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  1. RolyMo

    Been away. Back again, still a noob and learning

    Good evening all. I have been a member of UKAPS for 5 years, but have been away from the forum for a few years. I have huge respect for the folks here and learnt a great deal the forum's pro's, about subjects such as CO2, flow, and fert's. Today I decided that I needed to completely start again...
  2. RolyMo

    Help! Replacement Juwel High-Light T5 100cm Unit

    Grrrrr I am now 29 months into my first foray into tropical fishkeeping and still at it. Still watching and still learning and grappling with the planted tank and what is happening. This weekend I did my usual weekly water change and switched everything back on. Come 2pm my shrimp tank lights...
  3. RolyMo

    My first ever aquarium. Juwel Rio 180l

    Hi Andy Thanks for the ideas. No I did get rid of the old bulbs. I might be my imagination but the new bulbs do seem brighter. But then it might be the different colour bulb. Cheers for confirmation of the x10 flow. Seems mad that I would need a top of the range eheim to get the right flow. But...
  4. RolyMo

    My first ever aquarium. Juwel Rio 180l

    Have two incidents to report. One amusing one slightly less so. This first one is related to the iPhone case I tested in the fish tank. I promptly took it on holiday put the phone in it and had been using it for 3 days into the holiday. Until one night after requesting my phone to be unplugged...
  5. RolyMo

    My first ever aquarium. Juwel Rio 180l

    Also just bought an Otterbox preserver case for my phone in prep for holiday by the beach and recording the girls body boarding in the sea. Thought I would test it out. First video was little shaky. I attached the phone to my daughters ruler with an elastic band and then lowered the phone into...
  6. RolyMo

    My first ever aquarium. Juwel Rio 180l

    Sorry for not posting in a while. Have been changing jobs and houses and concentrating on keeping the family together. But I thought I would post today a quick post as over the last 12 months I learnt some more stuff again using my eyes. So I, as I imagine many let the tank go. I watched over...
  7. RolyMo

    My first ever aquarium. Juwel Rio 180l

    Clearly everything has grown. Some of it has taken over and thinned out the grass carpet. There is now huge amounts of places for the fish to hide. The wood still wants to float after nearly a year submerged. Going strong as is the fish tank. I have learnt a lot over the months. In leaving...
  8. RolyMo

    My first ever aquarium. Juwel Rio 180l

    Hi Tim. I shall post tomorrow.
  9. RolyMo

    Best way to Setup a BiOrb Flow 15l?

    Thanks Justissaayman. Thats the money saying tip I like re the sponges and thanks for the advice on the shrimp. Flippin love shrimp!!! Is it worth having some Amano to clean any algae that gets on the plastic plants? Harry - I completely agree with you. I guess the manufacturers are thinking...
  10. RolyMo

    Best way to Setup a BiOrb Flow 15l?

    Thanks James. Agreed on the tank size. With the plants you suggested will they have to introduce CO2 (liquid would be easiest and more aesthetically pleasing on this tank)? Thanks R
  11. RolyMo

    Best way to Setup a BiOrb Flow 15l?

    Hi and thanks for reading this post. Background I started this hobby 2 years ago and got my first ever tank and Rio 180l after getting over my desire to have a BiOrb. Since then I have learned a lot from the great people on this forum and 1 year later I added a Nano CRS tank which this too...
  12. RolyMo

    My first ever aquarium. Juwel Rio 180l

    Thanks Andy. All learnt from this great information rich forum.
  13. RolyMo

    My first ever aquarium. Juwel Rio 180l

    Thank you sir. Although it's not quite the designer aquascape I see from most people on the forum it has been fun to experiment with the plants, their growth rates and styles. Also seeing how the fish take to the new hidey holes. Especially interested seeing how the little cutting of...
  14. RolyMo

    Ooooh My First Dedicated Shrimp Nano.

    Cheers Guys for the input. I have reduced the time down to 8hrs to see if that reduces the problem The tank has been moved to the living room now and sits on the same unit but is now oposite the fish tank. So the shrimp can now wave at the fish. Incidentally I took a trip to the lfs at the...
  15. RolyMo

    Ooooh My First Dedicated Shrimp Nano.

