Indian Almond Leaves (Catappa / Ketapang) for sale at Tyne Valley Aquatics

Video explaining the uses and benefits of Almond Leaves (Terminalia catappa) in an aquarium. They are mostly used to condition water for breeding and also prevent against fungus and bacteria for the following species: Amazonian fish (eg discus, dwarf cichlids, tetras) Betta (fighting fish) Livebearers Shrimps Gouramis Killifish The leaves release a wealth of trace elements which benefit plants and micro-organisms in the aquarium environment and the tannins which are released help to promote fin repair and disease prevention. To buy, follow the link below (Ebay): Or collect from shop.

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Posted by tfishguide - October 25, 2011 at 7:00 am

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What do you do with the invasive lionfish? Cook them, hopefully.

What do you do with the invasive lionfish? Cook them, hopefully.
The lionfish often makes an appearance in personal aquariums, coveted for its eye-catching stripes that eventually fan out like a lion's mane. Krug said the fish's invasion may have begun in the early '90s, when a hurricane took out an aquarium in a
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Aquarium Slime Disease
By Neale Monks, Ph.D. Slime disease is a name given to various parasitic infections of the skin that cause freshwater aquarium fish to produce abnormally high quantities of mucus. Slime disease stresses aquarium fish and makes them vulnerable to

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Posted by tfishguide - October 25, 2011 at 6:00 am

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how to set up a freshwater fish tank fresh water all the basics

i really need to write a script or somthing …….. lol sorry for all the umms and ahhss dont think well on my feet but all the info is good though hope this helps some people….

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Posted by tfishguide - October 25, 2011 at 5:00 am

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Marine Tank V2 400 skimmer

My First attempt at marine after years of keeping tropical, im running a fluval 205, TMC v2 400 protein skimmer, 2 flouresents (changing them soon for a custom built roof with halide & a blue moon light for evening) obviously a heater. Getting a UV Steriliser on tuesday as i mentioned in video, im getting the v2 vecton 400 and im going to use the fluval 205 to pump the water through it My Fluval media is just live rock, i removed the large sponges, and in the shelves just some noodles, carbon, and fliter floss Also, i will be buying a reverse osmosis unit in the next 6 weeks My Tank is 150 UK Litres (i think) its 3.5 ft long 50cm high and 30 cm depth. Live stock : 1 Purple tip Anemone 2*Common Clowns 2*Regal Tangs 2*Hermit Crabs
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I just installed a new AquaClear 20 HOB filter for my 16 gallon bowfront freshwater tank. This filter replaces my Aqueon filter which wasn’t doing a good job of keeping my tank water clean. When I first installed the AquaClear, my tank water was very cloudy. Now after several hours of operation, my water is beginning to clear up. So far, I am very happy with this product. Setup and installation was easy. I love how the AquaClear has a lot of room for the biological, chemical and mechanical filteration. It also has a switch to reduce the flow of the water.

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Posted by tfishguide - October 25, 2011 at 4:00 am

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What does it mean if my Giofish Starfire Red fish (a tropical fish) keeps laying on the bottom of the tank?

Question by Brian: What does it mean if my Giofish Starfire Red fish (a tropical fish) keeps laying on the bottom of the tank?
I just got three tropical fish for my freshwater fish tank. One of them is a Giofish Starfire Red. Lately it has been laying on the bottom of the tank. I know it is not dead because it moves every once in a while, but I think it may be sick or something. Any explanations why? How can I fix this?

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Answer by BridalWreath
It could be sick. I’ve had it happen to some of my GloFish, though they were around four years old. Monitor the fish and keep an eye on how well it eats as well as color change. Also, make sure that there is nothing abnormal about the fish (part of its fins missing, buildup on the eye, etc.)

Another thing that could be possibly happening is that it might be lonely. GloFish are altered Zebra Danios and therefore, they should be put into a school of 5 or more. Perhaps, it is just lonely and need some companionship from others it’s own kind?

It’s hard to tell what might be wrong with your fish with such vague information however, these are some of the things that could be happening.

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Posted by tfishguide - October 25, 2011 at 3:00 am

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Just won a small koi fish and need care tips!?

Question by Hannah Babbs: Just won a small koi fish and need care tips!?
So I was at the fair with my friends. We saw a cool game that gave small koi fish out for prizes and we actually won. I didnt want to give him back because the guy wouldnt take him and he said that he needed to get rid of the fish or they would be eaten. I paid, so I got the fish. I have a 40 gallon tank with lots of different fish that are friendly, except for one black tailed shark that I am thinking of giving to my friend. So this fish is small, orange and white with flowy tails. I think he is a koi, but not a huge one and he will not get HUGE. Just a small, cute little koi. I am a very good pet owner( dogs, cat, fish, horse) so I will care for him, but are they agressive? Do they eat regualr fish flakes? I have tropical fish flakes. How long do they live? Do they like lots of plants? I have tons of plants in my tank. Are they easy keepers? Will he get lonley? If he needs anything, I can just run over to the local pet store that is big on fish. I need to know all about this fish!! Thanks!
Yes! He is a goldfish! Thanks!

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Answer by gryfonclaw
I recommend you find someone with a pond, especially if it’s a koi.

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Posted by tfishguide - October 25, 2011 at 2:00 am

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Breeding Tropical Fish In A Relaxed Method

Angelfish is one of the most popular tropical fish in the world. Being an expert in breeding angelfish is the first step to becoming an experienced fish breeder. You will find some simple steps on how to breed this species in this article.

Angelfish can take many faces. They have several colors like silvers, leopards and blushers. Therefore, you can simply breed only this kind and still have an aquarium full of colorful species.

