Turbo-Twist UV Filter

September 30th, 2012 by D&D

Bought the turbo twist on eBay.

Bought the Coralife Turbo Twist 6X UltraViolet Sterilizer on eBay. The twist design guides water flow through the sterilizer, increasing exposure to ultraviolet light and improving the treatment of unwanted algae and harmful micro-organisms (quoted)

Fingers crossed this helps keep the algae at bay and keeps infection down.

Category: Cabinet, Canister, Infection/Disease, Lighting

Clown loaches and their mysterious illness

August 27th, 2012 by D&D

clown loach with eye disease
It has been a while since last post. Latest in the DD tank: the mysterious disease from 2009 is back with a vengeance. The eye infection has been around for a week. Been changing water almost twice a week and even cleaned the canisters twice in a month. Suprsingly the canisters were full of sludge.. took out the wood and cleaned that, and the gravel thoroughly.

Tried to treat it with melafix for almost two weeks but ended up losing a few rummynoses, an emperor tetra and sadly one of our medium sized loaches. Turns out the fatal would was inflicted by his ‘friend’ who is a stunted loach we nursed back from near death 3 years ago.. he’s not in the hospital tank again but for the wrong reason! He went around stalking the other loaches and actually nipped at their slime coat! so i think with medication and this little sht taking off all his slime he couldn’t fight anymore.

So a month on, fatty’s eyes are not getting better. Though he still has his appetite!

Category: Canister, Infection/Disease

Emperor Tetra and Black Neon

July 7th, 2012 by D&D

Category: Fish


July 7th, 2012 by D&D

Category: Fish

Intelligent clown loaches

March 23rd, 2011 by D&D

Its been a while but an observation has compelled me to write a new post. Before I get into that, just wanted to thank Jai for your two little black neons, I’m glad they’re in our tank and didn’t turn into feeder fish for your oscar! They’re doing well and schooling with our rummynose.

So, our littlelest loach, who we’ve named lucky because he was near death when we first got him over a year ago. We had a big community and fatty (see previous posts) in particular will scavenge and pretty much vacuum the entire tank. As a result lucky almost died because he was too nervous, small and slow and just wasn’t getting to the food quick enough.

Over a month in a hospital tank, we managed to nurse him back to health on a quarter meat pellet a day. Now, more than a year on, he employs a clever tactic that ensures he will never go hungry in a community tank again.

Tactic is this: He swims around frantically at the front top-level of tank to look for meat pellets that are being dropped in. Once he finds one, he a-lines for the back bottom right hand corner, just under one of our canister inlets, where there is absolutely no fish there. In this hidden corner he then settles down to enjoy his meat pellet, slowly and safely, away from all the fishie crowd :) Over the year, he has tried to eat his meat pellet in one place around various parts of the tank, but his fellow loach buddies always found him and stole it off him (because lucky is the smallest). Over time, lucky finally worked out the corner of least traffic and struck gold so to speak, and so has been using that back corner ever since.

Simply brilliant. Who says fish are not smart?

Category: Fish

Completely unrelated..

September 5th, 2010 by D&D

On Sunday 29th Sept we found a New Zealand Kakariki parrot in our backyard. He was traumatised and hobbling.. a week on he seems OK except my sister thinks he is constipated.. that can’t be good.. We named him Bob

Category: Uncategorized

Moved in ‘dumb and dumber’

August 28th, 2010 by D&D

Moved in the old angels from mum’s tank (who Crooked attacked when we tried to introduce them to the tank a couple of years back). They look dopey so David has named them dumb and dumber.. they seem to have settled in pretty well.

Dumb and dumber can be seen on the ‘original four foot’ tab. Dumb is the bigger one and dumber is the littler white one. Actually having said that the bigger one should be dumber.. he is verrrryy slow and dopey

Have also added 8 more rummynose, and picked up one ‘tadpole’ which is likely to be a baby platty (he was about to be flushed down the toilet so we adopted it)

Category: Fish

7 Year Old Angel Gone

August 21st, 2010 by D&D

After 7 years and 6 tank moves, my Gold Angel “Crooked” finally died. He stopped eating properly about a week ago and lost partial boyancy control. He was an intelligent fish, he undoubtedly recognnised me and was in my very first batch when I started fishkeeping. Sad day.

Category: Fish

Rummy Nose Tetra

August 3rd, 2010 by D&D

New Rummy Nose!!

Category: Fish

Disease ID

June 12th, 2010 by D&D

Very useful disease identification. Thanks to waterlife.co.uk

Category: Infection/Disease


David and Debbie have kept tropical fish and plants in many different tanks and environments. We hope you find some of our notes useful when setting up yours.