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    Lower Maintenance high tech 'scape ideas please

    hi all having set and established a lovely tank, i'm losing the battle to maintain it well due to life getting in the way! my MC carpet is all lifting despite several trims as it is so rampant im getting dead spots and algae, any tips on a lower maintenace tank, still co2 and EI dosed just...
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    HC Cuba - dark and tiny leaves

    Thanks, I appreciate the feedback, I was trying to create scale with my narrow front to back measurements (12") by having the Cuba in the background, I've been kinda thinking the same way as you though, the tank is so trouble free I'd rather pull the Cuba than put myself through the world of...
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    HC Cuba - dark and tiny leaves

    Thanks again, maybe you can help me with lighting suggestions, (on advice) I have kept the lighting moderate (2 x 27w compact pll fluorescents) 6.5hrs, co2 is good, well distributed, flow is decent, 850lph external and a koralia, my co2 is delivered through a mini internal filter so thats...
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    HC Cuba - dark and tiny leaves

    Thanks Mick, I didn't spot your reply, here it is a couple of days ago with a better photo, the dark bits seem to be spreading, not the other way around, I'm on medium light with a fairly short cycle 6.5 hrs, this has maintained good growth and no algae, do you think the cuba might want a bit...
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    maximising filter flow / sponge only

    thanks for the replies gents, very informative
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    maximising filter flow / sponge only

    hi all i bought an 850lph filter for a 100l tank (i know, im an idiot!) i have a koralia in there too so the flow is pretty good but im interested in maximising the flow as best i can, i run the koralia more or less in sync with my co2 but when its off the flow is not great Ive read about...
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    "Destinys" Child!

    great tank Salava, looks super
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    Akadama - A cheap substrate

    Hi, yes they will, I planted loads of the HC & MC as i got huge portions and was thinking a lot of it would come loose thats why I have such a good spread after only a month theres actually too much cuba now that its spreading, ill need to thin it out i reckon, the akadama wont stop Cuba doing...
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    HC Cuba - dark and tiny leaves

    hi all see photo below, ( i know it's not great) i have cuba growth thats a bit odd, its very thin darker shoots with tiny leaves now the chances are that this is some of the pieces i planted very deep i had severe issue keeping it in place (in-vitro plants) so planted it very deep and then...
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    Akadama - A cheap substrate

    hi glenn it is tricky all right, i ended up capping my akadama with a thin layer of tesco cat litter as i was running out but thy planted better in this, i ended up almost burying the HC but it will grow out, heres mine after a month MC at front HC behind main centre root be patient and dont...
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    "Destinys" Child!

    hi all so, here's my first journal, warts and all! its a bit backdated as i havent got around to doing the journal Its heavily influenced (a rip-off if you will!) of Cliff Hui's "Destiny" from a good few years ago its a tank i've always really liked and after neglecting my own tank...
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    Timers on extension cord

    thanks, i use cheap mechanicals as well but the noise is annoying do they all make that buzzing/grinding noise? cheers
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    Hc cuba in vitro nightmare

    Thanks guys, Yeah, I'm running the co2 hard ( no fish) And getting the ei dosing going, low light for the moment, funnily it's the exact advice I got off Ceg years ago when starting out, Im planting deep and hoping for the best, Would plants floating on the top survive and maybe get some...
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    Timers on extension cord

    Hi all, Digging out my old timers to set up my co2, have a couple of digital ones from argos, had to get the manual online to refresh myself on how to program them, I never actually used them before but a couple of my mechanical ones are bust, anyway to the point...the manual says do not use...
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    Hc cuba in vitro nightmare

    bumping an oldie here but........ any further wisdom on this? its my first try with in vitro and my cuba, monte carlo and eleo. mini and acicularis are proving tricky to plant, any tips welcome? 100l tank, akadama capped with kitty litter, (ran out of akadama so used the litter to cap off...
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