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  1. Mr P

    film in drop checker

    Thanks paulo for your advice.I. havenot been moving the d.c about but will bear it mind for the future.I do have a d.c at either end of the tank 40mm or so above the substrate,I will clean them again tonight and hopefully that will sort out the problem.thanks again.roy
  2. Mr P

    film in drop checker

    Thanks for your input.I have 2 d.c in tank and have the film in both.I will leave the d.cs in steralising liquid for the night and see if that solves it.many thanks.roy
  3. Mr P

    Rotala / Ammania Bonsai - MELT

    Very intreasting,I have just had the same problem with the amania,grew it before with no problems,got some a couple ofweeks ago and it had died within a couple of days.I will have to try this method next.roy.
  4. Mr P

    film in drop checker

    Hi all'i keep getting a film buildup in my d.c.I clean the the d.c but it returns every 2/3days.when it happens ti cannot get a proper reading from the d.c. has any one else had this problem?many thanks.roy
  5. Mr P

    arcadia classica otl led

    Many thanks alastair for your help.I bought today tmc grobeam ultima ,I spoke to richard at AE and after chatting about my needs he recommended the grobeams,I think led lighting is still in its infancy and over the next few years there will be a lot of advances and I think I will hang on a bit...
  6. Mr P

    arcadia classica otl led

    Hi alastair,I want to get a led light for my 60cm long tank,I am concerned with reliabilty has your light been trouble free,can you adjust the colour of the light and would you consider it as power as 2t5s ? Thanks .roy
  7. Mr P

    arcadia classica otl led

    Hi, has anybody got this light and what do you think of it?many thanks roy.:)
  8. Mr P

    tropica aqua soil

    Sounds great,staying put when sloped is really handy as every thing else I have used in the past levels its self out.thanks for your help.roy.
  9. Mr P

    tropica aqua soil

    Hi all ,has anybody using or used tropica aquarium soil.any feed back would be great.roy.
  10. Mr P

    From tap water to RO?

    hi lee. my plants have done really well since I changed to RO.nice lush growth.its a pity as I have now gone low tech on the tank as I am trying to breed apistos and after asking Darrel I hope to have more luck wth the setup now.still using RO but no CO2. all the best .roy
  11. Mr P

    From tap water to RO?

    hello lee,i have my TDS at around 150, cherry shrimps and amanos doing fine.
  12. Mr P

    From tap water to RO?

    hi lee, I have just done this,take your time and start with small 10% changes and as the TDS comes down slowly increase the size of the water changes.it will take time but you don't want to lose livestock.i did not lose fish or plants but it seemed ages to achieve my target.i have read about...
  13. Mr P

    dragon rock

    cheers johan:)
  14. Mr P

    dragon rock

    hello, I am reducing the hardness of my water at the moment and wondered if dragon stone would raise the PH in the tank.i am using ro water with james c remineralising recipe. thehardness of the tank is pretty much as I want it but the PH has not altered very much. it has gone from 8.1 to...
  15. Mr P

    tds help

    thanks Darrel.i am using james c remineralising recipe and I got a reading of 126ppm from the prepared water,if I keep adding this to the tank it will slowly get softer. many thanks again. roy.
  16. Mr P

    tds help

    thanks clive, saved me few bob there.how do I know how hard or soft the water is using the tds meter?sorry to sound thick.many thanks roy.
  17. Mr P

    tds help

    thanks for your help chaps,i will still need to get a KH and GH test kit.i can use the tds meter to check my ro unit is working correctly.i am slowly adding ro to the tank and would like to know when I have achieved my parameters.the ro mix is ph7 and tds is 128.where do I go from here?
  18. Mr P

    tds help

    hi everyone,i have a tds meter could someone please explain how I can work out the water hardness using it.i am using ro water with james c remineralising recipe,i am going to keep soft water fish in the tank.any help would be great.many thanks ,roy
  19. Mr P

