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  1. Iain Sutherland

    Taiwan Bee not so nano

    I dont remember them ever not being in flower and looking back it seems all images are full of flowers just hadn't really noticed. Ive no idea what stimulates it though as previous tanks havent been so prolific. Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    Taiwan Bee not so nano

    Had a couple of serious trims in this over the past weeks so it's all looking a lot roomier now. Otherwise all is well and not much to report [emoji106] Its amazing how quickly the buce recover and multiply, in just a few weeks where the stem is cut as many a 4 new stems will begin to appear...
  3. Iain Sutherland

    Splash tetra paludarium

    Dont know how that just created random links to my sentences.. Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    Splash tetra paludarium

    I dont remember it every being that small , thanks for linking it. I just noticed this weekend it is is also reproducing... little baby stag horn [emoji3] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    Splash tetra paludarium

    Looks a bit less crap now... Gave the filter a clean, remarkably the sponges were almost spot less[emoji2957] However I did then remember I took out almost all the media during last water change 6 months ago to start another filter... grand total of 6 pieces of alfa grog running this tank. I...
  6. Iain Sutherland

    Splash tetra paludarium

    I know, its exhausting...[emoji23] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  7. Iain Sutherland

    Splash tetra paludarium

    Bi annual water change and maintenance day. Cant imagine why the filter was struggling....?[emoji2962][emoji23] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  8. Iain Sutherland

    Always room for just one more....

    Lovely scape brilliantly delivered mate. I see @George Farmer even copied the hardscape layout for aquarium gardens 60 tank [emoji2957][emoji23][emoji23][emoji23] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  9. Iain Sutherland

    IAPLC 2020 top 127

    Link is to filipe oliveira fb page for top 127 if link doesnt work. Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  10. Iain Sutherland

    IAPLC 2020 top 127

    Some great scapes and a few questionable decisions... Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  11. Iain Sutherland

    Taiwan Bee not so nano

    Thanks mate. They may be coming out, I get the feeling the tank would benefit from a freshening up pretty soon... catching the shrimp is whats causing the procrastination! [emoji2962] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  12. Iain Sutherland

    Taiwan Bee not so nano

    Hey fella, caradina mix pretty well, at least for a while. They dont go muddy or revert to wild colours like neos will. Having the Taiwan gene means the patterns hold better which I think is the main advantage. If you want some Taiwan's mate just drop me a pm [emoji106] Sent from my SM-G950F...
  13. Iain Sutherland

    Taiwan Bee not so nano

    [emoji106] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  14. Iain Sutherland

    Taiwan Bee not so nano

    Very neglected, no water change since lockdown began but they didnt seem too bothered and loved grazing the green glass caused by direct sunlight this time of year.... tds was 245 Now clean and adjusted to 185, will clean again next week to get it back to 160 ish along with the impossible carpet...
  15. Iain Sutherland

    Taiwan Bee not so nano

    Was originally just a taiwan bee mix, mostly crs and cbs and one blue bolt in the first set up with these shrimp. When I started this tank I added 5 blue shadow pandas... [emoji106] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  16. Iain Sutherland

    Get your garden out

    Been hard at it over lockdown, turning what was the 'builders yard' during the house Reno into veg garden and chicken run. 2/3 done and almost all upcycled materials. Furlough starts again thursday so will be back on it. Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  17. Iain Sutherland

    Forum has been upgraded

    Thumbnails are a pain when using mobile and tapatalk... much prefer threads having full image upload [emoji106] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    Forum has been upgraded

    New search layout is awesome... 'Find threads - your threads' is sooo welcome!!!
  19. Iain Sutherland

    Forum has been upgraded

    Top job Paulo, first time ive been on and it looks great fella, thanks a lot. Now get back to saving the NHS and print that PPE :doctor:
  20. Iain Sutherland

    Splash tetra paludarium

    One 5ft anubias left [emoji23] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  21. Iain Sutherland

    Splash tetra paludarium

    Stripped back, which made it amazingly evident the low plants had pretty much died off due to shading from the umbrella plant, ill be surprised if they come back but fingers crossed. Cut the crypts down to the gravel, it's amazing how quickly they come back after such harsh treatment. As for...
  22. Iain Sutherland

    Splash tetra paludarium

    This is well out of control, even garden secateurs were struggling to fall the forest! Crypt carpet was bonkers... Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  23. Iain Sutherland

    Transitioning Phase... (Unknown Weeks) Transitioning into a Journal

    Manzy sinks pretty quick so you shouldn't have to wait long.. [emoji106] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  24. Iain Sutherland

