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  1. Richard Dowling

    Aquarium Terrestrial Plant Hanging Baskets

    Very helpful thank you! Sent from my SM-G928F using Tapatalk
  2. Richard Dowling

    Aquarium Terrestrial Plant Hanging Baskets

    Hi All I've not been on in quite a while. Since posting last I've completely done away with CO2 and Ferts and am now quite enjoying a 100% Low Tech but equally clean and green heather wood scape. Pic Below Does anyone have any ideas for hanging terrestrial plants in soil onto the side of an...
  3. Richard Dowling

    Is it too late to prune

    What do you use for CO2 and ferts out of interest? Sent from my SM-G928F using Tapatalk
  4. Richard Dowling

    Your examples of liquid CO2 only tanks

    Hi all, I recently decided to stop injecting CO2 from a Fire Extinguisher for several reasons, firstly money, secondly I cannot get refills quite as easily as I used to and thirdly with a Hairgrass only tank it didnt seem worth it. However, since reverting to Liquid Carbon only ive had months...
  5. Richard Dowling

    Custom Size Aquariums

    Hi All, My Father in law is looking to get back into fish keeping now that he has built an extension on the house, hes created a wall space that he wants a set sized tank in. Does anyone have any suggestions of the best website or company to order custom tanks from? Hes not a pro or anything...
  6. Richard Dowling

    JBL Pro Flora Direct Inline Diffuser - Your Experiences?

    Yes, just trying to find a reliable one at the moment. Any recommendations? Sent from my D6503 using Tapatalk
  7. Richard Dowling

    JBL Pro Flora Direct Inline Diffuser - Your Experiences?

    I'm struggling to find any inlines that are reviewed very well to be honest. I just dont want to go back to inefficient ceramic diffusers inside the aquarium! Sent from my D6503 using Tapatalk
  8. Richard Dowling

    JBL Pro Flora Direct Inline Diffuser - Your Experiences?

    Hi All, Do any of you have any experiences with the JBL Pro Flora Direct - Inline CO2 Diffuser? I have used a particular inline diffuser (Which I wont name because I respect the retailer) over the last few years and have had to have the plastic casing replaced 3 times on warranty. Its cracked...
  9. Richard Dowling

    Jade Mountain - 60x45x30

    Hi All, Here is my new scape which has been going a month now. Im having problems with green spot algae on the rocks. Im thinking of going back to EI salts and making sure phosphate is in there. The current method (whilst being nice and lazy) doesnt seem to be doing the problem much good...
  10. Richard Dowling

    Scared Fish - Iwagumi

    They have improved a little with time but they do still hug the front left corner a little. Sent from my D6503 using Tapatalk
  11. Richard Dowling

    UV Deepens Red colour of Cherry Shrimp

    Hi All, This may already be common knowledge but I've made a bit of a discovery which has led me to question the grading of shrimp. I have pretty low grade Red Cherry Shrimp in terms of colouration. Every now and then I get a nice red one but generally they are dull and boring. As my aquarium...
  12. Richard Dowling

    Scared Fish - Iwagumi

    I've seen some improvement after another day but that's generally after I've put food in. They eventually go back into their corner. I'll try some floating plants which I'll gradually remove as you have suggested above. Hopefully that will help. I have Cardinal Tetras, Ember Tetras and Golden...
  13. Richard Dowling

    Am I going mad? Needle Valves

    I've put my original regulator back in (which is also a co2 art) and that's working OK. I actually won this regulator in the raffle at the UKAPS Aquascaping Experience so I cant complain, it cost me a raffle ticket! Lol Sent from my D6503 using Tapatalk
  14. Richard Dowling

    What's wrong with my chili rasboras?

