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  1. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    Took all Cyperus out. It did die slowly. No to very little growth. Probably not enough light because in the middle it did do best. So I'm looking for another plant in the back. Thinking about Eleocharis vivpara or Vallsneria nana. I'm scared the val will grow too fast and Eleocharis will look...
  2. Yo-han

    Best CO2 reactor for under $50.00

    Used Aqua Medic 1000 or diy!
  3. Yo-han

    Our Aquascaping Showroom

    Amazing shop and beautiful scapes. Everything looks so clean, keep up the maintenance and customers will follow!
  4. Yo-han

    182l Optiwhite tank "Sherpas way home"

    Absolutely beautiful! But so will be the new project I guess;)
  5. Yo-han

    Critique my hardscape Fluval Studio 900

    With wood, I don't think less is more. More is better I think. 80% will not be visible once the plants grow in. So I'd definitely add a little more wood than you think is good. I liked the wider setup in the beginning and really like the curve in the wood that was in front in the first picture...
  6. Yo-han

    Stainless steel

    Stainless steel is made to rust much slower compared to normal steel (it's in the name;)). Even filters are made from it (ADA) or filter in and outlets etc. It will rust eventually but unless you use salt water, this will be so extremely slow, it doesn't matter. And even if it did get rusty...
  7. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    Made a video after the rescape. Let me know what you think about the scape and about the video! 1200L Aquascape Plandora
  8. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    You know this is a 1000L tank right? These Cyperus are 40cm high right now and barely make it over the wood. Wendtii would disappear behind the wood. But I do have balansae in between the Cyperus for a little aged look;)
  9. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    Changed the background plants. Trimming a bucket full of Pogostemon every week was no longer my thing. I was looking for a bright green plant but all of them seemed to grow quite fast. Till I stumbled upon Cyperus helferi, so I bought a few dozen of those to swap the Pogostemon out. Still a...
  10. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    Made a box last week which holds my Apex computer and all Powerplus and cables. I can open the front of the box and access everything if I need to. I installed a DJ switch so I don't need to pull cables out anymore and I bought a cheap 8 inch tables which I use to display my Apex measurements...
  11. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    The Pogostemon quadrifolius in the back is growing so fast that I want to replace it for something that grows slower. Any suggestions?
  12. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    Thanks! The moss is in almost perfect shape. The Congo tetras are taking bites now and the, but I just took most of it off. It took me 3 hours every few weeks to trim a bucket full off. Besides that I wanted to expose the wood a bit more.
  13. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    A long overdue update. At the closing date for the IAPLC I thought the tank didn't look mature enough. So I enterred the contest with an iwagumi 90P which looked fine at that moment. I did enter the Dutch NBAT contest with this tank. So I received multiple housevisits from judges to see how...
  14. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    Made an extreme HDR today, by making a picture during the day from the 'cabinet' and from the aquarium this night. A little photoshop (which I'm not good at) and this is the result: #iIlikeit
  15. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    Most fish are quite common. Otocinclus, Trigonostigma espei, Paracheirodon simulans, Nannostomus marginatus and the little less common Alestopetersius caudalis and Hisonotus leucofrenatus. Lots of shrimp, some Panaqolus to keep the wood clean and some other L-numbers because I love them (a group...
  16. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    Latest picture. I entered a Dutch competition where they pay house visits, so the judge will come to my house next week to grade my tank. Looking forward!
  17. Yo-han

    Dou's 90x36x30 (25G/90L)

    Do you know your GH, calcium and magnesium? I've seen GDA mostly in tanks with low magnesium. I've fixed it multiple times with raising Mg. Perhaps if this is low in your tank as well, it might be worth a try.
  18. Yo-han

    Snails!! Good or bad?