    what substrate

    thanks johan I will see about changing the substrate soon to sand,i dose ferts daily any way so that is no problem. thanks roy.
  20. Mr P

    what substrate

    I originally had the florabase on top of the akadama it has been in the tank about a year now and has become mixed now,i done it that way to bulk it out abit,smaller plants don't really grip in it,in my other tank I have eco complete and the roots grow into the grains but I did not want to use...
  21. Mr P

    what substrate

    hi everyone, what substrate have you found the best for keeping the plants anchored down.i am using a mix of columbo florabase and akadama.the plants mostly grasses keep lifting out of it and it is driving me mad. I want a smaller grain size substrate with a bit of weight to it. I also have...
  22. Mr P

    ro units

    do I need a di chamber on the ro unit?i want to eventually keep apistogrammas in the tank.is a 3stage unit adequate? thanks ,roy
  23. Mr P

    ro units

    thanks mark.i have been looking at a couple but was unsure of filter prices thanks roy.
  24. Mr P

    ro units

    hi, are cheap ro units any good?and if so could you recommend one, thanks roy.
  25. Mr P

    Seeing as nobody bought my bespoke cabinet.....

    filling out nicely, once you start trimming the background stems they will bush out. keep up the good work. roy.
  26. Mr P

    Hummingbird hawk-moth.

    never seen one, but I would love a crack at photographing one. all the best. roy.
  27. Mr P

    hard water

    thanks again chaps for your help.i am very strict with my dosing and do my best to dose correctly,water changes and CO2 i also keep on top of,i did not really want my fish to be uncomfortable due to excessive hardness.but you have put my mind at ease. many thanks .roy.:)
  28. Mr P

    hard water

    thanks darrel, I will keep putting the Mg in,is there a way of checking wether or not there is too much or too little in the tank so I could adjust my ei mix accordingly, or is it not that important. many thanks .roy.
  29. Mr P

    Diffuser Choices

    hi,i have used a bazooka diffuser and the bubbles are quite small and I found it worked very well at 1.5bar. all the best roy.
  30. Mr P

    hard water

    thanks for that George,i have been looking at the water report and cannot find a reading for Mg, I have been el dosing for a couple of years in the tank and must admit everything seems ok. cheers roy.
  31. Mr P

    hard water

    I have just been on my water supplier website and the hardness is285mg/l .I add magnesium sulphate to my el mix,am I just adding to the water hardness?.
  32. Mr P

    JBL Regulator

    hi, I have had my one for 2years and it has been ok. all the best roy.
  33. Mr P

    solenoid problem

    I just reduced the pressure to just under 2 bar and that seems to have done the trick,i will look around for another solenoid as the atomiser works better at a higher pressure
  34. Mr P

    solenoid problem

    hello. the solenoid is a cheapy,what are you using?
  35. Mr P

    solenoid problem

    hi, my solenoid is letting gas through when it is closed, it is letting by 20 bubbles a min approx. the regulator is a jbl on a fe with the pressure set at 2.3bar as im running an inline atomiser, any pointers will be appreciated. roy:)
  36. Mr P

    bsp fittings

    hi andy, please let me know what you get. cheers roy.
  37. Mr P

    George's "Crystal Palace" - now with HD video

    looks really nice now,have you tried taking a custom white balance with a white target in the tank,just thought it might be worth a go.well done on your photography ,all the best roy
  38. Mr P

    bsp fittings

    hello, the valve I ordered is no good, just have to crack it open a tiny amount and I can blow through it, looks like I will be using my old valve for a while longer.:( roy.
  39. Mr P

    bsp fittings

    Stainless Steel Needle Valve 6000 psi 1/4"BSPP hi im not too sure if I have done this right but it is on fleabay. I hope ive picked the right one to use. roy
  40. Mr P

    bsp fittings

    many thanks andy, just ordered 2 fittings ,should get the job done. roy.
  41. Mr P

    bsp fittings

    hello, I hope I have got this in the correct thread,i have got a needle valve with 1/4 bsp female ends on it,does anyone know what fittings I need to get to connect from 1/4 bsp to 6mm airline and where I could get them. all help is appreciated. roy.:thumbup:
  42. Mr P

    sealing washer

    thanks lee,i just looked at the washers ,I don't think they will do. the original washer is flat nylonish looking,i will keep hunting.thanks again. roy
  43. Mr P

    sealing washer

    hello,does anyone know what size the sealing washer that goes into disposable bottle reg is?it looks like it is made from nylon and is quite small, many thanks roy.
  44. Mr P

