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  1. Egmel

    The upgrade!

    Ok, so I'm still alive, I'm still keeping fish and I still have a high tech tank... sort of! We're in the process of renovating the kitchen diner so the tank has moved to the only other space in the flat - the bathroom. Poorly taken, with water spots all over and cucumber fishing lines but...
  2. Egmel

    DIY amazon root

    Ahhh, it's because you were talking about buying lots of substrat-Pro and planting vallis that I assumed there would be other plants. My bad, as they say assumption is the mother of the biggest mistakes ;)
  3. Egmel

    DIY amazon root

    Nice and atmospheric, can't wait to see it with all the plants in. I like the roots dangling down, it's a different effect from the usual and means you can play around with the plants rising to meet them. It might be more difficult to scape this way than the other but that's half the fun of...
  4. Egmel

    The upgrade!

    Not far but it is a different water company which is why I suspect that. Some of my snails have also kicked it so it might be copper in the supply. As I say, I'm just keeping on top of maintenance, the fish seem fine so I don't think it's a nitrate/nitrite/ammonia problem, though I haven't...
  5. Egmel

    The upgrade!

    Well life is nice and busy at the moment, I'm in the final throws of thesis writing and buying my first house. In the meantime I've moved into my sister's and I took the chance to re-scape the tank. :) When I move into my new place I'm going to replace the sand with akadama and probably...
  6. Egmel

    90cm/150litre - "Patience"

    Looking good, shall be interested to see this progress. :)
  7. Egmel

    The upgrade!

    Right, I was just getting involved with a question about lighting when I realised that since I upgraded my tank I only actually have 60W over a 30USG tank... which may explain why some of my plants are quite leggy! So I'm looking to upgrade the lights at some point (probably in the next few...
  8. Egmel

    Celestial Glade - 125Ltr Low Light, Low Maintenance

    Congrats, I'll keep my fingers crossed for them. :D
  9. Egmel

    Celestial Glade - 125Ltr Low Light, Low Maintenance

    The dot in the centre is a good sign. Moving the leaf on its own is still better than moving the eggs on their own! Brownie point on the ingenuity front for modifying a net. If you don't have an air stone then keep it near the flow (easier in a planted tank where we tend to over filter), it's...
  10. Egmel

    Celestial Glade - 125Ltr Low Light, Low Maintenance

    From the TFF FAQ
  11. Egmel

    Celestial Glade - 125Ltr Low Light, Low Maintenance

    It's good that they're on a plant rather than on the tank wall, it means you can snip the leaf off and put the whole thing in the net so you don't damage the eggs trying to unstick them. If you can get a bit of rhizome with the leaf then even better as it will continue to grow in the net rather...
  12. Egmel

    The upgrade!

    Keep that in mind for the next photo... If you're interested in what the foods are then click on the photo to go to the flickr page where I've labelled them all up :oops: I'd like to plug http://www.discusessentials.com/ it's where I bought the generic food and the fish think it's great. I...
  13. Egmel

    Celestial Glade - 125Ltr Low Light, Low Maintenance

    I know it differs depending on the size of led but I thought they were more efficient than that (up to 45% in the labs), it's often difficult to find up to date specs though as people are more interested in lumens/watt. TBH most of my experience with semiconductors is useless, a mixture of...
  14. Egmel

    Celestial Glade - 125Ltr Low Light, Low Maintenance

    ok, that'll teach me not to re-read the backlog, just thought you were going for the <1w LEDs that most lightbulb replacements are made from! Have you got the spec sheet for these LEDs? I'm still a bit confused how they can dissipate so much power, it may be more the resistors he put inline...
  15. Egmel

    Celestial Glade - 125Ltr Low Light, Low Maintenance

    You shouldn't need the fans for the LED's that's the main reason they use so much less power, they don't waste it as heat.
  16. Egmel

    Sam's 4ft nightmare, I mean journal

    Re: Completely stumped - the saga continues I'm sure I've asked this before but are you using the rain water on any other planted tank? While you know the parameters of your rain water you don't necessarily know what the locals are pumping into the air on any given day!
  17. Egmel

    Celestial Glade - 125Ltr Low Light, Low Maintenance

    I tend to just walk straight to the 19th hole... Doing one this Sunday, not far, only about 5 miles each way. :D
  18. Egmel

    The upgrade!

