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  1. tyrophagus

    UP PRO-Z 30CM 10X LED HANGING PLANT LIGHT - PAR

    Not yet. I'm doing a dry start so no wet reading yet
  2. tyrophagus

    Advice on photo/ video software for DSLR please?

    Lightroom. Start here, don't go to photoshop first.
  3. tyrophagus

    UP PRO-Z 30CM 10X LED HANGING PLANT LIGHT - PAR

    Andy at Tankscape has contacted me to offer a completely new power pack which complies with UK requirements. That will make me feel a bit safer having the unit plugged in and running permanently.
  4. tyrophagus

    UP PRO-Z 30CM 10X LED HANGING PLANT LIGHT - PAR

    Just for information I have this light on a 30cm cube doing a dry start. Tested PAR levels today without water and measures 45 - 50 at substrate level. I'll update this post when its filled with water and I've tested PAR again. Bought from this site. UP PRO-Z 30cm 10x LED Hanging Plant Light...
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    Bonsai b

    Awsome model building. http://www.tokyogoodidea.com/bonsai-b
  6. tyrophagus

    Swamp Creek - 2 years on updated June 2012

    Mike I don't get a lot of light spill, the position is slightly higher than some may have. I have found this gives the best spread of light into the tank with a better spread. They are nice lights, easy to control intensity. I must get my proper camera out and get some better pics
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    Swamp Creek - 2 years on updated June 2012

    RIP Malcolm I don't want to depress anyone but I thought as this journal documents the progress of Swamp Creek its only fitting that I should add RIP Malcolm, the cat wearing the jumper in the first photo of this journal. He was the first living creature in my tank! Unfortunately we made the...
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    Swamp Creek - 2 years on updated June 2012

    Swamp Creek - moved to new site So I'm pleased with my new tank position. I get to sit on the couch opposite, look out into the garden or at my tank. The tank is plumbed into the mains via a mixer tap to get just the right water temperature. The tank is also plumbed into an outside drain...
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    Swamp Creek - 2 years on updated June 2012

    Swamp Creek - new position for tank Hi Folks. An update on the tank which has not been rescaped in 2 years. I did a bit of renovating last year about this time and if I think back it was a very stressful dusty period. We decided to extend the lounge and create a new bedroom upstairs in the...
  10. tyrophagus

    My first pond (edit: 12 months later May 2012)

    Re: My first pond (edit: 12 months later June 2012) Thanks for the thumbs up. I learned from planted tanks they need to have an easy cleaning and water change system. The one thing I did not do was install a top up valve. I assume that by this you mean to top up the water level? I still...
  11. tyrophagus

    My first pond (edit: 12 months later May 2012)

    My first pond 12 months ago I had to change the waterfall from sandstone to slate as it was causing to much splashing and wetting the wood. the sharper finer edge of the slate is much better.
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    My first pond (edit: 12 months later May 2012)

    My first pond 12 months ago So I changed my mind about the waterfall area and decided to fill the depths of the lined area with pond filter tubes, cover with hessian and plant my plants in bags rather than pots. Also kept the soil levels low as I wanted these plants to feed off the nutrients...
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    My first pond (edit: 12 months later May 2012)

    My first pond 12 months ago So the liner is installed in the waterfall area and needs a trim. Trimmed liner and edged. Slabs down First plants in
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    My first pond (edit: 12 months later May 2012)

    My first pond 12 months ago This image shows where the veggie filter/waterfall will live and the waterfall inflow pipe + the filter drain pipe. Also bedding the pond in with some water. There is also an overflow drain you can see just on the right The patio is going down at the same time.
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    My first pond (edit: 12 months later May 2012)

    My first pond 12 months ago The sumps in and the pressure pipe glued into place UV filter installed with ball valves and waterfall pipe installed. I later moved the ball valve positions.
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    My first pond (edit: 12 months later May 2012)

    My first pond 12 months later (may 2012) The beast! as some have pointed out its overkill for 1000l but I'm coming at this from a planted tank bias. I love this filter.
  17. tyrophagus

    My first pond (edit: 12 months later May 2012)

