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    looks good.
    will the new pipes also have a flattened outlet? cause if it doesnt, it wont jet out like this.

    why not just leave the water level lower? is it too noisy?
    or bring the nozzles up higher (to wherever the water level is)
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    Quote Originally Posted by PiL View Post
    looks good.
    will the new pipes also have a flattened outlet? cause if it doesnt, it wont jet out like this.

    why not just leave the water level lower? is it too noisy?
    or bring the nozzles up higher (to wherever the water level is)
    None of the current pipes have a flattened outlet, its the venturi nozzle is helping creating the jet. The new pipes will be a second set of 16/22 SS pipes I think hinterfeld call them 18mm large pipes, I will attach the venturi which reduces the outlet down to about 10mm and creates the jet outlet. At the moment there is one set of 16/22 and one set of 12/16 each connected to a astro 2212 (1360lph) filter, so two filters total, I am using the 12/16 pipes on the second filter as thats all I had on hand, flow should be similar or perhaps more when I change them over to 16/22 as the filter will be able to draw more water and the final outlet will be the same ventrui nozzle.

    I could just raise the pipes up but it looks weird poking up so high and is rather noisey... I am hoping the adjustable duck bill outlets I ordered will allow me to get the surface agitation I want, pushing the water up to the surface which should be a bit quieter.

    With the venturi creating bubbles / o2 I probably dont need that much surface movement, so there may be no need for the adjustable duckbill nozzles
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    I love this tank. So much win in the habitat recreation department. Very well done.

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    +1 on loving the tank, it's incredible. Love how the fish behave on those conditions. The rocks hare stunning, I think will look better as soon as they grow a bit of algae and the hillstream loaches! are in

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    Nice Venturi indeed. Don't see that much in the planted tank sphere.

    Looking very nice indeed.

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    Thanks guys, I am enjoying the tank, its fun to try "replicate" an environment, looking forward to finally getting some loaches in a few weeks hopefully!

    @Rebel, while the surface isn't getting much movement I think the venturi is needed to give the tank a bump in o2, specially if I add loaches before I sort out surface movement, but I will probably hold off getting the loaches until I am 100% happy with the flow / surface movement etc.

    Interestingly adding the venturi hasn't effect co2 levels that much, drop checker is still a dark green 24/7, no where near the light green / lime I usually run but with slow growers I think this will be fine, I may even remove co2 when the loaches go in. The Vals or what ever they are have started to multiply which is nice to see.

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    Unfortunately lost another of the Vietnamese Minnows, strangely it was starting to show some nice colours, i.e red lips and red dot in the tail was really starting to pop long with the red and black body stripe, I think it was a male, I had 4 females and 3 males, now just 2 males, hopefully I can find some more Vietnamese Minnows in the future.

    All the other fish seem fine, I should have taken a photo of the dead fish but didnt. Only change I made over the weekend was starting to feed live food in the form of micro worms, and I only feed a very small amount twice. Also added more o2 to the tank by using the venturi nozzle, very strange as if I was to judge the health of the fish based on colouration this guy looked the most heathy, the fish with the wound is still in the tank and last time I checked seem to be progressing nicely, will try get a closer look at the fish with the wound today to make sure its not infected
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    I once fed some frozen (?black worms or micro worms) and lost all my fancy guppies. I reckon they got stuck in their throats or something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel View Post
    I once fed some frozen (?black worms or micro worms) and lost all my fancy guppies. I reckon they got stuck in their throats or something?
    I am thinking this is what happened, I noticed the same fish (I think) gasping at the surface, at the time I thought what is this fish doing!? All the other fish looked fine and where swimming as usual across all levels, no other fish at the surface, I thought perhaps it was just looking for food on the surface, I checked co2 levels and they where fine, well below 30ppm.

    Perhaps it was choking, poor guy.

    I feed the same live micro worms to all my other fish and no other deaths, can live mirco worms carry disease? I guess that can, but dont think that is the case here.
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    In my case, it was literally 12 hours later. 4 large fancy guppies, super active prior, all dead. Not sure of the cause but I threw the worms out anyways. These days I prefer mozzie wrigglers when I can source some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel View Post
    In my case, it was literally 12 hours later. 4 large fancy guppies, super active prior, all dead. Not sure of the cause but I threw the worms out anyways. These days I prefer mozzie wrigglers when I can source some.
    Dam that sucks, I ending up stocking guppies in my 45p iguwami, they look out of place but I left my GF choose the fish :P Saying that they are very active and fun to watch.

    I wouldn't have thought micro worms could cause choking but perhaps sand or something, the fish was definitely at the surface shortly before it died as I noted its bright colouring, all the other dull guys are ok... always sucks loosing any fish.

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    I feed microworms in huge numbers and never had any issues, so that would suck if that was the case!

    Blackworms dont freeze (they turn to mush) so that wouldnt ahve been the food Rebel I also feed a ton of these live, my "secret" weapon haha.

    Shame you've lsot a few fish mate, they were looking real nice. I like your scape, looks better each time
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    Will check what I had before. I 'may' have it in the freezer still.

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    Perhaps its was just the fishes time, they look big to me, like fully grown, with the small number they had at the local aquarium store I would no be surprised if someone traded them.

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    Not saying it isnt possible, would just be a freak accident i guess I hate losing fish, regardless of the reason. Even old age. haha.
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