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    Rivers Edge

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    Rivers Edge

    Tank testing done today. No surprises and everything seems stable. GH and KH both up to 6 which is somewhere I'm happy with. New water change tank arrived last week so I've got 80Lt + of volume there. I've set it to add 2.5it per day, which is roughly 8/10% WC per week after evaporation...
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    Aquadip

    I used to mix my own on bigger tanks, lately I've been using TNC Complete and really rate it.
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    Rivers Edge

    so my first 3 week trip away was a successful in that nothing melted, nothing died. We had a little issue, with the weir was letting water under the plastic, meaning it was forcing water up through the sand behind the waterfall. No water was coming over the waterfall. There was a dusting of...
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    Messing about

    Beautiful
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    does liquid carbon actually do what it says or is it not worth the money?

    The ferts were changed about 4 weeks after starting to see the growth spurt, as a result in the increase demand. But I do agree, often it's difficult to pinpoint one factor and separate the cause and effect
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    does liquid carbon actually do what it says or is it not worth the money?

    I'd counter that from my experience using Easy Carbo made a marked improvement to the growth of most things in my last tank. The system was running for about 4 months when I started dosing, daily with a dosing pump. Within weeks there was a marked improvement in growth, my grassbed literally...
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    Jackson's Jungle

    I love it
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    Rivers Edge

    Brought my levels up to 6dGH and 3dkh over 24 hours with a mix of water changes, a little buffer into the tank and a little bicarb into the tank. WC setup to last 22 days, bicarb dosing setup to 15ml per day, concentration is 20ml (4tsp) bicarb per lt. Also worked out my water volume after...
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    Little video I took today now the tank is rebooted

    Yea, I always wanted a dropoff built. One this size was quoted to me at about £1200.
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    Rivers Edge

    this was based on the recommendations for the shrimp. Using these as target values previously gave me a really healthy colony.
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    Rivers Edge

    so today was mostly about chilling and doing the little bits round the house ready to go offshore. I decided to start my parameter diary again from scratch, i had a look at the readings and comments, all the memories came flooding back of the old tank in my hobby room. So we're at a starting...
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    140L first aquascape attempt

    That's georgous mate. I love the height drop. Will be interesting to see how this develops over time.
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    Little video I took today now the tank is rebooted

    The reason it's hidden is the use of expanding foam. It was unfortunately unsightly.
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    Little video I took today now the tank is rebooted

    I've added the vid to my journal but wanted to share it to see what you all thought :)
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    Rivers Edge

    little update
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    Has anyone invented a way to drip feed live foods whilst away?

    The only issue I can see with live food is distribution in the liquid. Liquid carbon, bicarb and ferts mix well, as long as you can keep it mixed well you should be fine
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    Has anyone invented a way to drip feed live foods whilst away?

    I use one for constant water changes, I change about 5% per day. I have a 3 channel doser for ferts, liquid carbon and bicarb
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    Has anyone invented a way to drip feed live foods whilst away?

    You could use something like a d-d dosing pump
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    Rivers Edge

    So everything is in and settling down nicely. Few little jobs to do but the biggest focus now is just to leave it alone to settle and grow out. Dosing unit has had a little service, containers cleaned, lines primed and all setup. I used a dose for each channel much lower than I last did...
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    Which one ?

    The greens are more vibrant in the second image
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    Hello from Aberdeenshire

    Lovely looking tank. Welcome to the forum
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    Rivers Edge

    Well the last 2 days have been massive progress. Almost unexpectedly everything turned up yesterday to get it all finished. Pipework went without dramas, acrylic, expanding foam, Rockwood, substrate etc in today. I've popped a canister on to polish the water (with a little carbon too) and...
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    Messing about

    This is beautiful
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    Rivers Edge

    More progress today, drilled the holes in the bottom. Nerve wracking at best. Worked on the design for the upper and lower step downs Then setup my temperature sensors for the home controller Waiting for a delivery of acrylic, pipework, pebbles, maxijet pumps and some hose.
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    Rivers Edge

    Little bit of progress today. Few deliveries. Potted the hairgrass to grow out a bit until things are ready. All dosing lines and electrics sorted, light brackets in. Fake ivy in place to cover everything. Tonight's plan, make some mock up's of the rock walls.
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    Strange white dots (fungi ?) on the wood, any advice ?