    Transitioning Phase... (Unknown Weeks) Transitioning into a Journal

    I'm no scientist and all the above may be true, however i feel it misses an important point.... that being over whelming evidence from planted tanks the world over that filter media capacity isn't particularly defining in a tanks success. Id hazard a guess that if the above was true it is...
  25. Iain Sutherland

    Transitioning Phase... (Unknown Weeks) Transitioning into a Journal

    What...Clean it?? [emoji23] reckon that the reason they cook tanks...! Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  26. Iain Sutherland

    Transitioning Phase... (Unknown Weeks) Transitioning into a Journal

    Choose a filter based on reliability, flow volume and noise not filter media capacity. Most planted tanks are quite happy running with over half empty trays... recommendations for anything that are based on how quickly they fix a problem says a lot about the quality of the product in the...
  27. Iain Sutherland

    Low tech 60p

    Lovely low tech tank, well done fella. [emoji106] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  28. Iain Sutherland

    Low tech 60p

    It's not exclusive for success, many stunning hard water tanks around but I fully believe it makes life a lot easier! Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  29. Iain Sutherland

    ADA live demo in the UK

    Hey Ryan, there is a good bunch of older members going that you'll know, you wont be lonely fella [emoji106] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  30. Iain Sutherland

    Diatoms or something else?

    As Darrel has said above, increased maintenance and amano shrimp will nail it a very short space of time. If left It will either overrun the tank and ultimately kill your plants or burn itself out. I had this back here https://www.ukaps.org/forum/threads/iwagumi.40514/page-2 It's a simple short...
  31. Iain Sutherland

    Recommend me a shrimp food . . .

    I think the reason people talk about feeding a lot is often shrimp keepers keep tanks pretty sparse by way of plants/decoration. In a bare tank, sure you need to feed but add lots of plants and moss and the shrimp will largely look after themselves. For context, my shrimp tank is completely...
  32. Iain Sutherland

    Re-education.....

    That's stunning mate, exceptional looking tank and inhabitants.... although I reserve judgement on the betta [emoji848] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  33. Iain Sutherland

    Low Energy ADA 45H

    Bit of purigen will clear that up [emoji23] In seriousness I've never rinsed purigen and never had this... maybe its changed since I last used it a few years back.... Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  34. Iain Sutherland

    Bug!

    @dw1305 ....darrel, amaze us with your knowledge! Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  35. Iain Sutherland

    d2's Planted Tank Adventurama

    It's a great looking tank, shame about the jumpers! In answer to your questions... drop checker should be lime green, just to confuse people it should be like the inside of a lime not the skin (dark green) so edging towards yellow is normal. I didn't see how long your light were on for but I'd...
  36. Iain Sutherland

    Splash tetra - Copella arnoldi

    I'd be surprised in spikes too, a cycled tank with good amount of emersed plants should be bulletproof. I blame the test kit [emoji49] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  37. Iain Sutherland

    Recommend me a shrimp food . . .

    I dont know the size of tank or number of shrimp but it's unlikely you need to feed them at all unless you bought a colony. If it's a 60cm tank there is no need for food until you have over 50 shrimp and even then it would only be a weekly pellet of something like shrimp king. They have all...
  38. Iain Sutherland

    3rd Time Lucky 45p

    Hey dean, sorry your having a few issues fella...all good learning [emoji106] In regards to solving the issues I'd think your dosing is still a bit light, I dose one squirt tropica in my 60 low tech shrimp and and it gets consumed, granted the ficus in the filter helps but worth looking at. If...
  39. Iain Sutherland

    Mixing Various Cardina Shrimp

    Generally all caradina species will cross breed however you dont get the muddy colours like you would with mixed colour neos over time. Many people keep mixed caradina tanks, initial cross breeding can be quite interesting but over time (quite a long time) the patterns can be lost resulting in...
  40. Iain Sutherland

    Can anyone recommend some extra long tweezers?

    And yes there is a huge difference in quality tools. If your staying in the hobby long term it's well worth investing. Diesnt have to be ADA, tropica stuff is good. Amazon tools are generally toilet! Especially scissors, cheap stuff is good for RSI [emoji856] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  41. Iain Sutherland

    Can anyone recommend some extra long tweezers?