    My first pond 12 months ago - the build Hi folks Long time coming this post so be prepared for a picture heavy post. I took photos as I built the pond so I'll post them over a number of posts. I purchased a nexus easy pod + an aquamax Eco 4500 + a 175 x 125 x 60 cm preformed plastic pond...
  18. tyrophagus

    Evaporation - annoying

    Why don't you turn down the temp of the water in the tank? I'm not sure what you run it at but I try keep my water temp 22 - 25 C. I also set my room temp to never drop below 16C and max out at 22C. Works for me, I lose a bit of water but not enough to worry about topping up between water...
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    Swamp Creek - 2 years on updated June 2012

    Re: Swamp Creek Mike that's a question I have asked myself over and over. Then recently I went out and bought and extra tile. I suppose I'm committed to them as I've spent the cash. I have often wondered if my problems are down to them, however I think they produce all the light needed, my...
  20. tyrophagus

    Swamp Creek - 2 years on updated June 2012

    Re: Swamp Creek Darren EI only doses for Mg if you add it as magnesium sulphate or Epsom salts. Normal EI relys on the magnesium in your water. Because I have rock hard water I thought Mg would be high but I cannot get info out of water supplier. Ca must be high given the state of my...
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    Swamp Creek - 2 years on updated June 2012

    Swamp Creek Well 2 years on and I still have the same setup with a few tweaks to planting. I'm still finding it difficult, especially getting good growth at substrate level. I have recently made a change that has me very hopeful that it may have been a CO2 issue all along! (it's almost...
  22. tyrophagus

    Reccurring Crypt melt.....

    Search eBay for Epsom salts. (magnesium sulphate heptahydrate, mgso4). Use James C's calculators to work out how much you need. Add at water change. 4 tsp in 180l gives 11ppm. Target value is 5-10. I think I'm adding to much at 6 tsp per 100l of water changed.
  23. tyrophagus

    Reccurring Crypt melt.....

    Not sure of ppm dose but tank is 180l
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    Reccurring Crypt melt.....

    Apparently ph and temp don't affect them but I think nobody really knows. In my setup I have plenty co2, flow, ferts, and little disturbance. I change 60% tap water twice weekly. Water is hard. I had a recurring problem, melts would occur until the crypts died. My solution. Add 6 tsp of Mg...
  25. tyrophagus

    Hair Algae/No growth - Updated with pics

    I would make sure your overall light levels are on the lower side, watts and hours. To much light + ammonia = algae So clean regularly and reduce light. Because you have no fauna I'd have high levels of c02 but remember Otos and shrimp help remove some algae. I'd use EI at higher than...
  26. tyrophagus

    Struggling with Brown Algae

    I had a problem with diatoms as well, started covering all my plants. I was looking at some tanks at Aquajardin in gloucester and it struck me how "bright" my tank was. I lowered my par to about 25. The algae cleared and I have raised the PAR to 30 Drop your par level further for a week or...
  27. tyrophagus

    Struggling with Brown Algae

    I have 2 tiles on a 90x45x45. They are about 25cm from the surface and I have the intensity set at 75%. I have a 30min ramp each side of a 6 hour lighting period. From previous discussions I think a PAR of 30 is considered ok at substrate. If there's one thing I've learned in the last 2 yrs...
  28. tyrophagus

    Struggling with Brown Algae

    Bjorn I have the same lights. My par is closer to 25 at substrate level. I'd reduce your lighting. Worse that can happen is things grow slower or slowly die. You can always turn them up slowly.
  29. tyrophagus

    BGA, Shrimp and Nitrates...

    Tom stop encouraging inappropriate antibiotic use. I thought I had told you off enough the last time you suggested it. ;)
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    Ipad2

    Its been weeks since I turned on my desktop computer.
  31. tyrophagus

    GDA, how to get rid of it

    The risks are small and there are more damaging and dangerous practices out there. I agree. I suppose my problem is the promotion of antibiotic use for aesthetic purposes in a fish tank. I treat infectious disease, sometimes antibiotics save lives, I don't want them misused by anyone even a...
  32. tyrophagus

    GDA, how to get rid of it

    I work with antibiotics. My colleagues and I get the blame when diseases become resistant to antibiotics. Hobbyists treating their tanks to clear algae is the type of reason why they remain on prescription in the uk. Most people don't understand the ramifications of inappropriate use. So where...
  33. tyrophagus

    Shhhhh please!

