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  1. M

    L Plates

    oh well the plants have gone....the water got a little salty
  2. M

    Getting there!

    Sorry about the poor image....dont have an expensive camera. After some disasters my tank is starting to take shape, I still have a lot to learn, but I'm always reading the pages on the forum and trying to take it all in :D
  3. M

    Blue Green Algae and Diatoms?

    No Clive I had both the filters on max....I have removed one of the Koralia number 2's and have the one remaining on a timer, it comes on and goes off the same time as the Co2 running through the two Up Atomisers....Gives the fish a breather from the fast flow!! I'm going to stick with the two...
  4. M

    Ready To Throw In the Towel

    Light is the Devil..... :twisted: I reduced my light which solved months of heartache!
  5. M

    Left to their own Devices

    just plain silly!
  6. M

    Blue Green Algae and Diatoms?

    OMG 5 weeks no algae!!!! Changed the 28w back to a shorter 39w just to help the growth a little, first sign of the bad stuff coming back, its back to the trusted 28w :lol:
  7. M

    150W light in Rio 180

    isnt 150W for 40 gallons a bit OTT?
  8. M

    Blue Green Algae and Diatoms?

    you know I've got to puy my hands up here in the hope that other people like myself will take things in a little quicker... I have been given tons of advice on these forum pages, most: probably from Clive (ceg4048) and although I thought I was listening I was not really taking everything in...
  9. M

    Blue Green Algae and Diatoms?

    sounds like a good plan...thanks!!!
  10. M

    Blue Green Algae and Diatoms?

    I was actually wondering if I have went too far the other way....my tank is about 240L or 62 gallons, is my now 67 wats of light enough??? As is been over three weeks since I've seen any sign of algae (great for my tank !!!) not really sure if I should/need to change anything....I do have more...
  11. M

    Eheim Pro 3 Cleaning

    Where do you get your replacement pads Matt?
  12. M

    Eheim Pro 3 Cleaning

    How often is best to clean these filters....and is it best just to rince the media?
  13. M

    Blue Green Algae and Diatoms?

    Well I'm not sure which of the following done the job but all the BGA has gone and the BBA Alterations from 4 x 39w of lighting to 1 x 39w & 1 x 28w added another UP Atomizer so the co2 is getting shared between both spray bars. Placed the EasyCarbo into one of those spray bottles and when...
  14. M

    Blue Green Algae and Diatoms?

    Thanks Clive....think I'm getting there, as it is now there is only one bulb at the front part of the lid and three at the back. I will give the black tape idea a go
  15. M

    Blue Green Algae and Diatoms?

    Ok as you see I have added extra plants. I'm still getting a line of the BGA at the very front of the tank which keeps coming back, it would appear that I have ample flow. Should I disturb the soil to get at it? Is there anything I'm missing?
  16. M

    Blue Green Algae and Diatoms?

    update on BGA at the front in patches..here is a new photo, I would like to fix this before any new plants go in. CO2 (5kg F/E) and Light times CO2 - 9am until 9pm Lights 2 sets of 2 x 39W 2x 39W 2pm – 11pm 2x 39W 4.30pm – 7.30pm close up of one of the patches
  17. M

    Blue Green Algae and Diatoms?

    Update I have two Koralia number 2 (new type) on the back wall facing forward. I have replaced the Eheim Pro 3 2080 with 2 Eheim Pro 3 2075's All the hair algae that was on the leaves and Koralia's has vanished :P for now at least :clap: BUT....I am starting to get the BGA at the front of...
  18. M

    Two instead of one

    anyway we are looking a little tidier now :D
  19. M

    Two instead of one

    Stu this proved to be very popular....it sold while I was setting the other 2 up
  20. M

    Two instead of one

    after filling it up to just below the final compartment and with the motor switched on, the last few presses where enough to get it started...a few more pushes just to get those last few stubborn bubbles out Right now who wants the big one?
  21. M

    Two instead of one

    I thought that was a big no no???
  22. M

    Two instead of one

    and just as I thought the first one might have been a faulty one....wo the priming of these things are a nightmare...still pressing the second one!
  23. M