    This may help my current issue...I set up an Iwagumi with no cover and my fish appear to hate it. Perhaps I need a floater plant which I can slowly remove. Sent from my D6503 using Tapatalk
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    Am I going mad? Needle Valves

    I tried that. Im not sure if this particular valve type is just very slow to respond to alteration. Its difficult to judge what effect the turning has when it takes ages to change the bubble rate. So far I've got it to a point where I'm happy with the bubble count but the pressure drops off...
  16. Richard Dowling

    Scared Fish - Iwagumi

    Hi All, I have just rescaped my tank and compared to my past setups im pretty pleased with how it looks. However, as you can see below I'm having issues with fish huddling in the front corner and they will not move until the second the lights go out. I can understand that fish in the wild...
  17. Richard Dowling

    Am I going mad? Needle Valves

    Hi All. I've just replaced my CO2 regulator and I've never had issues or confusion over adjusting of pressure and flow until now. Before I explain any further, am I right in saying that when the needle is wound all the way in that should mean the flow is off? I installed this regulator and...
  18. Richard Dowling

    Iwagumi Hard Scape

    Yes I'm adding more sand (when it arrives and I was hoping to raise it up a little more. Ive already buried the secondary stone to try and reduce that down a bit. I'll see how that looks. Sent from my D6503 using Tapatalk
  19. Richard Dowling

    Iwagumi Hard Scape

    Hi All, Ive decided to rip down my tank and start something new. Just a basic Iwagumi with hairgrass (And maybe one other I find something that goes well). I'm hardscaping today but Ive found that I'm still as clueless with iwagumi as I've always been. Ive found That my rocks are just too...
  20. Richard Dowling

    British River Biotope

    My little experiment was an absolute failure from a plants standpoint. The whole lot melted and died off. Perhaps a quick temperature change issue having bought them indoors from the winter weather. But oh well, it was worth a try. I may try again in the summer with pond plants instead of wild...
  21. Richard Dowling

    Chihiros A-Series, A601. 5800lm!!

    How are you getting on with this unit? Even though I have a TMC Tile which set me back hundreds I've decided to get one of these because I'm hoping you get better tank coverage. That reaches the corners. Admittedly I did buy this one by mistake, I actually wanted the 602 but hey ho. You can't...
  22. Richard Dowling

    Musk Turtle Terrarium advice

    ...im not even sure it comes with a light! So I may have to find a UVB lamp...in which case, is that sufficient for plants? Sent from my D6503 using Tapatalk
  23. Richard Dowling

    Musk Turtle Terrarium advice

    Hi All, I'm considering a Musk Turtle setup at the moment and have been looking at the Exo Terra Medium... http://www.exo-terra.com/en/products/turtle_terrarium_medium.php All of the example setups I've seen have been plastic plants and very basic. If I was to have a setup im happy with I...
  24. Richard Dowling

    British River Biotope

    Oh my spot is really beautiful...but just doesn't have nice rocks lol its right at the source, why the rocks arnt polished I have no idea. Sent from my D6503 using Tapatalk
  25. Richard Dowling

    British River Biotope

    I know the stones arnt great but I got them by actually wading through a stream and picking them up.They are stones from the natural habitat I've taken inspiration from. I was hoping to find polished round stones but oh well
  26. Richard Dowling

    British River Biotope

    Thanks I have mature filter media in the filter already and usually start off with daily large water changes to compensate for a filter not being fully bacteria'd up yet Sent from my D6503 using Tapatalk
  27. Richard Dowling

    British River Biotope

    Ok Went out this morning to get some more plants and Sticklebacks, Fish Farm is closed! No idea when they open because their website doesn't say but presumably its only week days. Tried a garden centre for plants and they only had 2 Lilys - Great! Basically I've just got on with it with what i...
  28. Richard Dowling

    Windowsill Nature

    If I had seen a photo of your tank alone and someone asked me if it could be done "no tech" I'd say impossible! I am amazed at what you have acheived! I have a glass fish bowl that I once used to try and make a wabi kusa....Im now wondering whether I should just put some soil, stones and a...
  29. Richard Dowling

    British River Biotope

    Thanks Andy, I'll see what plants i can get tomorrow and if I'm not happy I may take you up on that. Sent from my D6503 using Tapatalk
  30. Richard Dowling

    Thinking of adding some cherry shrimp

    I have cherries with Neons and they completely ignore them. Im sure you'll be absolutly fine Sent from my D6503 using Tapatalk
  31. Richard Dowling

    How safe is wire mesh in an aquarium?