    As usual it's been a while! I've added in quite a few plants (thanks to my secret santa) and removed a couple too. I took 4 days away for Christmas at my parents, I shut off the lights and CO2 for my absence as I wasn't going to be there to dose the nutrients and I wasn't sure how long I was...
  19. Egmel

    Superman's Replant - 180l - Crypt's Causeway

    I think once it grows in the divide will look quite natural, like in the savannah where you get small patches of trees and bush in the middle of the desert, or woodlands where you get small clearings. I'm liking this a lot now, the java fern does make a big difference.
  20. Egmel

    The upgrade!

    That's the one, though the main stem in your pic is a 4 leaf version, must be lucky, mine are mainly 3 leaf versions with only a couple of 4 leaf ones! :)
  21. Egmel

    The upgrade!

    That's probably one of the better photos of it I've seen, looks almost identical to mine when I haul it out for a proper trim :)
  22. Egmel

    The upgrade!

    Having just sent some of this plant to someone more knowledgeable than myself I have been told it's definitely not glosso! :oops: They too suggested that it might be Hemianthus micranthemoides, whatever it is it's growing well and bushing out beautifully :)
  23. Egmel

    Superman's Replant - 180l - Crypt's Causeway

    I had similar problems with shrimp when I was dosing heavily, since I'm using an all in one solution I did wonder if it could be the copper in the traces rather than the nitrate... either way I dropped my dosing and kept on top of the water changes and the fatalities stopped.
  24. Egmel

    Superman's Replant - 180l - Crypt's Causeway

    :lol: Good to see some happy fish and happy plants,. Bunching the crypts together a bit has definitely helped with the layout. I would now wait for things to grow in a bit before make too many changes.
  25. Egmel

    The upgrade!

    hehe, I am resigned to the fact that I will always have a place for everything, whether everything is in its place though is another matter! The basic problem is I have too much stuff. I need to keep everything organised or it just ends up spilling out onto the floor. Know the feeling, it...
  26. Egmel

    The upgrade!

    Everything! They are all labelled and the labels say ... Left Column misc spares TPN+ Capsules Trace Ascorbic Acid + Potassium Sorbate KNO3 MgSO4 Freebies, Flubenol 15, Tonic Salts Stones RIght Column Suckers and Clips Measuring Spoons and Pipettes Lead Weights Cleaning Bits Granulated Food...
  27. Egmel

    The upgrade!

    A small illustration of where I sit on the OCD scale... I decided to re-organise the cupboard under my tank yesterday... Though as I was discussing with my housemate, it's the process of organising that I enjoy rather than the result. So time will tell how long it will stay like that!
  28. Egmel

    7gal Shrimp only - "Forgotten Glade"

    Surely that suggests that the traces aren't high enough in the TPN+ mix?! Liking the tank, it'll look even better when the mosses are attached to the stones and you can remove the threads. You were talking about greaseproof paper being to brown for the background, have you tried tracing...
  29. Egmel

    Superman's Replant - 180l - Crypt's Causeway

    I'm going to agree with Dave, I'd try to group similar types of crypts together, they have more impact like that. It's one of the things I did with my re-scape and I'm really glad I did.
  30. Egmel

    Sam's 4ft nightmare, I mean journal

    Re: Completely stumped I wonder if the plants use the Excel fist leaving a higher than normal concentration of CO2 in the water.
  31. Egmel

    The upgrade!

    Possibly, mine has never been that enthusiastic about growing compactly. It's got good growth but the leaves are quite well spaced. As promised, photos of the current scape. I cleared out all the pest snails I could see and I think if I do the same over the next few evenings I might just get...
  32. Egmel

    The upgrade!

    Fairly certain that it is glosso, the tropica website says that it grows up if light is poor. I've got about 60W t8 over a 30G tanks so I'm guessing 2wpg is low enough to allow it to grow tall. This site seems to confirm my theory. (Though he calls it 'ugly vertical growth' :? I quite like...
  33. Egmel

    The upgrade!