    Happy New Year to all on UKAPS. Hope you had a lovely relaxing Christmas break and NYE celebrations. I know this year I hardly had to entertain instead being invited to everyone else's houses which has not been conducive of posting on the forum. I have been lurking on the forum but I thought I...
  16. RolyMo

    Show us your shrimp tank 2013

    Plus some of the sponsors have some great quality shrimp.
  17. RolyMo

    Ooooh My First Dedicated Shrimp Nano.

    New phone, new pictures. All shrimp seem to be healthy. R
  18. RolyMo

    Ooooh My First Dedicated Shrimp Nano.

    Ahhh Ok That is a big help. Thanks Darrel
  19. RolyMo

    Playstation 4

    Like Iain I am sticking with my 360 and Battlefield 4 and will wait to see the consoles calm down, the bugs ironed out and perhaps maybe even go on a diet. Oh and the price diminish hopefully.Got 10 years for this batch to last. R
  20. RolyMo

    Ooooh My First Dedicated Shrimp Nano.

    Darrel Awesome lesson. Thank you. I will add some Frogbit back from my main fish tank. It sounds like at the end of the day this was a case of test kit accuracy issue. With a false initial reading and me over reacting on that one. Also liked your comments on the clarifying why I had Frogbit in...
  21. RolyMo

    Ooooh My First Dedicated Shrimp Nano.

    To further the above post. I checked the TDS which has been as low as 130 and high as 190 over the past 2 weeks. I was 183. Which I thought was odd. I then pulled out the much ignored APS test kit and tested for Ammonia as the Algae guides clearly give this as one reason. The colour match was...
  22. RolyMo

    Ooooh My First Dedicated Shrimp Nano.

    Ok. Going to remove the frogbit now for a few days and observe. However I have just spotted my first issue of real concern in the tank. Hair Algae. Gaaaaaaaah!!!!!! WTF!!!!!! :mad: Oh well. I shall do a trim of plants so I can get a better flow. Will use the toothbrush to get rid of the hair...
  23. RolyMo

    Ooooh My First Dedicated Shrimp Nano.

    Thanks nayr88 Appreciate your comments. R
  24. RolyMo

    Ooooh My First Dedicated Shrimp Nano.

    Ok limited scientific experiment. New frogbit went in shrimp calmed down. A few days on I did a bit of peering into the books and crannies and spotted a moult. I dont actually prep the alder cones. I just plop then. Shake them about to release the air bubbles that make them float, but...
  25. RolyMo

    Recommendations for an accurate PH meter below £80

    Ok That was one I had identified. The other was a HM Digital PH-200 PH-200: Waterproof pH Meter - HM Digital A little cheaper.
  26. RolyMo

    Recommendations for an accurate PH meter below £80

    It's nearly Christmas time and family are asking the difficult questions of what would I like for a present. Life would be easy if I could just reply, a new house, a couple of new expensive tanks, filters and lights. But I don't have family who are flush and generous. So I will have to make do...
  27. RolyMo

    Ooooh My First Dedicated Shrimp Nano.

    Another interesting observation, and it is difficult to know what caused it. Last night I removed the old alder cones (a few months old) and added a couple more. This morning I removed the Frogbit as some of it was a bit patchy. From this morning, the shrimps are loving the tank. I mean...
  28. RolyMo

    Ooooh My First Dedicated Shrimp Nano.

    Eeeeek Have been monitoring TDS each day and the reading has been 130ppm. Not sure that is ideal, but it is fine. I did a water change yesterday with some new RO water after the jerry can had last 4 weeks and tested the TDS and saw it shot up to 170ppm. Now admittedly when I got the RO...
  29. RolyMo

    Questions/doubts about using (ADA) soil

    I would concur with that. I am completely new to the ADA range, and bought some for my shrimp tank. Looking back the purchase I felt it was very tricky to anchor the plants into the substrate due to the weight of the granules. So I wonder if the combo of the substrate and the powersand is...
  30. RolyMo

    My first Shrimp Nano - First Baby shrimplets!

    I removed the Amano before introducing the CRS. But this was for aesthetics.
  31. RolyMo

    My first Shrimp Nano - First Baby shrimplets!

