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  1. Garuf

    Fresh vines full of sap - can you bake them?

    They seemed wood like when they went in, but it didn't seem to take long for them to change. I don't remember there being any discolouration or anything I just remember them being very mushy when touched as part of maintenance and on taking them out they were shot. It was a very long time ago...
  2. Garuf

    Fresh vines full of sap - can you bake them?

    I tried honeysuckle that had been pealed from wood left in our wood store when I first entered the hobby and sadly it rots extremely quickly and takes on the same structural density as wet straw, like slightly rigid cord within a month or so.
  3. Garuf

    Lots of Dry Start Method questions!

    1-2 plants are emersed grown plants so if anything they should be the perfect plants to do it. I tried to do a dsm with fontanus and it didn't attach and just washed of rather unceremoniously when I put the rocks into my tank so good luck there.
  4. Garuf

    "Fifty Shades of Green" - (1600 Litre Sanjarami)

    Rescape?:twisted: Who said that?! Looks great, Sanj! I'm extremely jealous of the tank and the fish!
  5. Garuf

    Cheap Lighting ideas?

    If you're on the market for t5's I've heard nothing but good things about these for the money. Lightwave t5 2ft 2x24w [LIGHTWAVE T5 2FT 2X24W] - £59.00 : The Grow Home, first4hydroponics.com
  6. Garuf

    New Moderators - Ian Holdich and Ady34

    Snubbed again. :arghh: I jest, I jest... :P Congratulations, I can't think of anyone better than Ian for the position. Congratulations too, Ady. Well done both!
  7. Garuf

    George's TMC Signature

    Don't touch a thing, plant it. One thing, I hope you use moss. ;) ps. ignore the typos and crudeness, it's late, I've not touched PS in a while.
  8. Garuf

    New look ukaps forum and website

    Cheers Paulo, a minor change but it's done my eyes no end of good. Thanks!
  9. Garuf

    George's TMC Signature

    Number 8 for me depending on the planting, UG would work really well and I'm sure you'll have better luck with it since you're a planting wizard. Glad to see you're back safe and sound btw, nice to see your tanks from the beginning again too!
  10. Garuf

    Lè Nano journal •30l Fluval• PLANTED

    L aromatica is a big plant, far too big for a nano and this scape. I'd bare with the MM for a while and keep replanting the tips to get it really dense before deciding to move on or not. Nice scape, well executed, well done.
  11. Garuf

    Feedback on Forum Upgrade

    I use the settings that are best for my monitor to get best colour matching between PS and reality, bit of a waste of time to keep changing it all the time. :rolleyes:
  12. Garuf

    Feedback on Forum Upgrade

    Yeah, a medium theme that'd be nice. :P
  13. Garuf

    Feedback on Forum Upgrade

    Yeahhhh, but that's too dark... ;)
  14. Garuf

    Dwarf Neon Rainbowfish

    I did nothing special at all and mine bred, as long as they're well fed enough and there's something for them to lay into then they'll breed in my experience.
  15. Garuf

    Feedback on Forum Upgrade

    Is it possible to make ukaps light a bit less, y'know, light? I know there's not much in it between here and asw but I feel snow blind after a short while on the new theme, it seems much brighter?
  16. Garuf

    calling ceg4048

    Lower levels of light mean you need less turnover, less co2, less ferts, this is how Amano tanks get away with what on paper would seem impossible if we follow the ground rules we adhere by, I would suggest that most hobbyists are running perhaps twice what Amano does in PAR and as such we need...
  17. Garuf

    calling ceg4048

    The other thing to bear in mind is on the bigger Amano tanks there's a sump with maybe 3 diffusers in there pumping away at full tilt. I would suggest that they're his big diffusers and working flat out is how he gets the co2 up to level, plus, lower light means it might not even need 30ppm.
  18. Garuf

    calling ceg4048

    I ask myself that all the time when I have a tank that just doesn't want to behave and play by the rules. :D
  19. Garuf