    Position the spraybar below water but pointing towards surface. That creates plenty of agitation without any noise. As long a the surface is disturbed you'll get better gas exchange.
  34. tyrophagus

    Temperature

    I knocked my thermostat during water change. Pushed temp up to 30 C for a week before I realised the evaporation was high and the water was really warm to touch. My plants suffered especially the staurogyne (old leaves yellowing) and some crypts started dropping leaves. Much better since...
  35. tyrophagus

    Which phone?

    Thing with the closed iOS vs Open Android is that the people who just want a phone that works and is fun to use don't care. Its the geeks (count me in) that want control and ability to modify things. Personally I find the quality of apple products astounding. Soon iTunes will be less of an...
  36. tyrophagus

    Easylife Blue Exit

    Antibiotics are a prescription medicine for a reason. Your approach to your tank is a good example why drugs are controlled. You don't have an infection. BGA is a reality. If you manage your tank properly you can prevent it and there are ways to to rid your tank without antibiotics. Vets will...
  37. tyrophagus

    Which phone?

    Mate get yourself an iPhone 5 in a months time and you'll understand what a smartphone is really meant to be.
  38. tyrophagus

    Easylife Blue Exit

    Be careful talking about importing antibiotics on a public forum. It's a criminal offence. Erythromycin might be widely available in the states but it's not in the UK. Not only as you point out do you get resistance to the antibiotic but you then empty the water back into the environment which...
  39. tyrophagus

    Easylife Blue Exit

    Sorry, double post - see rant below
  40. tyrophagus

    Witnessing a Natural Death???

    You need to remove the fish to an isolation tank. Buy a cheap 30cm cube and filter. Do daily water changes at first while the filter stabilises. Best to preload with material from current filter. If high nitrates or other water parameters are to blame you can eliminate them this way. It also...
  41. tyrophagus

    I'm sick of these dogs!!!

    Ghostworld I am appalled at your lack of empathy towards an animal. You picked up that brick because you wanted to use it given the opportunity. You managed to drop an 80kg dog with a brick. I see dogs that are in road traffic accidents that are still walking mate. Your sick mate! You need...
  42. tyrophagus

    black background

    I used water. Still there a year later.
  43. tyrophagus

    My first DSLR Camera - Canon

    Buy the camera 2nd hand. There's some great cameras out there that people sell because they want the newest and latest tech.
  44. tyrophagus

    Taking "better" pics

    You are better off shooting in raw mode if you want to post process your images especially if you have under exposure. My advice would be to try improve your background lighting. If you want to see some great tank shots look at Mark Evans posts on the forum. Trouble with jpegs is you have...
  45. tyrophagus

    Co2 Refills in Wiltshire, UK?

    Gary. Brinkworth. 07980 263615. Abbey fire protection. He swops out 2 x 2kg fire extinguishers for a tenner each. Excellent service. Not sure if he will refill jbl canisters though.
  46. tyrophagus

    Mioving a tank

    I have the same question. But I'm moving a 180l about 10m. I'm worried I'd crack the tank if I dont empty it completely.
  47. tyrophagus

    London Riots

    I'm surprised at how many rioters wear ADIDAS track suits! I think these people are scum. I also think this reflects how sick a large part of our society has become. It's not about politics, race or money. It's about a lack of empathy towards our neighbours.
  48. tyrophagus

    Confused about flow and turnover

    Jim you need a rated flow from your pumps/filters of 4500lph. The pumps/filters will not perform at their rated flow due to the pipes, gravity (head), narrowing at inline equipment points. Perhaps a system with a rating of 4500lph will perform at 2500 or 3000lph, it varies depending on setup...
  49. tyrophagus

    Another furrowed brow in this business we call flow!