    There is a knack to it... Grip plants at 45 degrees, push straight down with tweezers at 45, pull out at 45 degrees. If you push straight down and pull out straight up then you will always get a good amount either pull out or float when filling if your doing initial planting. [emoji106] Sent...
  42. Iain Sutherland

    Flow Options

    Hi chris, Your best option would be none of the above [emoji2957] Generally with two outlets the best option is positioning outlets at opposite ends, one front and one rear to create a vaguely circular flow around the tank. Often with the front outlet being positioned a few inches away from the...
  43. Iain Sutherland

    Measure absorption rate of a fertilizer

    It can give you a pretty good idea. I check this way with my shrimp tank to ensure tds doesnt climb, checking this every couple of weeks ensures ferts increase or decrease with plant mass... Tds 180 Add ferts TDS 190 Next day TDS should be back to 180. If it isn't I reduce dosing. As above...
  44. Iain Sutherland

    Taiwan Bee not so nano

    Frozen peas always pull in a crowd. Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  45. Iain Sutherland

    Black Sulawesi shrimp

    Never kept them but believe they are easy to keep initially with lots of breeding but are challenging after several months with entire populations crashing almost over night. Think this crashing cycle is why you dont see them around... I'm amazed an LFS has them, even through breeding forums...
  46. Iain Sutherland

    Jumpers....

    All sound advise above, only thing I would add is putting triangles of perspex on the corners. Fish nearly always jump from the corners, small 3 inch covers on corners IME almost completely eliminates the problem. Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  47. Iain Sutherland

    Self watering tube

    Like this... unsure what he used but iften its upcycled or 'supermarket' items repurposed..... https://www.instagram.com/p/B6gXyz1H8Hr/?igshid=lj1vtceq075g Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  48. Iain Sutherland

    HI FROM SOUTHAMPTON

    Welcome. I wouldnt worry about the light. If you've got white leds then there will be plenty of red in it, spectrum really isn't too important. Just see how your plants go with it, if it looks good to your eyes then just run with it. [emoji106] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  49. Iain Sutherland

    Full Spectrum/Low Profile/High Output LEDs in UK ?

    Twin star is the obvious choice as well priced and effective https://www.aquariumgardens.co.uk/twinstar-led-aquarium-light-900e-2287-p.asp Other options are chihiros, similar but cheaper or ADA solars if your feeling flush. Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  50. Iain Sutherland

    Rock elevation

    @zozo the plant pots are a good idea, most people have them knocking around and generally cant be recycled. To gain height I used media bags full of alfagrog... the last picture is before the top substrate went on so the supports are hidden once complete. Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  51. Iain Sutherland

    Rock elevation

    Any plastic substrate supports work... some people use old CD cases, some yoghurt pots and I use lawn edging strip as you can see in the image below. If you dont use supports you are right in that it will slowly level out .. Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  52. Iain Sutherland

    Concrete Mountain Landscape

    While dry starting you may as well wack your lights up to 100% as the plants aren't limited on co2. I wouldnt spray ferts, the soil should be enough during dry start. Wouldnt worry about a few leaves dying off, as long as it's just a few then it's normal, if it's a slow decline if more and more...
  53. Iain Sutherland

    Rotala Indica and Rotala Ammania Bonsai - are they the same plant?

    As above, washing away the gel, splitting and planting, its that simple. I havent kept it for a while but have suffered unknown melt. Once on a newly planted tank and once after it was growing great for 3 months, trimmed and replanted several times then 'pop' all melts in a few days. Still...
  54. Iain Sutherland

    Staghorn (now BBA) Algae issues

    Also dont be afraid to cut away badly affected leaves either [emoji2957] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  55. Iain Sutherland

    Staghorn (now BBA) Algae issues

    Hi, First off I'd dim the lights a bit, normally a safe bet with any algae issue... say wind back to 75% until resolved. Staghorn is a pain in the ass but isn't the worst by any means. Given your maintenance is pretty rigorous it's unlikely to be due to a dirty tank but a light filter clean...
  56. Iain Sutherland

    Don’t Panic!

    Baby shrimp rarely venture away from substrate or undergrowth so dont tend to end up in filters but juvenilles will. 1mm holes in a custom tube would be fine you would just need to work out how many holes. Alternatively buy a stainless mesh cover and just tape up the one or two slots that...
  57. Iain Sutherland

    Best way to help my moss spread

    Flame moss doesnt attach itself as such wont spread naturally. You need to trim and re tie to get additional coverage. Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    Moss and light coloured plant questions

    The moss issue also largely depends if you have a moss that will attach or not? Flame, spikey, fissidens and Phoenix dont.... If it's a moss that doesnt attach itself then fishing line is the only real option. Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  59. Iain Sutherland

    A few shrimp questions . . .