    Its fine, I have some as my shrimp guard on the filter inlet Sent from my D6503 using Tapatalk
  32. Richard Dowling

    Valley of colors

    If I'm completely honest, when i saw the hardscape alone on post 1 I wasnt sold on it .... But looking at the progression, I love it! The plants are healthy, the reds look great! Its tidy and well laid out, the floaters look incredible! A job very well done! Sent from my D6503 using Tapatalk
  33. Richard Dowling

    British River Biotope

    Sorry Im one of the common people in that regard... I remember very few Latin names :-) Sent from my D6503 using Tapatalk
  34. Richard Dowling

    British River Biotope

    Is Batrachium Water Crowfoot? That's the closest I could find Sent from my D6503 using Tapatalk
  35. Richard Dowling

    British River Biotope

    I havnt started scaping yet but I've got hold of some plants, driftwood and rocks. Can anyone ID the plants? My guess is Watercress and the other one is probably very common but I can't tell what it is?
  36. Richard Dowling

    British River Biotope

    Yes I wasnt aware of that tbh. Although the tank is in my spare room which has the radiator turned off and does get very cold over the winter so its not like they'll be living at 20+ all the time Sent from my D6503 using Tapatalk
  37. Richard Dowling

    Plitvice landscapes-unfinished

    I think the Plitvice name fits, Beautiful Place and a Beautiful scape! Well Done Sent from my D6503 using Tapatalk
  38. Richard Dowling

    Two sisters

    Fantastic scape Martin, love it! One question, the way I read the above is you were using the floating plants as an indicator for nutrient levels in the tank!? Can you elaborate on what you are looking for and why the floating plant is a good indicator? I've not heard of this before. Also is...
  39. Richard Dowling

    British River Biotope

    Ive had Hornwort before but for some reason I wasnt very good at keeping it alive. But again if I find some that'll be worth a shot too Sent from my D6503 using Tapatalk
  40. Richard Dowling

    British River Biotope

    Im not sure about Moss anymore, its become a little invasive in my TMC tank and started growing under and amongst my hairgrass and causing it to be patchy. Wish I had never put it in there in the first place! But hey if I find some and its native. Why not! Im thinking maybe some starwort...
  41. Richard Dowling

    British River Biotope

    Hi All, For years I've wanted to try creating a British River Biotope. I have now bought a cheap tank second hand (Pets at Home Love Fish Panorama 64) to do one in whilst leaving my TMC signature tank as is. Having got the tank I've found the filter is reviewed poorly so i have now replaced...
  42. Richard Dowling

    Micro bubbles ruining view

    Is your diffuser inline? I used to have my diffuser in the tank at the opposite end to the filter spray bar and didnt have the problem but since ive gone to inline diffuser I too get microbubbles spoiling the clean look of the tank. Not much I can do about it other than going back to what i had...
  43. Richard Dowling

    Planted Signature

    All looking nice and healthy! Re: The slow Eleocharis growth, my guess with this is, A) It spreads a lot faster when you constantly trim it short, it then puts its energy into growing outward instead of upward. B) I dont know about yours but mine doesnt seem to root all that deeply, if its the...
  44. Richard Dowling

    What do you use for water changes

    Presumably by putting mains water directly into the tank with the dechlorinator you are technically diluting the dechlorinator with the rest of the original tank water and it may not do as good a job at treating the water?!?....Still I really like this idea in terms of using it as a syphon. I...
  45. Richard Dowling

    No new events since 2011?

    Its looking like this post is still the case! Really wish they're were more shows like Aquatics Live still running in England Sent from my D6503 using Tapatalk
  46. Richard Dowling

    Guppies in CO2 tank

    Breed or Breath? If breed, that's quick! Lol Sent from my D6503 using Tapatalk
  47. Richard Dowling

    Guppies in CO2 tank

    Hi All, After years of protest I have finally given up the fight and allowed my girlfriend to put some Guppies in my Aquarium. They appear to have been fine for the first day but I'm noticing that whilst the CO2 has been on they all stay at the surface. The rest of my fish are absolutely fine...
  48. Richard Dowling

    Air in Filter

    I dont have any cracks on my intake (its glass and appears fine, the vents are below water level), however, I decided to take my hoses off and clean them because they were covered in algae, whilst doing that I noticed that one of the threaded connections on the outlet hose had dried scum around...
  49. Richard Dowling

