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  1. dean


    Hi all As most of us in uk are looking to try to save money where we can at the moment I’ve been told to ditch sky and get a firestick and pay the annual fee to use IDTV saving over £1000 per year [emoji3] Does anyone currently use IDTV and is it a good swap for sky ? Sent from my iPad using...
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    Ideas please

    I have this large piece of wood that juts above the surface by about 6cm As you can see I tried to grow a crypt on it but it creeping down to the water So what plant can you clever people suggest to grow on it ? It’s an open top tank so no real restrictions Would you put something on the...
  3. dean

    Which one are you?

    In my opinion there’s a huge difference between being an aquarist and an aquascaper Aquarists keep and breed fish, plants are just an accessory or a medium for egg laying or fry protection, the plants have to survive in the water conditions that suit the fish, they are happiest when their fish...
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    Spraying Nutrients on Emersed Plants

    Hi All Forgive me if I’ve missed a thread somewhere and this has already been covered I’m experimenting with a few small bowls some just have molar clay as substrate so the plants will need some food What do you use in such circumstances Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    House plants in reduced bin

    Hi all Went to a garden centre just to get out the house and found 2 house plants in the reduced bin, they looked in desperate need of a home so I bought them 50p for the small one £3 for the large one Only thing was no labels and no other house plants the same so I could get any info Can...
  6. dean

    GM Plants

    Today I met up with another user and we chatted about plants amongst other things [emoji23] It came up that some Cryptocorynes have not produced any new plantlets they just stay a certain size and just replace existing leaves so never increase in mass Have the producers found a way to stop...
  7. dean

    Ali express etc

    Hi all Has anyone used aliexpress or any of the other cheap Chinese web shops ? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. dean

    Measured amount of water required fast

    Hi you intelligent lot I need to find a way to fill containers with a set amount of water fast I’m not one off you electronics genesis so please make it simple English [emoji23] Let’s say I have a 50 gallon drum sat on the floor and I somehow want to pump up and out small frequent measured...
  9. dean

    Attaching plants to decor

    I’m sure lots of us gel superglue but has anyone done it like this ? Admin please move if I’ve posted in wrong place Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. dean

    Fish Food

    Must apologise but wasn’t sure where to put this so admin please feel free to move it We all spend lots of money buying different commercial foods for our fish Does anyone else use human food (not sold as pet food) or make their own foods ? I buy frozen fish for mine such as Prawns Mussel...
  11. dean

    Are they Coldwater/Temperate or Tropical ?

    Temperature [emoji2357][emoji2959] This is the thing that I see lots of people putting others down for and I’ve seen it here today too [emoji30] Probably 90% of freshwater fish sold in your lfs are farm bred in ponds by breeders in tropical country’s such as Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and...
  12. dean

    Salt Meter

    Hi Clever People I’ve got some Ranchu goldfish coming and I need to measure the salt levels to keep it at 0.3% for the duration of the 4 week quarantine period. The easiest would be with a salt / salinity meter Can anyone recommend a brand or model ? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. dean

    Wix Website Users

    Hi does anyone here use wix website builder ? If so do you have a shop on it ? I’m having difficulty in getting shop as I want it Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. dean

    Colour of substrate compared to hard scape

    Hi all I’ve noticed that aquascapers generally use a topping that contrasts to the rocks used Firstly the colour is totally irrelevant if it’s going to be covered completely with plants so why buy ADA sand etc ? Secondly in nature the sand substrate will come from the surrounding area and...
  15. dean


    Is it possible to have too many plants in your kitchen Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Plant Wall

    Looking at making a plant wall above my corner tank so it looks like continuous plant growth I have lights and pump already in place But I have some questions about the materials and basic design and if there are any problems you clever bunch can foresee I’d like to use the plant wall as the...
  17. dean

    ID this moss

    Hi all on one off my local selling sites a man is selling this moss can anyone hazard a guess of what it is Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. dean

    Terrarium moss wall cloth

    Hi all I came across this YouTube channel and they use a cloth to create a moss wall Very easy snd effective Does anyone know what the cloth is ? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. dean