    Angels and Amano's

    I had amanos and angels together for about 18months and have had no problems.the amanos would sometimes stand their ground if food was involved and spook the angels. roy.
  45. Mr P

    crypts and co2

    thanks for everyones ideas,i will be rescaping the tank soon and I do want to use the crypt parva I have so I will put some osmocote pellets under the crypts so they get the best of both,i will be using co2 and el and will see how they get on, roy.
  46. Mr P

    crypts and co2

    the lighting I cant really change,i have had various floating plants to reduce light but now want a more open look,i started co2 and el today.i will be altering the tank at a later date but for now its a bit of a test tank.i have various crypts in my tanks and they have done well using el...
  47. Mr P

    crypts and co2

    i have columbo florabase substrate mixed with akadama, can any one recommend decent root tabs?thanks for your help chaps.i have a lot of light on the tank,2x24 t5s and a 70 litre tank..:thumbup:
  48. Mr P

    crypts and co2

    hi, is it worth injecting co2 in my mostly crypts tank.i have a lot of the parva type and am hoping to get it to carpet the tank.i do have a co2 setup not being used at the moment and wondered if it worth using it. roy.:)
  49. Mr P

    George's Hillside (new Signature layout)

    looks great George,do you have problems keeping the sloping substrate in place? roy.
  50. Mr P

    bad weather.

    im not too bothered by the rain but the insects and my camera don't like it much lol!!
  51. Mr P

    how to clean in line atomiser

    I know the intank atomisers are temperamental little---.but I must admit that they do create small bubbles
  52. Mr P

    bad weather.

    after years of struggling with extension tubes etc I finally got my self a proper macro lens.i love insect photography, since I got the lens typical british weather has taken over,PANTS!!!!:arghh:
  53. Mr P

    how to clean in line atomiser

    thanks tim,its just the same as a in tank diffuser then, thanks again.roy.
  54. Mr P

    how to clean in line atomiser

    hi and ,i have just got a up inline atomiser and wondered what is the best way to clean it and how often ?many thanks roy.:)
  55. Mr P

    filter age

    hi ihave 2 efx300 filter running in my 175ltr tank.one is 3years old, the other is new.i have noticed a considerable difference in the flows from both filters.does a filter lose power with age and is it as simple as replacing the impeller to rectify this.many thanks roy.:)
  56. Mr P

    cherry shrimp predators

    what a pity,i really fancied some cherrys in my tanks.thanks for the info chaps.roy:arghh:
  57. Mr P

    cherry shrimp predators

    hello. I have amano shrimps in my tanks and have not had a problem with predatation.i do have angel fish and tetras mostly.could I keep cherry shrimps as well or will I be providing an expensive meal for my fish? many thanks. roy.:)
  58. Mr P

    Tonys 'Triassic Hollow' 420L - Now FOR SALE !

    this has been a fascinating read,it is beautiful.i like the way it has evolved,you have put a lot time and trouble into this project.how do the altums get on among themselves?have they paired up .once again ,brilliant.mrP.
  59. Mr P

    My garden 250l - M.Pluta

    a brilliant tank!!!.fantastic.:happy:
  60. Mr P

    Mini Dutch - 12 Gallon Long

    :) really great ,and lots of maintainence I bet,well worth it.
  61. Mr P

    Has eco-complete changed?