    That's the one, I completely overlooked that tropica picture because it didn't look big leaved enough. Now of course I realise they were showing a big plant! I got a little bit carried away this afternoon and took out everything except the vallis and the swords in an attempt to reduce the...
  34. Egmel

    Sam's 4ft nightmare, I mean journal

    Re: Completely stumpped Odd, it looks like what happened to a batch of my plants when I tried to de-snail them using an ammonia bath (which was obviously too strong). It can't be that though as you have fish alive and well in there. My next thought along those lines would be too low a pH but...
  35. Egmel

    The upgrade!

    Thanks for the comments and species identification Unless, you have 'certain conditions' from the tropica description on AE Looks about right to me, not sure about it growing to 55cm :shock: might have to move that slightly further back! Still no wiser on the random pink plant but I think...
  36. Egmel

    The upgrade!

    Ok so I'm going to have a go at better arranging the crypts and foreground plants this weekend, now that they've had a chance to grow in I can see the various heights and colours better than when they first arrived (maybe I should buy better plants next time!) Here are some photos of the tank...
  37. Egmel

    The upgrade!

    Yeay for Birthday's I now have pressurised CO2 via the FE method and 12 Copper Harlequin rasboras. :D The rummy noses are much happier now that they have someone to show them the big tank isn't so scary, they pop out to the front a lot more often and the rasboras have only been there 2 days :)...
  38. Egmel

    The upgrade!

    The rummies are getting bolder, they are out in the foreground more often, they still have room to hide behind the glosso and the slates/wood but now they have a clearer escape route if they feel threatened. I think their timidness might be a mixture of the bright sand and no background but I...
  39. Egmel

    The upgrade!

    Ok, so last night while doing the water change (at last, it's been almost 2 weeks :oops: ) I decided to rip out the stems and move the glosso across. On a plus note, despite the lack of water changes, my water was still clear and there was little to no algae. :D Not all the slow growing...
  40. Egmel

    The upgrade!

    I had to give the Tigger costume back after the campaign so unfortunately that's not the solution ;) As far as I can tell I haven't got any ferns, plenty of crypts and possibly in the future Java Moss but no ferns (though my aquatic plant identification isn't as good as it should be!) Thanks...
  41. Egmel

    The upgrade!

    Figured it's probably time for an update... it having been almost a month since my last one! Quick photo taken this morning under naff lights As you can see the stems have filled out lots, but now I'm not sure if I like them! I've got some java moss attaching itself to some wood in a holding...
  42. Egmel

    saintlys "The Henge"

    Been following this for a while, thought I'd comment for once! I think it's more whether you like it. While I agree it's nice for others to appreciate what you've done, it's even more important that you like it since you have to live with it! Hmm, interesting tactic, might have to remember...
  43. Egmel

    The upgrade!

    I was thinking the same thing! There are lots of bits of vertical slate, that one's just the most prominent, maybe I'll have a switch around next time I prune things. Try and balance it a bit more.
  44. Egmel

    Celestial Glade - 125Ltr Low Light, Low Maintenance

    I'll be interested to see how you get on with those dwarf rasboras, they were the ones I always wanted but I'm limited in where I can buy fish. If I do ever see some though I think they would be an ideal shoal to complement my rummy noses :) I really like the sense of depth you've created in...
  45. Egmel

    The upgrade!

    Thanks, the room actually has only one window and it's on the east wall, but it's a magnolia wall colour (rented accom) and whilst I have way too much furniture almost all of it is white to keep the room feeling light. I've tried to position the tank out of direct sunlight on the south wall and...
  46. Egmel

    The upgrade!

    Thanks, I'm sure it'll change a lot before I'm truly happy with it. I can't wait for the swords and vallis to take over their respective roles, by then the stems will hopefully be bushier and healthier too. You may notice I'm back on the nutrafin ladder, my DIY kit refused to play ball so I...
  47. Egmel

    The upgrade!

    Sorry for the delay on these, w*rk's been getting in the way. The vallis as predicted isn't making the bid for freedom that I'd like it to, though it has started to put out some new runners :) The crypts have stopped melting (I only lost a couple of leaves in the end) and are bedding in well...
  48. Egmel

    The upgrade!

    Will try to get one this evening, it needs a prune so it might well be before and after shots if you're lucky :)
  49. Egmel

    The upgrade!

    I've heard mixed things, as I say I think they come into their own in a planted tank. Which is probably why people on this board rave about them but others are less enamoured! I'm loving them, they're fun to watch and they do seem to be nibbling on just about everything!
  50. Egmel

    The upgrade!