    I'm not in the good or bad camp, but right in the middle. I don't like to see (too many of) them, but I don't mind having them. As said before, they eat dead plants, algae, left over food, detritus and all kind of waste. So in fact, they are useful! I did introduce MTS in my paludarium and black...
  19. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    Thank you! I feel blessed every day!
  20. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    The moss is recovering, and the algae is losing ground: I'll add some extra rocks, because right now, my L-numbers are digging holes under the stones all the way to the soil (you can see the L240 in the right front digging).
  21. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    The damage to the Cardamine is less since I doubled the amount of green food. Moss is still having a tough time. Only emersed and right in front of the filter outlet with the CO2 reactor it's nice and green. I raised CO2 a little to check what will happen. And off course, a journal can't...
  22. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    Some small problems with the dosing pump. The phosphate pump dumped in way more than I wanted and the nitrate pump was stuck, so was almost zero resulting in a little algae in the moss right below the light: So I bought an ARKA dosing unit, love it!! Another problem is that the algae eaters...
  23. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    This size: water out, transport, water in. The scape is flat on purpose, so it won't be destroyed during transport. Verstuurd vanaf mijn E6653 met Tapatalk
  24. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    It's actually a very nice size for scaping. Especially the 45cm front to back. I made this tank for the booth from our store Diebo at an exhibition in the Netherlands. It was well received, but it stands in our shop, not at my house unfortunately... The light is a Twinstar 600ES, funny thing is...
  25. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    Haha, It's not so mini, It's a 60H (120L) Verstuurd vanaf mijn E6653 met Tapatalk
  26. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    One piece of wood is still floating a little. It stays down when I push it between 2 other pieces. But goes up now and then, so hope it will sink or need to attach a rock to it...
  27. Yo-han

    What should I choose?

    I've used ADA, Dennerle, Tropica and some others. They all lower the KH and pH, the biggest difference is in the amount of nutrients. ADA is by far the most nutrient rich, which also results in the ammonia leaching in the beginning. Tropica is a little less rich but doesn't leach (any notable...
  28. Yo-han

    Pointers on resolving algae problem

    Well, the brown algae in the last photo is loved by Otocinclus, so just get yourself a couple of them. For the rest, the plants just look like they get a bit to little fertilizer. Add some more, trim the old ugly leaves and your good to go again!
  29. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    I know it's the wood, but I used this type of wood before in another scape (see picture below), but this was a considerable smaller amount of wood off course. A small amount of carbon was enough to keep the water crystal clear in this tank. So I hope this will only be for a short while, we'll see.
  30. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    The water does turn a little yellow despite the active carbon and purigen. So I replaced the carbon, perhaps It's already saturated. Also some diatoms at the sand, but notering to worry about. And the Otocinclus are eating the Cardamina, so I hope it will grow a little faster, so it grows...
  31. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    Thank you! I don't know how full I want the plants, I do want to try out letting all the background plants grow to the surface and trim them in a curve to emphasise the path in the middle. If I don't like it, I can always trim them back to this height.
  32. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    Scissors? You think It's already overgrown? Verstuurd vanaf mijn E6653 met Tapatalk
  33. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    The wood has sunken, plants and moss is growing, so far I'm happy:
  34. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    The wood on the right side doesn't float anymore so I removed the stones. So here a closer photo from the right side:
  35. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    This rescape was not that expensive, I reused most of the soil and the stones. In Euro's, 80 for soil, 20 for sand, 30 for Moss Cotton, about 600 for the wood and the plants got sponsored by Aquaflora which was about 600-700 retail. The entire tank could have been a small brand new car, haha!
  36. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    Probably not, the Proserpinaca might be the only one, but all plants grow better, more bushy, with CO2, and I like that compact look. I do add less than with me previous scape though. Verstuurd vanaf mijn E6653 met Tapatalk
  37. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    Haha, thank you! Budget from this rescape or including the aquarium and all? Verstuurd vanaf mijn E6653 met Tapatalk
  38. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    Photos from this morning, only two plants floating, too bad the big rocks on the wood take up so much attention...
  39. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    There are fast growing plants (Pogostemon, Cardamine, Proserpinaca) inside, read my last post. But if you ever maintained a large tank, you know you don't want fast growing plants [emoji14] Verstuurd vanaf mijn E6653 met Tapatalk
  40. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    Unwrapping the wood after some final adjustments: Adding new soil and sand: Although I'm no small guy with 1.87m, you can clearly see this is no small tank: Add some water to make planting easier: Plants for between the stones and just behind them: Behind that some cryptos...
  41. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    Can't say that tank (or to be more precise, the original that stood in the ADA gallery) wasn't one of my favorite tanks of mr. Amano and was part of the inspiration to make this scape;) Verstuurd vanaf mijn E6653 met Tapatalk
  42. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    Will update with photos later, but I can already say that I've never been so satisfied with an aquascape as I'm with this one. And I haven't even started planting yet:)
  43. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    500m ADA Moss Cotton later (they should sell sixpacks or something) I finished the last piece of wood. Neglected tank before emptying: Plants and spiderwood out: Filling up again and emptying to rinse the soil: Rescaped the soil: The stones: See whether the wood fits...
  44. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    The benefit is me not having to buy 10 new bags and the old one is still fine. I didn´t want to risk my fish adding ADA soil although I think it´s the best soil for plants as stated in my previous message: Will add some photo's later tonight!
  45. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    A quick photo before I start. This (and the soil, stones and some plants already in the tank) all need to be in the tank in 2 days. Wish me luck!! All plants are powered by AquaFlora. For the soil I picked Tropica soil this time, because I was scared ADA would leach too much ammonia, because...
  46. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    400 meter ADA Moss Cotton and 500 gram Taxiphyllum later, I only need to do one more piece of wood (the biggest). Tomorrow is D-Day, or maybe better: Scape-Day. Will finish the last piece of wood and after that start emptying the tank and hope to do some hardscaping. I guess you guys all know...
  47. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    The preparations started... I brushed the wood and started wrapping Taxiphyllum sp. from Aquaflora around the branches with moss cotton. Here some teaser photo's: Cling foil to keep the moss wet till monday:
  48. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    PM send!
  49. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    I work in an lfs in the Netherlands which sells this wood. Not cheap indeed (about €600,- [emoji21]) but I like it very much! Thank you!
  50. Yo-han