    Certainly seem to be trust worthy, there are few main sellers that you will see. Most people on there are from the shrimpers uk facebook group. BAND is basically a forum and selling page that doesnt have livestock restrictions like fb and ebay. Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    A few shrimp questions . . .

    Sorry, you can download the BAND app and search shrimp marketplace. Largely uk breeders selling and auctions. Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  61. Iain Sutherland

    A few shrimp questions . . .

    I dont know why all LFS dont have breeding ranks, it's free money! Hope your MA is cheaper than down this way, they normally charge about £4 for cherries and £8.50 for caradina down here which is mental pricing and low grade [emoji35][emoji2962] Shrimp marketplace is the way to go.. Sent from...
  62. Iain Sutherland

    Journal Jungle pond project...

    Hey Sanjay, long time since we have seen you on here, great to have you back. I'm unsure how I missed this, looks stunning fella and will only get better year after year. Im sure you wont be surprised but by year 3 you will barely see any hardscape! Hydrocotyle, rotala and myriophylum...
  63. Iain Sutherland

    Who shields their tank from natural light?

    Once a tanks mature you dont really need to worry but early days sunlight can make a mess of a tank! My shrimp tank is like this most of the year.... Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  64. Iain Sutherland

    Light on outside of photoperiod

    Your light period should be set up for when your home and enjoying the tank... no point lights on but no ones home![emoji2957] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  65. Iain Sutherland

    A few shrimp questions . . .

    Puffers aren't quick enough, they are probably one of the safer choices... Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  66. Iain Sutherland

    Carpet plants in non co2 aquarium?

    If you only run a sponge filter this will be part of the problem as they offer very little flow... Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  67. Iain Sutherland

    HC Cuba Seeds DSM

    There are a few aquascaping shops in sydney, one is ada distributor who may have carpet plants they can ship to you? I know the selection of plants in Australia is limited due to customs and the risk to native aquatic life... Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  68. Iain Sutherland

    A few shrimp questions . . .

    Shrimp colonies can be kept with a majority of aquarium fish however there are some clear areas worth noting... - if a fish is hungry then it will eat whatever is available so keeping fish well fed helps reduce predation. - once a colony is established then it will generally out breed predation...
  69. Iain Sutherland

    Carpet plants in non co2 aquarium?

    It was invitro so it adapts better than emersed. Emersed can melt a bit but good flow should limit any damage. Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  70. Iain Sutherland

    Carpet plants in non co2 aquarium?

    Monte carlo is great low tech, if you see my shrimp tank a full carpet took about 6 -8 weeks. By far the easiest and quickest low tech carpet ive tried. Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  71. Iain Sutherland

    Root growth fertiliser

    Carbon acts a perfectly good filter media (unnecessary in most cases but perfectly good) and doesn't remove ferts to any discernable amount. Cloudy water isn't unusual in a start up, just change your water regularly for the first few weeks and I'm sure it will all come good [emoji106] Sent...
  72. Iain Sutherland

    Do Healthy Plants Release Organics?

    I dont know if the carbon theory stands up... only on the basis that ADA superjet filters run only carbon as media, in the bigger ones several kgs, yet they still have skimmers running in all tanks in the ada gallery. It's weird you still have film after running the skimmer, even on my bigger...
  73. Iain Sutherland

    Taiwan Bee not so nano

    Hey, no direct light on the wall, most houseplants I've had in similar area have struggled, the ficus seems pretty undemanding. [emoji106] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  74. Iain Sutherland

    Taiwan Bee not so nano

    Only when they were first introduced then stopped [emoji106] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  75. Iain Sutherland

    Taiwan Bee not so nano

    Think ive had 4 or 5 pots now, they grow out pretty quickly when happy. If you look back you can see the growth in a year... Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  76. Iain Sutherland

    Taiwan Bee not so nano

    It's a ficus take over!! Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  77. Iain Sutherland

    Do Healthy Plants Release Organics?

    Im yet to see or keep a high tech tank that doesnt have a surface film. If you look at ADA gallery, Green aqua gallery, aquarium gardens or any high end outlet that keep multiple tanks to see that every tank runs a surface skimmer of some kind. Obviously tanks that run overflow systems are...
  78. Iain Sutherland

    Re-scape issues

    It's a sad fact of heavy populated tanks that you will lose some. I always drain to a few inches, remove plants and hardscape, let the dust settle then catch as many as you can. Repeat the settle and catch process a few times which takes a while then siphon of the last of the water sucking up...
  79. Iain Sutherland

