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by RTR
Wed Jun 22, 2005 1:42 pm
Forum: Tricks of the Trade/Equipment Queries
Topic: DIY refugium aka veggie filter
Replies: 49
Views: 8982

I have no experience with FW refugia in the HOB format. I'm more used to a sump format, where space is not limiting. I am currently running some trials on FW 24/7 lighting (more akin to the SW HOB macroalgae refugia) but still using tanks. It is too early in the testing for any conclusions on consta...
by RTR
Wed Jun 22, 2005 8:54 am
Forum: Hospital
Topic: How to get rid of internal worms...
Replies: 11
Views: 1299

FW fish don't drink water, SW fish drink lots of water. That makes it difficult to get water-based meds into a FW fish's gut.
by RTR
Tue Jun 21, 2005 10:41 pm
Forum: Freshwater Puffers
Topic: Fahaka tank size, 110W okay?
Replies: 10
Views: 1279

To me the footprint is what counts. The only disadvantage to the shorter tank is that I would not give much substrate depth. Fahakas normally only bury when young, so I would omit that "benefit".
by RTR
Tue Jun 21, 2005 2:14 pm
Forum: Freshwater Puffers
Topic: Mbu compatibility
Replies: 19
Views: 2641

IMHO & IME, the comptabilty of both fish with tankmates is zero. Limited term compatabilty doesn't count - let me know about any full life cycle compatables you run.
by RTR
Tue Jun 21, 2005 8:32 am
Forum: Freshwater Puffers
Topic: Should i purchase a Fahaka?
Replies: 6
Views: 973

For the jumbo puffers such as Fahakas and mbus, just clear water and lots of swimming room - with a bit of current (they are river fish primarily).
by RTR
Mon Jun 20, 2005 9:56 am
Forum: Brackish Puffers
Topic: Acclimation, from fresh to brackish to maybe even salt!
Replies: 5
Views: 1055

In general, "long" tanks are preferred for puffers rather than "tall" ones, beecause puffers need footprint/floor space to satisfy their territoriality. In a tall tank, I would not try to keep 3 F8s, but 3 is potentially a more stable group than just 2. The turnover figure cited by Myaj is appropria...
by RTR
Mon Jun 20, 2005 9:43 am
Forum: Hospital
Topic: Fahaka Help needed
Replies: 21
Views: 2712

Both fahakas and mbus are African, not Asian. Water at 80F is not an issue for them at all. Above that you need to monitor respiration rate. Breathing too rapidly indicates low oxygen in the water and should be corrected.
by RTR
Sun Jun 19, 2005 6:23 pm
Forum: Brackish Puffers
Topic: GSP puffed!
Replies: 15
Views: 1735

My personal suspicion is that all puffers puff, especialy during growth. It is a system check sort of thing, and as such is valuable and harmless. Obviously when they do this on their own, in the water and not under stress, it is not a bad thing at all.
by RTR
Sun Jun 19, 2005 12:14 am
Forum: Brackish Puffers
Topic: Getting rid of diatoms in a brackish tank
Replies: 29
Views: 2823

rainmaker - yes, the red end of the spectrum is absorded fastest, the blue end penetrates deepest. This is relatively trivial for FW plants and the few BW plants as they are all shallow-water plants. In reef tanks it matters more. All algae and other photosynthetic organisms (BGA) require light. But...
by RTR
Sat Jun 18, 2005 7:12 pm
Forum: Brackish Puffers
Topic: Getting rid of diatoms in a brackish tank
Replies: 29
Views: 2823

The beasties were likely some sort of copepod. Diatoms in SW in the plankton are caviar. The common FW and BW situation with surface-attached diatoms means that they are still prime food, but many of their grazers are also prime fish food, so we rarely have enough population for diatom control. As a...
by RTR
Sat Jun 18, 2005 7:06 pm
Forum: Freshwater Puffers
Topic: Chemicals(plant fertalizers) + Puffers = ???
Replies: 11
Views: 1219

There are some folks crazy enough to use Excel in things like 300 gallon central systems (which have to much current and surface disruption for CO2), and a couple of 70-ish tank/sump systems. In the 4 L bottles it is not too bad.
by RTR
Sat Jun 18, 2005 10:39 am
Forum: Brackish Puffers
Topic: A Few Q's RE: GS Puffers!!
Replies: 3
Views: 544

Try reviewing the topics in the Library section here first. Start with:

http://www.thepufferforum.org/viewtopic.php?t=12

Then come back with questions on any clarification needed. That is an excellent article on GSP care in captivity, likely the best available on the web or in print.
by RTR
Sat Jun 18, 2005 10:33 am
Forum: Brackish Puffers
Topic: Getting rid of diatoms in a brackish tank
Replies: 29
Views: 2823

Seachem is unusually open about their products (the biggest reason other than their convenience that I use them, plus I have had a number of face-to-face sessions with the cheif scientist/owner at meetings/conventions). They can generally back up any isues that you have. Go to their site and browse ...
by RTR
Sat Jun 18, 2005 10:20 am
Forum: Brackish Tanks
Topic: FW or Marine BioSpira for BW tanks (The Answer)
Replies: 11
Views: 1844

Skepticism is a valuable tool. But it is best satisfied with data. If you lack the data, you have no solid ground to stand on to dispute. Dry-lab discussions are just hot air, "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing". If there are no data to be presented, be very circumspect in your discussion.
by RTR
Sat Jun 18, 2005 10:15 am
Forum: Freshwater Puffers
Topic: Do they need light?
Replies: 11
Views: 1223

Even a simple night light with a dark red bulb will serve in a smaller tank. Otherwise, I find small fluorescents with heavy filters (gel or glass) or photo safety lights to work well - pretty easy DIY. Fish in general are not sensitive to red light, due to its rapid absorbtion with depth in water.