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    90 cm " Back in the game "

    Hi all, Well, I've had an eventful month and it comes down to an exciting house move in around 5 weeks time, so I thought I'd give people the chance to take a look at my tank and put first dibs on plants, fish and shrimp. The new house is a good distance from my old one and it means having to...
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    'Back in the Saddle' 90cm - 1 year on!

    Hey Vito, The setup from NA looks great! Nice and simple planting too...... all in all looks great and will be watching this one closely!
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    Custom Build 3' x 2' x 2' - Rimless with Euro Brace

    This is looking great, loving that layout, reminds me of one George did for TGM. Keep the pics coming!
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    Andyh's Journal "Green Beach" Update 01/03/2013

    Hey Andy, This is looking really good mate, the attention to detail is great .....yet again a great scape in the making and one to be proud of : )
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    >>Cabinet FINALLY together :)<< 'In my Dreams, I see Palettes of Green'

    Nice light Nat... thats gonna look great! Where did you source it from.....if you don't mind me asking?
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    George's TMC Signature

    Cheers for that George, I've got my fingers crossed for you mate as it would be gutting to see it float!
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    90 cm " Back in the game "

    Cheers mate.
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    James' 110L 65x43x45 High Tech Setup

    Looking good James, very interested in seeing the quality of the na tank and cabinet, it looks great. Will be watching how this goes.
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    George's TMC Signature

    Looking great George. Have you made any provisions for if the wood floats on flooding?
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    NA Island Journal

    Hi Dan, The scape looks great a really nice layout. A good read from the start..... as for the film, is it thick or thin? If it's thin then some simple surface movement at night will see it disappear easily. As Iain says upping W/C is also a great help but if you also move the spray bar so that...
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    90 cm " Back in the game "

    Ebay it'll be then......
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    90 cm " Back in the game "

    Olloclip...... I'm sold! WOW! Thanks Ian..... I'm now £70 lighter! :thumbup:
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    90 cm " Back in the game "

    Snapspeed app is absolutely great! I use there Photoshop plugins in work..... serious editing software indeed! As for the lens...... no I haven't seen it, will be googling that within a min! With a bit of patience and for a quick fix camera (No need to get the lights etc out) they're perfect.
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    90 cm " Back in the game "

    Thanks Ian, thanks for the kind words the fact it even gets close to reminding you of one of Marks scape is a great compliment.... yes all on the iphone 5 using selective focusing and then edited with the Snap speed app. I'm a large format printer by day so see hundreds of pics and gear every...
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    90 cm " Back in the game "

    Right so, a little update...... I received some great rare plants from Alan (Meant to be for my new nano but thought I'd grow them on in my 90cm scape first) Rotala Sp Ceylon, Blyxa alternifolia, Rotala Macranda mini type, Limnophila mini sp.'Vietnam' and ordered some Bolbitis and Microsorum...
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    A New Adventure (a jungle mess)

    Looks great Ian, another great scape in the making for sure true NA style. The 1500 tile looks super bright..... would love to swap my Arcadia OT2 luminaire out for some of those, but being a 90cm that could get expensive. Anyway lovely new tank, cabinet and scape.... will be watching this...
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    90 cm " Back in the game "

    Cheers Martin, I find consistency is key, also the forum is a great fountain of Knowledge!
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    George's TMC Signature

    Hey George, this is very interesting, cant wait to see how the moss mix turns out..... great stuff as usual!
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    90 cm " Back in the game "

    Thanks George, yeah its been a while since I've been active on here..... work gets in the way to easily!
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    90 cm " Back in the game "

    Thanks Guys....... always learning as they say.
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    90 cm " Back in the game "

    Hi Nat, Cheers buddy, the plants have been heavily trimmed in the photo's above but yes all are nice and healthy. As for the Riccia, it's actually the dark green sinking varitity (not sure if thats dwarf or not) and I have purposely mixed it with HC then Fissidens to try and create a more...
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    90 cm " Back in the game "

    Thanks All!
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    Under The Mangrove Tree.