    calling ceg4048

    Raised high and have underpowered ballasts to keep the over all punch down. Tanks succeed when they're getting enough of what they need, it's really as simple as that once you've broken it all down, if you want to add less co2 etc and decrease all the demands, you reduce the light and things...
  20. Garuf

    calling ceg4048

    He's running lower level lights than most anticipate so co2 is easier to get into the water in sufficient quantity, his par levels are about 50 at the substrate, also if you watch the videos typically the diffusers do spread bubbles around the tank just not to the same extent. 20-30ppm is pretty...
  21. Garuf

    Wood from local Park

    Seal the tank to prevent the wood drying out when you're scaping before the tank is filled.
  22. Garuf

    What dry fish food do you use?

    I use tetra's generic flake and find it gives me an oily scum and the fish don't really associate with it as food, before that I've used various things from hikari and TA and I have to say, the feeding response is easily the strongest with TA, hikari was good but not amazing, tetras generic...
  23. Garuf

    Best Filter for 450l planted tank?

    Or you could use a closed loop to increase the flow if you don't want to buy an additional high turnover filter or if you're adverse to having a pump in the tank.
  24. Garuf

    Wood from local Park

    Is the tank running? I'd just soak it in the tank and then seal the tank till you're ready to scape, I've done this in the past, works a treat as long as you don't keep the tank open for too long.
  25. Garuf

    Ikea LED lamp for dawn / dusk

    Some I really like, some I think is guff, even the best have poor scapes though, I love FAAO's traditional scapes and think he's honestly one of the best there is in that field but then there's all the tacky tree scapes... It's all personal ultimately. Some people are more critical. others less...
  26. Garuf

    Ikea LED lamp for dawn / dusk

    There's a member on ASW who I think post here too who is using those over a fluval edge and seems to be getting good results. If I'd a par metre I'd happily do the tests! Oh man, that picture, do you think he regrets it?
  27. Garuf

    Pearling?

    streams of bubbles like those are more likely due to damaged leaves than they are "true" pearling. It's also worth noting you can get pearling with sick plants it doesn't really indicated excellent health, just that there is a surplus of o2 in the water.
  28. Garuf

    Ikea LED lamp for dawn / dusk

    That's one of them, yeah, there was a few around the same time. I don't think he ever did, he's working with Anubias now isn't he?
  29. Garuf

    Ikea LED lamp for dawn / dusk

    When they first came out oli knott was growing a low light scape with a pair of these. Would be interesting to know just how much Par the ikea led range is putting out because they could be very cost effective!
  30. Garuf

    TMC Signature optiwhite rimless...

    My nano uses lillys and has no side holes, it makes it a touch harder but it's not impossible, and drilling holes in would be easy!
  31. Garuf

    Help choosing filter please

    I agree lancsrick, I've got a 2213 and had a 2224 and I would pick the JBLS over them every time excellent filters and absolute great value.
  32. Garuf

    My Discus Tank

    Out of curiosity, how come discus are kept at 28c+ when it's my understanding in the wild they're normally found at around 23-25c according to Heiko?
  33. Garuf

    Help choosing filter please

    As someone who has an ex1200 and the jbl e1500, I would say go for the e1500 for that size of tank. It's a touch more powerful and uses less electricity otherwise the two are essentially identical.
  34. Garuf

    Mineralized top soil

    You could make it but I would imagine it would cost more than just buying some ready made akadam... Interesting mind!
  35. Garuf

    My Discus Tank

    Ooo the big 30, congrats. Assuming there's a vent going to outside and it doesn't cause any issues in that room with condensation then I'd think that'd be fine. Good luck.
  36. Garuf

    My Discus Tank

    Jesus, Dan! Senior moment? :P It's worth mentioning a dehumidifier will work better than a fan typically especially in very enclosed areas like this.
  37. Garuf