    Air in Filter

    Hi All, I've noticed in the last day or two that my Tetratec EX1200 extermal filter is pushing bubbles out constantly (which is annoyingly loud). The filter usually does it for a few hours after you clean it because obviously it's full of air when you turn it on. But this time I havnt had it...
  50. Richard Dowling

    "Wicked Witch Forest" by Yoda

    Your wood is incredible! Its almost like dead bonzai trees that have been left to dry out! Nice scape
  51. Richard Dowling

    Planted Signature

    Do you have a drop checker?...im only going by what I can see from the picture but I wonder if there is enough CO2 to keep it healthy long term (Doesnt look bubbly enough in there considering you have CO2 being fed in). My scape had early issues with low CO2 and my plant health dropped off...
  52. Richard Dowling

    Raquette River

    I've left my tank to its own devices for a few weeks. I've been a little forgetful with ferts etc but apart from a bit of brown algae on the glass is looking pretty good. I've done a water change now and decided to just leave it be for a while longer in terms of trimming. I think I've been a...
  53. Richard Dowling

    Land Rover 90

    Thankyou all for the responses. In terms of age, I was looking at early 2000's. Mainly due to price as I no longer do much mileage in my own vehicle I don't warrant an expensive one. You could say I don't warrant a land rover at all lol My heart would love to buy one that is as old as me, 1988...
  54. Richard Dowling

    Land Rover 90

    Hi All, Out of interest, does anyone have (or have had) a Land Rover Defender 90 (or 110 I guess). Im considering jacking in my current car thats sporty and runs like a dream but is full of fault prone electronics in place of a good old reliable Landy. Id quite like a car that I can tinker with...
  55. Richard Dowling

    Raquette River

    I've got the light running at 75% already lol My diffuser is from CO2 Art, it's pretty good. Its called a Bazooka Atomiser
  56. Richard Dowling

    Raquette River

    Thanks ADA. I know it's not aquascape rule perfect but it looks good shimmering away in the living room. I'm not quite where I want to be yet, I was hoping for a lot more growth, it's all a little slow growing for my liking which has led to algae on leaves but that's the cost of my struggles...
  57. Richard Dowling

    Raquette River

    Finally, Ive got round to doing an update with Photos. In the time its taken me Ive replaced a few of my background plants with Vallis because I was struggling to keep the old stems happy. Im just waiting for the vallis to take over and reach the surface. Ive added some Harlequins who have...
  58. Richard Dowling

    Poppy Lily Pipe

    Hi All, Ive had a regular shaped Lily before (until I smashed it)...and felt that they were pointed a little to far down for my liking which made surface agitation a pain. I resorted to having the lily very slightly above water to create agitation but this was noisy (especially when...
  59. Richard Dowling

    Banff Mountain Springs

    Thanks for reading, I didnt replace the MM with HC, I ended up rescaping completely but have used the MM in my new scape aswell but this time in a more suitable position. I have now stopped covering the tank during the day and things were ok for a while but guess what...black algae is back...
  60. Richard Dowling

    Corys - Shrimp Safe?

    I didnt manage to find a shop selling Pygmys in the end, but I will keep looking
  61. Richard Dowling

    Corys - Shrimp Safe?

    My Otos survived months but died one by one. People tell me Otos should be very active feeders...mine never were. You rarely saw them eating so perhaps starvation. OK I'm out now trying to track down some pygmys
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    Corys - Shrimp Safe?

    I have loads of hairgrass that the shrimp hide in so I can't see it being a problem. Assuming Corys don't uproot it all. I have already had several Otos but they all died, they're the only fish that havn't done well in my setup. I have no idea why. All other fish I've had have been healthy
  63. Richard Dowling

    Corys - Shrimp Safe?

