Thanks cookies always great to hear from you mate [emoji1303]
I will try to direct the flow from the skimmer more toward the bottom for better...
1 month of progress
This is gonna be special!
The hot temperatures in the UK right now means my tank is around 27°C, not sure how to cool it down, anyone else got this issue at the moment?...
One week of growth.
Eleocharis is struggling like the MC, might swap this out and have a full foreground of Parva?
I've since started...
I shall start dosing specialised only, bit higher dosage see how it goes, thankyou :D
Each pump is 2ml, I double checked by using a syringe. So that makes for 6ml Specialised and 4ml Premium along with 2ml TNC carbon everyday. I saw...
I dose tropica specialised 3 pumps a day and premium 2 pumps a day, along with 2ml TNC carbon. My lights are on 75% power (twinstar...
Removed the MC and replaced with Crypt Parva, the dying MC would have caused alage issues so had to go. Added another fern to the left too which I...
WC done but my MC is suffering again unfortunately. Never been able to grow it well in this scape, it's probably down to not having enough light....
Updated FTS. WC tomorrow [emoji1303]
Thanks for the tips on trimming, that was a good watch and read up.
Stems trimmed [IMG]
The rummies where bought from Maidenhead aquatics, to be honest I've never been asked my tank size etc when purchasing livestock which is...
4 days seeing growth already which is great, very little algae! I have moved the skimmer to the right hand side. Looks to give a better...
Cheers mate glad to be back!
And we're back!
2 and a half months have passed since my last update and boy has the tank been through some rough patches.
I'll see what I can do :)
Quick time lapse video for you all! I'll be adding some red plants soon, and some cardinals or neons to add some more colour to the tank....
The valley in the middle was planned! It does create a nice sense of depth, probably my most favourite part of the scape :) Its great to...
There is some algae, I suppose I'm just picky haha! I don't clean the rocks at all, the otocinclus I have in there do a great job at...
The scape went through a period of neglect recently, been doing lots of overtime at work. Had to deal with a staghorn algae problem due to...
Lots of trimming has been done. Hygrophila Pinniftida growing well. Started dosing Seachem Iron a few weeks back. New growth...
P.S quick comparison, top picture taken 08/03/18, the bottom was taken today a month later 09/04/18.
Experimenting with a dark grey background, what do you guys think?
This is looking fantastic!
+1 for tips from green aqua, they sure know what they're doing.
Keep it up cookies :)
Thankyou for the kind comments, it's great to know that you didn't mean to be negative, I just felt the comments from yourself and...
It's all a learning curve! :)
First aquascape so I’m trying out different things.
Now can we have some positivity please.
Thanks for all your input guys.
I'm aware Aquarium Gardens, George Farmer and all the rest of us aquascapers have success using purely tap water....
RO Unit ordered.
Any suggestions on how much RO water to use in respect to tap water for the transition to RO?
Dang. Now I see where my issues have came from.
Looks like I need to do some reading into RO.
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I did some TDS readings. My tap water reads 300ppm and my tank 590ppm. Can anyone enlighten me on what this all means?
Otocinclus doing a great job. You can see the difference on the Anubias and bucephalabdra! Fish seem happier with the Chihiros installed, more O2...
Thank you for the detailed explanation Darrel, I now understand things much better!
My filter consists of only coarse media, purigen and Seachem...
Thanks for the reply cookies :)
Here are pictures of the algae:
I use Seachem matrix in my filter, I had a look at it the other week...
Beginning to see more and more brown alage in the tank. I've began more frequent WCs, turned the light down a notch and increased the CO2.
Yeah it's good to see more stone in the tank, it provides a much better viewing experience. Plus it has created some small caves/tunnels for...
I've added some more Seiryu stone to the scape, adds more depth to the valley though the middle. What do you think guys think?
The tank is...
This stunning! Boy do those red cherries pop!
Really healthy plant growth and has matured nicely, I'm sure most people on here would be proud to...
Quick update, this time via video! Enjoy.
I have an Instagram profile if you want to see more, check it out! @Raquascape
Sorry to hear about the fall matey, I've come off before too. Hopefully never again!
What scoot do you own?
FTS, new phone!
Lights have only just come on so the fish are a little shy.
Got some new food for them today, Dennerle Nano Gran. Heard...
Few zebra danios added yesterday to give the rummies more confidence, it's worked a treat! All fish now happily swimming together...
Wow look at them!!
I’d love a few of those beauties.
As for the plant pot technique, I tried that the other day and my skimmer floating...
Video for an example :)
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The skimmer is positioned so it distributes the co2 from back right to the front, the lily then circulates it round further. Thanks for the kind...
Before and after [IMG]
EA Aquascaper nutrition. I thought maybe changing ferts may help also, thoughts?
Thanks for the tips dude, my plan for tomorrow was to get some tropica floating plants (Salvinia Auriculata) from Pets at Home (I was shocked to...
