Posted on Jan 13, 2015


Posted in Algae, CO2, Fertilisation, Fish, Lighting
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Gan Red+ Asian Arowana in Planted Tank

The arowana is growing nicely but seems to have developed a protruding lower jaw. Was told by Gan of Gan Aquarium that a shrimp diet will cause this due to the calcium in their shells. I am not feeding shrimp, but I was dosing Seachem Equilibrium for Calcium and Magnesium for a while for the plants. That might have been the cause in this case. I’ve stopped that, so I hope the condition will resolve itself.

Posted on Oct 24, 2014

Sump Noise vs Hofer Gurgle Buster

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Hofer Gurgle Buster

When I first filled the tank and ran the sump return pump to test for leaks and to test the sump, the noise from the drain pipe was too loud for our (me and the wife) sanity. Tweaking the ball valve at the drain pipe didn’t help much. It reduced some sound but there was various side effects:

  • The water level fluctuated, resulting intermittent draining noises.
  • Small bubbles coming out of the bottom of the drain pipe. Not a good thing for maintaining CO2 levels in the water.
  • Large pockets of air would be blasted out of the bottom of the drain pipe occasionally, causing lots of splashing and occasional noise.

So I started looking up solutions on the net.

Posted on Aug 26, 2014

Dragon Forest I

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RTG Arowana in Planted Tank

The Asian Arowana is a beautiful fish, but is often kept in bare tanks. I have always felt it would look so much better in a lush planted tank, especially the red variant. About 10 years ago, I had the opportunity to start a large planted tank and it became The Dragon’s Forest I.

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