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  1. oatfish

    Rainbow Forest 105l Aquael Leddy

    Quick update! Lots of algae growth but also lots of plant growth. Still no co2 hooked up but I really like it so far. I've actually just chucked a lot of plant out there was so much growth! It's still far off what I want it to be, but it's slowly getting there. The afro moss is growing...
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    Filter change over, how long to run side by side?

    Ha! Oh yeah. That's a great idea. Thanks:)
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    Filter change over, how long to run side by side?

    Hi Everyone, I first set up my planted tank with an internal filter which has been fine for the last 3 months. I put an external thermo filter on the tank a week ago to increase flow/ improve the look of the tank. How long until I can remove the internal filter? There's no hurry but it does...
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    The journey begins

    Hello! Looking forward to see what you do with it 😁
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    Silly question about mixing equipment

    Yes in theory but I had a message from CO2 Supermarket to say I shouldn't be mixing equipment from different suppliers (in this case CO2 Art) despite the fittings being the same and that it was the source of all my woes! I beg to differ, but hey ho. It would seem lilirose has had similar advice.
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    Silly question about mixing equipment

    I've recently had a similar issue with them becoming rude despite a very obviously defective item! I'll detail it in a longer post at some point. I hope you get it resolved but I've nothing helpful to add I'm afraid.
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    Rainbow Forest 105l Aquael Leddy

    It's slowly filling in and I've added 10 Alder cones to stain the water for the 16 green neons which I recieved today. They look happy already, exploring the tank. The 10 Harlequins initially looked annoyed at having to share their tank but everyone seems happy now! I've still been having huge...
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    Disposable Gas Bottle, Cheap alternative?

    Ah that sounds promising. It was 10 years ago that i had the issue with finding an adapter (there weren't any! ) Please can you post your solution when you have it? I'm interested.
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    Disposable Gas Bottle, Cheap alternative?

    No, I did the same as you, had a nano regulator and looked and any way I could to get larger (and cheaper!) bottles to fit. I ended up drawing a blank and bought a reg to fit disposable bottles instead.
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    The brief and incomplete future of aquascaping

    It's closer to home than that I'm afraid. My Dad for one and my family is about as boring working class white British as you could imagine! I do think the ratio of males to females is important to those young aquascapers coming into the hobby as I think it will put off talented females from...
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    The brief and incomplete future of aquascaping

    I'm not sure Tim. I find UKAPS to be a very respectful and friendly forum and far less prone to the male posturing that I've seen in the cycling forums that I also frequent. I think carry on as you are and more women will join hopefully!
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    Disposable Gas Bottle, Cheap alternative?

    No I'm afraid not Graham. The disposable bottles above are a M10x1 thread.
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    The brief and incomplete future of aquascaping

    Ha ha, definitely. My husband said he was a bit put out by my love for my new CO2Art regulator 😂
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    The brief and incomplete future of aquascaping

    I agree with above (I'm female too). I'm not put off by the seemingly male domination of UKAPS but I expect some are. I have automatically assumed to be male in PMs several times which I find a bit irritating but I'm encouraged by the number of female friends who want to know about by new...
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    Aquascaper 900 - Comeback Lockdown Tank :)

    Nice video! I like the barbs too.
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    Rainbow Forest 105l Aquael Leddy

    Updated pic
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    Rainbow Forest 105l Aquael Leddy

    Ooof! I'm grateful it's just a rainbow😂
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    Rainbow Forest 105l Aquael Leddy

    Thanks! Hitched up the co2 the other night only to find the adapter was leaking. A replacement is on it's way. Everything seems ok in the tank, some algae but nothing too bad. I've introduced some blue cherry shrimp who seem happy mooching around. I'm looking forward to setting the lights up...
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    Rainbow Forest 105l Aquael Leddy

    Hi Everyone! After a 10 year break from the hobby I've bought a cheap tank and I'm back in the game. I didn't want to leave the hobby but I was moving around a lot for work and the addition of 2 kids (now 3 years and 9 months) made it seem impossible. I'd love to have gone all in on a rimless...
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    Sulawesi Cardinal Shrimp

    Yes, it was looking promising what with a berried female etc. I kept checking the water parameters and even when I came back from hols (only away 5 days) the parameters seemed to be normal (for Sulawesi anyway!) and the temp at it's usual 28 deg C so I really have no idea. That led to my...
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    Sulawesi Cardinal Shrimp

    Just come back from hols to find my final 4 dead :( Very sad. I have no idea, but something clearly was not right for them. The tended to die off in pairs. I actually think my tank was too small and the fluctuations were too much for them despite the tank being in a suitable spot (no...
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    Safe Fish For CRS And Shrimplets