    I always thought these were some kind of snail eggs. I have them too
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    Rivers Edge

    The cabinet is kitchen cabinets, matching the one I made my tv unit from.
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    Rivers Edge

    Oh yea, also popped my canvas up. It should fit in lovely with the colour scheme and the rockwork
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    Rivers Edge

    Bit of painting on the back and both ends today. Holes made in top of stand and outside wall for waste drain. Gave a trim and tidy up of the stuff in the holding tank, ditched quite a lot of the stuff that isn't coming across. Few bits under here too, the little tank is going to be for...
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    Rivers Edge

    Build started on new system to finally get the temp tank gone. Can't wait to have rivers edge back running. Overall the system went exacly as I hoped, there's a few little tweaks to this one from the one in the rental house, mostly just aesthetics. Pipework size for the Ehiem Pro 4+ bigger...
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    Rivers Edge

    I never got back to updating this thread, tank was look amazing then I moved house. Everything went in a temp tank and is on life support. Finally got bits for a new cabinet and tank ordered so will update here as I bring it back to life.
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    Rivers Edge

    I have to say I absolutely can't fault it. It's not missed a feeding, hasn't disconnected from the network or anything. It answers immediately to alexa commands too. I need to do an update to this thread. Tanks looking good.
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    Fluval Plant 3.0 Hanging Height

    i lowered mine down until there was no light spill on the wall. if you can get it down that far then light hitting the internal glass will mostly reflect back into the tank. At this point you are wasting about 25% of your light onto the wall and into the room.
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    Does 20mg/l test dropper liquid test for 20ppm?

    RO/Pure water weighs 1000g/l so 1mg/l is a thousandth of a thousandth, so 1 millionth. 20mg/l therefore will be 20 parts per million.
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    Journey to the microcosm - the secret things living in your aquarium

    Darrel, did you ever find the freshwater video?
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    Journey to the microcosm - the secret things living in your aquarium

    Will definately be doing more of this. I've been seeding the substrate with tubifex worms already since starting this new system. I've always really loved the amount of micro fauna in marine tanks that come in with the live rock and would love to see more in my freshwater systems. Do you...
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    Journey to the microcosm - the secret things living in your aquarium

    N Next daft question then... What's your recommendations on methods of collection?
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    Journey to the microcosm - the secret things living in your aquarium

    How did you go about adding the populations? Were they just bought online?
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    Everything DIY build

    Following this with interest. I'm in a similar situation as you, back into the hobby, after being on here last in 2011. This time round having the finances to do things properly. Looking forward to seeing how much you can keep out of the display, I'm also not keen to have equipment on show, in...
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    Rivers Edge

    So that's me away to the Rig for my first 3 week trip since setting the system up. Things seem pretty settled and stable so far. I've got a CCTV camera pointing at the tank and can monitor a few things, but planning some extra things over the next little while for further piece of mind. I...
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    Rivers Edge

    It was a half dozen little pygmy corys!
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    Rivers Edge

    Decided as the auto feeder feeds a little too much I need a few more fish in the tank. Flirtation, or parameters and hiding spotsare not a problem so why not. Any guesses what's acclimating?
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    Back into planted tanks

    Beautiful
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    Rivers Edge

    So today was a little cabinet tidy, sort plugs, label things up and added an old Samsung tablet so I can control the lights, filter and water changer.
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    Your substrate opinions?

    I'd suggest tropica soil or powder, either on its own or capped with an inert substrate. I went with florite black sand over tropica powder.
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    Where do you keep yours?

    Hobby room for mine. Have had to automate the tank as I work away and the house is empty when I'm not here, so needed the space above for doser and under for auto water changes. Excuse the mess, I've only lived in the place 3 wks so far.
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    Rivers Edge

    New plants in today, decided to raise the Fluval light to ensure all the plants at the back of the shallow section were covered. Easier for trimming too.
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    Rivers Edge

    Little update. Eheim 5e 600t filter arrived and all setup. Decent bit of kit but I've given up with the network side of it for the night. Also my plant order from Aqua essentials came, but that's waiting till the morning now. Can't wait.
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    Rivers Edge

    I don't think it's more than a couple of hours a week
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    Inline External Heater