    DIY Garden Weedkiller Recipe needed

    Hi all you knowledgeably people here’s something that I’m sure you can help me with I have a gravel drive that gets a lot of weeds in it and I like the idea of using a diy weed killer for 2 reasons 1 not keen on using chemicals in the garden 2 During this time it’s hard to find what you want...
  20. dean

    Plant ID

    My mum has asked me to find out what this plant is Apparently it have large purple flowers on it Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. dean

    Lockdown Idea Aquaponics

    I know people in warmer climates than the UKs use vats with tilapia in them in green houses or in their gardens and there’s lots of information about these on YouTube etc But Has anyone ever used their planted aquarium to feed an aquaponics system in the house ? If we use the ei ferts daily...
  22. dean

    YouTube Personality vs Content

    Hi all I know Andy Warhol said everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes but I’m finding that the YouTube channels that I started to follow for the quality of their content have changed [emoji24] The video makers are now more interested in being in front of the lens and some even use fake...
  23. dean

    Plant species Suggestions

    Last weekend I uprooted the aponogetons I had I’m my trigon 350. It started as 1 specimen plant at the rear corner to hide pipes but it multiplied in the dirt substrate very fast and the plants were easily a metre long when I took them out to send to a friend. Now I’m looking for suggestions for...
  24. dean

    Do you have a 3D Printer

    Hi all Anyone of you have a 3D printer and willing to make me a small part ? I have an idea I want to try out and need a small part the size of an air stone making Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  25. dean

    Facebook Adverts

    Has anyone bought any of the special offers from Facebook adverts They seem to good to be true so they probably are Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  26. dean

    Cap an overflow pipe

    Hi all I have a job to cap off some pipe but the manufacturer Flowplast doesn’t make a cap - But why would any normal person cap an overflow pipe [emoji23] So I have to make something It has to be quick to do so the tank can be filled Plus neat and tidy as it can be seen All suggestions...
  27. dean

    Acorus gramineus

    Has anyone any experience of this plant ? Info I have read says it can be grown completely submerged is this true or will it eventually rot Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  28. dean

    Electrical wiring advice

    Hi all So I’ve been setting up the discus system for a friend Yes the usual bare bottom boring tanks All 28 of them total of 2384 litres Each tank is going to have a 300 watt heater in it I know in uk I can wire 10 of these together onto a 13amp plug (max 3 kw) using 1.5 mm2 cable My...
  29. dean

    Amano Shrimp prices

    Hi all what’s the price of them in your part of the UK I want to get some but £6 seemed a lot for tiny ones Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  30. dean

    Light pollution

    Hi All I love open top tanks But I hate the light pollution you get from them Anyone got any ideas how to customers it out ? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  31. dean

    Will this work

    I’m designing a fish holding system for a friend It will have a constant water change to each aquarium via a Hma But I also want to put in a manual water change without having to get out the syphon pipe So here’s my idea Please tell me if you can see any reasons why it would not work...
  32. dean

    Virus protection

    Hi all What do you knowledgeable folk do to protect your pc ? Is windows defender any good ? Is it worth buying a separate one ? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  33. dean

    How does he do it

    Has everyone seen the videos made by MD Fish Tanks on YouTube ? Here’s a link to one of his films https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNQZ_M0udEWvxx3DVGV2VuIVIc1O3HLgJ They are brilliant and I must say well filmed and above all relaxing and inspirational But I’ve loads of questions 1...
  34. dean

    Dosing pump

    Hi all I’ve never even contemplated having one but I came across the video and wondered if anyone has used one of these for dosing aquaria ? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  35. dean

    Product Review Dosing pump

    Hi all I’ve never even contemplated having one but I came across the video and wondered if anyone has used one of these for dosing aquaria ? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  36. dean

    Product Review external Filter for 19 litre tank

    I have an aquael 19 litre shrimp tank it comes with an internal powerhead with a sponge attached It works well but takes up a lot of room in such a small space What external filter would you recommend and why ? It’s has one pair of guppies and low tech at present as not sure if the led...
  37. dean