    Hi Steveno I had the same problem. It did not seem to effect the Amano. If you have kids, try using the syringe that comes with a bottle of Neurofen or Calpol to suck off the slime.
  32. RolyMo

    54ltr 'The Nook' planted shrimp CRS/CBS tank

    Love that tank, the position and the flight of fancy that one day you might mistakenly connect a bottle of whiskey to the tank giving the shrimp a once in a lifetime treat.
  33. RolyMo

    Ooooh My First Dedicated Shrimp Nano.

    Thanks mate. I have no idea on colours. But I agree these do look striking.
  34. RolyMo

    Ooooh My First Dedicated Shrimp Nano.

    Good Question Otto72 Nope. Not yet. I guess the real test would be 2 tanks and one gets the bee speed and the other does not. But, that is not going to happen anytime soon. It has only been a matter of 2 weeks with the Bee Speed and I am not used to how they develop over time so it is hard to...
  35. RolyMo

    My first ever aquarium. Juwel Rio 180l

    Thanks Ottos72. Glad they mean something to someone!!
  36. RolyMo

    Show us your shrimp tank 2013

    Agreed Otto72. Very inspirational!! Love em. Keeps making me think I should get another/larger tank. R
  37. RolyMo

    My first Shrimp Nano - First Baby shrimplets!

    How do you propose to get the conductivity up?
  38. RolyMo

    Ooooh My First Dedicated Shrimp Nano.

    Yep will do. I have the girls all weekend as my wife has gone to a black tie affair in Cambridge somewhere. So I am corralling my 2 spirited girls. However it will involve a quick trip to the LFS to get some RO water. The shrimp all seem to growing nicely, all with lovely colours. I seem to...
  39. RolyMo

    My first Shrimp Nano - First Baby shrimplets!

    That looks amazing. Really top work mate. Love it.
  40. RolyMo

    Ooooh My First Dedicated Shrimp Nano.

    Hi otto72 Thank you kindly. This is my first foray into these type of specialist shrimp and a number of other methods too. So far everything has been, dare I say it....... easy. But as I mentioned I think earlier on in the journal, it may all be because I have it fully planted, using the...
  41. RolyMo

    Regenerating Purigen / still smells like bleach

    Mine smells fishy when I bought it. After bleaching and declorinating it goes back to fishy. I have put back into tank a few times now with no problems. R
  42. RolyMo

    CRS new tank

    Hi mate I have recently setup a low tech fully planted CRS tank for the first time. I don't use co2 (gS or liquid) and rarely EI dose (once every few weeks). Lights are 0.5watts/litre. No issues. I am still flabbergasted to this day that it works.
  43. RolyMo

    Your Opinion please on adding RCS to a CRS tank

    Nathaniel I would love to get a new tank. When I recently ran this fella past my wife suggesting a new tank for it, the responsive was a quick, decisive and ultimately doom laden one. "Over my dead body" So does that mean I can't have another shrimp tank might result in some harsher words...
  44. RolyMo

    Nano or Sponge Filter

    Wow. Really appreciate the comments. This leaves me a lot to research and consider.
  45. RolyMo

    Your Opinion please on adding RCS to a CRS tank

    Michael Thank you also. I think I might be swaying to keeping them in the fish tank and leaving the CRS in their own tank. I have done well so far in looking after them so I dont want to disturb the equilibrium. Cheers R
  46. RolyMo

    Your Opinion please on adding RCS to a CRS tank

    Hi Kirk Good points. Thank you. Much appreciated. R
  47. RolyMo

    Ooooh My First Dedicated Shrimp Nano.

    LOL - I did wonder Lindy. :crazy: What occurred was that I ordered, in preparation (probably a bit prematurely as we are coming into winter), some Benibachi baby food. However the online shop had run out (as have most) and thus sent me through a natural baby food, plus the Benibachi Bee...
  48. RolyMo

    Your Opinion please on adding RCS to a CRS tank

    Hello I did a spot check on my fish tank today and in particular the internal Juwel filter. The reason I check the filter is because I normally find a cherry shrimp in there. To my surprise I found 2 quite small Cherry Shrimp in the filter. So I am guess someone has been a bit busy!!! :cigar...
  49. RolyMo

    Ooooh My First Dedicated Shrimp Nano.

