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    Easy(!) plant ludwigia palustrus sp red not so easy

    Might not a total answer but sure have read on the threads about letting plants float loosely in the water column for a time before putting in the substrate.
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    All Pond Solutions External filter 2000litres "new and improved version"

    Adjustable flow rate that a good extra with a external. Thanks for the information
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    Why are my plants struggling to grow?

    Welcome to ukaps
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    All Pond Solutions External filter 2000litres "new and improved version"

    Only every had the 2000 but found you have got to be careful when re_alineing the head after maintenance easy to get it slightly out and the clips leak
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    AS900- restart and rethink.

    How about Glowlights and Black Neons both very hardy and look very good in the numbers you suggest
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    All Pond Solutions External filter 2000litres "new and improved version"

    I have got two of the original APS 2000exs and they have been ok for several years but considering another and wondered about the updated version. Thanks for your info something to consider. Glad you sorted your issue out seems their customer service let them down .Welcome to UKAPS
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    865 vs 965 T5 Bulbs - 'Best' T5 White Tubes?

    I think James C discusses this in sticky thread "Cheap HO T5 Fluorscent tubes with update". I was using the Arcadia plant pro , not for the plant claims but the look itself. Sadly for reasons best known to Arcadia they discontinued them? Not that cheap though.
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    UKAPS Aquatic Plant Layout Contest?

    Now a good time to tell him Tim hes been chosen to go around check no ones cheating🙂
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    Honing it in? Obsessing? It looks ok from my couch - but not up close ...

    You definitely have some good plant growth so a real good trim and removal of dead or bad leafs . Your fertiliser dosing maybe but Darrel or Zeus maybe can advise
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    EI Dosing Levels

    It's a good question .Because although plants all need the full range of micros and macros it differs in that it's mainly for CO2 aquariums with dosing as recommended ( Tom Barr) to ensure plants always have nutrients available so as plants tell you by increased healthy growth it can be...
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    The Little Bee Hive

    A few years ago Bees took over the Blue tit nest box at the front of the house .Our worry at the time they were all over the front garden and possibility of small children about. The local Bee Society told us they were Bumble Bees quite harmless and by September would vacate the box. Which they...
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    Excited to be here!

    Welcome
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    Weekly livestock video

    Lovely shop
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    Tips on choosing and using found rocks and wood in a planted tank?

    Garden centres and builders merchants have rocks that can be ok inert Granite Slate hard sandstone often sold for landscaping walling or rockery . Often they let you take the odd piece free
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    Music to get you through

    Can see the log fire and glass of something with it
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    Very first try month old

    Welcome . Looks good, planting layout great How about the filter at rear corner and diffuser at front end
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    Aquascaping Contest Scandal

    I know a lot of aquascapers work hard to enter the IAPLC every year a few UKAPS members. So l feel it's wrong to dismiss it just on the fact there are a couple of bad apples get through. As regards Steven Chong and his aquascape its within the rules Plus a lot like it. Including obviously the...
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    George Farmers Book

    Do they really care. Maybe this is Orwells vision . Everything's changing the high street has all but gone ,supermarkets out of town killed it. Local family retailers a rarity destroyed by the hedgefunders and shopping malls full of national outlets and the internet having more and more...
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    5ft Custom Heavily Planted Sumped Hi-Tech (450l)

    Just a thought if want to plant up but keep the look, it's a nice piece, how about just two or three areas of moss
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    - Redemption -

    Get to know the shop ask them can you see the quarantine area. Do it when it's a quiet time. If theres a issue with a purchase a good shop will advise beforehand.
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    Sandstone Grit

    This is something l find you have to let the aquarium and plants have time to establish
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    - Redemption -

    Would have been informative to know the stores quarantine time for these fish from the store going off what was said
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    Journal Water meadow gardening

    What a epic journey must catch up on this So much to learn for me
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    Want to make a Zhujiang/Pearl River Chinese Native Tank

    The Pearl Riveŕ seems very incredibly industrialised and it looks like at risk and endangered plants are being tissue cultured what appears big in China. There is choking up of some waterways with Water Hyacinth. Like @ not like bob l couldnt find much in plants in river set ups more rocks and wood.
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    Aquascaping Contest Scandal