    Well in return for tea and cake my friend played taxi and took me fish shopping :) Since the tank has had a low bio-load for the last month or so I decided to start slowly and i got 10 Rummy Nose tetras and 6 ottos. These guys are shoaling beautifully and even confuse my ottos into shoaling...
  51. Egmel

    The upgrade!

    If I didn't have shrimp then I might consider getting some bigger fish to encourage smaller ones to shoal. Saying that a group of one or 2 types of fish, even if not shoaling tightly all the time still look good. So very nearly convinced... not sure they'd be best going in first, although the...
  52. Egmel

    The upgrade!

    That's the plan, I'm basically aiming for EI levels but with DIY TPN+ since it's easier to dose (I can never remember what day of the week it is!) I really like the idea of getting some panda corys, I've always wanted them, not sure if the tank will be to cluttered for them though. I'm not a...
  53. Egmel

    The upgrade!

    Well I went and picked up my new tank on Sunday, it's a metre long Juwel Rekord 120l. I've kept the original filter but just filled it with filter wool in place of the sponges. My eheim 2213 is doing the brunt of the biological filtration. I've got the original 30W lamp in still and have...
  54. Egmel

    Testing the water

    Some of my Inverts having breakfast :) I've added recently: 5 apple snails, 2 staghorn nerites and 2 new types of trumpet snails :) I'm going to take some final shots of this tank over the weekend and then it's all change. I was the lucky winner of a Juwel Rekord 120l on ebay the other day and...
  55. Egmel

    Testing the water

    Liquid Rock! This is the water companies official values from a sample in 2007, when I measured it about 3 months ago I got a DH of 17 I think, though that could be my in-ability to use the test kit! :oops: mgl CaCO3 (ppm) 281 Degrees Clarke 19.7 Degrees German(DH) 15.7 Degrees French 28.1...
  56. Egmel

    Testing the water

    I went away for a week and left my housemates in charge, it was fairly straight forward a measuring spoonful of EasyCarbo, a full dose of TPN+ and feed the fish. One of them did exactly that each day which would have been fine but the other one (who's on nights) thought he was dealing with the...
  57. Egmel

    Testing the water

    It wasn't without it's pains, I started off with some nice airline taps in the lids in place of the tail pieces. The theory was that you could keep the pressure in the system whilst the changing bottles. These were connected into nice glass bottles (no pressure worries there) and it was all...
  58. Egmel

    saintlys "The Henge"

    Re: saintlys 60 x 30 x36 optiwhite The image name has Reece in it so I'm guessing the latter.
  59. Egmel

    Testing the water

    I've got 2 2l coke bottles with tail pipes sealed and bolted into the lids. (they're usually fuller than that now so the pressure builds up more quickly) It's been driving a sprio type diffuser quite happily for about a month now, but I've just bought a couple of little nano ones from ebay as...
  60. Egmel

    'Under the forest canopy' - 19/06/08 Disaster Strikes again

    Re: 'Under the forest canopy' - 03/04/08 Update with pics Sorry to hear about your losses :( Good luck with the 3yr old krypton factor wannabe! I remember mum tying all the cupboard handle doors together with bungee cords, health and safety would have had a fit about that too! Hopefully...
  61. Egmel

    Testing the water

    Just a little update on what's happening in my tank... I had a small hair algae issue and had fun dealing with that but it's mainly under control now. I then discovered that my 'noon' lights weren't coming on during the day so the whole tank has been running on only 15w... :oops: A lot of my...
  62. Egmel

    My first journal; Multiple tanks - Video updates

    Just re-read the last few posts and spotted this, hope everything went well on the 11th and that progress is being made. Medicine is always a difficult one with children. I remember that my cousin had to take lots of tablets when he was little, my aunt used to crush them up and mix them with...
  63. Egmel

    My first journal; Multiple tanks - Video updates

    Re: My first journal - Multiple tanks Yup, smear it over the back of the tank, apply the background then smooth out bubbles with a credit card (or in my case an old loyalty card I don't use any more), then seal the edges with tape, I used black electrical insulating tape. Oooh, now there's an...
  64. Egmel

