Saturday, 25 June 2016

Review: Nano Space 2 From Ocean Free


I have been using the Nano Space 2 from OF (Ocean Free) for about two weeks now and it is time for me to share my thoughts on this nano tank.

I must say that I really like the simplicity and overall look of the nano tank. With the built-in filter, there is no need for a filter to take up extra space within the tank. The pump is really quiet and the strength of the flow is adjustable. A plus point is that this tank consumes very little power and water change is a breeze with a siphon.

Below is the LED lights in different modes.

(L-R) Day/Night mode, night mode, day mode


I am not sure if you can see the ripple effect on the wall. It was mentioned on the box so I guess that is one of the selling point of this tank too.

Unfortunately, the tank do have a few flaws too.


First of all, I realized that during feeding times, most of the food tend to get sucked into the filter before the guppies could even finish their meal.  

I have raised these guppies since the day they were born thus I am still feeding them with the leftover fry food in powder form. To combat this problem, I have to switch off the filter during feeding time which is not much of an issue to me. I suppose the problem will be solved once I switch them over to adult food. I have experimented feeding fry food and pellets for tropical fish but both were sucked in except for the goldfish's sinking pellets.


Next, I found that the plastic cover does not fit very well on the top of the tank. Again, this is not much of an issue as long as it can keep the fish in and the dust out.


Thirdly, the IOS filter system is the main reason why I bought this tank but it did not function the way I expected it to.

If you study the diagram below, the one on the left is what I expected the direction of the water flow to be like: water enters from the 3rd chamber and goes through chamber 3 and 2 before exiting from chamber 1.


However, as demonstrated by the diagram on the right, the two filter cartridge (white rectangle) does not sit all the way down at the bottom, thus, there is a "tunnel" below. Furthermore, the presence of the small hole at the bottom of the divider between chamber 1 and 2 creates a shortcut for the debris (white particles) to go from the third chamber straight to the first. The pump would then suck up all the debris and return them all to the front of the tank. 


Fortunately, I found a solution (diagram above) that worked for me which is to lay filter wool (grey rectangle) above and below the filter cartridge to trap all the debris before they can make their way to the first chamber. 

I understand the small hole is for the prevention of low water levels (in case water levels in chamber 3 and 2 is too low to overflow to chamber 1) therefore water still can flow from chamber 3 to chamber 1 via the "tunnel". So what I can do is to block the hole with filter wool therefore water can still flow through but debris will be trapped behind. However, the filter wool have to be changed frequently in case it gets clogged up.

Confused yet? I hope the diagram below can help you.



Despite all the flaws, I am still quite happy with the tank because the flaws I mentioned above can be easily fixed in one way or another so there is really no big issue.

The range of nano tanks on display at Qianhu Fish Farm's retail outlet 


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Monday, 20 June 2016

Unboxing: Nano Space 2 From Ocean Free


While visiting Qianhu Fish Farm a week ago, I bought this Nano Space 2 fish tank from OF (Ocean Free) which is one of Qianhu's many own in-house brand. I have been eyeing this range of nano tanks displayed at their retail store for quite a while now but have been indecisive due to the pricing. 

Initially, I was looking at the 16 litres tank priced at $98 but after much consideration, I decided to get the slightly bigger 24 litres tank for $10 more.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Boon Kee Wanton Mee @ Clementi Central


My last plate of Boon Kee Wanton Mee at Clementi Food Centre was four years ago. I actually stopped patronizing them because my last plate was a letdown.

Earlier this week, I accompanied Dad to the dentist nearby and while waiting for him, I ventured over to the food centre and decided to order myself a plate of Wanton Mee. I suppose it is about time to lift the ban to give them a chance to redeem themselves.

I requested for no char siew but they got my order wrong anyway.

Monday, 6 June 2016

ในหลวงของแผ่นดิน 万王之王


I have finally found this song today - about five years after watching it in the hotel room while holidaying in Hat Yai, Songkhla, Thailand.

I find the music very moving but I have no ways to search for it online since I could neither read nor write Thai.

Despite not understanding the lyrics, I could somehow associate it as a song about the Thai King judging from the images shown on TV.

Friday, 3 June 2016

Ah Hoe Mee Pok @ Blk 501 West Coast Drive


Ever since the new location of the old Bukit Purmei Lor Mee was discovered, I have gone to have my favorite bowl of Lor Mee (Braised Noodles) four times.

Each time while queuing for my Lor Mee, I cannot help but notice that the Bak Chor Mee (Minced Meat Noodles) stall next door is also doing a very brisk business. A quick google on the stall name Ah Hoe Mee Pok revealed that stall owner, Eric Chia made news recently by teaching a Japanese man the skills to cook his mee pok.

After learning from Eric for six months, the Japanese - Naoji-san - took over the stall at Blk 710 Clementi West Street 2 with his daughter to sell this dish. They had a second stall manned by his wife and son further away at Blk 713. According to their Facebook, they are currently looking for a third stall.

What happened to Eric then? Well, he moved to set up his stall at the current location at Blk 501 West Coast Drive.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Review: Hydra Nano Plus From Ocean Free


Thanks to Qian Hu Fish Farm, I received a Hydra Nano Plus and a hundred dollars worth of accessories vouchers from their FB contest. I collected my prize from the farm two weeks ago and was able to test out the very versatile Hydra Nano Plus.

Science Centre Singapore - Fire Tornado Demonstration


The most popular live demonstration at the SCS has got to be the Fire Tornado. It is located at the Courtyard where the rest of the fire exhibits are.

Walk through the Maxwell Auditorium and Mendel Auditorium from the Atrium and you will come to the Courtyard outside of the main building.

There is only one show available every Tuesday to Sunday at 3pm.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Science Centre Singapore - Animal Zone And Eco Garden


Just right beside Hall B, there is a animal zone with hatching chicks, leopard gecko, tortoise, gerbils and hissing cockroaches.

To be honest, the chicks are the only memory I have of the science centre from my primary school visits.

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