    Be quite difficult l think as many pro scapers have other jobs to supplement their incomes. And hobbyists love to compete against the best.Think there might be a case for having a separate contest for dioramas as they do seem to split opinion but in the IAPLC think it would sort of detract from...
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    Want to make a Zhujiang/Pearl River Chinese Native Tank

    Take a look at Events and Musyupicks Biotope Aquarium Design Contest 2018 for ideas. Depending you may find not that many plants or mosses so compromise
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    Mini Christmas moss trim

    It often warned of the negative effect of oft referred as liquid carbon on vallis egeria and mosses a few years ago
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    - Redemption -

    This is probably what's happening your plants are adding extra CO2 at night and you already have a high level of CO2 in the photo period. The plants in the photo period are helping and guessing your fish are coping . A airstone at night will help degas levels a bit during the day a small...
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    - Redemption -

    If the fish seem to start tooccupy just the area near the surface it's probably CO2 related and best thing stop CO2 altogether until_ and run a airstone
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    White spot on the back

    Yeh Iagree if you like guppys take your time l understand there is a good guppy community you could try to locate a local fish club or become a member of the guppy societies which are on the internet
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    White spot on the back

    If it was just the one guppy but it seems you have a common problem guppys from fish farms imported by the shed load tend to be weak fish. Shame most retailers wont buy from a local guppy keeper.
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    What is it? And what's wrong with it!

    Zeus will help you now with the information you have gave. Just to say adding easycarbo one a week l understood it's to be added daily as it only stays in the water column for that day. So after adding it you have no carbon source except w/c for the week.Never be tempted to give more than...
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    Amano's Nature aquarium world

    I know local libraries used to have a service were you could request a book what they might not have for a nominal fee. They then resource it and loan it to you . At the prices they cost good way of seeing whether they are worth the cost
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    Six weeks old.

    "Quite well "understatement John tanks looking great😀
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    Climate change (Why do PFK bother with blogs?)

    I never seen the blog and it's not available on Dave's link. But what l would say Science sometimes gets a raw deal because it's always evolving . If a scientist or more likely team of come to something what challenges the general thinking it's easy to build up a case to discredit the research...
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    IAPLC winner hardscape

    Artistic licence .Probably appeals to some and not to others but l think we all agree say every member of UKAPS had to vote for their favourite a lot of the judges selections might not be prominent in the poll. That's the beauty of aquascaping . Not a easy task for the judges and it's known that...
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    Low tech and EI ferts

    Interestingly a while ago John at APFUK in a article said he didnt recommend EI for a low tech but knew there were calculations for dosage
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    Hi From Stoke!

    Welcome Lee
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    Hi from South Wales.

    Welcome to UKAPS Some great videos on YT of course but be wary l would read up on the tutorials on here and follow just one or two aquascapers methods for now example George Farmer and the sponsers on here
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    Critique my hardscape First proper hardscape

    The USAs Fred Dibnah?
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    Critique my hardscape First proper hardscape

    Just trying to work out how they did that ?
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    Finding my own hardscape (NE Scotland)

    Personally l think it's a great way to obtain hardscape and you can often find cut oak branches on the woodland floor. Often hawthorn is on the ground l think the rangers are usually IME if you explain what your looking for and why. Similarly l might collect a interesting weathered pebble...
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    Humble beginnings T12 lighting

    I think in the 80s most shops had a lot of these and then as t8 came they become the bees knees and gro_lux tubes Amano shook things up with metal haldes and t5 became the new must haves and t5 alternative tubes. Sometime in the future they will be saying "remember the old twinstar or ADA rgb...
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    Critique my hardscape Opinions wanted on my first hardscape!

