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  1. AverageWhiteBloke

    Newish member

    Welcome back Paul, in the same boat myself. Recently reappeared after a spell away. I'll second what @jaypeecee said and advise low tech to get the ball rolling, you can always switch up later, far easier to step up than step back down. Plant choice is the name of the game, research which...
  2. AverageWhiteBloke

    Hi people...

  3. AverageWhiteBloke

    Hi from Newcastle, UK

    Hello buddy, welcome to the forum. Once you get the equipment best place to start is create a new post in the journal section, that way people know what's going on right from the start. You'll probably find yourself asking a question in another part of the forum and people will want as much...
  4. AverageWhiteBloke

    Hi all.. Novice seeks knowledge

    Haha, welcome mate. No such thing as a stupid question, you'll often find that things you thought made sense are actually the exact opposite in this game so just enjoy the journey. Word to the wise, try not to suggest ferts cause algae, nitrate kills fish or test kit results and you'll be fine ;):)
  5. AverageWhiteBloke

    Hallo from Hackney

    Welcome buddy, didn't know about Rachel O'Leary's Channel, I'll check it out.
  6. AverageWhiteBloke

    Looks good?

    I don't think you need any buddy, looks good to me :thumbup: 2 Months? that's amazing growth.
  7. AverageWhiteBloke

    First time - appreciate recommendations

    And more importantly..... Don't think that having excessive light will solve any problems, excessive light brings excessive problems a bit like Gremlins :D If you go down the route of having a bright light setup make sure you buy one which has dimmable options. As mentioned read the...
  8. AverageWhiteBloke

    New and thrilled for amazing ideas.

    Welcome Rodgie, one big happy family here, enjoy your stay.
  9. AverageWhiteBloke

    Old but new :)

    In fact thinking about it, we never actually met. You weren’t in when I picked the reg up and you left it round the back of the house with various other bits including a tank so I'm either the guy who bought a reg off you or the guy who pinched your fish keeping equipment out of your garden...
  10. AverageWhiteBloke

    Old but new :)

    Hello Buddy, good to see you back. Thought I'd spotted you sniffing round the forums lately. You maybe don't remember me but I bought a Reg off you many moons ago and at the time I think you must have been knocking the hobby on the head as you threw in a load of bits and pieces. Not sure if you...
  11. AverageWhiteBloke

    Just starting out in Wiltshire.

    Welcome to the forum and a real enjoyable hobby. First port of call is <UKAPS Articles> more than enough information to digest in there to get the ball rolling. Sometimes it's going to feel like you're going to need a chemistry and biology degree to get through this but when you break it down...
  12. AverageWhiteBloke

    Low-tech bioscaper from Canada

    Welcome and really looking forward to your endeavours. I think the picture upload is ok with .jpg, could be wrong though so maybe check the image size. I think there is a limit on file sizes.
  13. AverageWhiteBloke

    Hello Everyone

    :thumbup: lo
  14. AverageWhiteBloke

    All The Way From Canada! Brrrr..

    Welcome Dylan, yeah journals is the way to go. It's good to be able to look back through them and pin point when things were going well or got worse. I look forward to seeing it.
  15. AverageWhiteBloke

    Hi, from Sweden, STHLM

    Welcome on board. Would love a small pair of Cichlids in my tank, virtually every tanl I've had has had a pair, very interesting fish to watch. Unfortunately they don't get on with shrimp so I'm not taking a chance this time.
  16. AverageWhiteBloke

    In at the deep end

    No problem, I have seen some people who have pre drilled tanks that want to not use a sump get a piece of glass cut and silicone it over the hole.
  17. AverageWhiteBloke

    In at the deep end

    But on the other hand...I've just realised you are from Israel. Things might be a bit more difficult on a UK based Forum :banghead: just checked you out in case you were near me, you could have quite happily took one of these tanks off my hands.
  18. AverageWhiteBloke

    In at the deep end

    Hi Arthur, I'm liking your style but you may find the tank is more trouble than it's worth. Insofar as having to buy equipment to make this particular tank work for you with minimal cost. It is dooable however. You could block the sump hole corner off. Have you tried classified and stuff in the...
  19. AverageWhiteBloke

    New member, lots of questions

    Hello Buddy and welcome to the forum. You seem to have all the equipment you need right there. As for lighting, very generally speaking people tend to go for lower K lights. Not that it affects growth more to do with having a more natural colour. One of the first things you will have to change...
  20. AverageWhiteBloke

    New to the planted side of the aquarium

    Welcome to the forum mate. You've made the right choice going low tech to start with. Save the problems for later ;)
  21. AverageWhiteBloke

    Hello from Cumbria!

