Joined: Jun 29, 2003 Posts: 7087 Location: Bengaluru, India
Posted: Sat Jun 11, 2005 8:23 am Post subject:
Hi Ashok I'll do my best about helping you with Aquatic plants.
Now good pieces of driftwood - you can buy them at LFS, but the collection there is usually unimpressive.
You can bring beautiful pieces back with you from Singapore. The unweildly size is the problem. I solved this by mailing my driftwood back to my address from Singapore. The cost is marginal when compared to what that good piece would cost here.
Best Option - Now since it is the monsoons drive down one weekend to an area abundant in rivers/streams. Real good pieces of driftwood can be found wherever there is a bend in the river/stream. The driftwood gets caught in the rocks/protrusions, especially near a bridge.
If the water is too fast flowing to attempt collection - the locals will do it for you with a knowing grin. Better still the women in the shanties/villages around will let you select the best pieces from their collection of firewood. July would be the best time to go collecting. Enjoy your drive while you are looking for driftwood.
I recently set up my tank(3'x1.25'x2') with a GF1000 undergravel filter. It consists of the undergravel tray, the powerhead and a 2 piece pipe connecting the powerhead to the tray below. There is a flat circular chamber just below the power head. The little info found on its box talks about placing a ceramic ring and sponge. However the LFS did not provide any. When I enquired the LFS about it, he showed me a cylinder shaped attachment instead of the pipe where i can use a ring. Though his answer was not satisfactory to me, he still insists that the setup i have is a bio filter. Can someone post a pic of the setup, the ring, sponge. etc.
IAH is I feel the best place to get the fundas right. Though i have kept fishes and been breeding most livebearers, siamese fighters,etc for about 10 years during school days, never before understood the water chemistry, cycling,etc,etc. Whithout IAH these fundas would have never reached amateur hobbyists like me.
Joined: Mar 29, 2005 Posts: 247 Location: Delhi, India
Posted: Sat Jun 11, 2005 6:14 pm Post subject:
Firstly, I would like to tell you that undergravel filters are not the most sought after filters amongst aquarists. Having a UG filter can be compared to sweeping your room and hiding all the dirt under the carpet.
UG filters are difficult to clean and in most cases aquarists end up tearing up the tank, and it is difficult to do this in a tank which houses an arowana.
Also arowana has a great bioload and needs clean waters as compared to most other fishes. A UG filter maynot give you desired result.
Please look up This link for more information on UGF.
Joined: Dec 17, 2003 Posts: 557 Location: Belgaum Karnataka
Posted: Sat Jun 11, 2005 6:41 pm Post subject:
Since everybody is talking of using porous brick pieces and pumice stones as an alternate to ceramic rings,We have a kiln about 20 km from my place where Mangalore tiles are manufactured,I can meet them and ask him to manufacture small porous pieces of a particular size,If affordable we can place a bulk order for the same after samples are approved.
Kindly specify an appropriate size which will look good as well in the tank.
Joined: Feb 20, 2004 Posts: 702 Location: Bangalore
Posted: Sat Jun 11, 2005 8:11 pm Post subject:
Just a small note on ceramic rings.Most eheim literature claims ordinary ceramic rings are only a mechanical means of filtration,not much of biological.It filters water mechanically by creating slower complex currents(eddies)which are too slow to carry solid particles along.These solid particles settle within ceramic rings,clearing the water for better biological filtration.For good biological filtration only sintered ceramic works(azoo/ehfisubstrat) or naturally rough porous materials like lava rock(ehfilav)or pumice rock.Eheim themselves market their ceramic rings under mechanical filtration.check this
www.eheim.com-->products-->water care/filter media.
Hi Ashok,if you are too busy to take that drive(though that is the better option),you could still pick up virtually any piece of wood that catches your fancy,freshly cut ,untreated.Strip the bark off carefully,with a blunt knife(dont scratch the inner wood,scratches look ugly)and soak the wood in water.If you notice a white fungus like film on it,good!thats bacteria finishing all the nutrients that will leach out.Or if you have a spare tank,with good filtration,dunk the wood in with a couple of catfish.In a months time the wood should be good!(just make sure the wood is from a non toxic tree....guava/asoka/camelopardus these are the trees ive used)
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