    I have cherrys and CRS in a tank with Harlequins, neons and Emperor tetras (kerri) and have no problems. They will eat the very small shrimplets given a chance but totally ignore the teenage/adult shrimps. If I clean out the filter and chuck any shrimplets back in the open water of the tank...
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    Bristlenose Dropsy recovery

    Hi everyone, I recently had Bristlenose plec with severe dropsy and it recovered much to my amazement so I thought I'd post my experiences hopefully to help anyone else in a similar situation. Bascially I was convinced she was going to die, she had the "pine cone" effect, extremely bloated and...
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    Sulawesi Cardinal Shrimp

    Very sad to find a dead shrimp this morning, no apparent reason, however, I was checking them this evening and found a female carrying eggs! So hopefully the dead one this morning was a male and he has done his work :oops: ANyway, will keep you posted, it's a tense time for me, if I test the...
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    Sulawesi Cardinal Shrimp

    Haha, that gave me a good giggle.... I think it'll be the snails going on the sale/swop board rather than the shrimp tho!
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    Sulawesi Cardinal Shrimp

    Found two more snail babies this morning! There'll be no room for shrimp at this rate....
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    Sulawesi Cardinal Shrimp

    Found another Sulawesi snail baby today, yay! Funny how I get very excited about these snails breeding but not the pest ones in my big tank :roll: .... now if they bred as fast as those.... :o
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    Sulawesi Cardinal Shrimp

    WOW! Gorgeous set up, Mine are just in a tank with some rocks and some moss. What do you find yours like to eat?
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    Sulawesi Cardinal Shrimp

    ok, will give it a go and update you! A shrimp smorgasbord coming up.... (as in food for the shrimp not shrimp as the food :lol: )
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    Sulawesi Cardinal Shrimp

    Yep, They are quite shy so it is trick to see what they do eat, maybe I just need to persist!
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    Sulawesi Cardinal Shrimp

    The one that died from not shedding properly was not long after I got them, since then I have found lots of successful sheds, but fingers crossed! Apart from shrimp pellets, what else did you find yours liked to eat LD? I have tried them on courgette and spinach but they seemed disinterested...
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    Sulawesi Cardinal Shrimp

    Yeah! They are not as prolific as normal snails though, typical. The two shrimp deaths, one was an unknown cause but the other developed a lump (not fungal or bacterial from what I could tell) and just didn't shed properly and I found it dead :cry: Fingers crossed for the remaining :mrgreen:
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    Sulawesi Cardinal Shrimp

    Update: No shrimp babies yet, but just found 2 baby Sulawesi snails in the tank, they are super cute but kind of large - they weren't obvious 5 days ago when I did the last water change! Seems the water parameters are fine, at least for the snails! I have had 2 shrimp deaths that I know of and...
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    Sulawesi Cardinal Shrimp

    Will get some up soon! (And less blurry ones too....) :oops:
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    Sulawesi Cardinal Shrimp

    Hey Neil, all good, no deaths and out foraging everyday. Feeding happily on Hikari shrimp cuisine now. I saw one fanning but as I tried to take a closer look it retreated into the rocks, I think it might be too early for eggs but I have my fingers crossed. I added 4 cherry shrimp from my main...
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    Sulawesi Cardinal Shrimp

    Quick update, all still live...YAY! And some have shed. Added 4 more sulawsi snails so now I have 6, I am thinking a bigger tank might be in order... Carried out a 10% WC no worries, next stage - babies (fingers crossed)
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    Sulawesi Cardinal Shrimp

    Ahhh! Ok, See, what would I do without you LD! :D
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    Sulawesi Cardinal Shrimp

    Thanks LD - I doubt I'd have much luck growing plants in here even if I wanted too! Just gave them some Hikari Crab Cuisine crushed up and they searched the tank for bits of it and ate them fast. I have some Hikari Shrimp Cuisine on order - hopefully that will be fine for them, plus the odd...
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    Sulawesi Cardinal Shrimp

    Still fine! They are picking on the algae from the old rocks. Some pics of the snails:
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    Sulawesi Cardinal Shrimp

    Some (bit rubbish) pics of the Cardinals - for better pics see LDs brilliant cardinal pics :D
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    Shrimp lovers in Southampton....Cardinal shrimp £5 for 2...

    lol, keep those happy shrimp vibes coming....
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    Shrimp lovers in Southampton....Cardinal shrimp £5 for 2...

