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  1. Nico1976

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    Hi All

    Having kept killies for a while when I was way younger, I decided to get back into it recently. I have had numerous marine tanks and cichlid setups after my last spell with killies so I've pretty much never left the hobby altogether. I was incredibly excited to read that killies are now a lot more readile available than they were a few years ago so I jumped right in and converted a spare bedroom into a fish room, much to the wife's dismay. The plans have changed a number of times over the past week but here's where I'm at so far. 10 of 6 gallon breeding/holding tanks for Notho females (6 species are on their way) and Australe, 2 of 15 gallon permanent breeders (F. Gardneri) 6 of 4 gallon fry/holding tanks and more Tupperware than was sold in Vereeniging for the whole of 2013. There's also a 75g for Notho males and plant propagation. I am waiting for some replacement tanks as almost half of those I ordered failed their first test but here are some pics so long. I obviously still need some plants and a few odds but not bad for a weekend's work if I do say so myself. All lighting on the shelves are 6500K LED. Nick

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    Hi,
    And welcome to the Forum.

    Nice looking setup.
     
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    Welcome.

    Looks good, looking forward to see what you will be breeding
     
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    Hi and welcome.
     
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    Nico1976

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    Thanks All. I can't wait for my fish to come but I still have quite a bit to do. Hopefully getting some more 6g tanks as replacement for the leaky ones today. Also trying to get my DIY CO2 reactor going a bit later tonight.I'll post pics as they happen.
     
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    Welcome Nico!
     
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    Welcome and hope to see more pics as your fish room expands.
     
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    Nico1976

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    Thanks ouens!
     
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    @Nico1976 you may want to create a bit more hiding space than you have now for the females - sometimes they get hammered by the males when they are "not in the mood" :)
     
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    Nico1976

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    Each tank is getting a potted plant. Would that do the trick?
     
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    Not in my opinion... PVC pipe connecters works great for me - corner joints, t-pieces etc. Also easy to clean - just pop them in the dishwasher when dirty...

    Or lots of floating plants with fine leaves - Cabomba, Hornworth and the like...

    have you got mops ready for the Gardneri's and AAO's??
     
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    That's what I forgot! Will get some pvc pipe connectors today. I've bought the wool (brown and green) but haven't made the mops yet. Getting there. I cant find floating plants anywhere in Durbs. Have tried most of the big shops and they're scarce. Got a fistfull of Java Moss that I've put in the gardneri tank so it's close to the light and fed Seachem Trace so hopefully that grows.
     
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    Post a plants wanted thread - I am sure some of the Durban members can help
     
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    welkom welkom
     
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    Update time. Been battling with the idea of running heaters in all my tanks. Sealed the circulation vent and kept the room closed last night and this morning tanks were running 24 degrees so that should do the trick. Will install heaters later when Durban temperatures drop to 22 during our one week winter. All the plants I have are re-potted, mops are made and hiding places provided. The rest of my tanks will be set up when I get fry. Another late night done and dusted. Now I need to get me some fish.

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    Looking good!!!!!
     
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    Thanks. It's been a lot of work in a short space of time but worth every bead of sweat. I've been wanting to do this for such a long time so I'm really amped to get going. Thanks for all the advice. BTW my bins outside are FULL of food. Those peas I chucked in are teaming with bloodworm and the water's a nice off-green colour. Loads of goggos so no hungry fish here.
     
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    You cant beat live food!!!
     

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