excellent! They can live a while if you take good care o...
by Lycosid
Sun Sep 22, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: New to Otocinclus
Replies: 24
Views: 1522

Re: New to Otocinclus

Yes. Or briefly microwaved. Something to make it softer. I generally use the microwave because it's fast. How long? How many seconds? Also They have already discovered it. Generally no more than 15 for a single leaf. It will get quite hot and spit as the cells rupture and fluid explodes out of them...
by Lycosid
Sun Sep 22, 2019 2:48 am
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: New to Otocinclus
Replies: 24
Views: 1522

Re: New to Otocinclus

Reindas wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:30 pm
Should the kale be blanched too?
Yes. Or briefly microwaved. Something to make it softer. I generally use the microwave because it's fast.
by Lycosid
Sat Sep 21, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: New to Otocinclus
Replies: 24
Views: 1522

Re: New to Otocinclus

Reindas wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:34 am
About the kale. Isn’t it a marine plant and Doesn’t it contains salt?
I'll add a small amount of detail to what Bas Pels said. Kale is just a variety of cabbage. You could probably use cabbage as well, but I tend to go with the darker green plants when I feed leaves.
by Lycosid
Sat Sep 21, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: New to Otocinclus
Replies: 24
Views: 1522

Re: New to Otocinclus

Next time I get any, I'll try this. Of most significance, finally, someone had discovered a good use for kale. :)) Thanks! I raised a lot of grasshoppers on kale during my dissertation. I killed some with iceberg lettuce. I just sort of transferred that experience over to otos. My theory with the l...
by Lycosid
Thu Sep 19, 2019 4:15 am
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: New to Otocinclus
Replies: 24
Views: 1522

Re: New to Otocinclus

Darrel, thanks for this information. Once I read it I made a note to get a zucchini on the milk run and got it. But disaster stroked one I got home today, 4 of 6 Otos were dead. I got them yesterday and died today. I feel sad and angry, didn’t last 36 hours. Tomorrow I get 4 or 6 more. Thinking som...
by Lycosid
Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:22 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: New to Otocinclus
Replies: 24
Views: 1522

Re: New to Otocinclus

What I don’t know is the species. I took one quick photo is not the best but can any one tell what species they are? Looks like Otocinclus vittatus . That's also the most commonly sold species in the USA. I've had good luck with mine using a suction-cup clip that holds kale leaves to the side of th...
by Lycosid
Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Callichthyidae - Corys et al)
Topic: RO water and remineraliser for Pygmy Corys
Replies: 15
Views: 1505

Re: RO water and remineraliser for Pygmy Corys

It I had used mineral water to raise Triops. But I don’t know for the fishes, I guess it would be fine since we drink it. We also do fine drinking chlorinated water, but fish don't want it in their gills. I wouldn't be surprised if fish that like hard water could deal with mineral water, but soft-w...
by Lycosid
Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:29 am
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: bristlenose / ancistrus cheek spines ripped almost out
Replies: 3
Views: 410

Re: bristlenose / ancistrus cheek spines ripped almost out

The only problem is her left cheek spines are ripped out of head and angle 45 forward - can see (cheek end ) of defleshed white boney part of spine like a ball ( like on a human bone ball/socket) the flesh is mostly intact, its just like the ball has popped out of cheek socket. I'm trying to envisi...
by Lycosid
Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Callichthyidae - Corys et al)
Topic: RO water and remineraliser for Pygmy Corys
Replies: 15
Views: 1505

Re: RO water and remineraliser for Pygmy Corys

I see, so you get pure water that you have to prepare by adding what you just removed from it before using for freshwater. Now I understand what is does. It's mostly used for: 1) Really terrible water, where you need to take out lots of bad stuff and re-add only the good stuff (like in this thread)...
by Lycosid
Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Callichthyidae - Corys et al)
Topic: RO water and remineraliser for Pygmy Corys
Replies: 15
Views: 1505

Re: RO water and remineraliser for Pygmy Corys

I have not much to say about the subject of RO. I don't really know much just that people say is good. Can anyone tell the pros & cons. RO water is, effectively, extremely pure water, as reverse osmosis removes basically everything but the water. (Most RO units are actually RO/DI, at least the ones...
by Lycosid
Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: Marc's fish room build
Replies: 210
Views: 43456

Re: Marc's fish room build

Wow that's a lot of crashes! I have a couple really small tanks, 2.5 USG, so I might just stick one next to the larger tank with a handful of daphnia in as a precaution. Thanks for the tip! I don't think I actually had nine separate crashes as the bottle that survived was also not very close to the...
by Lycosid
Sat Aug 24, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: Marc's fish room build
Replies: 210
Views: 43456

Re: Marc's fish room build

I've started off a daphnia colony in a spare tank next to my sump, hopefully I'll be able to maintain enough numbers to feed them once a week or so. I've managed to keep Daphnia going for the last year, but I always have colony crashes. I've started splitting the colonies out, with a few 2-liter bo...
by Lycosid
Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: South American Catfishes (Callichthyidae - Corys et al)
Topic: Temperature During Summer
Replies: 14
Views: 1887

Re: Temperature During Summer

Is a water cooling system using a fan, a radiator and a chip called a “peltier device”. This chip once you supply it with electricity cools one side and heat the other. It cools to freezing leves. On the computer you cool the cpu and then run water tru a water block on the heating side pumping the ...