    Really looking forward to your new scape Ian, if it's anything like your previous scape then you'll be onto a winner! I'm very interested in seeing how the Tropica substrate looks and how it stands up to aqua soil etc. Hope you sort the lighting out.
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    >>Cabinet FINALLY together :)<< 'In my Dreams, I see Palettes of Green'

    Looking good Nat, the changes in the scape defo adds more balance to it all. Given another few weeks and this will look stunning! Looking forward to seeing the rare plants in there!
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    90 cm " Back in the game "

    Haven't updated this in a while so here goes. I've had to battle some BBA on the Manzanita all my own doing due to a busy few months at work, it only took me 2 weeks to nearly eradicate it all...(well 1 or 2 small patches still to get rid of but only on the wood), with regular W/C and sticking...
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    'Pretty Stream' - CRS tank

    Cheers Nat, will do.... will have a journal up and running on it soon.
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    'Pretty Stream' - CRS tank

    Cheers for that, it's something I'll keep in mind..... I bred CRS about 2 years ago in a 20L Dennerle tank and after doing well to start I then struggled with water parameters and keeping them stable in a small tank. Anyway the setup looks great mate and I'll be keeping watch with great interest!
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    'Pretty Stream' - CRS tank

    Hi Nat, Just re-scaped my eheim aqua style 35 nano and looking at getting some crs ........ whats the reason for the air?
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    Assassin snails breeding questions

    Cheers for that, will take a look. As for hungry assassins doing a better job that makes sense as I have never fed them anything other than whats on offer so guess thats why my snail problem has now been sorted.
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    Assassin snails breeding questions

    Haha... I used to think that to..... I hundred a terrible snail infestation but slowly and TBH without me realising I now have no snail problem at all..... can only put it down to the introduction of assassins as nothing else was changed.
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    Assassin snails breeding questions

    I saw young snails within 3 months.... out of interest roadmaster where'd you find the info on assassins, I'd be interested to have a read and see what else I can offer them.
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    Assassin snails breeding questions

    Hi mate, They'll be absolutely fine, I had a similar problem about 10 months back put 3 assassins in then ended up with around 15 of the little things. They survived fine keeping snails at bay and feeding off algae etc. I now have a stead supply of assassins I supply my LFS with. Cheers Ben
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    George's TMC Signature

    Wow George.... all that time away from the hobby and you settle right back into it with a scape like that! Well done mate.... hats off to you. Will be very interested to see the planting come together for this. Good ideas for the finer leave varieties. I've just used 'Araguaia' in a scape of my...
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    George's TMC Signature

    Hi George, good to see you back. Cant wait to see what you come up with here.
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    Stu's ADA Mini M nano - Seiryu scape

    Sure am mate..... just at the early planning stage and growing some plants on in my current scape before I do something a bit different for me.
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    Stu's ADA Mini M nano - Seiryu scape

    Stunning Tank Stu.... your aqua scaping is top notch!
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    240ltr Discus planted tank

    Great looking tank, well done. Took a look at the others on Flickr...... really nice!
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    90 cm " Back in the game "

    Cheers Mark, next one I do I'll put a matt laminate over instead of gloss..... I'll also over size it compared to the tank. Will post up the results..... :thumbup: Hi Nat, no worries once I see how the matt background works along with oversizing you can have a look then. Cheers Darren.
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    90 cm " Back in the game "

    Thanks, if anyone's interested in a bespoke background, PM me and I'll sort a UKAPS price out.... Cheers
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    259L bookcase rebirth

    Great stuff Mike.... Photography looks good too, the tanks turning into a real gem. The week by week shots are a brilliant idea to see just how far the scapes moved on.
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    90 cm " Back in the game "

    A quick snap of the background on the tank.....
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    90 cm " Back in the game "

    Ok so here is my new Blue graduated to white background.... some pics of making it...... Printing it: Laminating it, so it wears better and is water resisitant: Finished and cut to match my tank dimesions: More pics to follow with it on my tank.
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    90 cm " Back in the game "

    Printed and laminated my graduated blue background today.... It' looks good behind the tank, will post photos tomorrow......
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    Thread closed

    Re: The green green grass my first try +1 :thumbup:
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    Thread closed

    Re: The green green grass my first try I agree with Harry, that's a lot of light..... I've had great results on just 6 hours a day of 2 x 54 watt bulbs a day, recently increased to 7 once the scapes stabilised and has been established. As Harry said, keep it simple and get the scape...
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    Thread closed

    Re: The green green grass my first try Hey Danny, the scapes are coming on nicely mate... That's a nice piece of wood in the shrimp tank.
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    Asian spirit

    I agree with Garuf... Great scaping and yet to see anything I dislike.... This scape was one of my favs, very natural looking, and loving the composition. I'm going to try something similar in my next scape with inspiration coming from yours for sure.
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    90 cm " Back in the game "