    1000+

    Made a new thread about the rescape: https://www.ukaps.org/forum/threads/my-road-to-iaplc-2017.48029/
  51. Yo-han

    My Road to IAPLC 2017

    My 1000L tank is running for over 1,5 year now, and everything is working the way I would like to. This combined with the fact that I finally got some time to maintain the tank, did made me think of rescaping the tank for IAPLC (or another contest). I will try to update this journal as often as...
  52. Yo-han

    1000+

    Here a better quality photo: And the last photo from this scape: I'll rescape it in the next few weeks. I got a global idea of the hardscape, only need to think about plants. Will need a lot of moss, that is for sure, Anubias, Cryptocoryne and trident fern I'm quite sure of. Some grass...
  53. Yo-han

    1000+

    Thank you! I'm still a big fan of open tanks, but after 4 years of an open tank and the misses complaining about the 'hospital light' (she prefers low kelvin light) in the living room in the evening, this was not really an option anymore. I really like the fact that I can have some Aphyosemion...
  54. Yo-han

    starting a 330g planted discus tank

    Check out my 1000+ journal, It's almost the same but without the discus.
  55. Yo-han

    1000+

    Thanks guys!
  56. Yo-han

    1000+

    A short update: I finally finished the exterior of my aquarium. The inside runs very well fortunately, because I do skip some water changes and and only clean the glass once a month at the moment. After my holiday, I'll rescape the tank to make a IAPLC tank that should be able to rank high...
  57. Yo-han

    EI dosing for 14,500 litre aquarium!

    Tropica has 5L jerrycans indeed which are very good and not very expensive for a commercial brand!
  58. Yo-han

    EI dosing for 14,500 litre aquarium!

    Damn, water is expensive over there, here about 0,23 euro per 1000L. So cost is not my point, but mainly the work/time. Off course you can automate a lot, but I would still recommend a more lean method like ADA does.
  59. Yo-han

    EI dosing for 14,500 litre aquarium!

    Haha, that was my first thought, forgot to mention it[emoji12]
  60. Yo-han

    EI dosing for 14,500 litre aquarium!

