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Recent content by Miss-Pepper

  1. Miss-Pepper

    Nano Paludarium Attempt!

    Thank you both, looks like I'll be getting lost in the archives again :D
  2. Miss-Pepper

    Nano Paludarium Attempt!

    I was gifted a second hand Aqua One AquaVue 380 which is 28 litres and I fancy attempting something different and...outside the box. A paludarium, hanging wood roots and some nice terrestrial plants above etc. I've cleaned it up, and removed the plastic rim as the built in filter was taking up a...
  3. Miss-Pepper

    Bedside Aquarium

    Given the moss on the wood a good hacking back because I couldn't see my bucephalandra anymore! I was a bit ruthless but a lot of it wasn't attached, and I'm sure it'll soon recover. Still feel like there's something missing, I'm not happy with the middle and right of the aquascape. The left is...
  4. Miss-Pepper

    Bedside Aquarium

    Quick update! It's amazing how much I missed looking at the tank in the 4 days, but just uncovered it and it all looks great! Plants are totally fine, a little outstretched towards the light but nothing major and I can't see any cyano on them! Possibly some left at the front underneath the sand...
  5. Miss-Pepper

    Bedside Aquarium

    Thank you everyone for your replies, I read all your comments but was distracted by health issues and couldn't find the time to reply properly. Excellent, I will give this a go then! I know cyanobacteria isn't an algae but it does still photosynthesise as Darrel said. Ok I will give it a...
  6. Miss-Pepper

    Bedside Aquarium

    Thank you, it's certainly worth a try! The plants won't be negatively affected? I'll add some more floating plants if I can get some but the ones I have are showing good growth finally, probably thanks to the fert 'overdosing' :) Any other plants you suggest, maybe for the background? I don't...
  7. Miss-Pepper

    Bedside Aquarium

    Time for another journal entry I think! I still have cyanobacteria! And it's driving me a little around the bend. I tried manual removing as much as possible during 50% weekly water changes. I tried using the higher dose of 'The Aquascaper' fertiliser to ensure the plants weren't being...
  8. Miss-Pepper

    Bedside Aquarium

    Going much better now thanks Darrel, but still not quite 'perfect'! It was a bit of a palava to get hold of the Hornwort, which arrived in pieces anyway, but hopefully it'll start working it's magic soon as it recovers! I also got some salvinia cucullata and hygrophila pinnatifida to add to the...
  9. Miss-Pepper

    Bedside Aquarium

    Thanks Darrel. The new filter cartridge has a 'core' of very open celled foam and there's a little more porous pad that sits in the bottom so some sponge but seeing how brown and nasty the old filter wool was I thought it could use some finer stuff until settled. I will keep in mind though that...
  10. Miss-Pepper

    Bedside Aquarium

    Still battling with my algae issues. I've been keeping up with frequent large water changes, manual removal and have swapped the filter wool for filter floss and mature ceramic bio-rings from another tank. Added some shrimp to help battle what I can't get and because I like them :). Lights are...
  11. Miss-Pepper

    Bedside Aquarium

    Yes I have two other, non planted aquariums. I did previously squeeze some mulm into the tank from a piece of filter floss. I might be able to rob some bio media from the fx5 once I get the Dennerle module, if it'll fit in it. But god I hate that thing :oops: gives me back ache just thinking...
  12. Miss-Pepper

    Bedside Aquarium

    No need to appologise to me Darrel, sometimes we all need a good shouting at ;) Just kidding, I read your replies as frustration over the perpetuation of false information rather than anger directed towards me. I've gone over a lot of the material you provided and I think the penny is finally...
  13. Miss-Pepper

    Bedside Aquarium

    Sorry Darrel, that was meant to read new to me. I've been a fish keeper for 7 years and honestly this is the first time someone has said to me don't use ammonia to cycle an aquarium. I'm not disputing what you are saying. You clearly have a much more scientific background than myself and are...
  14. Miss-Pepper

    Bedside Aquarium

    Thank you so much Darrel, I always like to see the reasoning behind things but I think it'll take me a while to digest all this new information! I am planning on doing a large water change momentarily, as suggested, to remove all the nitrites that were between 0.25 and 0.5ppm. If this brings the...
  15. Miss-Pepper

    Bedside Aquarium

    Oh no! Really?! This is always the way I've been taught to do it, just shows you can't assume you already know the best way to do something :rolleyes: thanks for the heads up. I'll do another water change today. Are there any signs I should look out for in terms of the cycle being completed...
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