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    Tom's ADA 45P - new design

    Surprise, surprise, the same thing happened again. Mostly growing well until all of a sudden, almost complete die-off of the stems. I've tried experimenting with various different fertilisers etc., and so I'm wondering if it's the water supply. This week I found a site in the hills near here...
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    Ada and ada glassware

    I haven't seen these here in Japan yet - but when I do, I'll try one - I've tried ADA Wabi Kusa here, and they have just gone crispy. Might be because it's so stupid cold here with no insulation that my heater is drying them out.
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    Tom's ADA 45P - new design

    Thanks CooKieS. I was wondering the same, especially after the advice I was given the previous time around. I've just switched to a spray bar and added the little eheim pump again to try to rule out circulation issues before increasing the CO2. I'm still seeing no CO2 related algae, but who...
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    Tom's ADA 45P - new design

    Here's another.
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    Tom's ADA 45P - new design

    Have a look at this picture - the stems on the right are doing quite well, but the stems on the left are looking the same as before. Why would this be? Both seem to be getting adequate flow and CO2. New leaves on the left are small and twisted. The hairgrass is also not doing well. On the...
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    Tom's ADA 45P - new design

    Thanks Doubu, that's a suggestion I hadn't thought of. I've started to see some diatoms appearing this week for the first time, and so I went to expand my cleanup crew. I already had 5 Amanos (Yamato numa ebi) but I picked up 3 more. Also went for 3 Otocinclus and 2 ishimakigai (snails - I'm...
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    First trip - chuck the bottoms?

    Hello, My Rotala is coming up for its first trim. It was grown from its emersed form and therefore the lower sections are not as healthy-looking as the tops. For a first trim, is it best to chuck the lower halves and just replant the tops? Thanks, Tom
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    Trustworthy lfs

    For the Suffolk area, they're not bad at all - but to be honest we don't have many LFS!
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    Trustworthy lfs

    Alternatively, Cambridge has several.
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    Trustworthy lfs

    You're not so far from Bury st Edmunds, so I'd look up the Ornamental Fish Farm in Fornham All Saints (I think).
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    Trustworthy lfs

    How far are you willing to travel?
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    Tom's ADA 45P - new design

    Quick 10-day update then. Things are beginning to grow. I've also added the Amano Shrimp that I took out of the last layout. The Crypt at the back was added too, from the last layout. The rest of those old plants are sitting emersed in a Do!Aqua plant glass (cheaper than a supermarket glass...
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    Japanese benches

    I nearly fell off one of these in the NA Gallery. Lethal thing, one leg was about an inch shorter! Haha.
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    Tom's ADA 45P - new design

    Thanks. If wattage is anything to go on, my light is 1/4 of the strength of the 45cm ADA Aquasky Moon. Based on seeing both used on shop displays here side-by-side, my one is visibly dimmer. Tom
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    Iwagumi 36.45

    Yeah, the main rock is strong, but I like it. It's different. The left-hand side might benefit from several smaller stones, though. I might even play with moving the current smaller stone to the back to see how it looks.
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