    My Discus Tank

    I understand weeping is the most forgiving of higher temperatures, christmas too but a touch less so. Get yourself some condensation trays! ;)
  38. Garuf

    Maple Leaf Rock

    Viktor, it looks like it's a type of this stuff? Desert rose (crystal) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  39. Garuf

    Mineralized top soil

    Don't they just! Try saying you've grown hc with a single t5 and they'll assure you you actually need 4 and that you don't have enough wpg... I once posted on a thread saying what penac etc's real usefulness was and they banned me for a month... That said, what Ceg says breaks it down...
  40. Garuf

    Mineralized top soil

    Apc is one of the worst forums for people latching onto an idea and never letting go, I've not visited regularly in a long time but browse the interesting threads every month or so, the ADA fan boys decrying ei as heresy all the time gets tiresome. What I think it is mostly is a cultural...
  41. Garuf

    My Discus Tank

    Real nice, Dan. What about some moss rocks in there? That'd be the icing on the cake of a perfect pseudo biotope tank!
  42. Garuf

    pressurized co2 virgin ..aquagro expert..

    Not anything to do with the co2 kit, but the two plants, the fern looking one and the spider plant looking one behind it aren't aquatic and will simply rot, take them back and get a refund.
  43. Garuf

    New look ukaps forum and website

    Ahhh same forum type as ASW now. It's good, wasn't overly stable at first but is much better now, we do however seem to get a lot more spam on this forum style than we used meaning we had to put in some custom security but some still slips through, so something to watch out for. Looks great...
  44. Garuf

    TMC Signature optiwhite rimless...

    Sorry Jack, just to reiterate, my tank is/was a 60x45x45 not a 45cm cube but still I'd be interested to hear back from you and I'd certainly like to know where Posidion got the safety tolerances from... Perhaps it's mixed messages or people set in there ways that is the reason why pilkingtons...
  45. Garuf

    TMC Signature optiwhite rimless...

    Jack, what is your specific knowledge, is it based on suck it and see or is it coming from the maker of your glass? I'm not saying that you couldn't build it in 8mm or thinner, but that it might not be clever to do so because it makes the tank more prone to fail. I contacted pilkingtons direct...
  46. Garuf

    ORPHEK PR72 LED FRESHWATER PLANTED AQUARIUM LED PENDANT

    4000par?! Can we get some normalized par levels par over a 30cm tank for example?
  47. Garuf

    TMC Signature optiwhite rimless...

    They're meant to be nice but the glass strikes me as thin? I have a 60x45x45 and it's got 10mm glass and was told it wouldn't be safe to make it any thinner, something I contacted Pilkingtons glass about and they confirmed.
  48. Garuf

    ADA Manten stone

    It's also sometimes available as "lunar stone" from Poland. No names on what it actually is but sourcing it from Germany is normally cheapest.
  49. Garuf

    Feeding CRS

    http://www.crustahunter.com/en/node/1475
  50. Garuf

    Can any of these plants be grown on bogwood?

    Do you mean will they attach onto wood like java fern or?
  51. Garuf

    The Future of Light Bulbs.....?

    I hope so, they did say plasma was going to be the future but it's never happened. This seems likely though. Yeah, they're still light obsessed but a lot of it is because a lot of us scapers buy really cheap poor quality equipment that doesn't produce anything like the amount of par you'd...
  52. Garuf

    AquaEI 2x11w plant pro clip on

    Or wave. I think the distributor is called something like J and k or something for both. Most pet shops used to carry them but I've not seen anything by superfish in a while! I would think 18w is less than 2x11w in terms of light, it should be fine, failing that dennerle are proven quality but...
  53. Garuf

    AquaEI 2x11w plant pro clip on

    Not sure, they're just what ever comes with their shrimp tanks. I didn't think to check. What about a single 18w?
  54. Garuf