    Like the fact you put height inthe hardscape looking forward to the planting
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    Autumn watch

    Next time l go into the woods(thanks Tim and Foxfish!) I will cut out the night walk and ensure l have the dog close at all times incase of pixies goblins all manner of myths and legend. And thinking l have a bit of Dr Dolittle in me now the squirrels maybe seeing two of me and two dogs. A few...
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    Autumn watch

    On same walk
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    Autumn watch

    Noticed these looking chewed l did believe they were highly poisonous but on Autumnwatch they filmed squirrels munching on them
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    Critique my hardscape Almost

    Think rebel" means with your idea mountains you have what some aquascapers call dead space. You top half of tank is empty and if the rocks were bigger higher it would look much better to make that space used. Often mentioned with wood not going high enough in top half of tank loses overall...
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    Hi from Hampshire

    Welcome
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    Time and the disappearance of algae

    Can we compare a planted tank to say a example things going on in the Amazon or Congo were seasonal change can be vast and stability is ?
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    Big Tank Lighting

    Did you increase Fertilisation as plant biomass increased
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    Time and the disappearance of algae

    Post11 l meant to say "l dont use it now" l used algae removal products prior to joining UKAPS then but thanks to UKAPS realised the importance of nutrients to plants and long term use is not recommended but can be beneficial on occasion temporary
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    Any other use for a biorb, other than the local tip

    When got married we had large bottle garden as a gift. At the time they were as l recall the must have in your front room like a rubber plants. Not having much of a clue at the time it got neglected probably neglected. Now l know more l may get another
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    Critique my hardscape Almost

    Those rocks are great , getting there, can the rocks on the right hand side keep as they are but slightly move away a bit from end glass, just give it a focal point?
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    Critique my hardscape Almost

    Have you not got any more left and the right rocks? Think it would, if l think mountain scape ,look better as your rocks are vertical have at least four or five like you have and a couple higher and possibly try out not to get it looking more random any small stones need to be same type. Looks...
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    The stupid arch (AS600)

    Not the best on this but something tall behind the island maybe a a tall grass and replicate this on the other side slightly
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    Hey there

    Hi and welcome didnt realise your back
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    It's me again... back after a break

    Welcome back at UKAPS
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    St Michaels Mount.

    Great photo really catches drama
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    Loctite Superglue - fish safe?

    Theres also instances of grazers like catfish getting tangled up and caught in thread tied plants and moss. ADA moss cotton quickly bio degrades but expensive so back to price again. If in doubt stick (sorry) to glues from aquarium reputable manufacturers. I have never had a issue with...
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    Steeplejack Fred

    Thanks @sparkyweasel found the programme last night BBC4
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    Steeplejack Fred

    Fred's preferred method was cut into the base of the chimney acro and wedge it with timber and work out when enough brickwork was out of the chimney it should then drop vertically was out ater set alight and burning the wood. Think he mentions when the fire is lit excitement and nervous took...
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    Steeplejack Fred

    We used watch Fred series as a family. Despite his appearance he was adept at any trade and a ability in engineering to match his enthusiasm. Highlights many but the one when hes climbing a huge square chimney with small corbled brickwork every twenty metres or so and he steps off the ladder on...
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    Time and the disappearance of algae

    This product "Cleanwater" worked well no impact on fish Just thinking would l need it? But as a fix on the algae it worked then
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    NanoCubes for Bettas

    @lilirose maybe a small HOB filter flowing in over your CO2 Not invasive in the tank and still keep sponge filter
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    Hey there

    Welcome to UKAPS
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    Hello from Manila

    Welcome to UKAPS
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    Broken icons / Blue Style

    Thanks Paulo wondered what it was
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    Time and the disappearance of algae

    No dont use it , had a look around and a company called viovet have it google www.viovet.co.uk Its less than £2 a box so maybe discontinued stock? It's for pond use and marine also. Quite a few of these type products on the market and as it bit like activated carbon only lasts 6 to 8 weeks.
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    Hey from Colchester :)

    Welcome to UKAPS
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    Edge of the Jungle

    Looking forward to your new one , great following this one and learned a lot along the way:)
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    Time and the disappearance of algae

    @JoshP12 l dont think the filter media had a impact on the new plant growth the plants were healthy and Elodea is a fast grower and oxegenator but as the algae disappeared the tank improved the plants did well. The Cleanwater is it says"Baked clay beads and special resin" The CO2 later...
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    Big rock nano

    Looks really good about moss on small stons coming up the valley?
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    Time and the disappearance of algae

    I think the expierence of having the 55gallon afew years back It had quite a bit of algae plants not doing really well. Filtration was the standard aqua one overhead next to the lighting.Non CO2. On a visit to LFS bought a few bunches of Elodea and vallis and talking about the algae the owner...
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    Harlequin rasbora loss

    So sad sorry about what's happened. Set up a quaratine tank planted as advised. Add 6 small tetras at a time instead of any more and more later when they have got through quarantine. Nothing you done you did your best. Try and find best recommended shop you can or might be hard these times a...
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    Macro recipe for EI

    If your new to EI you can simplify it by looking at recent thread by@EA James "Will APFUK state kit suit my needs" and answer by @X3NiTH .Is a formula many of us use
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    Fertilizing emersed plants, how?

