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  1. Hi everyone, am just setting up a mega flex I got for my birthday over a year ago. Haven't had an aquarium for 18 years so a bit out of touch. Just going to put together a community setup and wondered if I can house 4 or 5 dwarf chain loach with a bristlenose ? Thanks from New Zealand
  2. Hi everyone. I actually joined a couple of days ago, sorry for the delay introducing myself. I started keeping fish in 2006 with a 20g long set up as a planted community. One day I watched a staff member at my favourite LFS feed a tank of African Cichlids and I was hooked. I ended up with 10 tanks, most of them dedicated to breeding Mbunas and Peacocks. I also pumped out a fair number of Bristlenoses, they just kept on coming. We had a big 'quake in September 2010 but I was lucky, all I lost was water. It was a massive mess but I reset the tanks and continued on. Then the real big one struck in February 2011 and I lost pretty much all of it. I rushed home from work, along with the rest of the city...a 30 minute drive took 2 hours...to find everything except one tank, a 110g male only African Cichlid display, smashed on the floor. We were without water or power for 4 days but I managed to keep those fish alive. The aftershocks were nerve wracking so as soon as I could I sold or gave them away, mothballed the tanks and started a hobby that didn't demand stability. In February this year I decided to dip my toes back into the aquarium hobby and got a little 5g and a sweet wee Betta...I now have 8 tanks and I've been breeding Bettas for a couple of the LFSs in town and I've just had my first Sturisoma panamense, Royal Farlowella spawn. My list so far in no particular order... 65g planted community with Ottos, Siamese Algae eaters, an Angel, around 90 Neons, Butterfly Plecs (L168), a female Veiltail Betta and a female Orange Flash Apistogramma. 50g with one native Crayfish in blue. 20g long with 12 Cardinal Tetras and a male Crowntail Betta. 20g high with an uncountable number of Crowntail fry growing out. 40g with Guppies, soon to be home of the CT growouts. 10g with 4 young Bristlenoses and 1 female Crowntail Betta. 10g Farlowella growout. 10g with Guppies.
  3. Hi everyone My name is Cam and I live in New Zealand. I'm joining this forum for a few reasons. I'm joining this group because I was quite an active member of the Facebook group that the co-op used to run but got kicked for a heated reaction to someone being racist to me lol but that is a story for another day. I'm also in the midst of constructing a fish room and am looking for tips and tricks anyone might have! I'm also wanting to meet some cool people to share my love for my fishy friends with! I have only been in the hobby seriously for about 2 years but I am loving every minute of it. Currently I have a juvenile Oscar called Jeremy in a 40 gallon (don't worry, he will get his125 once my fishroom is done in about 2 weeks. He's still tiny though so its fine haha.) I also have an axolotl called Franklin in a 25ish gallon tank who is a family favorite. I have a tank with a lot of guppies too cause my girlfriend loves them haha. Also have a temporary tank that has a pair of apisto agassizii who I want to breed once they get a bit larger. there is also about Kuhli loaches in that tank. I recently shifted so i only have those tanks at the moment and they are by no means pretty of permeant. Once my fishroom is finished I will have a 125 south american tank featuring the oscar and some geophagus. I also will be breeding all sorts of ancistrus, praecox rainbows, corys and tangiyikans like brevis, brichardi, gold occelatus and probably more. Dont know all of what i want to breed but that is where i want to start. I also have an instagram and want to start youtube about my fish cause i like being creative. im looking forward to putting more time into that once im finished building. Anyway im interested in meeting some like minded folks so if anyone wants to introduce themselves or give any tips to get the most out of the forum or that i would love to hear! Thanks everyone! Cam :)
  4. Hi My name is Jeremy from New Zealand and I have been keeping fish since I was 16 so 19 years ago. I usually only had 1 tank at a time and mainly had it there as something nice to look at, never did live plants. About 1 year and a half ago i came across a Aquarium Co-Op video and enjoyed the knowledge in the video and a few more videos I caught the bug🤢. So got a small tank and did that for a few months with the survivor fish from my 180L i had been doing to make sure I still liked it, now I have 5 set up and 2 big tanks in storage for when I move into a bigger place. I also am doing live plants in all of them now. Picture is of my 150L (so 40 gallon ish) which is my first real go at live plants and boy what a journey lol. Started it a year ago and have been struggling with Algae until about 3 weeks ago. It was like overnight I started noticing all the green Algae (which was all over the sides and banks and a lot of the plants) was starting to vanish and was thinking whats going on, what I have I done to achieve this? So over the year that I was doing it I was watching you tube videos and far to much Aquarium Co-Op videos gathering all the info and came across live streams talking about ways to combat Algae. So I realized Nitrate was super high as the tank was stocked with a lot of fish, mainly babies but still I was feeding them a lot, also the fertilizer I was using used a bit of nitrogen in its mix. I then started moving the fish around to other tanks (which is why 5 tanks now , sold some to my local fish store to the level that it is then now. I started feeding less but not really by much (they just look like they always need more food 😄) but still when the fish stock numbers lowered so did how much food I was feeding. I also changed to Seachem fertilizer as the info I got was that it was low in nitrogen (we don't have all in one fertilizers that I can find in NZ, no Easy Green or anything). I even dulled my light by one strip (I have 4 LED strips) but nothing was really working, I had green Algae everywhere and I was getting frustrated until about 3 weeks ago I noticed the Algae was not building up as usual and then few days later it was actually going down. I have 2 otocinclus and mystery snails from the start so they couldn't keep up, I manged to get so ramshorn snails about 2 months ago. My substrate is full of trumpet snails also from the start and I had so many baby snails but even they have started to dwindle which means feeding is ok. So with all the helpers and changes my tank has almost no Algae, most of it is off the plants (some leaves have died when the Algae was gone), the glass only has some small spots of green spot Algae. I am now enjoying plants a lot more at the moment and am so glad I could work it out. Of course i am now to scared to change anything as everything looks great haha. Now its a wait to see if my fertilizer regime is still good and I can keep it a good balance as I still want algae for the oto's as I might have to move them to another algae riddled tank (one tank at a time lol) unless they start eating the other foods. Not all the plants in my tanks I like or don't like there spot but I like the crypts in the left corner the center is fake wood with Java moss on top which I love ( and so do the babies). Amazon sword in the right corner I also like. The others I am not a fan of where they are but I can move them when I get my biggest tank set up in the next 6 months hopefully. Its been a long journey with this one but am really happy I have been learning and persevering with it. It all started with Cory from Aquarium Co-Op so a big thank you for sharing your knowledge so we can also get joy out of this hobby😃.
  5. Hi I'm Kevin from new zealand and these are my tanks currently :)
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