    Lol, yeah who wouldn't! :lol: I hope someone else was able to make use of the heads up though and got some to breed too. We were coming back in the car and I was "drive faster I need to get to the shop!! I was thinking, I have a spare tank, a seeded sponge filter, algae covered rocks, spare...
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    Sulawesi Cardinal Shrimp

    Thanks LD the tank has seeded sand and algae covered rocks from my other tank and a sponge filter thats been running for several months from my cory tank plus 30% water from the cory tank (no detectable nitrite or ammonia in it) so fingers crossed that will be enough to keep the ammonia and...
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    Sulawesi Cardinal Shrimp

    Thanks Aaron!
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    Sulawesi Cardinal Shrimp

    I bought 10 of these yesterday so thought I'd set up this topic as a what they like/don't like depending on how it goes! I have done a lot of reading about the water parameters that they seem to like/breed in but some advice is conflicting so I am just going to try and use my judgement/take...
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    Shrimp lovers in Southampton....Cardinal shrimp £5 for 2...

    We unexpectedly came back early yesterday so I had some time to get the Cardinal shrimps, so after spending all of one nano second deciding whether or not to get them I drove to the shop and picked up the last 10 that they had. (I feel bad for advertising them then getting them myself - sorry...
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    Shrimp lovers in Southampton....Cardinal shrimp £5 for 2...

    They were labelled as "matano" shrimp, best call 1st and describe them by their looks to make sure!
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    Shrimp lovers in Southampton....Cardinal shrimp £5 for 2...

    LOL! Paulo, the main reason I am concerned about picking some up to post to people is the risk involved, ie I buy some and they die whilst in my care. When you had some last how easy were they to keep from the off? I am happy to set up a holding tank (I have spare tanks/heaters/even a fully...
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    Shrimp lovers in Southampton....Cardinal shrimp £5 for 2...

    Yeah, of course, they do have a lot of shrimp in, CRS, CBS, bumblebee, red nosed plus orange and green variations of the cherry (I think) etc. plus others. I guess they just come as one lot!
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    Shrimp lovers in Southampton....Cardinal shrimp £5 for 2...

    It's always the way, the best deals too far away! What amazed me was the guy was just "oh yeah, we got some other shrimp", and knew nothing about them.... i guess otherwise they would have been their normal price....
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    Shrimp lovers in Southampton....Cardinal shrimp £5 for 2...

    Problem is the shop is 45 mins away from me! I popped in on the way back from a work conference and I am away all weekend and then have to go to work all next week (no more conference trips) otherwise I'd consider it, I think I mentioned I am time poor! Sorry Paulo :( I'm around the following...
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    Shrimp lovers in Southampton....Cardinal shrimp £5 for 2...

    lol, you're not helping! Besides I am time poor at the mo and I would be very worried about spending the money and them all dying due to lack of time. :oops:
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    Shrimp lovers in Southampton....Cardinal shrimp £5 for 2...

    Yeah, I am gutted, I have just got rid of some tanks to save some money (and make some room!) The temptation to set one up especially is big but I MUST RESIST :twisted: I just hope they go to someone who knows what to do with them!
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    Shrimp lovers in Southampton....Cardinal shrimp £5 for 2...

    I was in Maidenhead Southampton today and they had some of the Cardinal Sulawesi shrimps for £5 for 2! Yep you saw that right, they were labelled with some other name but are unmistakeable and looked great, my eyes nearly fell out me head when I saw the price too, the guy selling didn't know...
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    Will's 13x13x16 40l nano cube(ish) tank

    Nice! Good growing :D The Anubias looks great, really lush and healthy.
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    CO2 reactor issues

    Yes, I suspect it is my design! I'll re jig some bits or make a new one with an airstone inside to see how that goes. Thanks for all your helpful replies
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    CO2 reactor issues

    Ah ok, thanks, my filter is rated at 1400lph (although I am aware it is probably half this, it's on a 200l tank). I can't really afford to upgrade the filter, I have an internal also to provide more flow (total "manufacturer rated turnover" is 1400 + 800 = 2200lph) It's a home made jobby, my...
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    CO2 reactor issues

    Hi, I had this question in my Journal but I tihnk it would be better to ask it here: At the moment I have an external CO2 reactor but it tends to fill about 1/4 with CO2 which then bubbles in big bubbles out through the filter outflow! I have it on the inflow pipe so it also rattles through the...
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    "Spooky woodland" - oatfish's tank

    Excellent Steve, I'll check it out. I am waiting for the Fissidens to grow out so I can cover all the rocks with it, it's actually growing very fast (faster than my peacock moss in the same tank) so hopefully won;t be too long, although of course I get mini landslides everytime I move a rock...
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    60cm/54litre - 'Windelov Sunset'

    I love the moss draping over the wood, it gives a nice feel and balance to it :D
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    "Spooky woodland" - oatfish's tank