    That's a little lockdown bowl l did in March it's in a couple of inches of soil lightly misted twice a day with aquarium water. Easy plants only mistake putting hairgrass in tangles up making hard to clean glass ,agree hard to formulate safely fertiliser spray
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    Novel non chemical treatment for blue green algae/cyanobacteria

    Bit of an enigma BGA. As l recall PFK did a article on it a few years back going through all different approaches Think the conclusion that multiple water changes regular filter clean and substrate , debris clean along with water flow seemed the way forward but it was in conclusive:(
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    Need to restart my tank due to algae. Are plants salvageable?

    Yes l would say a few could be saved just go through them individually . Cut any really bad leaves off were needed. You may find good root systems which is a good thing
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    garden pond project

    Great pond . Cant beat the feeling you did it yourself:)
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    The Beatles 2020

    Interesting that John Lennon would have been 80 this year and the biggest sellers in albums records for the first 6 months worldwide are The Beatles .Well we know after all they are great. Abbey Road has hardly been off billboard chart for years but you cant help feel a bit for lack of support...
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    65L "Third time's the charm"

    Just my own observation if you can get CO2 to have good flow around all the tank hair algae wont be a problem Great start ever considered a couple of juvenile SAEs as algae crew
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    Kinabalu (60 x 40 x 40)

    Found that myself sometimes slow growers really take off
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    Your substrate opinions?

    Have you looked at tutorial The Soil Substate and Dirt Planted Tank . Tim has had success with various types.
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    Tank silicone

    Yeh everything got to be very clean in prep and unless your competent with using silicone , it has to be the correct one, its risky. Of course sometimes theres no option as check Filip Krupa journal to attempt a repair. Maybe your neighbour will refund you if payed a bit for it
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    Songs from the Man Cave!

    Saw his birthday concert film agin the other day Van Morrison Cyprus Avenue Recollections of his love of home and childhood memories
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    First dip into a "proper" planted tank.

    That's a fair point @Seige . I like to visit a shop were I can see enthusiasm tells me they have a passion for the hobby. Realise to with the internet many struggle atm so l call in a shop l usually buy a little something
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    Ryuboku

    I was thinking one of the red Rotalas third in each side green Rotala both ends and maybe couple of areas with small Sword or Crypt :)Your usual lovely moss on the wood of course
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    newbie from Essex

    Welcome:)
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    Hello everyone

    Welcome:)
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    New Member - from Texas

    Welcome to ukaps Quite a lot of members here have hard water and are successful with a wide range of plants . Dive into the journals and tutorials :)
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    plants not growing

    I would think with what you have said lighting is on too long if you have green algae.
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    Hair algae

    Just to add make sure your flow is going all around the aquarium when you sort out the CO2 . Moving the drop checker around a little bit will give you a indication
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    Can High Temps Cause Algae?

    Suppose quite a few things can contribute to algae and probably every tank as it to some degree. There is a lot of opinion about ideal temperature for most plants is around 72 and most fish will be ok .Something like Discus need high temperature so narrows the plant choice down. Maybe some...
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    Songs from the Man Cave!

    You haven't been watching Jim Carrey in The Mask lately Tim?
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    The levers of a balanced low energy tank

    Such as Tropica and Dennerle will be working on the basis of this in there labs l would imagine all the time and conclude what are the ideal conditions for different plants. In the home aquarium IME it's often difficult to work out. Why is tank A doing well and tank B not so well? Interesting...
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    Substrate supports

    I have used plastic milk bottles cut up in the past. You can double them up for extra strength. The Green Machine have a few examples of substrate supports on YT
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    Schism reimagined...

    Just a thought it was a month from Andrew's initial question for a update. Maybe you're let things carry on a bit to long rather than intervene Is there really something in the thinking some certain plants:( just dont thrive next to each other? I know some really good scapes...
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