    Ah. I have to say the online shimp shops are really good. Really pleased with the service from them all to date. Received some leaves, baby food, Bee strong and Bee speed through the post, promptly and with a nice explanation as to why the extra stuff. Which for me the shrimp Noob is great...
  50. RolyMo

    Nano or Sponge Filter

    Hi Guys & Gals I am a couple of months into my new shrimp tank which is populated with plants and CRS and all doing well. The nano tank I got came with a Dennerle nano filter which has worked well to date. It silently ripples the water surface in my low tech tank. Oxygen is supplied by a...
  51. RolyMo

    CO2 Refills...

    Try searching in google "fire Colchester". I saw a few give em a call. Some might not respond to email quickly. Just ask if they do fire extinguisher refills.
  52. RolyMo

    60L Shrimp Tank - "Hope"

    Understood. Wow. How do you get the water going into the tank to be the same as the tank water as surely the tank water will change and the TDS will increase due to bio waste, ferts, etc. Hope it all balances out Murray. Good Thread.
  53. RolyMo

    60L Shrimp Tank - "Hope"

    Lindy - Different websites say different tolerances on the conductivity which does not help matters. Freshwater shrimp say a TDS of 100-500, other website state differently but still a high tollerance. But as Clive has said it the past, we tend to get hung up on TDS without knowing what is...
  54. RolyMo

    Ooooh My First Dedicated Shrimp Nano.

    Little and large face off.
  55. RolyMo

    60L Shrimp Tank - "Hope"

    Lindy isn't the Mosura BT-9 he is adding doing that? Is there an added benefit over and above the BT-9 or in my case the BeeMax of adding in Genchem Biozyme? R
  56. RolyMo

    60L Shrimp Tank - "Hope"

    Hey Murray That is a bit sad to hear. Have you any indication if the water quality is ok, i.e. nitrate, nitrites spikes etc which I am no expert on, nor do I get the impression the test kits should be trusted. But wondered if this was an issue. How long after adding the shrimp were the 4 dead...
  57. RolyMo

    My first ever aquarium. Juwel Rio 180l

    Thanks Lindy. Mature is one word for it. It certainly has a mind of its own in what grows etc. But after all it was for me an experiment to see if I could create a planted tank, actually grow some plants, see which ones grew and and at what rates. For example my early attempts at HC were good...
  58. RolyMo

    What is the best baby shrimp / shrimplet food?

    Hi guys and gals I have been hovering around the checkout button for some items for my shrimp today. One of the items was some Benibachi Baby food. I get the impression that powder food is best for the little fellas, but wondered if there was a clear winner in the baby shrimp food market and/or...
  59. RolyMo

    My first ever aquarium. Juwel Rio 180l

    Thought I would post an update on this journal as I have been focusing on the shrimp one for the past few weeks. The fish tank has been operating pretty much perfectly. I do feel that the Hydor power head is a bit powerful as the plant at the back is clearly growing to the right as the...
  60. RolyMo

    Darn you all

    aliclarke86 True. It takes a lot of work if you are really getting into the nuances of the cameras. However. You cannot go wrong with a Canon or Nikon either. When I chose my first DSLR 10 years ago I preferred Canon's colour representations over Nikon's but they were slight. Not sure what they...
  61. RolyMo

    Darn you all

    Switching manual is like been thrown in at the deep end. If that is the best learning style for you great. You might want to get a book or use the internet (include YouTube )that explains what is actually going on as you change the aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings. I was going to...
  62. RolyMo

    Ooooh My First Dedicated Shrimp Nano.

    Have noticed that now some of the shrimp are larger that some have red legs, namely the last lot that came from freshwatershrimp. Hmmm interesting. What will happen when they breed I wonder?
  63. RolyMo

    Water Changes on my Shrimp Tank

    Ha Ha, visions of the film "The Thing" popped into my head!! The pack is now in the freezer.
  64. RolyMo

    My first Shrimp Nano - First Baby shrimplets!