    Joe. I have the same dilemma. I'm about to move my tank and and it would be more simple to combine my 2 loops into one. As you know I have a filter rated at 1700lph driving a spraybar with no inline attachments and a 3000lph external pump driving the main spray bar with a inline diffuser and...
  50. tyrophagus

    Swamp Creek - 2 years on updated June 2012

    Re: Swamp Creek Thanks Mate I've been meaning to update the journal for a while. It's been a bit of a journey of discovery for me. I seem to have solved my crypt melt and algae problems. I need a free moment to pen a proper post and I will soon. The crypt melt was solved by adding...
  51. tyrophagus

    Guess how much this little lot cost me

    £2325.65 (include postage)
  52. tyrophagus

    Jobs; What do you do?

    I'm run a vet surgery. My most recent innovation is doing laparoscopic (keyhole surgery) bitch spays or ovariectomies. It's a bit like a video game except that the patients are 70% less painful and the gear costs 40k (rented not owned!).
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    Shop collecting names and addresses - why?

    Never trust a pets at home. They are just the supermarket face of the pet industry. Maximum profit and lowest price paid to supplier.
  54. tyrophagus

    Ultra-wide angle (UWA) and aquascaping

    Mark you can't use raw as a standard for entries as it produces a very flat low contrast, unsaturated, unsharpened image. This might be the pure unadulterated image data but it is not what your eyes are seeing. Your eyes see more contrast and saturation and better dynamic range. Even with film...
  55. tyrophagus

    Eheim Pro 3 E 2076 prob

    Try setting it to manual at full power and disable the computer. Are your pipes dirty. It measures resistance to flow and adjusts output accordingly.
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    The Royal Wedding

    Well I own a business and for the first time in my life I wish they would dissolve the monarchy. The monarchy has no relevance in a modern world, it's a fairytale elitist clique. What's most irritating is that in a middle of a recession I have to find the money to pay 13 staff members to...
  57. tyrophagus

    My acrylic tube bending solution

    I suppose the one downside is trying to clean the the larger diameter spraybar. The springs do cause some indents at the bend but it's not something that glares at you in the final product. I think it's easier to use springs than sand but I have not tried sand. Hope things turn out well for...
  58. tyrophagus

    If you could have any career...?

    I'd like to be an engineer perhaps working in something like flow dynamics or anything that might get me a job with a team in formula one racing! Designing and building something with an almost unlimited budget.
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    My first pond (edit: 12 months later May 2012)

    Re: help setup my first pond Thanks Ed. Do I need to invest in a uv light? My pond will be in the sun most of the day.
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    My first pond (edit: 12 months later May 2012)

    Re: help setup my first pond Thanks for yor replies. I have been the my LFS and purchased some gear this afternoon. I appreciate that the filter is likely to be overkill but it should be easy to keep clean. I have purchased an nexus easy pod + an aquamax Eco 3500 + a 175 x 125 x 60 cm...
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    My first pond (edit: 12 months later May 2012)

    Re: help setup my first pond Is this a good choice in pumps? http://www.koi-zone.co.uk/Pond-Pumps/Oase-Pond-Pumps-sc-297.html I'd need the 2000
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    My first pond (edit: 12 months later May 2012)

    My garden is 570cm by 400cm. Not large. I have a pond planned. I'm removing the grass and am going to lay stone slabs down instead. I plan to use railway sleepers to make some raised beds around the outside of the patio. The pond itself will be a rectangular L130cm x w85cm x d45cm preformed...
  63. tyrophagus

    why do my fish have long poo?

    I was wondering if anyone knows why my fish have developed long trailing poo's. They have been in my tank for 18 months and have only just started. I'm concerned they may have some nutrient deficiency. I feed them a commercial pellet food and the odd meal of frozen bloodworm etc. can anyone...
  64. tyrophagus

    Spezial N - Nitrogen Fertilizer

    I'm no expert but there is not enough potassium and no phosphate so these still need adding. Obviously no micros either. I'm not sure if you add it to a liter or not.
  65. tyrophagus

    Where can I get my tap water tested?