    Re: 90 cm I'll drop you a PM when I have some over.... Am sorting a new member outwith some first. :thumbup: Thanks mate. Have done my weekly water change and I've decided to print up a new back ground.... I have one white, one all black.... Now I'm going to take some inspiration from Mark...
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    90 cm " Back in the game "

    I am pleased Mike, but plenty of room for improvement..... Cheers mate, it's getting that real NA feeling at last! Hi Nat, Am pleased but like I said still room for improvement, also need to let a few parts of the tank grow in more, for a more natural look, while trimming and keeping other...
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    Andyh's Journal "Green Beach" Update 01/03/2013

    Re: Andyh's New Journal "Green Beach" 1st Aug12 Hi Andy, Good to see a new journal from you, layout looks real nice..... reminds me of your 'Kitchen Tank' scape..... I recently used both Eleocharis sp. mini and Staurogyne 1-2 grow and both took no time at all to settle, so you should see a...
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    The last dirt (read ditched) effort...........

    Hi Lee, Great start to your journal.... Scapes looking really nice planted up and liking the pebbles.... The plant looks like Rotala sp. Green to me.... I had it in High and low setups and has always done well. In highlight setups you can get it to creep, which looks awesome. Cheers Ben
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    259L bookcase rebirth

    Re: 259L bookcase tank - nature photography / new video Hi Mike, Have followed your journal from start to finish and it real looks like your getting great results.... well done
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    Richard's 200L (Planted)

    Hey Richard, Really liking the simplicity and clean lines of your scape.... less is more is working well here.... and I'm liking this alot, look forward to seeing this mature. Cheers Ben
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    90 cm " Back in the game "

    Ok so the tank stats: 90 x 45 x45 opti white Filter: Eheim pro 3 thermo ADA Substate Amazonia powder and normal grain & (complete system..... bacter 100, clear super etc etc etc...) Co2 injection through ADA pollen glass... @ 2 bubbles per second ( I did use an inline diffuser, although once...
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    90 cm " Back in the game "

    Cheers Mark.... means a lot coming from you mate. :thumbup: Cheers Lindy.... wanted a change to the sand, hopefully something that's not seen very often.... this was going to have a sand valley... or plants, so plants it was. Thanks! Thanks! Cheers Ady, the struggle does seem to be...
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    90 cm " Back in the game "

    Hi All, So after a good few months of not posting on here (Work getting in the way) I finally have some time to post up a journal on my latest tank..... This has been a slow goer as I had some major co2 issue's around the second and third week which triggered an algae bloom and after progress...
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    120 x 55 x 55cm planted... Trim 2

    Re: 120 x 55 x 55cm planted with pics Hey Mark, What sort of mosses have you used there? Weeping on the bottom.... but mid dark green one and light green top? Great clarity on the shot.
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    120 x 55 x 55cm planted... Trim 2

    Re: 120 x 55 x 55cm planted with pics Hi Mark, Great to see you back in the game.... and yet again a great, spotless scape to get us all excited about! Ben
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    hello from a newbie

    Hello stranger :wink: Good to have you on here mate..... get those pics up and start your journal.... Ben
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    Ben's 90cm un-named II

    Hi All, So......here we go again, with a new journal. My old scape, The Un-name, matured much faster than I expected (within 3 to 4 months) I mainly put this down to using ADA Amazonia, which was the first time I had used it. My earlier scapes were with ADA Malaya. Anyway I felt that the...
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    120 x 55 x 55 Over and out.

    Re: 120 x 55 x 55 Some new fish Hey Mark, Good to chat to you yesterday mate, great advice from you as always! Thanks. The tank looks superb, really like the composition and layout, stunning photos! The penguins and ruby look great, I really like the way the most simple underrated fish seem...
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    90x45x45 - "Seiryu peak"

    Re: 90x45x45 - "Seiryu peak" - Need some advices Trick work looks great, both sides work really well together, well done...... I'll look forward to seeing this planted up!
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    Ben's 90cm un-named re-scape - MORE NEW PICS 20/08/11

    Re: Ben's 90cm un-named re-scape - NEW PICS 20/08/11 Ok, so now for a few more pics, only trouble is I have very few fish in this tank now, so while the plants look nice to photograph, I'm lacking that all important fish focal point/interest. I think with a nice choice of fish I can better the...
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    Ben's 90cm un-named re-scape - MORE NEW PICS 20/08/11

    Re: Ben's 90cm un-named re-scape - NEW PICS 20/08/11 Thanks! more pics on the way...... need some fish to photograph though. Cheers mate :thumbup: Thanks for that George, high praise indeed..... thanks again! Hi Victor, thanks mate I have tried to keep the scape light and fresh but have...
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    Ben's 90cm un-named re-scape - MORE NEW PICS 20/08/11