    Surprise plant in a forgotten pot

    Hi All We had a pot of sedum that was left unattended for a few years and yesterday I noticed this surprise plant in there Any ideas what it is ? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  38. dean

    Exchange rate

    I’m having a bad brain day (Again [emoji30]) How do I find out the exchange rate I received? If I sent £533.62 (gbp) and they received 20,897.73 Thai baht And before anyone says it It wasn’t for a new wife, a lady boy or a sex change operation [emoji2959] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  39. dean

    Co2 tubing

    Which tubing is safe to use ? I ordered some and it’s very rigid and impossible to bend round a corner Is silicone airline ok to use ? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  40. dean

    UK Online Sales of Fish

    How do you choose the supplier ? Is the delivery cost a big factor ?! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  41. dean

    Auto Dosing Ferts

    Just one of my many crazy daily ideas to make things simple I know you can set up dosing pumps etc - looks complicated and I believe needs an external filter So this has just come into my head “Drip feeding ferts” If you suspended two containers above the aquarium and could control the...
  42. dean

    Which Diffuser

    Hi all what diffuser would you recommend for a 350 litre setup ? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  43. dean

    Hanna Instruments buffers

    As part of what I do I have to keep records of water quality [emoji30] yep I know a waste of time and s ball ache but I’ve got a hanna pen and its needs recalibrating So I went into the hanna website and omg what a price for 20ml sachets So I’m asking you clever people if there’s an...
  44. dean

    Help with my website issue

    My website is from wix so idiots like me can try to do stuff [emoji23] I have a problem that I don’t know how to fix because I don’t know what it’s called [emoji23] As my site has a black background the text colour has to be changed to from black but this box text is still black - see pic...
  45. dean

    DIY Spray Bar

    Hi all I’m putting a spray bar on my trigon 350 it will be situated along the front curved glass Making it from plumbsure 15mm pushfit pipe The pump is an Eheim compact + 3000 Set on its highest at 3000 litres per hour I know the 15mm pipe is too small for the pump but it fits below the...
  46. dean

    Product Review Cat Litter

    Hi all I use to buy the cheap clay Tesco cat litter but I’ve been told it has been discontinued :-( Is there another brand or another cheap source of clay ? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  47. dean

    Product Review Rhizotonic by Canna

    Hi has anyone used this I’ve seen Konsa’s aquariums and they look great on its but they always look great Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  48. dean

    ID please

    Can you id this for me and advise of it’s care I can plant it emersed of submerge Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  49. dean

    Gravity water flow

    I know you clever people will know this How do you work out the diameter of the hole required to allow 3500 litres per hour flow through it under gravity ?
  50. dean

    Pump box

    Hi all I’m playing around with the idea of building a “Pump Box” made of acrylic that sits on the base on the aquarium to house the eheim pump and also the 300 watt stainless steel heater I considering drilling holes in either one side or the top to allow the water in Also thinking of...
  51. dean

    Soil Substrate & Tibee ?

    Is it possible to keep tibee shrimp on a soil substrate 50/50 aquatic compost / moss peat capped with fine gravel ?
  52. dean

    House Plant Help

    Hi all I've no idea when it comes to house plants If it's not a spider plant, mother in laws tongue and a few others then I'm stumped [emoji30] So someone gave me this plant as a thank you and there's no label or care sheet so I've no idea what to do with it Can you help I.d it and give me...
  53. dean

    Humanity VS Earth

    Humans can be the most caring and at the same time the most careless species on earth Earth is definitely being strangled and poisoned each day by us, this makes me ashamed, In my opinion technology isn't always progress! If I had a time machine I think I would be very tempted to go back in...
  54. dean

    Critique my aquascape Dean's Trigon 350

    Hi all now that the decorating is nearly finished [emoji24]time to turn my attention to my old mate whose been in our lounge about 10 years it's been many things in the past including general community all the way through to a lake tangyanika tank, all have been fish first, plants if possible...
  55. dean

    Capping soils

    Hi all about to do my first soil tank Going with 50:50 mix Irish moss peat & Westland aquatic compost A few questions 1 max depth of soil 25 mm ? I read some people put a mesh over the soil before topping it, what's your thoughts How deep should the cap be minimum & maximum ? What grain...
  56. dean

    How costly can an aquarium be [emoji46]

    I've pulled out my trigon 350 from the corner now it's empty to paint the back glasses The walls behind looked grubby as it's been there some time so thought I'd clean them up with some sugar soap as the wall is just painted[emoji106] Enter the wife [emoji48] oh that's an idea let's decorate...
  57. dean

    I.D required

    Hi all you clever folk can you tell me what the talk plant is in this YouTube video ? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  58. dean

    Is this legal to sell in uk ?

