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by LRU
Thu Feb 27, 2014 11:05 am
Forum: Freshwater Puffers
Topic: Best filter for single Pea in 10g?
Replies: 10
Views: 1121

Re: Best filter for single Pea in 10g?

2 females is much better than I of each sex as a general rule But in this specific case, isn't it pretty difficult to sex them for a while? Would it be better to buy 3 to spread out aggression vs. just two, in the event both/all three were males? I don't know, because my last attempt with pea puffe...
by LRU
Wed Feb 26, 2014 5:38 pm
Forum: Freshwater Puffers
Topic: Best filter for single Pea in 10g?
Replies: 10
Views: 1121

Re: Best filter for single Pea in 10g?

Here's a few things to help with the noise of a HOB. 1) Get a good one, e.g. the Aquaclear as mentioned above. 2) Fill the tank as full as possible so you don't have the splashing noise. 3) Get a background to put on the back of the tank to hide the HOB - they're usually a few dollars. 4) Prime the ...
by LRU
Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:06 am
Forum: Freshwater Tanks
Topic: can you recommend any cold water fish?
Replies: 11
Views: 2373

Re: can you recommend any cold water fish?

Cherry shrimp (and most neocaridinia species) are fine in room temperature or below. I kept mine on a window ledge getting direct sunlight and they bred even to December in Michigan, so relatively far north and probably 50 degrees F, and they were still doing great. Most species of crayfish are the ...
by LRU
Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:46 am
Forum: Tricks of the Trade/Equipment Queries
Topic: Leaky CoralLife 36 Watt UV x2
Replies: 5
Views: 892

Re: Leaky CoralLife 36 Watt UV x2

I've read mixed reviews on Coralife products. Some people love them and others hate them, and it seems to be a mixed set of results on whether it works well or not. Unfortunately I don't have any alternatives to suggest. However, if the second is having similar issues, I'd vote returning it and tryi...
by LRU
Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:18 am
Forum: Tricks of the Trade/Equipment Queries
Topic: black Friday $25 refractometer
Replies: 4
Views: 844

Re: black Friday $25 refractometer

If the pic is right, it's ATC brand. You can get on eBay for $30 just about any day, but if you have free ship from BRS, a nice find. That model will vary in accuracy from unit to unit - sometimes linearly, sometimes on a curve. I'd calibrate as close as possible to the point where you're testing (e...
by LRU
Fri Nov 22, 2013 10:36 am
Forum: Hospital
Topic: One sec he looks dead. The next he's fine!?
Replies: 3
Views: 748

Re: One sec he looks dead. The next he's fine!?

For starters, in my opinion and per the care info here and related places (http://www.thepufferforum.com/forum/ug.php/v/PufferPedia/Brackish/T_Nigroviridis/), 2 GSPs will rapidly need a 40 gallon 48x12x16 tank to avoid stunting and possibly even a 75 gallon 48x18x18 long-term depending on aggression...
by LRU
Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:47 pm
Forum: Brackish Tanks
Topic: Argh! Advice/Planning for Moving??? (F8)
Replies: 17
Views: 2999

Re: Argh! Advice/Planning for Moving??? (F8)

I wouldn't sweat it. Keep the filter media damp while moving and you'll be fine. Empty the tank. Put the Figure 8 in a container with 1/2 air, 1/2 water, and make the move to the new place. Fill the tank back up with water that is as close to the previous setup as possible (temp/salinity) and also ...
by LRU
Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:08 pm
Forum: Brackish Tanks
Topic: Argh! Advice/Planning for Moving??? (F8)
Replies: 17
Views: 2999

Re: Argh! Advice/Planning for Moving??? (F8)

I wouldn't sweat it. Keep the filter media damp while moving and you'll be fine. Empty the tank. Put the Figure 8 in a container with 1/2 air, 1/2 water, and make the move to the new place. Fill the tank back up with water that is as close to the previous setup as possible (temp/salinity) and also u...
by LRU
Wed Nov 13, 2013 11:03 am
Forum: Marine Puffers
Topic: Algae eater to go with a Valentini Toby?
Replies: 8
Views: 1457

Re: Algae eater to go with a Valentini Toby?

Other things to consider to reduce brown algae would include running actinic lights mostly vs. white/10000K as the whiter light tends to encourage algae in a SW tank from my observations. Also does the tank get direct sunlight? Although that usually encourages more green-type algaes. Check your wate...
by LRU
Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:54 am
Forum: Marine Puffers
Topic: Algae eater to go with a Valentini Toby?
Replies: 8
Views: 1457

Re: Algae eater to go with a Valentini Toby?

MagFloat. :)
by LRU
Sat Nov 09, 2013 11:35 pm
Forum: Other photos
Topic: What in the world is this fish?
Replies: 3
Views: 1339

Re: What in the world is this fish?

It's a flowerhorn, I believe. Not sure what variety. A freshwater hybrid between a bunch of large cichlids.
by LRU
Wed Nov 06, 2013 5:56 pm
Forum: Brackish Tanks
Topic: Quick Filtration Question
Replies: 29
Views: 3115

Re: Quick Filtration Question

+1 for Aquaclears. If the biowheel doesn't dry out, you should have enough bacteria on it even if you replace the carbon filter pad. But I cant' guarantee it. Honestly, I'd replace the filter pad with a sponge if you can find one to fit. Then you can just lightly rinse the sponge in tank water when ...
by LRU
Wed Nov 06, 2013 10:35 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: any fish have a personality like a puffer?
Replies: 7
Views: 530

Re: any fish have a personality like a puffer?

For me, 'interesting fish' fall into a few categories. One is interesting because of 'curiosity'. This is where puffers are for me. Another is interesting because of mating behaviors. This is pretty much where my smaller cichlids like convicts fall - they are not curious about things but are fiercel...
by LRU
Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:11 pm
Forum: Freshwater Puffers
Topic: Tank Stalled - Puffers Come in on Wed! What do I do?
Replies: 20
Views: 2266

Re: Tank Stalled - Puffers Come in on Wed! What do I do?

Good to hear, thank you. I actually had some media from a filter in the tank at work when I started this cycle, so it's a bummer that it ended up not working well for me in the end. Not sure where it went wrong. Either way, I'll pick up the Safestart tomorrow so I'm ready. Are you saying that I'll ...
by LRU
Tue Nov 05, 2013 1:14 am
Forum: Freshwater Puffers
Topic: Tank Stalled - Puffers Come in on Wed! What do I do?
Replies: 20
Views: 2266

Re: Tank Stalled - Puffers Come in on Wed! What do I do?

Thank you for the advice. Is Safestart okay to use then? I've heard a lot of talk about it causing crashes later down the line and that would be devastating to my puffers obviously. I'm already planning on doing ammonia and nitrite tests two times a day for the few few weeks that I've got the littl...