    While I got only a tenth of the water you're planning I think I can give you a few tips. First of all (I know people love EI here) but do you really want EI? Lissabon doesn't use it, and this is for a good reason. EI tanks run great as long as everything is kept up, but as soon as something...
  61. Yo-han

    Wild Scape

    Great work, especially with that amount of light. Mind sharing your maintenance regime?
  62. Yo-han

    Converting a large aquarium - suggestions welcome!

    Couldn't edit my post anymore but I saw you use aquabar 1000. So using 3 in total would be more than enough for your plans.
  63. Yo-han

    Converting a large aquarium - suggestions welcome!

    As I've a very similar tank as already mentioned in one of the first posts (1000L with sump and recently switched to LED from T5) I think I can give my two cents... First off the CO2, I compared the gram/100L/day usage from my old tank (without sump but a little more light) with my new tank with...
  64. Yo-han

    What exactly causes BBA? Part 2 - Bacterial imbalance

    Haha, he just want to make you think instead of spoon feeding you. I always like his posts on APC, but I guess they're not meant for everybody...
  65. Yo-han

    Where to find this kind of wood?

    Is he a member here? When I Google for living aqua I find 20 stores...
  66. Yo-han

    Where to find this kind of wood?

    Am looking for this type of wood for my new scape. Anybody has a name of the wood, or even better, a seller?
  67. Yo-han

    1000+

    It's not an open tank, so it has glass strips over the entire length and from front to back. So I don't expect any problems;)
  68. Yo-han

    1000+

    Thank you! The tank is 195x80x80 (65cm water) 12 mm glass.
  69. Yo-han

    1000+

    No, I don't use UV, but you can connect it 24/7 if you like, no problem!
  70. Yo-han

    My tank

    I saw your questions in my 1000L topic, but must say your tank doesn't look bad either! 2 thing which I noticed, the gravel is quite coarse which results in a lot of dirt accumulating in there and inducing algae. A second thing I noticed is that your old leaves all have holes in them which...
  71. Yo-han

    1000+

    I don't know what you mean by 30%. But all I do is make sure my plants grow fine. Not too much light, stable nutrient levels in the water. A rich substrate, stable CO2 and enough flow. Combine this with a large filter so you've loads of bacteria to break down fish food/feces and almost no algae...
  72. Yo-han

    1000+

    UV kills only free floating bacteria. Most good bacteria are attached to filter media and the substrate. So the benefits would definitely outweigh the bad IMO. I don't use one though... About the media, I use some purigen, but nothing special to reduce algae. Just as much bio rio as I could...
  73. Yo-han

    1000+

    I make sure plants are thriving and oxygen is always high. This in combination with sump loaded with filter medium gives me clean water and algae very little change. On the glass is very little light, so this needs to be cleaned very little. When algae start growing, it's usually on the rocks...
  74. Yo-han

    1000+

    Thank you for that honour!
  75. Yo-han

    1000+

    Made some new pictures. Removed the outflows and dropchecker:
  76. Yo-han

    1000+

    I think it's a little too small to scuba dive in there. Too many wood, unless you're a very small guy perhaps. But you're welcome to try as long as you clean the back glass while you're in there[emoji14]
  77. Yo-han

    1000+

    Thanks all! It is a lot of work, but at the same time an easy tank. As long as everything goes well, all I need to do are (massive) water changes, cleaning the sand and trimming the plants from time to time. When algae start to grow, this tank is a lot of work. Right now I clean the windows once...
  78. Yo-han

    1000+

    Growth seemed to slow down a little with the LED, but that has recovered!
  79. Yo-han

    1000+

    PS. don't my simulans 'pop' under my new light!!:cool:
  80. Yo-han

    1000+

    In one of my first aquaria I used to own an Aponogeton madagascariensis. Which was the best algae magnet I've ever had! Now a little more experienced I think I can keep it alive. So I bought 3 different Aponogetons: A. boivinianus: A. crispus? (bought longiplumilosus, any thoughts?): A...
  81. Yo-han

    1000+

    Bought as bullosa, but most likely a very dark wendtii or an affinis.
  82. Yo-han

    1000+

    Algae on the stones is dying off more and more each week. I must say, I'm very pleased. Did a big trim and cleaned the sand for the photo. I changed some plants, but the biggest improvement visually is that it looks like two islands again. Both forms of Bolbitis are growing like mad, and I'm...
  83. Yo-han