    First proper scape

    Looking good, will be interested to see this planted. I'm guessing high tech? If you can, add the spec of the equipment as it help others when planning or offering advise when asked [emoji106] Edit, just seen this isn't a journal so no bother with spec[emoji6] Sent from my SM-G950F using...
  80. Iain Sutherland

    Mushrooms

    I bought a silver birch stump with lions main mushrooms seeded... it took two years for anything to appear and when it did they didnt look anything like they should...£45 tree stump on the compost heap. Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  81. Iain Sutherland

    Bacterial Bloom/New tank Syndrome

    Darrell summed that up pretty well. If you can do daily water changes as big as possible during start up you 'should' have a pretty trouble free aquarium [emoji106] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  82. Iain Sutherland

    Led bulbs

    I use this on my wall mounted stag horn fern. Certainly grows plants... https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/p/vaexer-led-bulb-for-cultivation-par30-e27-60317483/ Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  83. Iain Sutherland

    How many grams of Java Moss

    Not a lot if its wet which hope it is... Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  84. Iain Sutherland

    ADA 90P - "Low Roar"

    The 10x turnover is recommended for planted tanks on here as it takes account for the fact filters often only perform at 50% of the stated turnover once installed and filter media added. Interesting to know the super jet filters stated turnover are the actual flow once in use. Sent from my...
  85. Iain Sutherland

    Anyone use Spotless Water?

    I appreciate why you do it but 10 plastic bottles a week plus the wife's... time to invest in a more sustainable way to soften your water? [emoji288][emoji91] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  86. Iain Sutherland

    Splash tetra paludarium

    Three years and 7 months this is still going. I never thought for a second this would be the case, it was always just a stop gap while I sorted out the house then set up high tech again. The trouble is it's just so bloody easy, like I ready dont have to care for it at all... until it's crazy...
  87. Iain Sutherland

    Shrimp, when to feed?

    Apolgies ottos can be considered clean up crew. Ottos will help with reducing bio film and some algae off plants however they can be difficult especially in small tanks. It does seem to vary between individuals but I'd hazard a guess that 75% have a slow death from starvation. They wont clean...
  88. Iain Sutherland

    Shrimp, when to feed?

    Amanos will happily look after them selves and dont need much feeding but an algae wafer every now and again will go down well. 25 is a little above ideal temp but not an issue. No such thing as clean up fish...[emoji106] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  89. Iain Sutherland

    Eheim anti-tamper screws

    if it is one way clutch head screws, quite often an elastic band and normal flat head screwdriver will get them out....:thumbup:
  90. Iain Sutherland

    Is it spirogyra and how to get rid of

    Cherry shrimp generally dont eat algae, they are bio film grazers which is why large, or small, shrimp populations need good supplimental feeding. I wouldn't advise daily feeding though, 3 times a week is generally plenty. Why not clear the bowl and then add an amano to see if it solves the...
  91. Iain Sutherland

    Hello from Cambridge

    Welcome to ukaps. Dont forget Aquarium gardens is just up the road from you at Huntington, best scaping shop in the uk. Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  92. Iain Sutherland

    Taiwan Bee not so nano

    More curious every day... bedtime cant start until she says goodnight to the shrimp. Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  93. Iain Sutherland

    Taiwan Bee not so nano

    Had a few really nice red shadow no entry shrimp appear in the last few days, the whites are really pure with colour running into the legs. Unsure where they have been hiding as quite large and one is berried! Wish I had a selective breeding tank! Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  94. Iain Sutherland

    Taiwan Bee not so nano

    Sorry it's a pretty old one and cant remember. It's certainly not rgb. Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  95. Iain Sutherland

    NatureScape - The End

    If you fill half the tub with barley straw this will help no end maintain a daphnia population. Adding some emergent wood will also help insure a good supply of blood worm and mosquito larvae [emoji106] I think the problem isn't the mature adult shrimp as they are generally too large, more...
  96. Iain Sutherland

    NatureScape - The End

    Looks great Tim. Now watch the Badis eliminate those pesky cherries...[emoji44] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  97. Iain Sutherland

    Twinstar 600s what % for low tech

    As above, dont panic if you see at bit of melt on the crypts. Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  98. Iain Sutherland

    Kalthus's 60cm Jungle Oasis

    Welcome [emoji106] Looks like a great start to your scape. You know your going to have to share pictures of the Altum tank!![emoji851] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  99. Iain Sutherland

    What light range am I in?

    I'd bet the pfk article did the test without water though so quite possible that will drop further quite substantially.... try and find the article [emoji106] Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
  100. Iain Sutherland

    To add or not to add (shrimp)

    Adding both is pretty common. Best of both worlds. Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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