    I've run a hydro et200 on my small tank for about 8 years and love it. Wouldn't want to go back to internal again. For my new larger system I'm waiting on delivery of an Ehiem 5e 600t thermo filter so I can combine the whole thing.
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    Rivers Edge

    D-D made these in conjunction with Kamoer who make medical grade stuff, also they made my 3 channel unit which is still going now after 10 years. As you say normally they are used to only do a few dozen ml per day in the hobby, but they are estimated at least 2000 hours for the pump motor and...
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    Rivers Edge

    Yea it's a height setting overflow with a shrimp safe mesh cover. Also allows for floating plant/leaves clogging etc. With the dosing pump I'm dripping directly to a high flow area, so I'm fairly confident the water is mixing fully. Mathematically it's definitely removing some of the new...
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    Rivers Edge

    And some plants arrived today with the main delivery due tomorrow.
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    Rivers Edge

    Automating done today with D-D P1 setup for auto adding fresh water. Water overflows to drum (rented property so cannot feed to drain) Dosing of Easy carbo and TNC (diluted 10:1 for easier dosing). And auto feeder
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    Rivers Edge

    Bit of progress last night and got £120 plant order from Aqua essentials plus my new filter coming from charterhouse as we speak
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    Water Flow Sensor ?

    As nick says I'd use smart outlets and monitor the current. If the wattage dropps below a certain amount for a certain length of time have an alert setup.
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    Rivers Edge

    As I'm going to spend my next 3 wks getting things ready slowly, then fill it in 6 weeks when I'm home from my next trip I decided to take some of the grass from my existing little tank and use the DSM to propagate more. Using the fluval light on my desk to grow them
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    Rivers Edge

    So woke up at midnight and decided to get a few parcels unpacked etc Just waiting on the tank and filter now
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    Rivers Edge

    Yea on a rig. I've just swapped rigs and taken a demotion as covid parked 75% of our fleet (drilling) but it's looking promising to get my own role back at the end of the year. The whole industry isn't what it was though.
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    Rivers Edge

    most of the kit has now arrived. I get home from offshore tomorrow and am going to shop for rock and more wood Friday. It's getting exciting!
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    Alternative lighting regime

    In marine tanks I always ran light over the sump to grow algae on the opposite cycle to the tank as the oxygenation etc then balances the PH. Also you don't want your sump competing with your display for CO2
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    Would this tank design work?

    would be interesting to see. Were you meaning a Sand/gravel completely built up glass to glass and breaking the surface?
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    Purigen

    I'll be honest, i used the Tesco 19p thin bleach with prime for about 6 years on my marine tank and it would always go back to white after 12/24 hours. I'd just rinse and soak in a strong prime solution after then back in the sump.
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    Why we clean media?

    I do believe that alot of keepers long term success, especially fighting algae, comes down to lack of attention to cleaning filters. Things aren't looking good, ammonia readings are still good so it can't be the filter, so we struggle to figure out what it is. We don't realise that a poorly...
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    Raising Amano Larvae

    Really hope you the best of success with this and want to follow. Considered doing this myself a good few years back.
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    Raising Amano Larvae

    Not a swing arm type though, they are impossible to clean properly so end up getting dirty and not working properly. The glass floating ones are easy to clean and results are infinitely repeatable.
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    Raising Amano Larvae

    a £10 glass hydrometer will massively outperform a Refractometer.
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    Please help identifying the problem with my plants

    Glad you got to the bottom of it. My first thought was K deficiency but I'm just trying to get my head back into the planted world. This used to be my quick reference guide; http://www.theplantedtank.co.uk/deficiencies.htm Well, that and the Duckweed index!
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    My news :) :) :)

    Absolutely. He's been teaching me coding already, and I'm an automation engineer these days lol
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    My news :) :) :)

    He's helping me design the auto water change unit. Different world with these kids!
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    Eheim Ecco pro 130 (2032)

    ha ha ha Just found this thread again. Just to report, the filter hasn't missed a beat in over 10 years and hasn't needed any parts. Still silent and plenty flow!
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    My news :) :) :)

    Just starting coming back on here this week preping a dive back into the planted world and found this thread. Can you believe this little sod is 8 now!!!
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    Cutting Stone (Dragon Stone Maybe?)

