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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2005 8:23 am Post subject:  Reply with quote

 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  have  done  all  3  of  the  above.  :lol:
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2005 4:27 pm Post subject:  Reply with quote

 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.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2005 6:14 pm Post subject:  Reply with quote

 Silveraro,  
 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.
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 Hello  guys,
 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.
 with  regards
 shishir  kamat
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2005 8:11 pm Post subject:  Reply with quote

 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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