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Finally moved into the new house, and can now start keeping Koi again after so many years being unable to. The house came with a smallish pond which i will rebuild in the spring, i've added a few Koi already to keep the 2 goldfish that where in there company. I wondered how many more of us on here also keep them as well as running a zed?

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yup i keep em me and the missus dug out our pond it measures 15 foot long 5 foot wide and 5-6 foot deep it only took us 5 months of weekend digging but worth every bit of blood sweat and tears ( mostly from me ) weve got underwater lights and i have to say the big koi are really soothing to watch just a shame i lost 4 big sanke last year cos we had heron problems.....not anymore as i bought a rifle lol

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Hello bud moved to Maylandsea, near Burnham on Crouch and Maldon nice and peaceful and got bags more room to fill up with bits of Zeds lol. You got another one yet?

 

I was down there a few weeks ago lol. Picking an engine crane up from SMW1's parent's house :) Awesome roads :D

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I was down there a few weeks ago lol. Picking an engine crane up from SMW1's parent's house :) Awesome roads :D

 

You wouldnt of been far from where i just moved from then, im bit further out in the sticks now lol. Long way to come for an engine crane, bud.

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You wouldnt of been far from where i just moved from then, im bit further out in the sticks now lol. Long way to come for an engine crane, bud.

 

Was pickin it up for Wozzer while I was down at his ;)

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Would love to keep Koi, kept a Discus tank for quite a while!

 

Arr Discus, i kept them for a while after keeping Tanjanikan and Malawi Chiclids then went over to Marine. Koi arnt so bad to keep i guess the biggest expence is building the pond and filteration system, you can get fish quite cheap depending on the quality of the fish.

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ooooh i lurve discus they are spensive too though. are they as hard to keep as they reakon. cleaner than clean water etc ? :hyper:

 

They are also Chiclids but come from the Amazon so like soft acid water, but think most in the shops are proberbly tank bred so proberbly tolorate slightly higher p.h and slightly harder water

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I used RO water to keep them with at least a 50% water change once a week. Buy the best bred discus you can cheap ones are exactly that, basically interbred to produce the fish they require. I wouldn't keep them in higher ph or hard water, it's easy to get the water the way you want it!

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I used RO water to keep them with at least a 50% water change once a week. Buy the best bred discus you can cheap ones are exactly that, basically interbred to produce the fish they require. I wouldn't keep them in higher ph or hard water, it's easy to get the water the way you want it!

 

it's the water changes that would do me in. I keep a 6ft blackwater tank with a 20" 9 year old pleco few silver dollars and loads of smaller tetras etc in soft peat filtered water. A 50% water change would be 250 litres a week for me and RO would be out of the question with location of tank. I do about 10% a week and that's hard graft up a flight of stairs :o

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I used RO water to keep them with at least a 50% water change once a week. Buy the best bred discus you can cheap ones are exactly that, basically interbred to produce the fish they require. I wouldn't keep them in higher ph or hard water, it's easy to get the water the way you want it!

 

I had a lot of bog wood in the tank which helps but sent the water a bit brown but with the lighting it was quite effective.

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I had a lot of bog wood in the tank which helps but sent the water a bit brown but with the lighting it was quite affective.

 

tonnes of bogwood in there but has lost is colour over time. peat turns water brown though also , the fish and plants lurve it

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it's the water changes that would do me in. I keep a 6ft blackwater tank with a 20" 9 year old pleco few silver dollars and loads of smaller tetras etc in soft peat filtered water. A 50% water change would be 250 litres a week for me and RO would be out of the question with location of tank. I do about 10% a week and that's hard graft up a flight of stairs :o

 

I put the ro unit upstairs and this bled into a preparation tank, I could then heat and does it with minerals and then use gravity to feed into the fish tank, the tank water could just be syphoned out of a window/ waste drain.

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I put the ro unit upstairs and this bled into a preparation tank, I could then heat and does it with minerals and then use gravity to feed into the fish tank, the tank water could just be syphoned out of a window/ waste drain.

 

i got 3 floors basement is kitchen bathroom ground floor living space 1st floor bedrooms only. Water supply is basement only tank is on ground floor. I do sometimes syphon out the window over next door neighbours dog :nono: :rofl: I am thinking of running water supply to upper floor for an onsuite soon so maybe.........

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