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  59. dean

    Fairy Shrimp

    Does anyone have experience raising and breeding these especially Thai Fairy Shrimp (Branchinella thailandensis) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  60. dean

    Ei ferts on a low tech

    Hi All What rate and how often do you use EI ferts on a low tech no added Co2 or anything Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  61. dean

    How critical is Hardness

    Hi not sure if this is right place to post it but how critical is water hardness ? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  62. dean

    Poisonous or not ?

    Hi all is the glue from a hot glue gun aquarium safe ? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  63. dean

    What's your Favourite

    What's your Favourite plant for low tech aquarium and why ? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  64. dean

    What do they actually feed on?

    Microworms Panagrellus redivivus (sour paste nematode) synonym Panagrellus silusiae (beer nematode) 1 There's loads of different methods of producing microworms and most use a bed of cereal of some kind which doesn't ever seem to change in volume So what do they actually eat ? The reason for...
  65. dean

    Polish to English Translation required

    Can anyone please translate the main bits of info for me What does he soak the sponges in and why ? What does he feed the grindal worms Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  66. dean


    How do you attach it to wood etc ? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  67. dean

    Trigon 350 flow

    Hi guys I'm going to remodel my trigon 350 I've bought an eheim compact + 3000 to use But not sure where to bring back the return I'm going to put the outflow in the rear corner Where do you suggest I place the return ? Polite answers please [emoji23] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  68. dean


    This just landed on my hand Anyone know what it is Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  69. dean

    Off the shelf kit

    In your opinion what's the best off the shelf kit ? Tank is 460 litres Yes I know refills are going to be expensive but it's not for me but a friend who has more money than sense Tried talking him into fe but he wants a kit [emoji51] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  70. dean

    New type of LED

    Came across this by a connection on LinkedIn Doesn't say much but what do you think of it's potential over an aquarium ? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  71. dean

    Giant Wine Glass

    Hi all My daughter left home last march and still hasn't taken everything so I thought I'd make use of one thing It's a giant red wine glass it holds a full bottle I thought a trailing plant would look great growing out of it So I'm looking for suggestions for house plant that's fairly easy...
  72. dean

    Product Review Home Bargains £4.99

    Hi all thought you I'd let you know that a very cheap light is available on the high street I've bought 2 but no plans for them yet [emoji23] Cheaper than eBay plus they are white not silver A loyalty/business card for scale Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  73. dean

    Peat Ball / moss ball

    Hi all is there any threads showing how to make peat balls ? If not any tips ? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  74. dean

    Lead alternative

    Can I use small bits of this around the base of plants that don't have a good root system to keep them from floating up ? http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/terracotta-air-drying-clay-1-kg/566719-1000 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  75. dean

    Plants won't stay down

    Hi all my mates having a problem as he's bought a selection of loose plants from an online retailer most of which hardly have any roots so they won't anchor down Substrate is eco complete Yes I know the tight sob should of bought quality potted plants Any suggestions to keep them anchored...
  76. dean

    What do you think of these ?

    Hi Been trawling through web looking at lights as you do [emoji23] Came across these from a company I've used before What'd I you think of them ? http://www.lightingever.co.uk/12v-dimmable-under-cabinet-lighting-ww.html Regards Dean
  77. dean

    What would you recommend?

    What substrate would you recommend for a newbie who is setting up a large tank It's a 5.2.2 and he wants to go high tech but also loves L number plecs ( smaller ones of course in a planted tank) it's going to be a discus tank Regards Dean
  78. dean

    Advise needed for large tank

    Hi my friend has just bought a 5.2.2 tank on oak cabinet from Maidenhead (spoilt git) He wants to go high tech What led lighting would you recommend ? Regards Dean
  79. dean

    Which Sump Pump?