    Re: Ben's 90cm un-named re-scape - NEW PICS 20/08/11 Always welcome mate...... bit out the way though which is ashame! :( mind we could have a UKAPS beach party meet! I only live 30 seconds from the beach!! :D Excuse thought up! now thats perfect! :thumbup:
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    Ben's 90cm un-named re-scape - MORE NEW PICS 20/08/11

    Re: Ben's 90cm un-named re-scape - NEW PICS 20/08/11 Cheers Mark, :thumbup: Regards final images.......you suggest away mate, all ideas greatly received.
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    Ben's 90cm un-named re-scape - MORE NEW PICS 20/08/11

    Re: Ben's 90cm un-named re-scape - NEW PIC 20/08/11 Time for a very quick update..... This tank has had some up's and down's, most of my problems have been to do with the co2 regulator, it just seems to want to pump huge volumes of co2 into the whenever it feels like it, a real pain! The other...
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    The Office 30cm Cube nano

    Cheers George, I have had loads of comments from visitors about the tank..... Of course I always drop in UKAPS! :wink:
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    The Office 30cm Cube nano

    Cheers Ryan :thumbup: Thanks Tom, this nano looks so much better in real life, it does have a real crisp, clean look to it.
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    120 x 55 x 55 Over and out.

    Re: 120 x 55 x 55 Last of the pics for a while Hey Mark, Well I have spent most of the night catching up on this amazing journal!! Well what can I say mate, this is a truly stunning scape, great photography and brilliant read! The setup, plant choice, gravel etc is class, it's a real...
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    The Office 30cm Cube nano

    Hi All, It's been awhile since I've posted on the forum, due to an extremely busy work schedule it's been a real struggle to maintain my scape's, but at last I have managed to scape my 30cm cube nano which is sitting pride of place in the meeting area of my new office..... Now for the specs...
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    Cube Wars

    Hi Both.... Nice idea, I to really struggled to find inspiration for nano tanks in general, the dimensions of the nano make it a real challenge, but i loved producing the scape....something to get the ideas ticking. Well here it is, my 30cm cube from P@H, only the one FTS for now as pushed...
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    Tradecanvasprint - photography competition

    Hi all, I thought I'd give you the heads up on 2 national competitions that I am running in conjunction with 2 national magazine, it's open to all, some of you may have seen it on our facebook page, but thought I'd mention it here to. Each comp is for £100 worth of canvases and is open to all...
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    Andyh's 190l Lounge tank (update 20-09-11)

    Re: Andyh's 190l Lounge tank (update 23-06-11) Hey Andy..... looking good mate, I have to agree with ianho, the best the scape has looked and growing into a real beaut!
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    [CONTEST] UKAPS @ Aquatics Live, Olympia

    This looks amazing! I haven't had much time on the forum lately due to work, so have just read this through and caught up, hopefully my scape will be ready for some final pics..... So an entry will be on the cards! Great to see UKAPS there!
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    Tonys 'Triassic Hollow' 420L - Now FOR SALE !

    Re: Tonys 'Triassic Hollow' 420L - Zebra otos Hi Tony, what a cracker mate, Really liking the mix of greens from the dark crypts through to the lighter colours, nice sense of depth and a nice fish selection too! The year has flown by! Hard to believe it's gone past so fast! Shame about the...
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    NA Style Baby... (Update 24.12)

    Re: NA Style Baby... (Video 31.05) Wow! Great scape and loving the vid!
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    Ben's 8ltr nano "Y Gwyllt"

    As soon as I get a moment I'll stick some up Ryan.....
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    Andyh's 190l Lounge tank (update 20-09-11)

    Re: Andyh's 190l Lounge tank (update 27-05-11) Nice work Andy! This is evolving nicely mate, 2 questions I have for you, What's the 3 light coloured patches in the middle to right hand side? Riccia? And what's the plan for the front left?
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    Ben's 8ltr nano "Y Gwyllt"

    Cheers mate, the moss has bedded in nice, but the tank is so small the moss soon overun it, so good trimming every few weeks keeps it in check..... The Manzi I had from Tom Barr and had them shipped from the states. Got 2 massive boxes full! Mainly an investment for future scapes :wink:
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    Ben's 8ltr nano "Y Gwyllt"