    Like it.
  65. RolyMo

    Water Changes on my Shrimp Tank

    Bugger. Was I supposed the freeze the beemax?
  66. RolyMo

    Water Changes on my Shrimp Tank

    Firstly I am no expert. I too am learning. But first question back to you is, looking at the tank is anything wrong to make you think you need to change your current routine? As mine is similar but without the liquid carbon. Mine is a low tech tank so not artificially added carbon. You...
  67. RolyMo

    Can you have too much oxygen in the water?

    I will monitor the pearling. I was just surprised to see it a bit more than normal. Clearly the additional oxygen from the device is adding to plants normal oxygen production. Mine is a low tech tank BTW.
  68. RolyMo

    Ooooh My First Dedicated Shrimp Nano.

    Iain Thank for the pointers. Great info. Thanks. Sorry if I bombarded you with questions. Cheers Roly
  69. RolyMo

    Ooooh My First Dedicated Shrimp Nano.

    John S. Having a journal is priceless I have found. Thanks for the comment.
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    Ooooh My First Dedicated Shrimp Nano.

    Lindy I plopped just one of the catalysts in as my tank is 20-25ltr, not sure what the effects are of lots of oxygen.
  71. RolyMo

    Ooooh My First Dedicated Shrimp Nano.

    Hi Iain. I can only go by the manufacturers website and what was on Hobby Shrimp and thought I would give it try. I ordered the mini version which came with 2 bottles of the solution and I bought another one for less than £2. As Lindy says on her Journal it might work out more expensive than...
  72. RolyMo

    Ooooh My First Dedicated Shrimp Nano.

    Hmmm. A quick look on the Benibachi USA website has this on the description for Beemax "Use 1 spoon for a 20G tank after weekly water changes (mixed well in a cup of tank water) or use 20g for a 20G tank during tank setup." But UK Benibachi and hobbyshrimp websites have a different description...
  73. RolyMo

    Ooooh My First Dedicated Shrimp Nano.

    I not sure I want to sniff the BeeMax. ;) I have neighbours who are in the police, I might get wrongfully busted. Already concerned about the Ferts for the plants I have might be misconstrued for another usage!! In the end it smelt slightly musty/perfumed smell. Was shocked at the size and that...
  74. RolyMo

    Ooooh My First Dedicated Shrimp Nano.

    Woot my Oxygenator came in the post along with the Benibachi BeeMax.
  75. RolyMo

    African Filter Shrimp | Atya gabonensis

    Cool Foxfish. Make sure you post some pictures from the LFS and when they are in your tank!!! Sounds exciting. Rolymo
  76. RolyMo

    'Pretty Stream' - CRS tank

    Aliclarke86 that is amazing. I don't have and Galaxy S4 but that does look great. Nathaniel that Olloclip looks amazing. I have never seen one. Do you know if it is any good? R
  77. RolyMo

    Ooooh My First Dedicated Shrimp Nano.

    Yes its nice when a supplier goes the extra mile, includes something extra or upgrades you. I only found out after the order and dropped him an email saying the shrimp looked fantastic and thank you. Great service. So the next time I wanted something I went in personally to get some stuff. Its...
  78. RolyMo

    Ooooh My First Dedicated Shrimp Nano.

    Yes Ed said that too.
  79. RolyMo

    Ooooh My First Dedicated Shrimp Nano.

    Nathaniel. They are all from one of the sponsors freshwatershrimp The majority are CRS SS however Ed did say that there would be no golden or white ofspring. So does that make them PRL? The colours in my limited experience of shrimp do appear to be lovely. The reds are a good deep red and the...
  80. RolyMo

    Ooooh My First Dedicated Shrimp Nano.

    Wow. Nine tanks. Would you put in each?
  81. RolyMo

    Ooooh My First Dedicated Shrimp Nano.

    mini FEEEEDING FREEEEENNNNNZZZZZYYYYY
  82. RolyMo

    Ooooh My First Dedicated Shrimp Nano.

    Errr where will you put a shrimp rack? How many tanks?
  83. RolyMo

    Ooooh My First Dedicated Shrimp Nano.