    Thanks for the kind comments, I just point and shoot although I am getting more used to the manual settings, less black photos...! The Otto was just in the right place at the right time :lol: Still not sure whether to change my CO2 injection method though. At the moment I have an external...
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    "Spooky woodland" - oatfish's tank

    Been working intermittently on this tank now, it’s been going well and I have some nice growth but I also put a Golden nugget plec in the tank (rehomed from a friend) BIG mistake! He had a lovely time digging everything up and had no appreciation for the pain of HC planting... He wasn;t a...
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    "Spooky woodland" - oatfish's tank

    Managed to get some work done on the tank this weekend, got this far! It's very cloudy as I have been kicking up dust planting, I also plan to cover all the rocks in Fissidens but I will have to wait for some more to grow before I can do that. I have used most of it covering some rock at the...
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    "Spooky woodland" - oatfish's tank

    Struggling with wood placement, got the righthand piece ok (I think) but not happy with the left hand side - any ideas?! Thanks :)
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    Tonys 'Peacocks Crypt' - The End

    Re: Tonsers 200L Optiwhite Hey, I'd say the Osaka lights as well, they seem to balance out the cabinet. The Arcadia looks "flimsy" (I know they are not though) compared to the hunk of a stand! With all that polystyrene you could go a for a new style floating rock scape!?
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    "Spooky woodland" - oatfish's tank

    No, the fish completly ignore the shrimp although the shrimp seem to annoy the fish, esp. the plecs, by riding around on their backs. The fish eat any baby shrimp if they foolishly swim in the open water but ignore them on the bottom. I think with bogwood in your tank it won't be a problem if...
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    "Spooky woodland" - oatfish's tank

    Hey Nick, in with the shrimp? I have some black emperor tetras, green neons, harlequins, cories a gold nugget plec and a bristlenose
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    "Spooky woodland" - oatfish's tank

    Moved all the fish today and found out that my shrimp have bred soooo much i have them coming out my ears! Unfortuatley they are hybrids as before I knew better I was sold some cherry shrimp but also some very red looking rainbow shrimp (as cherry shrimp) so now I have a mix. Pretty worthless...
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    "Spooky woodland" - oatfish's tank

    Excellent, looking forward to seeing what you do with it! I have the HC you sent me in a net growing emersed so the cories can't dig it up. The cories will be going to a holiday home tank whilst it gets established in the new set up. I'll play some Barry White at them and hopefully I'll get...
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    "Spooky woodland" - oatfish's tank

    Also thought I'd add some pics of the current inhabitats but no full tank shots as it is a MESS :roll: Bamboo shrimp Fissidens And a very intrigued snake who would love to eat the fish if she didn't dislike putting her head underwater! Plecy (such an original name.... :?
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    "Spooky woodland" - oatfish's tank

    Today I collected some more pebbles/rocks from the beach, made in inline CO2 reactor (my old one fits the tetratec ex700 12mm tubing and my new filter takes 16mm tube) have siliconed some slate to the red moor, and successfully siliconed the grass, my hands and the door handle :oops: I won't...
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    Johnny's New 180 Tank

    Hey, tank looks great, a really fresh feel to it, looking forward to see what you do with the C. bal :)
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    "Spooky woodland" - oatfish's tank

    Hi Thomas, I have some C parva in another tank, I might try it out! Thanks! Will edit the tank label since I have got it so wrong... :oops:
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    "Spooky woodland" - oatfish's tank

    Ooo, I had it in my head as a Knott creation, I can't remember where I sourced it from now. I have tank pics as my screen saver at work and I took it from that but maybe I should be more aware of my sources... :oops:
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    "Spooky woodland" - oatfish's tank

    Hi Everyone, I once posted this tank on TTF but I have found UKAPS to be friendlier and more useful (fewer “I bought a tank filled it with tap water and chucked hundreds of fish in it immediately and they all died, why?” threads for a start!) Here was my tank about 1.5 years ago...
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    Where to buy in the South West.

    There's a new MA opened up in Christchurch, popped in today and they seem to be catering more towards planted etc. with a CO2 range and huge plant holding tank with some decent plants in! It's next to Stewarts Garden Center (AKA Gardenland) if your interested.
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    Plant mutant - limnophila aromatica

    Thanks for all your informative replies, I will post a pic when I can, it really is a dramatic change, I like it a lot and think I might try and get all my limnophila aromatica to be the twisted sort!
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    fissidens fontanus

    yep I have some, PM me ur address and we'll sort something out! I only charge postage to UKAPS peeps!
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    Plant mutant - limnophila aromatica

    Hi, i have some limnophila aromatica that has mutated and become twisting. Only one plant has done this, it looks very cool, but I wanted to know if anyone else had experienced this? The leaves now spiral up the stem rather than occuring in single whorls around the stem and the stem has a...
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