    AquaEI 2x11w plant pro clip on

    The bulbs are hit and miss from what I've seen, my lfs had 4 or 5 next to each other on display and the tubes are all noticably different colours. Dennerle and supafish/wave are the best I've used in terms of light quality and colour.
  55. Garuf

    Up co2 inline diffuser on a 60l

    I have the diffuser and I don't think the flow through the filter is too vital but my instinct says a 2213 might be a touch on the weak side for a 60l, I had one on a 30cm cube and passed it on in the end because i found it a bit gutless, depends on if you're running the tank as a high light or...
  56. Garuf

    Difference between inline diffuser, reactor and atomizer

    I can't actually imagine it making all that much difference to the atomiser performance but you'd need to put them side by side to test. I clean my atomisers by soaking them in bleach once a month for about 10minutes then rinsing. I keep the bleach in the tubing and not in the co2 side by...
  57. Garuf

    Fluval FX5 filter media ideas needed for EI dosing?

    Filter floss is the very fine polishing pad. Purigen is a resin that removes organics from what and makes it really sparklingly clear, it's by seachem. I don't really know how much water the efx400's turnover but provided each one is around 2000lph they'd be fine, it's all relative to light...
  58. Garuf

    Difference between inline diffuser, reactor and atomizer

    Mist is something of a blessing, which is why it's so desirable, more co2 is available to the plants with mist. If you find it too distracting then having it on the inlet side of the filter can solve this but it can lead to the co2 collecting in the filter and creating an airlock, some...
  59. Garuf

    Fluval FX5 filter media ideas needed for EI dosing?

    Media makes absolutely no difference at all to what you put into the filter. Noodles/ceramic and foam is all you really need. I like to add purigen and filter floss but they're not vital.
  60. Garuf

    UB-75 Shrimp Product

    I would assume it's concentrated food but not the actual microfauna which would already be present. http://www.crustahunter.com/de/node/46 Here is a good article on good shrimp foods. And another on leaves. http://www.crustahunter.com/en/node/1475
  61. Garuf

    Does riccia become self-anchoring?

    Riccia is regularly used in dart frog vivs. Source: http://www.brianstropicals.com/pages/Ca ... frogs.html
  62. Garuf

    UB-75 Shrimp Product

    I've done some reading about on products like this lately and the german hobbyists seem to think it's largely bunk and just use self collected dead leaves instead which produce a huge boom in microfauna.
  63. Garuf

    Why my HC is doing that

    Seconded, hinch. Definitely some trespassing riccia.
  64. Garuf

    Any advice welcome

    Oh no, don't take it the wrong way, I'm not berating you at all, I was pointing out that some things appear to go against logic or the general accepted but in reality they work in just the same way and work for very specific reasons that might not be applicable to someone else, imagine it a bit...
  65. Garuf

    layout for lilly pipes

    I hear you there, very little has that wow factor like a tank at reasonable distance and all you can see is the scape, I've been saying it for what seems like forever, the hobby is crying out for some clear plastic hardware!
  66. Garuf

    Breeding Amano / Yamato shrimp

    A fascinating thread, really well done!
  67. Garuf

    150l planted aquarium- Tree of Life!

    For the first few months I personally never stray much over 6 hours light until I'm happy the tank is stable, after that point I will add some hygro polysperma or some other stemplant if I haven't already got a mobile leaved plant in the tank and will increase the time over a period of about a...
  68. Garuf

    Any advice welcome

    From the pictures it's also clear that you have a very low biomass which means the atmospheric co2 is nearer to the percentage needed for it to grow. Ultimately plants grow because they can not because the conditions are perfect. I was simply pointing out that it's very hard and sometimes unwise...
  69. Garuf

    layout for lilly pipes

    Ahh well in response to your question directly, it's largely impossibly to say as every tank is different, you would have to find the sweet spot by experimentation. That said, when I've ran two filters in the past I find that having an outlet in each corner tends to give really good flow...
  70. Garuf