    Cool. Nice one on the oxydator. As for the snails It's just that there is loads of Pink Ramshorn in my tank. In the fish tank I originally put them in there to help, and never saw a population explosion like the one I am seeing in the shrimp tank. Watched a nice video linked from hobbyshrimp...
  84. RolyMo

    Ooooh My First Dedicated Shrimp Nano.

    Just chucked away some more money. Ordered a Mini oxydator. So will see if that keeps the campers happy in the tank. Will let you know how it goes Lindy, as I am guess you want the larger one? I feel like I need to keep a watch on the snails now, to stop them shagging all the time. I have two...
  85. RolyMo

    Ooooh My First Dedicated Shrimp Nano.

    Thanks Fishy Did. Very kind. I just checked my freezer and I think my missus has thrown out my nettles. Goddamit. ;-) Tubular Bells might work too. Or some JMJ
  86. RolyMo

    My first Shrimp Nano - First Baby shrimplets!

    Steveno. It was Iain Sutherland who comments in this thread, a couple of posts after you comment, he mentions that he did not get HC growing even in DSM. Worth a chat to him a reckon. I have the mandatory moss ball in mine, but not let it carpet at this point. Interesting cool look though. R
  87. RolyMo

    What size shrimp tank?

    I have started to keep CRS in a 25ltr low tech tank. Going in with my eyes wide open and well aware that things can go wrong fast due to the size. But I have it fully planted and am doing all the things that the good people on here advise. Such as RO water, a very good substrate and watching the...
  88. RolyMo

    My first Shrimp Nano - First Baby shrimplets!

    I swear I read on this forum recently that they were unsuccessful in growing HC in a low tech with no CO2. But I am no expert.
  89. RolyMo

    My first Shrimp Nano - First Baby shrimplets!

    Steveno I used one of those cheap plastic large round basket things with 2 handles from B&Q to submerge the wood in boiling water. To force it down I rested something heavy on top. For me it was a spare plank of wood which lent against the wall. Every morning I would fill it up with boiling and...
  90. RolyMo

    Is there an optimum lights on period for CRS Shrimp ?

    Will look forward to the delivery, and see what the impact of this is. Very interested. Lindy - Surely if there is lots of motion and turnover then there is lots of oxygen going into the water column. Do CRS prefer high oxygenated water. After 1.5 days of lights on for a longer period I can...
  91. RolyMo

    Is there an optimum lights on period for CRS Shrimp ?

    Ok have added to the shopping list some Benibachi BeeMax despite not seeing any reviews on the web. Hoping that the size of my tank and the daily usage will mean that I don't run out of this stuff too quickly. R
  92. RolyMo

    life after dexter and breaking bad

    Is that on DVD you mean?
  93. RolyMo

    What Autumn stuff can I add to my shrimp tank

    I have regenerated purigen a few times in the fish tank. As per the directions and using seachem dechlorinator. Everything fine. Not a problem.
  94. RolyMo

    life after dexter and breaking bad

    Luther - excellency The Shadow Line - excellent The Newsroom - good from Aaron Sorkin The Walking Dead - good and variable Hannibal - excellent Ray Donovan - good American Horror Story - wickedly warped Homeland - excellent but variable GoT - good all 3 seasons True Blood - good but variable...
  95. RolyMo

    Is there an optimum lights on period for CRS Shrimp ?

    Yeah I would be interested in the oxygenator as I tripped over it last night. I have no airline. I have raised the filter outlet out of the water to make definitive water movement, but still feel it may need additional oxygen. The shrimp seem more active after a filter and water change so...
  96. RolyMo

    What Autumn stuff can I add to my shrimp tank

    Iain agreed. Leaves have all started to change colour and drop in Southern Hampshire. The Meon valley is a picture. Took the girls to the forest for a play and forage, and had a wide range of trees to harvest from. Picked up leaves from beech, horse chestnut, and pine needles. Will throw the...
  97. RolyMo

    What Autumn stuff can I add to my shrimp tank

    Thankfully due to some shipping errors, I have approx 3litres of purigen so I can afford to be extravagant. But if it is going to be removing good stuff from the water column I might reconsider. Although shrimp all seem good to date. R
  98. RolyMo

    What Autumn stuff can I add to my shrimp tank

    Horse chestnut leaves?
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