    Two instead of one

    as soon as the second one has arrived and is installed I will be selling the big 2080 full of media for about £120 plus the postage!
  24. M

    Two instead of one

    wow finally!!!
  25. M

    Two instead of one

    The first of two 2075 arrived today.....been sat pressing the priming pump for nearly an hour....any tips to make this less stressing????
  26. M

    Two instead of one

    its ok I ordered the smaller of the 2
  27. M

    Two instead of one

    bit of confussion here....can anyone tell me the height of the 2075 one site says its the same as the pro3 at 500mm another says its 453 just that 500 wont fit !!! 453mm http://www.arkpetsonline.co.uk/eheim-20 ... 5ltoean4f2 500mm http://www.123aquatics.co.uk/showproduc ... eSupport=1
  28. M

    Two instead of one

    Cheers Paul!
  29. M

    Two instead of one

    anyone know if the pipes are the same size on the 2075 as they are on the 2080?
  30. M

    Two instead of one

    would two Eheim pro 3 2075 do the trick?
  31. M

    Priming an Eheim Pro 3

    Thanks Paul Will give it a go, as the indicator is either stuck or simply does not work
  32. M

    Two instead of one

    Tank 240l I have the Eheim Pro 3 2080 I want to change this and get two smaller filters to fit inside my cabinet...any recomendations please...obviously need to get as close to 10x as possible!! :D
  33. M

    Priming an Eheim Pro 3

    does anyone know how to get the indicator open to clean?
  34. M

    Priming an Eheim Pro 3

    I have the pro 3 version and mine is a nightmare to get to fill with water after I've cleaned the media...an hour an a half the last time, I had to resort to opening and closing the on off valve as a tiny bit of wayer would enter the filter when I did this What a pain....and the flow is very...
  35. M

    Blue Green Algae and Diatoms?

    Well my nice algae free tank lasted for about two week.....the bottom is now covered yet again in the dreaded stuff about to call it a day totally pi$$ed off with it
  36. M

    Blue Green Algae and Diatoms?

    I like the sound of that, as the only problem area now seems to be the front centre of the tank where I'm getting the algae on top of the soil!
  37. M

    Blue Green Algae and Diatoms?

    do we suggest thinig them out?
  38. M

    Blue Green Algae and Diatoms?

    Just to show everyone that if you keep at it and listen to the advice of other ....we will get there progress report Clive
  39. M

    Blue Green Algae and Diatoms?

    Koralias are now pointed level and forwards :) Crypts are flowing nicely thanks Clive
  40. M

    Blue Green Algae and Diatoms?

    Clive after taking your advice I made some more adjustments. I replaced the nano Koralia and the Koralia 1 with 2 x Koralia number 2's, I also shortened my spray bar which I believe has increased the flow of Co2
  41. M

    blocked Up Aqua

    Well I can only go by what I know, I use the spray bar which goes the length of my tank, so therefor the bublles go that far...
  42. M

    blocked Up Aqua

    mine comes through a long spray bar and fine bubbles get spread throughout the tank....miles better than the glass difussers
  43. M

    Blue Green Algae and Diatoms?

    ok I've placed the other pump on the back wall...I will remove as much of the BGA as I can by hand and probably do a couple of extra 50% water changes over the nexk week, then see how we go from there! Co2 is on 24/7 now and lights are 8 hours a day
  44. M

    Blue Green Algae and Diatoms?

    I have a 3ft spray bar which goes acroos the back this is one of the pumps This is the other
  45. M

    Blue Green Algae and Diatoms?

    Hi Clive This is an image before the new outbreak....I move the wood in case that has caused the flow problem and this is the with the outbreak
  46. M

    Blue Green Algae and Diatoms?

    Well the BGA is back yet again! Tank 240l Eheim pro3 filter Co2 from 5kg Fire Ex going into my up atomizer through the 3ft spray bar along the back of the tank 2 hydor koralia water pumps (1 x size 1 & 1 x size 3) Mix to 250ml water KH2PO4 30g KNO3 65g Dosage 50ml Tuesday Thursday and...
  47. M

    Blue Green Algae and Diatoms?