    New 100ltr aquascape

    Maybe that's something to do with Dan cropping up promoting fluval? ;) I think it's the 405 that turns over the big guns, not the 305 but either way. Anything like that, I like the tetra and JBL filters myself, sensibly priced good value and good quality, ultimately it's all down to personal...
  71. Garuf

    Tetratec EX1200 (Running at reduced flow)

    Ahh, right some people have reported things like this in the past. My advice would be to double check what sand you have, if it's very fine, maybe swap it out, that is, unless you're happy with it. I know I have a lot of problems with wear on the filter impeller and mulm build ups when I tried...
  72. Garuf

    Any advice welcome

    I would say the best thing is to shop around and see what else you can get from elsewhere, buying products because they're from a nice shop doesn't always get you the best products. Read around decide what's best because it's right for the job you have and work from there. Why may I ask are...
  73. Garuf

    Any advice welcome

    Do you mean drop? Most people experience a drop in KH but a rise in GH.
  74. Garuf

    Any advice welcome

    Akadama is super cheap if you're prepared to do the leg work and has a higher CEC than ada's aquasoil, isn't as pretty though, tropica's base layer is very good too and much cheaper to buy but costs average out at about the same once you factor in gravel/sand...
  75. Garuf

    New 100ltr aquascape

    The best rule of thumb is to aim for something that turns over at least 10x the tank volume an hour and not to be scared of it being more, especially as inline equipment and lily pipes and the like will reduce the flow further. Filters after all only produce about 40% of what they claim to in...
  76. Garuf

    layout for lilly pipes

    Nope, like I say, I've owned them all, Cal aqua, ada, gush, PM, Aquatic magic and one or too other "non brands" too I took a risk on them and saw no better in terms of performance from the cal aqua's than any other brand for the money and personally found the plastic jbl lilys to give the best...
  77. Garuf

    'Carpet' Moss

    viewtopic.php?f=3&t=12859&start=10
  78. Garuf

    Breaking plants

    The problem is related to you having no co2, the plants melting is it's way of telling you that it needs more co2.
  79. Garuf

    layout for lilly pipes

    Have you used them in the past? They're not as obvious as you'd think. If you do go for lilys, I've used all of the big brands with the exception of do aqua and I would say that though cal aqua is the best, there's very little in it between them and the much cheaper powerman lilys, I've not had...
  80. Garuf

    'Carpet' Moss

    It's a much better accepted hobby in Germany, wider support, better established, more efficiently ran... Y'know, typical German stereo types, they're not the only place still with economic growth for no reason. I'll try and find some links! My pc is boxed up as I'm between homes (homeless) at...
  81. Garuf

    layout for lilly pipes

    I wouldn't stress about lily pipes overly, I personally found that the JBL triangular jet outlet gave both better surface movement and over all spread of flow than any type of lily pipe I've owned ever has. Lily pipes look nice and aren't made of green or black plastic and that's about all they...
  82. Garuf

    'Carpet' Moss

    No worries, there's a lot of new unidentified mosses due to be making it into the hobby from China shortly that I've seen on a few blogs and the like, some that are entering as fissidens variants are particularly nice. One I've seen traded as Hawaii moss is extremely nice, like a cross between f...
  83. Garuf

    'Carpet' Moss

    It's been traded regularly in asia as a moss but it's actually just clado, treat it as such.
  84. Garuf

    Teratec EX600 or EX700 for 110L tank ?

    I don't drive either, mine was 22 miles, nice and easy on the way there, not so much riding back. Having 2 fe's strapped to your back is absolutely fantastic for making cars give you enough room on the road though. The easiest city ride I've ever had, even taxi's get our your way. Crypts...
  85. Garuf

    Teratec EX600 or EX700 for 110L tank ?

    I did mean to say x2 t5's, one t5 would still be fine. Ahhh, yeah It can be a pita to get FE's at times. I'm not too bothered about having a FE on display but I know it's a point of contention with some family members. I buy my FE's from Ebay, used to get them from Dan Crawford before that...
  86. Garuf

    Teratec EX600 or EX700 for 110L tank ?