    :) hello, I have had eco complete in a tank for over 3years now.i dose ferts daily and have had decent growth on most plants I have put in.i also have akadama in another tank which in my opion out performs the eco complete .i must admit I like the eco complete for appearance but it is very...
  62. Mr P

    is this hairnet too coarse for riccia?

    i bought a pair of cheap tights and the riccia grew through ok.
  63. Mr P

    Plants that are good with Angels

    hi, I have 3 angels In my 175 ltr tank. I have had numerous plants, the angels have never eaten any of them, my angels always lay their eggs on the magnetic algae scraper.i keep the the temp at 26 degrees. all the best roy.
  64. Mr P

    ClearMax

    thanks, I have some media bags kicking about and the filter is due a clean at the end of the month so I should be able to put some purigen in then. all the best roy.
  65. Mr P

    ClearMax

    thanks for the info, I have ordered some purigen today and will give it ago.i have a 175ltr tank, how much do you think I would need to put in ? thanks roy.
  66. Mr P

    ClearMax

    hi, how long does purigen tend to last in your tanks?. I have to change clearmax every 6 weeks.
  67. Mr P

    ClearMax

    hello, I have been using clearmax as a water clarifier In one of my tanks. the water is very clear and everything (fish and plants) seems to be doing verywell.does anybody else use it or know of any pros and cons about using it,? all the best roy.
  68. Mr P

    Trigon 190 'Crypt Corner' (PFK featured)

    really nice setup,i have looked but could not find what lighting you are using. keep up the great work roy
  69. Mr P

    George's TMC Signature

    the layout has a organic natural feel to it,great composition.cant wait to see it planted .great stuff all the best roy.
  70. Mr P

    450L Low Tech Aquarium

    fantastic tank. really beautiful plants.
  71. Mr P

    Co2 Atomizer Vs. Reactor

    thanks viktor for your explanation. I am worried about a major leak I must admit,i will give this a think before I make up my mind.. many thanks roy.
  72. Mr P

    175 litre

    hi pelagio,you are correct.i really like this plant and have had it a couple of years now ..i have seen photos of the red variety and would like to get one in the future. all the best roy.
  73. Mr P

    Co2 Atomizer Vs. Reactor

    hi, I have been thinking about changing to a reactor.i have used an atomiser and did not like the misting, at the moment I have a glass diffuser directly under the filter inlet.would there be any advantage changing to a reactor? all the best roy.
  74. Mr P

    Lè Nano journal •30l Fluval• PLANTED

    great tank. I would like a shrimp tank but im not sure the misses does.what shrimps do you have? all the best roy.
  75. Mr P

    700 litre - Boesemani-Stan. 😁

    this tank is fantastic, a really natural look. all the best roy.
  76. Mr P

    New Moderators - Ian Holdich and Ady34

    well done chaps.!!!
  77. Mr P

    175 litre

    here are the specs for this tank. 175 litre tank. 2x 39watt t5 light by all pond solutions efx300 canister filter with 1600 litre ph power head. pressurised co2 injection. 3 bubbles per sec. eco complete substrate. lava rock and redmoor root wood. flora. aponogeton longiplumulusus bolbitis...
  78. Mr P

    70litre

    hello here are the tank specs. tank 70 litre. with diy top. 2x24watt t5 lights fluval 206 and 990 litre ph power head substrate is a mix of akadama and columbo flora base. hardscape is mini landscape rock stuck together with tank sealant and redmoor root wood. flora. cryptocoryne balansae...
  79. Mr P

    70litre

    the crypts have done very well in there,the substrate is a mix of akadama and brown flora base,(quite a good colour match)the plant colours have been a lot better than my other setup which has eco complete in it.i use liquid carbon every day and 2ml of neutro + week all the best ,roy.
  80. Mr P

    70litre

    thanks dorian and mark,i used the floating plants to reduce the lighting, i have 2x 24watt t5s in it and without co2 injection the light was a bit strong.that said the bolivian rams and five banded barbs love the dark areas. all the best roy.
  81. Mr P