    Diary of a Rather Large Tank

    Just thought I'd come and join the drooling crowd. With that size tank to play with you could really have some fun with 'hidden jewels' in a jungle scape. ie having small specimen plants hidden around the tank so that every time you look you find something new. Ceg, I think Jayne was saying...
  65. Egmel

    Testing the water

    Thanks Sam. Unfortunately I'm still battling with my new DIY CO2 kit, either there isn't enough pressure being generated to force out the micro-bubbles from my nice glass diffuser or I still have a leak to find. I'm going to put the ladder back on it for now and maybe get an infinity diffuser...
  66. Egmel

    Testing the water

    Ok so I felt it was time for an update. I unfortunately discovered an intruder on Friday last week, there were 2 of them and by the time I'd found my net they had decided it was time to scarper. I had a quick search of the forums but without a photo to go on and only some alcohol addled...
  67. Egmel

    Testing the water

    Thanks :D Yes... well, right now I'm pulling off the dead leaves on lots of crypts that didn't like being transplanted (but most have new ones coming so I'm not too worried). It's all settling in and some of the stems have started to reach for the stars. Realistically it's going to be a...
  68. Egmel

    My first journal; Multiple tanks - Video updates

    Re: My first journal - Multiple tanks A brilliant non-permanent adhesive for film backings. Smear onto glass, apply backing, smooth out with credit card to remove bubbles, seal edges with electrical insulating tape or similar. Job's a good'un :D ... which all works wonderfully well as long as...
  69. Egmel

    My first journal; Multiple tanks - Video updates

    Re: My first journal - Multiple tanks Can you not slide a sheet of acrylic behind in the colour you'd like. I know it's not quite as good as an actual background but it might be better than the red. I had great 'fun' fitting my plain black background... note to self, in future always leave a...
  70. Egmel

    My first journal; Multiple tanks - Video updates

    Re: My first journal - Multiple tanks That's a really interesting idea, did you have to weight it down in any way or is it just resting on there?
  71. Egmel

    Testing the water

    Basically the same as what I've gone for only the one I chose has a funky spiral in it... something I'm going to regret when it comes to cleaning it I imagine :roll: If it works ok then I'll probably end up getting a backup too. Thanks Sam, I realised fairly quickly after my first order came...
  72. Egmel

    Testing the water

    Thanks for the comments John, I'm really looking forward to this and seeing how it all changes, I'm sure this is all going to be a great learning experience :) (One of those things which says 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do it again!' according to Douglas Adams) Co2 at Halfords, ay...
  73. Egmel

    My first journal; Multiple tanks - Video updates

    Re: My first journal - Multiple tanks Cool, well I look forward to seeing it, where are you getting your collection from? That was my plan too by getting 2 of one collection rather than 1 larger collection, not sure it's entirely worked but seeing as I'm going with the 'plant it and see'...
  74. Egmel

    My first journal; Multiple tanks - Video updates

    Re: My first journal - Multiple tanks Looks much nicer with the wood, seems to add more structure :) I had that theory with my 2ft tank, ordered 2 collections of 70+ plants each and a couple of specimen bits and pieces, I used almost everything and what I didn't use I can fit into my breeding...
  75. Egmel

    Testing the water

    Thanks :) That was sort of the aim, Never been a fan of anything that looks too ordered, never seems to look natural enough. I should have known but it's so easy to get carried away. Well the plan was to have a sort of red band leading the eye up from bottom left to top right, it was one of...
  76. Egmel

    Testing the water

    This is going to be a bit of a 'how not to do it' when it comes to setting up a 2' 70l (60cmx30cmx45cm) I've always had live plants so I wasn't starting completely from scratch, I had a pond soil/sand substrate with some healthy spiral vallis, cryptocorynes and amazon swords. Fish wise I've...
  77. Egmel

    Johns first planted journal

    Not sure which ones you were refering to but my GSD does eat the algae, though the Malaysian trumpet snails beat him to it if he's not careful ;) Much prefer the dark backing, something I'm going to be doing with mine tonight (I got it all cut up and ready to go last week but just haven't had...
  78. Egmel

    Johns first planted journal

    You could always get a group of pitbull plecs (or almost any other of the parotocinclus) I've got a Gold spot dwarf plec (parotocinclus spilisoma) who hasn't touched my plants in the 18 months I've had it. They're about the same size as otos but more plec like in appearance and behaviour...
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