    What exactly causes BBA? Part 2 - Bacterial imbalance

    0-100 ng/L, and I bought 2 gram pills [emoji28] I know also wonder how much is in normal fish food... All other building blocks will be no problem. Just talking water from one of my tanks.
  84. Yo-han

    What exactly causes BBA? Part 2 - Bacterial imbalance

    I got pure B12! Does anybody know what concentrations we're talking about?
  85. Yo-han

    1000+

    Small update from the tank while I'm finally finishing the cabinet.
  86. Yo-han

    What exactly causes BBA? Part 2 - Bacterial imbalance

    Sounds very plausible Andy! Man will we laugh about this thread in 50 year when we know more [emoji14]
  87. Yo-han

    What exactly causes BBA? Part 2 - Bacterial imbalance

    Could it be both? Damaged leaves release organics, whether it's from too much op too little nutrients.
  88. Yo-han

    What exactly causes BBA? Part 2 - Bacterial imbalance

    I agree, the only thing it could theoratically remove is chelators. But I've never found this to be a problemen running purigen and carbon 24/7.
  89. Yo-han

    Ryan's ADA 60p (featured in PFK magazine) ukaps aquascaping experience

    Whichever one you´ve chosen... The tank was setup 1,5 years ago:p
  90. Yo-han

    What exactly causes BBA? Part 2 - Bacterial imbalance

    Someone at APC forum once tried. He collected samples from hobbyists to see whether there was a correlation between organics and BBA/algae: http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/forumapc/algae/89126-organics-analysis.html
  91. Yo-han

    What exactly causes BBA? Part 2 - Bacterial imbalance

    IME, it does. And theoratical op should bind vitamins as well. If not, something live purigen should.
  92. Yo-han

    What exactly causes BBA? Part 2 - Bacterial imbalance

    I think you miss one thing. Healthy plants is not only high O2. It's also low organics. When O2 is high but plants unhealthy, there will still be loads of organics -> a lot of heterotrophic bacteria -> B12 & ammonia formation -> BBA.
  93. Yo-han

    What exactly causes BBA? Part 2 - Bacterial imbalance

    Plants grow faster with CO2, so the effect is stronger. Verstuurd vanaf mijn E6653 met Tapatalk
  94. Yo-han

    What exactly causes BBA? Part 2 - Bacterial imbalance

    I've a very low light paludarium water part which does grow BBA. I feed quite a lot because I've Sewellia in it breeding. I do dose micro's but no (extra) potassium. I've noticed that I can grow Anubias in full light in an ADA tank (which does receive daily potassium) and not in this tank. I've...
  95. Yo-han

    What exactly causes BBA? Part 2 - Bacterial imbalance

    I agree with a lot of observations from everyone, bus can anyone induce BBA by simple adding ammonia? I can't... I add ammoniumnitraat and urea daily. Never noticed any difference. Feeding more -> BBA. But is this due to ammonia, I don't believe it. Many commercial ferts got ammonia in it. Would...
  96. Yo-han

    60cm - See what sticks

    Somehow when I use those huge Pistia plants in an aquarium I get the same plants as you do in the end. So I agree with Edvet, they look more like Pistia to me.
  97. Yo-han

    Mixing nutrients together

    Do a quick search on this forum or any forum and you'll find 100 threads saying PO4 and Fe can't be mixed. Search a little further and you'll see Tropica makes an all in one fert;)
  98. Yo-han

    What exactly causes BBA? Part 2 - Bacterial imbalance

    If this is the case, than more flow should help to even out the pH issue and thus less BBA would grow... The ever recommended 10x flow isn't a bad idea in that case.
  99. Yo-han

    What exactly causes BBA? Part 2 - Bacterial imbalance

    High flow or close to the filter where B12 was produced[emoji6]
  100. Yo-han

    What exactly causes BBA? Part 2 - Bacterial imbalance

    I can second this. I always wondered why full ADA tanks never had BBA on Anubias. I think the large filter and the potassium makes all the difference.
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