    70litre

    here is a shot of my 70 litre tank.hope you like it. all the best mr p
  82. Mr P

    175 litre

    this is my 175 litre tank.any comments would be appreciated. many thanks mr p:)
  83. Mr P

    Is this the colour in aiming for?

    hi,the colour looks ok.you might want to try the drop checker in different positions in your tank to see if the co2 is getting distributed all over. all the best .mr p.
  84. Mr P

    Who lives in London then......

    hello. im over at Ruislip area.
  85. Mr P

    What other hobby's do you have?

    hi,apart from my tanks I also do quite abit of photography and did do a lot of carp fishing.ijust love being outdoors.
  86. Mr P

    Bolbitis heudelotii at higher PH

    hello, mine is growing in pH 8 all the best
  87. Mr P

    All Pond Solutions Reviews!

    hi, like your review,i just ordered a light unit from all pond solutions, ,keep up the good work. all the best , Mr P.
  88. Mr P

    Cutting acrylic

    hello. I made a lid for my tank out of acrylic sheet. I used a router to do all the cutting,it does a fantastic job.if you have one I would definitely use it all the best ,Mr P.
  89. Mr P

    2 or 4 tubes

    many thanks Paulo.
  90. Mr P

    2 or 4 tubes

    hi. thanks for your feedback.the light unit with 4 bulbs does have switching between 2 or 4 bulb.i know the lights will be abit largerthan the tank ,that does not bother me.i do have a lot of fish in the tank and I don't know how much more co2 I could put in,the drop checker is bright green...
  91. Mr P

    2 or 4 tubes

    hi.my tank at the moment is 80 x50 x55 cm.i have 2 x24w t5s, I am using pressurised co2 and el ferts..the problem is that the sides of the tank do not get a lot of light as the bulbs are a lot shorter than the tank.i am going to upgrade the lights and have been looking at the all pond solutions...
  92. Mr P

    Mark Evans IAPLC rank 137

    hi mark .your tank and photography are beautiful.i used to enter a lot of photographic comps.i think when ever you have somebody judging your work it is only their opinion of your work.i have at times felt like packing it in but if you are happy with your work, tanks or photos, really that is...
  93. Mr P

    New look ukaps forum and website

    hi, I like the new fresh look.well done chaps, all the best and a happy new year to everybody.skankypup.
  94. Mr P

    f.e.

    hi there.if anyone could please verify that i have got the right FE please.i have a JBL u401 reg and have got the U_M adapter.i got a 2kilo co2 FE, the adapter fits ok.the FE has a working pressure of 174 bar and a test pressure of 250bar.will my reg be ok on this fe.? any help would be great...
  95. Mr P

    maybe its just me..

    hi, i must admit to have used one of these layouts.i planted up layout 45 by eduard gercog,i have stuck pretty much to the layout but i had a couple of plants from previous that i wanted to keep.it is in a 175 ltr tank.i am using liquid carbon and running the tank as a long term lowish...
  96. Mr P

    amano book.

    many thanks for your info chaps,i:ll be on her case later, is it here yet ? ,is it here yet ? :thumbup:
  97. Mr P

    amano book.

    thanks mike, does the book cover smaller tanks (up to 200 ltrs)?or is it more biased towards large tanks,thanks ,skankypup.
  98. Mr P

    amano book.

    hello, my birthday is coming up soon and the missus wondered if i would like a book,is the takashi amano complete works book a worthwhile buy? grateful for any feedback,many thanks ,skankypup. :D
  99. Mr P

    escaping shrimps

    i have bracing all round on the tank so i will have to watch the little buggers.i have dropped the water level but i suppose they could climb up the filter pipes,razor wire and electric fences are next on the list. bye for now .skankypup.
  100. Mr P

    escaping shrimps

    hello, i have now taken an inch of water out of the tank,hope this stops breakouts,bye for now,skankypup. :lol:
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