    So using james's dosing calculators I can add 4 tsp Epsom salts to my tank at every water change. That should give 10 ppm in my 200 l. Would it matter if I changed 50% 4 times a week say and added this much mg at each change? Dosing normal EI Levels will keep my npk at optimum levels. How...
  66. tyrophagus

    Where can I get my tap water tested?

    I have had some algae problems, currently GSA and BGA. My CO2 and flow is fine - UP atomiser on separate 3000 lph powerhead circuit in addition to the 1700 lph filter. Spraybar. 200 l tank. Dosing EI for 300l. I have plants that show nutrient deficiency and crypts that regularly melt their...
  67. tyrophagus

    Bending Clear Perspex Tubing

    http://ukaps.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=14128 see my post on using copper tube bending springs.
  68. tyrophagus

    Spezial N - Nitrogen Fertilizer

    Thanks George and Tom that's very helpful. I'll start with 10 ml per day of each.
  69. tyrophagus

    Spezial N - Nitrogen Fertilizer

    I see George is adding 6ml daily to 60 liters with an inert substrate. So for ei levels in a 200 l would I need 120 ml macros divided over a week with a 50 % water change once weekly to achieve 30 ppm N?
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    Spezial N - Nitrogen Fertilizer

    So Tom how many mls of nitrogen would you add for a 200 l? do I need to add phosphate?
  71. tyrophagus

    Spezial N - Nitrogen Fertilizer

    I've just received some of these ferts to try. I looks like the instructions which are german say that the nitrogen needs to be dosed at 1 ml per 50 l daily. The micros are 1 ml per 20 l every week. Am I translating this correctly? It seems you guys are dosing much higher levels. Would...
  72. tyrophagus

    Atomizer

    I thought you had an external pump driving the spraybar. I have an external powerhead driving the spraybar with co2 connected to this system. My filter is on a separate system. 3000 LPH pushes the bubbles right down onto the substrate. I'm not sure the koralia will help push the bubbles down...
  73. tyrophagus

    Atomizer

    That's the one. I think you will be fine with 4000 lph attached to that atomiser.
  74. tyrophagus

    Atomizer

    It should work and is the way forward. My tank is 90 x 45 cm. I have a spraybar running the length of the tank and I have better flow now than ever before. The flow is driven by a 3000 lph pump which is separate to my filter. You don't need ten times filtration, you need 10 times flow. The...
  75. tyrophagus

    Pupu Springs (pic heavy!)

    Your lucky to live in NZ mate. There's a quality to the life out there that I feel I miss in the UK. If it were allowed it would be great to get a camera underwater in the springs.
  76. tyrophagus

    How should I trim this hygrophila difformis

    I'd like some advice on trimming this plant (top right). I know I have 2 options either uproot and trim the base or top them. So far I have trimmed some of the stems and replanted them but I'm looking for an easier way to manage them. Do you think I should just cut back 50% and see what...
  77. tyrophagus

    Pupu Springs (pic heavy!)

    I've been to the South Island of NZ 3 times. I have a great excuse as my family moved to Auckland years ago but I live in the UK. It's an awesome place but then there is amazing countryside everywhere in the world if you just go look for it. I could live the rest of my life in the North of...
  78. tyrophagus

    Swamp Creek - 2 years on updated June 2012

    Re: Swamp Creek Thanks George and LondonDragon that means a lot coming from great scapers as yourselves :thumbup: I'm still having problems with my crypts melting. I've been told it's just down to co2 but having changed to the UP Aqua atomiser and increased my flow to more than required I...
  79. tyrophagus

    Pupu Springs (pic heavy!)

    Looks like I could spend a day there. No chance of snorkelling I bet. I got as far west as Totranui beach. Kicked myself ever since for not going all the way. Nice pics, feel free to post some more. How much water comes out of the spring?
  80. tyrophagus

    Powerhead for spraybar

    I 2nd the eheim external range. I have a compact 3000 + UP atomiser and they work a treat. There's even a 5000 version.
  81. tyrophagus

    Back to front scaping.........whats your thoughts?