    I'm looking to make a Cliff face to separate a tank into higher and lower areas, right from the front to back. To do this I was going to use some Acrylic behind a stone cliff face, but to try and get the stone glass to glass, and to try and get the right height i want i will need to cut some...
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    Bluey greeny yellow...ish

    I'll be honest, I can see quite a difference between the two.
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    Purigen

    I used to use it in all my tanks. Awesome product. I'm thinking about embracing the tannins in my next one
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    On edge of giving up Betta problem now

    I'd second indian Almod leaves for their anti bacterial and anti fungal properties. They also help to soften the water with humic acids (tannins). Your water sounds like it's probably pretty hard water (normally high nitrate from the tap goes along with hard water from what I've seen so making...
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    Rivers Edge

    Such a sook!!! Glad you have joined xxxxx
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    HEATED FILTRATION (non Oase?)

    Yea I'm uk too. Only found 2 places selling it, and the only videos are Dutch, German and Spanish.
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    Recommendations for Plants Mail Order

    distracted by what? did you study 2 master degrees? Glad you are still about. I just started back on here this week for the first time since 2011 too!!!
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    Rivers Edge

    Current system with Ehiem Eco and hydor external filter.
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    Rivers Edge

    So after about 9 years after i shut down the tank from my last journal - Forrest Bridge - I have finally decided to get back into my planted tanks properly. I've never not had a few tanks on the go, I went down the full on SPS reef route but always missed my FW tanks and especially the fish...
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    Rivers Edge

    Up to Date image 17/05/2022 Kit List - updated may 22 Diversa 100*50*50 aquarium Lighting - Fluval planted 3.0 Filter - Eheim Professional 5e 600T Dosing Pump - Kamoer 3 Channel Water Change Pump - D-D P1 Feeding - Ehiem Auto Feeder & tuya smart feeder Jebao powerhead 2x maxijet pumps...
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    HEATED FILTRATION (non Oase?)

    Are there any Pro 5e 600T owners on here? really tempted by one but can't find any real info, no vids of the functions etc.
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    Light recommendation

    i was looking at Chihiros for my 80cm tank too but the lengths of most things were up to 75, then 90+ etc. I ended up waiting the extra month and adding a little more for a Fluval planted 3.0 at £160 Sits nice and low to the tank but with a wide beam and really controllable.
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    Maxspect Gyre 300 Series released and for sale

    what do you reckon the smallest tank one of these could go in is? Thinking about getting one that i can then move when i upgrade again later.
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    Dr Timothy Hovanec's comments about Bacterial supplements

    Really good to see him reach out and respond to you. I did alot of research a few years back (2014 i think) and decided to move my whole reef tank stock to a new tank with dead rock using Dr Tims. I only saw the smallest Ammo spike over a day and then it dropped right off and that was that...
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    Chat room

    like a typed orgy??? used to be about 8-10 folk on every evening. Once people start using it it soon builds up, most of the time people forget its there!
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    Chat room

    nobody about?
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    Chat room

    :( used to be full!
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    Chat room

    3 icons in from the logout button! used to be full of the ususal suspects about this time last year :(
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    Chat room

    Does anyone ever use it anymore? :(
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    Hi Guys!!!

    :wave:
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    Hi Guys!!!

    Just wanted to drop in properly and say hello to all the faces! I've not abandoned this place, just been wrapped up in sorting out my reef tank and getting ready for a new little arrival ;) Tanks still looking good, the CO2 ran out and tbh although the growth slowed everythings healthy so I've...
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    Looking for amateur tank pics & specs!

    you can tank anything you want from my journal :)
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    Forrest Bridge 300lt. Vid update 5 may. Emergent growth!

    Hi jenks, Welcome to Ukaps. :) I've not posted in a while on here but there are no changes lol I'd recommend the compost however be patient and try not to disturb it too much till its settled. The water clouds quickly before roots take hold etc. Where abouts are you from fella?
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    How much lighting is too much lighting?

    I've got a 4 foot bowfront, 22" deep and run a 6 bulb luminare over it. Currently only got 3 on. Have a look in my journal thread for pics :)
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    How much lighting is too much lighting?

    the second gives you options and futureproofing though ;) Imagine you decided to make it a reef tank at some point.... bingo, no need to upgrade! Simply remove the extra 2 or even 3 tubes. I work on the principle of having the biggest light unit and running it with as little bulbs as I can get...
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