For a tank of 33 gallons, you should house about six juveniles. The bottom should be left bare with no decoration. The pH level is 7 and the temperature should be set at 80f. There are many kinds of food you can use to feed angels: bloodworms, flakes and beef heart mixture.

When they have grown 6 to 8 months old, they begin their mating process. Some pair may pick their own territory and start defending it if there is another fish in the area. If you are sure that your fish have paired, you should remove them from the tank and then move them to another tank. The tank for the mating pair should be no more than 20 gallons and should have an acceptable spawning site.


Eighty-two degrees is the ideal temperature for breeding. You should see the belly of one of your angels to swell in about five to eight days. This is your female. The papilla should emerge on both of your angels. The papilla of the male is smaller than that of the female. The laying process takes place in just a few days and from now on you should not cause any distraction.

Prepare a notebook and take note which one lays eggs and which one fertilizes. Once the eggs turn white, you can be sure that the spawning process has been successful. If it has not, you should try again until you succeed.

The parents should be with the eggs to tend them. After two to three days the eggs will hatch. The newly hatched fry will wiggle for some time before freely swimming throughout the tank. You can use micro worms to feed the fry at this time.

You should allow the parents to stay with the newly hatched fry for the first few days. Then you should remove the parents and begin feeding and breeding the angels from the beginning. Angelfish can be very demanding so you have to be patient and try every possible technique. This is one of the most popular tropical fish and they are extremely friendly to humans.

If you decide to begin keeping tropical fish, you are embarking on a journey that includes bringing new pets into the house and beginning an exciting new hobby. Tropical fish care and maybe learning about marine tropical fish will be high on your agenda. For more free information, please visit our website.

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Posted by tfishguide - October 25, 2011 at 1:00 am

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UV Sterilizers and Freshwater Discus Aquariums

UV Sterilizers and Freshwater Discus Aquariums
By Jeremy Gosnell Q. I have a 90-gallon freshwater aquarium that is bare-bottomed and houses discus fish. The aquarium seems to be doing well with the following parameters: My friend recommends a UV sterilization system for freshwater aquariums housing

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Posted by tfishguide - October 25, 2011 at 12:00 am

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marine aquarium help!!!!!!?

Question by mellzilla :]: marine aquarium help!!!!!!?
hi, i’m a bit lost at the moment. i have been keeping freshwater fish for yearrrrssss now and i feel i am ready to swich to saltwater. though, i’m not too sure about many things. simple things. eg. what is a protine skimmer? what is the difference between live rock and coral? what is a coral skeleton? how do i create flow in my tank, and what is a FLOWR? can anyone give me a site that helps to answer my questions, or perhaps a begginers guide? i have books, but they are too complex. greatly appreciated =]
and don’t worry, i won’t rush into will be a good 6bmonths or so before i even get the aquarium (upgrading from a simple 10 gallon to a 400 litre.. uh… i’m not sure how many gallons that is, im auzzie!)
wow, thank you sooo much. you people have helped me immensley! thanks again.

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1) A protein skimmer removes dissolved proteins (from wastes and excess food) that forms a thin film at the top of the water by using it’s tendency to adhere to small bubbles. A venturi or airstone is used to inject air into the water inside the skimmer and carry the proteins into a collection cup to completely remove them from the water before they contribute to ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate in the water.

2) Live rock is any marine substrate that has beneficial bacteria that cycle the wastes in the tank. Not to mention it usually has a lot of other cool criters like sponges, shrimp, fanworms, clams, snails, macroalgae, and others on it. A coral is an actual animal that has stinging cells for catching food. Some types are completely soft, and others have a hard internal portion. When a hard coral dies, it leaves behind the hard inner part, and this is what’s called its skeleton. Coral skeletons can be one of the materials that make up live rock, and live rock can have living corals (hard, soft, or both) living on them.

3) Flow is created with your filter, skimmer, and powerheads.

4) It’s FOWLR – fish-only with live rock – as one of the three marine tank types. The others are fish-only (no live rock) and reef (all the corals, anemones, shrimp, etc.) Although you get some of these on the live rock in a FOWLR, in a reef you buy it on purpose, and choose fish that won’t eat them.

I’m not sure what books you have, but marine tanks are a pretty complex setup. Two that I found helpful when I first started were The New Marine Aquarium by Michael S. Paletta. Microcosm Ltd. ISBN 1-890087-52-1 or The Conscientious Marine Aquarist by Robert M. Fenner. Microcosm Ltd. ISBN 1-890087-02-5 I though the first was slightly easier to ready, but the seond goes into the types of fish a little better. You might see if you can locate these at a local fish store or library.

Some websites/pages I’d suggest are these:

And a link to my recommendations for tank equipment:–&paid=answered#TJEvXWHuVjiPdq_vEnO4CFUNkgbZREnlEBpUnTPHpU57jJZ.gPoZ

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Posted by tfishguide - October 24, 2011 at 11:00 pm

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I have to tear down my ten gallon tropical fish tank and restart it?

Question by Blondie: I have to tear down my ten gallon tropical fish tank and restart it?
I am concerned about my fish cause I don’t have any other place to keep them so that the tank can sit for the 24 hour period. I am putting them in a clean bucket while I clean and move the tank. Will it hurt them to put them into the tank in just a few hours if the temp is right?

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Answer by jdecorse25
If the temp is right and the chemicals all read good, then it’s fine. Also, the bucket should be fine to keep them in as well.

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Posted by tfishguide - October 24, 2011 at 10:00 pm

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