    Hi all you clever people I'm thinking of putting a sump on my trigon 350 which has two external on it at present but it's such a hassle getting them in and out of the cabinet to clean them regularly So it has over 300 litres Currently low tech and probably stay that way for the foreseeable...
  80. dean

    nomaphila siamensis dwarf

    Anyone know where to find info on this plant ? Anyone kept it ? Regards Dean
  81. dean

    Colombo subtrate but which one

    I've been looking at using the Colombo substrates Nutribase / Flora Base Pro but I'm confused The company say that they are both rich in nutrients Nutribase needs to be topped Flora Base Pro does not but can be used to top the other ! Why would I need both ? Anyone shine any light on this ...
  82. dean

    Fish Shows

    Does anyone show their fish ? I've done it 3 times now and it's fun Nervous before the show Anxious during judging Then happy when you get the results I've only shown Bettas Regards Dean
  83. dean

    How do i? Donation

    Hi how do I make a donation within tapatalk app ? Regards Dean
  84. dean

    Help plants suggestions please

    Hi all you experts I need suggestions for easy grow undemanding plants to go in a 30 litre tank With a Betta and maybe some amano shrimp Low light Low tech Inert substrate Regards Dean
  85. dean

    Anyone tried these

    Anyone tried these type of lights ? What would I need to buy to be able to use them Could they be dimmed ? Regards Dean
  86. dean

    Fire Extinguisher

    Hi I've been offered loads of 2kg and some 5kg FE's by a local company in Warrington What is the going price people are paying ? Cheapest 2kg refill I've found is £20 Regards Dean
  87. dean

    DIY Lighting frame ideas needed

    Looking to make a frame to support an LED garden spot light over my trigon 350 Have you made one or seen one anywhere ? Please show me or post links Regards Dean
  88. dean

    I.D on this plant please

    Regards Dean
  89. dean

    What's the carpet

    https://www.facebook.com/dean.hughes.146/posts/10154044581332145 Only place I've seen this How would you accomplish this ? Regards Dean
  90. dean

    Emmersed Substrate

    Hi all Just wondering what your favourite is and why Or is there a holy grail substrate out there ? Regards Dean
  91. dean

    Be careful of cheap lights

    I bought two of these lights from eBay from a uk seller I awaiting their reaction
  92. dean

    Ideas wanted

    Hi all I want your ideas for a different light to go over my tank I don't want the usual led bars I want something with more style Perhaps something that's been adapted Have any of you seen anything or are using anything yourself ?
  93. dean

    Trigon 350 HELP

    ok I bought this many years ago as it was the biggest one I could get away with [emoji23] Now that I'm trying my hand at plants I realise the corner shape plus the bow front is just a nightmare to scape [emoji35][emoji35][emoji35] Has anyone got any pics or suggestions for a suitable scape It...
  94. dean


    Hi all Hope this is in the right place I want to try and make some root tabs I've ordered the 00 size gel capsules and I've found this fertiliser in the shed Is it ok to use ?
  95. dean

    Rice Paddy

    I'm toying with the idea of making a shallow rice paddy for a Betta but what plant would I use to mimic rice ?
  96. dean


    Hi all My drop checker came unstuck during and has emptied its contents into my 350l Is this something to worry about
  97. dean

    Plant I.D please

  98. dean

    Juwel replacements

    Hi all my juwel lights gave out for the second time! so I searched for an alternative and found that these Interpet led lights can be retro fitted to the underside of the existing lights [emoji1] so I bought two for my trigon 350 corner tank I didn't like them underneath the existing footings...
  99. dean

    Specimen Plant

    Hi all I'm looking for a couple of specimen plants to go in my high tec trigon 350 Looking for something colourful and striking What would you suggest ?
  100. dean


    Got this tmc gauge but gas is coming out of the right hand side end cap There's s little hole in it Looks like it should be there But why is this happening ?