    Hi all, I have a 85 litre full of red cherries, am I safe to introduce a set of say 5 Corys? I don't want my shrimp turning into lunch or having their breeding effected. Thanks
  64. Richard Dowling

    Hiding Fish

    CO2 is a possibility, but my CO2 is currently at its lowest flow without compromising the plants with algae. I cant run it any lower and dont see how other people get away with higher CO2 without getting the same issue?!? Frustrating! I dont have any large fish. I just have around 10 Cardinal...
  65. Richard Dowling

    Long Fin White Cloud Minnow disease

    I had this problem with my shoal, unfortunately the smaller of the shoal always developed the disease until eventually I had none left. I wondered whether it was malnutrition and the runt of the litter gets bullied into not eating but I doubt that's it....it's the best I could come up with
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    Hiding Fish

    Hi all, I've asked this question before but with changes to my tank I feel it needs asking again. I used to have an iwagumi and my fish always used to hide under the main stone and never venture out. I bought a new shoal of different fish who swam in open water but soon started hiding away...
  67. Richard Dowling

    Visitor in my Aquarium

    Yeah for now I've kept him in there, because my cherry shrimp are way too numerous now. Perhaps a little bit of natural order needs restoring. One damsel surely can't upset the balance. Ill keep an eye on it
  68. Richard Dowling

    Visitor in my Aquarium

    I can't say I've ever seen is mum in my living room. How strange
  69. Richard Dowling

    Visitor in my Aquarium

    Is it a Damsel anyone?...In which case, if their larvae are anything like dragonflies I can guess that my shrimp and fish are on the dinner menu if I didnt catch it??
  70. Richard Dowling

    Visitor in my Aquarium

    Hi all, whilst trimming my hairgrass I came across this little fella in the bottom of my tank amongst the shrimp. Can anyone identify? I recognise the three pronged tail!?
  71. Richard Dowling

    Escaping Shrimps

    I had this problem...it turned out that my co2 was too high. Not had a problem since lowering my gas.
  72. Richard Dowling

    Dragon's Grove

    Can I ask where you got your ceiling hooks and whether they are just screwed into plaster or whether they screw into timbers inside the ceiling?
  73. Richard Dowling

    Raquette River

    I will do, I'll dig my camera out and do a full update. Just had this pic handy for today
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    Raquette River

    Little photo update. I have removed the Ceratophyllun echinatum because most of it went rotten and the rest broke off its own tops and grew new sprouts at unattractive angles. All the other plants are perfectly healthy. I've now added some different stems...again not labelled so I'll have to do...
  75. Richard Dowling

    Where to buy in the South East.

    Shop name: Millbrook Water Gardens Location: Millbrook Garden Centre, Tubwell Lane, Crowborough, East Sussex TN6 3RJ Directions:Millbrook at Crowborough is situated just outside Crowborough on the B2100 heading towards Rotherfield, opposite Tesco. If you are travelling by train, the nearest...
  76. Richard Dowling

    Fresh Water Clam?

    I was walking the dog in a local nature reserve / river walk and noticed this in one of the streams. Is this some sort of fresh water clam? I've never seen one before. There were a few in the same spot. The area looked to have been dredged recently so perhaps they were feeding on the stirred up...
  77. Richard Dowling

    Raquette River

    Opinion....would you say I need a third rock facing forwards at the front?
  78. Richard Dowling

    Raquette River

    So, after much difficulty I have stripped out my Banff Mountain Springs and started a new scape. The scape has had no real preparation other than deciding that it would be more of an island scape with the root wood in the middle. The rest I just made up as I went along after not finding my...
  79. Richard Dowling

    Shrimp Catcher

    Does the baster leave the substrate behind? I keep accidentally dumping white gravel from my temporary tank back into my new scape!
  80. Richard Dowling

    Shrimp Catcher

    I rescaped today..what an absolute nightmare. I knew I was in for a challenge catching them all but I had no idea just how hard it would be. I tried all of the above methods and still had hundreds left in the tank come drain down. Casualties were inevitable, I was trying to catch babies at...
  81. Richard Dowling

    British Pond Tank

    Hi All, Im sure someone at some point has come up with the same idea but the more I look at peoples garden ponds the more I start to wonder how possible it is to create an aquascape created with common garden pond plants found in the UK. I was thinking of wood and rock beneath the water with...
  82. Richard Dowling

    Films

    Is that the Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin one where they crash land a plane and have to survive?? Or am I thinking of something else?
  83. Richard Dowling