    Can you link to the you tube videos?
  82. tyrophagus

    Help White spot (Dosing update)

    Re: Help White spot Metronidazole is used for saltwater ich, not sure about freshwater ich. Nystatin is an antifungal so not certain of its usefulness but still looking into that. fenbendazole has potential - I have seen it described as being used with shrimp to clear planaria etc - BUT - I'm...
  83. tyrophagus

    Swamp Creek - 2 years on updated June 2012

    Re: Swamp Creek A video. just have to get that hair grass growing
  84. tyrophagus

    Help White spot (Dosing update)

    Re: Help White spot John will the fish and shrimp survive 90F? All the treatments I have researched will be toxic to your invertebrates. 80F will not kill the parasite you need to go to 90F. This is from a University help sheet "Temperature manipulation is also an effective way to control...
  85. tyrophagus

    Swamp Creek - 2 years on updated June 2012

    Re: Swamp Creek UP Aqua atomiser installed. I've seen a big improvement in flow. I think I'm imagining things but the bba algae on some leaves seems to be turning into "pepper corns" if you know what I mean. It's only been about 4 days.
  86. tyrophagus

    580l with sump - newbie reef conversion

    That looks fantastic Andy. Just keep your co2 higher than you think you need it and only put livestock in once you know you have the plants growing. It's difficult to respond to problems when you need to try keep fish alive at the same time. I have battled algae due to poor co2 distribution...
  87. tyrophagus

    Scaping tools experience

    I have Ada tweezers. Not worth the money in my experience. I prefer the jbl tweezers I have. Somehow they are more successful at leaving the plant in the soil after planting.
  88. tyrophagus

    WARNING- I phone and kids

    "The restrictions preferences are located under Settings > General > Restrictions > Allowed Content (In-App Purchases) OFF. When this is activated, in-app purchases is turned off." Complaining to Apple has led to a refund for many parents who have suffered this fate. I assume your kid bought a...
  89. tyrophagus

    Fish shop in Islamabad.

    It's from the guardian website - follow the link and there's more amazing photography like this shot. Sorry should have put this in the photography section http://gu.com/p/2m457/iw
  90. tyrophagus

    Fish shop in Islamabad.

    http://gu.com/p/2mnny/iw Poor creatures
  91. tyrophagus

    Spezial N - Nitrogen Fertilizer

    Actually this photometer looks interesting - NPK, Mg, Ca. ok its pricey @£450. Are these accurate and useful?http://www.hannainst.co.uk/product_info.php?cPath=1207_1263&products_id=1863
  92. tyrophagus

    Spezial N - Nitrogen Fertilizer

    What do you think of this analyser Darrel? http://www.hannainst.co.uk/product_info.php?cPath=1694_1730_1759&products_id=1854
  93. tyrophagus

    Spezial N - Nitrogen Fertilizer

    Can overfiltering remove npk from the tank?
  94. tyrophagus

    New Sera Flore CO2 reactor

    pm'ed Dan
  95. tyrophagus

    New Sera Flore CO2 reactor

    I have the 1000 model. TGM swooped it out for me when the nipple broke off. It was very easily damaged. I have not had a problem with the new model as I have never tried to remove the co2 tubing from the nipple again. It dissolves well but I've ordered an UP atomiser after reading reviews here...
  96. tyrophagus

    Buttermere

    Nikon D200 with Singh Ray ND filters. I have a 2 and 3 stop hard and soft ND filter. So that's 4 in all. Bought them online from the states (http://www.singh-ray.com/grndgrads.html). Excellent quality. I think I was using a 17 - 35mm f2.8 lens. Thanks for looking.
  97. tyrophagus

    Buttermere

    Thanks mate. This from the other side.
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    Buttermere

  99. tyrophagus

    Swamp Creek - 2 years on updated June 2012

    Re: Swamp Creek I use Excel daily, about 10ml in 200l. I'll work on my CO2. Cheers.
  100. tyrophagus

    Swamp Creek - 2 years on updated June 2012

    Re: Swamp Creek Its an interesting read. I don't think I appreciated how complex the science could be. So I should be able to grow almost anything in my water as long as I follow basic principals of high optimised flow, EI or equivalent, Light at an appropriate PAR and as much CO2 as my fish...
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