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Eheim 2250 Big Canister Filter Review

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

I liked this review so much, I thought I would link to it.

Eheim 2250 Review by Allister St. Claire

I couldn’t agree more with the review.

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Mother of a filter!

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

I’ve spent the last few hours uninstalling an Eheim 2313 and 2315 from my 6ftx2ftx2ft tank (sounds like a computer software program!), cleaning all the filter media in the old tank water from the 6ftx2ftx2ft tank, this is very important to keep the bacterial load in the filter media, remember the filter contains the bacteria not the water! and installing a new Eheim 2250 Mother of A filter, rated at 1000 litres per hour, so it should turn the tank over twice an hour.

I filled the 12 litre canister or dustbin as some people refer to it, with the old media from the other two canister filters, Ehfimech - small pieces of ceramic pipes and Ehfifix - “Easter basket grass” both of these are mechanical filter media, I’ve also added some Practical Fish Keeping bioballs, and some pan scouriers, followed by some old Ehfisynth (filter wool) from the old filters and new wool. Using a ‘T’ junction and Eheim double taps, plumbed it back-in line with two output pipes back into the tank.

With the other two filters, and the L001 growing and “poohing” more, I wasn’t getting the desired tank turnover rate.

Just have to keep an eye on the ammonia and nitrite levels, whilst this 12 litre filter fully matures.

Oh, and I dropped a 50kg UPS on my hose pipe, and cut it in half!

Need another hosepipe now!

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Collectors Item yet?

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

Animal House Buyers Guide

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Aqualog Books

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

If you collect or keep Tropical Fish there’s an excellent range of books by the publishers Aqualog reference fish of the world.

Aqualog Books 1

I’ve purchased a few of the years all Corydoras features all corydoras catfish and Loricariidae all L-numbers, these are excellent reference books for indentifying fish with excellent colour photographs. In my opinion well worth the investment. Others Reference books are available on Cichlids, Livebearers, Freshwater Rays, Killifishes etc

Aqualog Books 2

These books can sometimes be difficult to obtain in the United Kingdom, but the following supplier in the UK; Steven Simpson books http://www.stevensimpsonbooks.com can supply them direct.

I’ve just identified some fish sold as Royal Pleco’s L190, as L191 Broken Line Royal Pleco from the Loricariidae all L-numbers reference book!

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Holiday: Mexico & Cuba

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

I’ve been on holiday to Mexico and Cuba in February/March 2006, hence the lack of posts. I’ll add an entry at a later date on my fish encounters.

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Pair of Sturisoma Aureum RIP

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

The electronic thermotstat failed sometime after 7.00am today and I found the aquarium temperature at 35 degrees C, the breeding pair of Sturisoma Aureum were dead, and 50 percent of the young catfish. I’ve managed to save a few young catfish and moved them to the grow on tank.

I’m devasted at the needless loss of life.

I’m hoping that in the future, I may have a pair from the young catfish, I’ve successfully reared.

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