    Shrimp Catcher

    Thanks guys, that looks to be a good option, I didnt fancy sitting there fishing them out. Id rather do it gradually and put them into a separate tank on the days leading up to rescape.
  84. Richard Dowling

    Wood ID

    I wasnt sure that Silver Birch was tank safe either, Ive never heard of it being one of the ones that is widely accepted as safe
  85. Richard Dowling

    My first high tech tank 60 P

    Nice! Another crystal clear setup with a twinstar! Im becoming very tempted. Where did you get the twinstar if you dont mind me asking?
  86. Richard Dowling

    Shrimp Catcher

    Hi all, My current scape is an iwagumi made up of carpet plants and rocks. As I'm going to be rescaping soon I decided to have a go at catching cherry shrimp with a net in preparation for a mass tank emptying. The rocks and plants made it very difficult to catch any, let alone the several...
  87. Richard Dowling

    Wildlife Photography Techniques Page

    Would be great if you had some to post....the page has started off a little slow. Id hoped for more posts from people because my own photography portfolio isn't massively deep...I'm still learning also!
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    Wildlife Photography Techniques Page

    Nice, do you do much photography?
  89. Richard Dowling

    Wildlife Photography Techniques Page

    Yes captive is fine, what I'm saying is not photos of tigers behind bars and monkeys on tyre swings lol Birds of prey id absolutely fine
  90. Richard Dowling

    Wildlife Photography Techniques Page

    Thanks, Why don't you post it, get the ball rolling ;)
  91. Richard Dowling

    Wildlife Photography Techniques Page

    Hi all, As a wildlife photographer that has found it difficult to gain field skills over the years, I decided to create a Facebook page that will act as a gallery for everyone to post their work, whilst at the same time telling everyone about any techniques or field skills they used which may...
  92. Richard Dowling

    For those that can't afford a holiday this year....

    Well not quite, but its almost like diving a reef! Click here to check out Reef Cam!
  93. Richard Dowling

    Banff Mountain Springs

    Early on I had issues with killing fish. Since I lowered the co2 I havn't lost any. I'm stuck between a rock and hard place really! The drop checker looks blue here because I have only just changed the solution. But your right I probably am degassing too quickly.
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    Banff Mountain Springs

    Little update as I havn't been attentive lately! Things went a little downhill whilst I was on holiday for a week. I turned everything off which caused my plants to start showing signs of dying off. My Micranthemoides at the front recovered well but my E. Acicularis at the back is a little black...
  95. Richard Dowling

    Miniscule Shrimp?

    Ive realised what these things are now, Ive spotted a berried Amano shrimp which has led to me trawling youtube for breeding techniques, the Amano "Zoes" look just like what im seeing. Presumably mine wont survive in my tank, I'll need to do a salt water setup.
  96. Richard Dowling

    Banff Mountain Springs

    Looks like you are quite right, breeding would require a sepate brackish tank so that I can separate the young from the adult. It would be such a shame not to breed them but the process of doing that sounds quite difficult.
  97. Richard Dowling

    Banff Mountain Springs

    Good News, aswell as berried Cherries I now have one massively berried Amano Shrimp! I had read that breeding Amanos can be difficult so im definitely pleased to see that I may have babies of both species on the way!
  98. Richard Dowling

    Holiday Stategy!

    Hi All, Ive just booked a spontanious week away to Kusadasi, Turkey with the girlfriend, Firstly, whats the best strategy for holidays when you dont have (or trust) any people to drop in on your tank? Ive been reading a lot of posts, and seem to have two options; Tone down lights and CO2 or...
  99. Richard Dowling

    Miniscule Shrimp?

    Also just seen a 6ml long thin white worm type thing under the substrate. Any chance these are parasites and worms from the pet shop....I bought new fish last week and the bag came with a pond snail so there could have been other pond critters I guess Sent from my XT890 using Tapatalk
  100. Richard Dowling

    Miniscule Shrimp?

    Hi all, I appreciate this may be difficult without photos but believe me, you wouldn't see them anyway! I am seeing tiny, and I mean tiny signs of life just below the top of the substrate (tmc nutrasoil). They are moving just like my cherry shrimp, walking slowly then zipping an inch or so...
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