    Potentially, liquid carbon works best with mid light/low light tanks, I wouldn't like to run tubes without "proper" co2. May I ask why you can't got pressurised?
  87. Garuf

    Tetratec EX1200 (Running at reduced flow)

    I ran a ex1200 on a 60x30x30 and never had any issues, I wouldn't stress it at all, I've ran nearly 40x turnover in the past and never had any issues with fish stress, fish had great colour ate well and were loads more active than any I'd seen in standard fish tank setups or "too much flow" or...
  88. Garuf

    Grey Tor Rock For Shrimps?

    Even proper sirayu isn't inert and will fail the acid test. My suspicions would be it'd be fine with all but the most sensitive shrimp.
  89. Garuf

    Teratec EX600 or EX700 for 110L tank ?

    Washing machine biotope is pushing it, even if you put a ex1200 or an e1500 on the tank (which would be my recommendation) I doubt you'd come anywhere near a washing machine. If it's nothing special and you've no plans to up grade to a higherlight tank then a ex700 is fine and is a great little...
  90. Garuf

    Aquatics Live 2012 pics and thanks

    Funnily enough after seeing the names on the signs I guess exactly who did which tanks. Really gutted I didn't make it, totally forgot it was going on, had made plans as well. Aww well. Another time.
  91. Garuf

    Which Filter for a 60L Breeding setup

    Can't go too far wrong with something like a 2213 or 2215, either would be perfect for a breeder and are available really very reasonably both new and second hand. HOB's are pretty good for breeders but the general consensus from people who have used them is that they can be a pita to clean and...
  92. Garuf

    Get excited and make something.

    Not working for me, Morgan?
  93. Garuf

    LED Floodlight

    There are a few people using these on ASW but generally on much larger tanks but for the life of me I can't find the specific post, it wasn't even that long ago. I would suspect that it'll be a huge amount of light though.
  94. Garuf

    Something a bit more "meaty" for a 20G

    Ahh I see but the bigger the fish the few you can keep and the less comfortable they'd be in a 20g. Perhaps a trio of aspisto's?
  95. Garuf

    Mid-Tech Planted Tank?

    Mid tech as a definition is generally medium light but liquid carbon dosed with ferts, they don't have any other form of co2 other than liquid.
  96. Garuf

    Something a bit more "meaty" for a 20G

    You'll always be limited to smaller fish in a 20g but that doesn't mean necessarily neon tetra sized fish. I assume you're looking for something deeper bodied? If so there are a lot of deep bodied tetras that would be suitable. X rays or black phantoms spring to mind straight away. Is this what...
  97. Garuf

    Living off grid solar/wind/geothermal?

    25 year quoted life time on the panels, so, 4 years free electricity? I think some of the quotes are a bit wide of the mark and this is probably down to less than perfect positioning by overzealous companies stretching just how far suitable really is. The other thing is sun tracking, I've...
  98. Garuf

    Living off grid solar/wind/geothermal?

    Well we've out buildings we'd be able to put panels on in addition to just the house but we'd most likely need licensing. That's a very good point though. I've been reading that cleaning the panels twice a year can increase yeild after 12months by 100% compared to uncleaned panels and this is...
  99. Garuf

    Living off grid solar/wind/geothermal?

    Oh yeah I have to agree, I was reading about infrared and "farblue" scavenging solar panels in new scientist not that long ago and they're claiming 500% increases in efficiency within a matter of years. The old tech thing is apparently a concern enough that in Germany a lot of companies who do...
  100. Garuf

    Living off grid solar/wind/geothermal?

    I'll cross turbine off the list then, I'd assumed that caravan batteries would be a good idea for storing the charge but I can see limitations there. There seems to be a lot of legislation stifling the solar, the margins for generation and then licensing are ultra thin, it strikes me all as...
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