    Also forgot to mention have got a new 30 cm on the way from TGM.... one of there DOAQUA ones, so got plans for a new nano journal soon....... Got plenty of Manzi..... New cabinet from aquajardin...... So just waiting for the tank now....
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    Ben's 8ltr nano "Y Gwyllt"

    Hi mate, This is still looking fine, on the verge of closing it down though as I now have tons of shrimplets in there which I need to move into my larger setup. I needed to change the light to an arc pod that I had apart from that all's ok, will post a picture before I close it :thumbup:
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    'Blue Sky' Iwagumi ...overgrown

    Re: 'Blue Sky' Iwagumi @ 2 weeks with ADA lighting Well done in the Evans house hold! Stunning growth Mark, for this result in 2 weeks is pretty unreal and a 5 hour photo period :crazy: ......so is it fish time? What's the plan?
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    GA in-store display 120P Iwagumi - Fly above the giant cliff

    Re: GA in-store display 120P Iwagumi Cracking photo Victor.....to go with a cracking scape! Looking forward to seeing some more photos..... Well done!
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    My UWA Landscape/Seascape Photos....

    Hi Migt, No this isnt the filter with a fisheye, I used a 10mm 20mm lens so you can get a fish eye look with it, you would notice a huge difference if it was a true fish eye in the amount of distortion.
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    My UWA Landscape/Seascape Photos....

    Thanks :thumbup:
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    New 4ft journal The Island 2 updated 11/09/2011 HELP

    Re: New 4ft journal The Island 2 Cheers chilled....
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    New 4ft journal The Island 2 updated 11/09/2011 HELP

    Re: New 4ft journal The Island 2 Looks good mate, liking the wood layout and like the others will look forward to seeing this grown in. What's the plant list?
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    My UWA Landscape/Seascape Photos....

    Hahaha cheers Tom, I am never one to hide from criticism, after all we can all learn from it most if the time, I'll take your comments on board, the last one is actually my least favourite..... The pp is aimed at the final product, my trade is actually a canvas printer for the trade...... And I...
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    My UWA Landscape/Seascape Photos....

    Hi John, Thanks..... They do have a fish eye look to them, I borrowed a fish eye lens in the past (testing it for a shop) and in some shots the distortion is just way to much, it is a lens I'd like to have in the bag for experimenting with. Again the HDR look is from the long exposure and...
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    My UWA Landscape/Seascape Photos....

    Thanks Antoni!
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    120 x 55 x 55 Over and out.

    Re: 120 x 55 x 55 preview 'Ruby' The suspense is killing me!!
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    My UWA Landscape/Seascape Photos....

    Cheers Mate! Taken me ten years to learn how to take this sort of photos.... but think I've finally got the hang of it... :wink:
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    My UWA Landscape/Seascape Photos....

    Thanks again mate, yeah to think I live 10 seconds away from that view..... the filters are simply the best! I tried and tried various other makes but boy these Lee filters seriously get your photos onto another level for Landscape/Seascape stuff. Mind....No good at all for Aquascaping!
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    My UWA Landscape/Seascape Photos....

    Cheers George, good question about the HDR, they do verge on looking like it, but no they're not, I use a sigma 10mm 20mm lens with Lee filters Great filters!!), these photos were all taken with a Lee big Stopper (Great piece of kit!!) except the last one, which really lets the camera grab the...
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    My UWA Landscape/Seascape Photos....

    Hi All, Seeing as Ultra Wide Angle photographs are a hot topic at the moment I thought I post up some of my own photos I have taken over the past week. I love tackling UWA shots in my day to day work. Let me know your thoughts.... Had a few 4.15 am starts to catch these shots...
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    'Blue Sky' Iwagumi ...overgrown

    Re: 'Blue Sky' Iwagumi @ 7 days Wow Mark, what a beaut! The growth is really.....really great for 7 days, that has to be the quickest growth I've ever seen in such a short amount of time, as George said, you can't really beat Tropicas ferts, my last setup benefitted from them. As for the...
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    Fish Shop Tour TGM - Saturday 28th May with pics!

    Re: Fish Shop Tour TGM - Saturday 28th May Gutted guys, looks like I'll be unable to attend now...... the GF has reminded me about a family wedding we have to attend on the 28th.... As if I'd forget that!! :shock: So will have to keep my eye open for the next UKAPS meet! Have a good time...
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    GA in-store display - Moss forest 180L

    Wow Victor,this is an absolute stunner!
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    Ultra-wide angle (UWA) and aquascaping

    Good idea Matt......totally agree that a video would portray the tank in a 'Real life' state much better than photos.
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