Step 10 of 16 matey :)
I have a feeling my dosing wasn't enough for the aquarium, noticed some holes on maybe 5 or so leaves and slight yellowing. I was only dosing 5ml...
Looks really healthy matey, glad to hear the corys are okay!
I'm eager to see these blue tigers...
They seem happy enough, colouring up nicely already and starting to venture around, caught them this morning shoaling back and forth. They had a...
11 Rummynose Tetra added today, they’re being shy and hiding under the wood. I’ll post some pictures tomorrow. The employees at Maidenhead...
I have made some improvements to the tank. I finally managed to get some mesh in the skimmer how Tim mentioned without it sinking, this...
Not saw many shrimp the past few days. But today all of a sudden they've all showed up! Upon further inspection I found some molt, they must have...
Hmm I will think about it.
Just had a huge maintenance session, cleaned everything and removed nearly all the melting plants. [IMG]
So sorry to hear that cookies :( The skimmers are death traps!
Glad to see you using the mesh technique, I take no credit however, I first saw...
Please explain how I would do this, cheers!
Cories!! Ah gotta love them. Good choice.
That HC looks lush, keep up the good work!
Tank is looking well cookies. Fine job sir.
Okay some self diagnosis time...
I have reduced the light by two steps on the dimmer to slow down growth and melt. I have also changed the CO2 so...
On 2hrs before lights, off 1hr before lights off
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I'm glad my creativity has inspired you cookies!
In regards to the MC melt... It seems to be spreading to whatever it touches, the crypts and...
The timer idea would be great but the skimmer is my main source of flow for the co2 distribution as demonstrated by Fillipe Oliveira.
I cut the gauze down too. Looks neat IMO. [IMG]
Theyre okay now! Lucky the flow on my skimmer is on the lowest setting. Make sure to take extra precautions with the Skimmer if you get shrimp,...
That's what I did before and they climbed over it haha! I can't make the mesh any taller either or the whole top portion would just sink under...
Woke up this morning to no shrimp in the tank. I panicked!
Upon checking the skimmer I found them all there. I have got mesh blocking the inlets...
6 Amanos added. They're great, and seem to be settling in well :)
Acclimated for 2 1/2 hours on drip.
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Thanks for the tip, I can only imagine the destruction large Amanos would cause lol! My LFS only has small ones, jobs a gooden :)
Thanks for the kind words guys!
Cookies, yes I do try to keep the water temp as close as possible to the norm, your right, must be a transitional...
Before and after maintenance. Bottom is before.[ATTACH]
Small bit of melt on the MC bottom right. This is the side where I top up after a water...
Thanks cookies, your help is always appreciated!
So a day into week 3, top picture is today and bottom the day after setup.
Good growth all...
Any help with my co2 question?
Nice equipment and great scape! I'd possibly add some more transitional pebbles/rocks to give a nice transition to the sand.
Cheers for the kind words Dave, took ages to plan! I’m glad the plants are looking healthy and growing, I have a question for you guys however......
Yeah I’m going to wait another week or so thanks for the advice guys. No need to rush, the plant growth is entertaining enough for now haha :D...
Carpet seems to be rooting well, I’ll add a few and deal with the mess haha!
Can’t buy snails from any of my lfs unfortunately and I’m not one...
Rock removed that held the wood down. Can’t wait till this grows in.
If anyone has plant suggestions for the blank space in the middle...
Thanks for the compliments Ady.
So no shrimp until 5 weeks have passed?
I don’t know what cuc means sorry haha!
1 week in! I really ought to invest in a decent camera...[IMG]
Pinniftida, crypts, MC all showing sigs of new growth which is great. You can see...
Anyone on here in the scootering community?
If so share your pics!
Here's a picture of my vespa carrying hardscape back home from the lfs lol!...
Taken 30 mins before lights off[IMG]
Cheers for the tips cookies!
I'm keeping on top of WCs, after all in nature the water is constantly changed haha!
Maybe I'll get some snails...
Looks really good cookies. The plants are looking super healthy and plus those fish are a good addition to the scape! Keep it up!
After a quick water change I have just noticed the crypts already shooting new leaves! It's only been 2 days since setup. In the second picture...
So water change plan/routine at the moment is everyday 30-40%. After the first week every other day, third week every 3 days then 4th week every 4...
Thanks for the tips, yes the light it's fantastic, great bit of kit!
Yes it's the twinstar dimmer on step 10 of 16.
Suggested is 5ml a day so reckon up the dose?
And a day later... Cloudy water! What causes this? [IMG]
When performing a water changes do you de chlorinate before you add the water back in the aquarium or after?
Also when starting a new...
Thanks for the tips cookies as always great to hear from you.
I’ll stick with 6hrs of light cheers! As for the fertiliser I’m using EA...
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