    Welcome aboard mate, nice to see another Cumbrian here. I know it's a big county but if you are a facebook user PM me. I've started a little group on FB for swapping plant cuttings and just general planted tank talk if you're interested. Best point out it's just for Cumbria within travelling...
  22. AverageWhiteBloke

    Howdy from Reading

    Hello buddy, welcome aboard.
  23. AverageWhiteBloke

    Hello from Phil M. in Colchester

    Welcome to the forum. The main difference will be the wealth of knowledge available, back in the day the pet shop would rather sell you a medicine than treat the cause. Cycling isn't a new thing, in fact it's been going on since the beginning of time :) It's a good thing that these boards exist...
  24. AverageWhiteBloke

    Hey folks, new member here, from Surrey, England

    Welcome aboard mate, as Edvet says give the tutorials a good read, they'll get you off on the right track and yes, this is THE place to be. A good start would be to get a journal up and running with some pictures of your tank. People will often suggest better ways of going about things as you go...
  25. AverageWhiteBloke

    new to planted tanks and forums !

    Welcome mate, the journal is a great idea. Sometimes pictures say a thousand words and save a lot of confusion. Starting low tech is also a good move and less problematic.
  26. AverageWhiteBloke

    Hi from hull

    Welcome mate. Some people may even shed some light on what you're doing right. Prepare to think black is white. Enjoy the journey and post pics of your tank often.
  27. AverageWhiteBloke

    Hi UKAPS

    Welcome to the board.
  28. AverageWhiteBloke

    Hello from Leeds!

    There's a new feature on this board where you can upload straight from your computer without 3rd parts applications. Just click the little picture of a tree above ^ :cool: :thumbup:
  29. AverageWhiteBloke

    ey up. noooooooob checkin in

    Looking forward to the pecking.
  30. AverageWhiteBloke

    Hello from Leeds!

    Hello Leeds :) Welcome and lets have a look at this coming along nicely tank please.
  31. AverageWhiteBloke

    Hi all, I'm new and I'm from Somerset

    I look forward to seeing what the clay looks like in the tank. Quite cheap that for 30l. Not as cheap as the cat litter but would be a lot less hassle. The cat litter is also a reddish colour which can look a bit unnatural under certain lighting.
  32. AverageWhiteBloke

    Hi all, I'm new and I'm from Somerset

    Welcome Paul. There's not much between them two tanks so I guess the one with the stand works out cheapest for you unless you have a cabinet you could put the second one on. Looking at the filter you have been given its probably quite low turnover wise so a smaller tank may have a slight...
  33. AverageWhiteBloke

    Hi from a new member!

    Welcome to this board :) I look forward to seeing these journals.
  34. AverageWhiteBloke

    Just realised ive never said hey!

    Hello Mate, can't say I've seen your tanks yet. Any links?
  35. AverageWhiteBloke

    Newbie from Essex

    Welcome mate, hope we're going to see some pics of these tanks. I like the sound of them.
  36. AverageWhiteBloke

    Hello There :)

    Welcome mate. I look forward to seeing this cabinet. I find.choice quite limited when it comes to cabinets. The next set up I do I think ill either build one or mod a flat pack unit.
  37. AverageWhiteBloke

    New Member

    Welcome to the board. Plenty of helpful people reside here if you have any problems.
  38. AverageWhiteBloke


    No need for you to apologise copdodger someone asked you a question :D It would have been ignorant not to answer. Some posts do have a tendency to go off topic, no harm done :thumbup:
  39. AverageWhiteBloke


    I have a 30 gall as well, DIY co2 is a starting point. Once past the original set up when the tanks have matured you may find that the majority of Algae problems come from either fluctuating co2 levels or not getting enough co2 circulating around the plants. DIY has the problem of not being very...
  40. AverageWhiteBloke


    :D Yeah a lot of advice in here seems at first counter intuitive. Quicker you change your way of thinking about things like nitrate and phosphate the quicker success you'll have. Not your fault of course, in a fish only system commercial companies have made a fortune selling you things to get...
  41. AverageWhiteBloke


    Welcome to the board mate. Plenty of helpful people here with advice. First things first I guess with you coming from a fish only background, forget everything you have learned up to now :) All jokes aside a lot of things you have learned from keeping fish only don't apply as much to planted...
  42. AverageWhiteBloke

    Hello from North Wiltshire

    Welcome to the board my friend.
  43. AverageWhiteBloke


    Good advice. I don't think the hobby is neccasarily expensive. Like geezer says find out your requirements and get the right stuff form the onset. I have tried to save money then ended up having loads of stuff that was no good. Saved a penny cost a pound. A lot of your marine stuff will...
  44. AverageWhiteBloke


    Welcome to the board, you've already made a good start by coming here.
  45. AverageWhiteBloke

    New member from Dunfermline

    Hello Mitchell good to have you aboard.
  46. AverageWhiteBloke

    Morning all

    Hello Adam and welcome to the board, look forward to seeing you around.