    Been there done that....Nitrates are nearly treble what I started with, To be honest since I went 24/7 with the Co2 the tank has never looked better...I have 2 5kg f/e so I think I'll leave well alone for now. Thanks though!!
  48. M

    Blue Green Algae and Diatoms?

    I had BGA and after a blackout I was ok for a while, alas it started coming back, I have taken the timer off my CO2 ans have it running 24/7 at a slightly slowe rate....day by day the BGA started going away....its now gone completely Think I will leave the timers off
  49. M

    blocked Up Aqua

    after turning the co2 pressure down slightly the tubing has stopped coming off...will now try and gauge how long to leave the timer on to ensure the plants get enough co2
  50. M

    blocked Up Aqua

    Yes I mean the UP atomiser but its only a couple of months old and is not showing any signs of dirt!
  51. M

    blocked Up Aqua

    no I tried that just not pushing any CO2 through.....I turned the Co2 down and some is now getting through the spray bar, I'm going to leave it on 24/7 for a couple of days just in case its a timer issue (dont think it is though)
  52. M

    blocked Up Aqua

    the flow going through the water pipes into the spraybar is fine.....but still blowing the pipe off the none return. Dont want to buy another if the problem could be something else....hoped someone could shed some light on this :crazy:
  53. M

    blocked Up Aqua

    My Up Aqua has somehow got blocked....all looks ok but the pipe keeps blowing off from the none return valve....I have tried another valve with the same result.... Any idea how to unblock???
  54. M

    eheim pro 2080 - red button

    well as simple as that I held and pressed it to the left while pressing the red button at the same time and up she popped!! Ta
  55. M

    eheim pro 2080 - red button

    Hi all, has anyone had any trouble with the big red release button on the eheim pro, mine simply wont budge :thumbdown:
  56. M

    Boyu Vs Up Aqua In-Line Diffusors - Quick Review

    for example eheim hose size 16/22 so you would get the 16/22 atomiser
  57. M

    Boyu Vs Up Aqua In-Line Diffusors - Quick Review

    Yes co2 pipe connects to it them outlet pipe connects to your spraybar
  58. M

    BGA - Increase nitrates - how much??

    Thank you Tom If the calculator is right if I only add 50 ml 3 x a week this will give me 16.6pmm...I will slowly try to bring it down to this figure, I want to get rid of the BGA first. As already mentioned I have added extra flow and an Up Atomizer for hopefully better Co2.
  59. M

    BGA - Increase nitrates - how much??

    Chris thats great to hear...I will hopefully see some improvement with the extra flo and extra nitrates added
  60. M

    BGA - Increase nitrates - how much??

    I have increased the KNO3 to 65g in the 500ml bottle and I'm going to dose 75ml for a while to see if anything alters... Will this kill off the BGA or do I need to go down the blackout road???
  61. M

    BGA - Increase nitrates - how much??

    I have sent Clive a pm, asking his advice (always my first port of call!)
  62. M

    BGA - Increase nitrates - how much??

    Co2 is now going through the Up Atomizer and a fine mist is going evenly around the tank, I am adding some Python Git after water changes to see if we can beat this...I will try to increase the CO2 to its max without stressing the fish
  63. M

    BGA - Increase nitrates - how much??

    Understood...but not much use if its just going to come back after the blackout!
  64. M

    BGA - Increase nitrates - how much??

    Tank 4ft 240l lighting 8 hours 2x39w Co2 FIRE EXTIN... I am getting the BGA on my Amazonia substrate, I have read that I should increase flow and nitrates. I've added a 3ft spraybar and a Up Atomizer also another Hydor Koralia and have this pointed at the front of the glass Potassium Nitrate...
  65. M

    Home made Spray bar

    External Diameter: 20mm Internal Diameter: 16mm Wall Thickness: 2mm Length: 1000mm / 1m This is pretty close to the Eheim bar I think!
  66. M

    Home made Spray bar

    Here's the thing I want to buy or make a 3ft spraybar to go across the back of my 4ft tank. I have the Eheim pro3 filter system (16/22 hose) with 2 spray bars joined with a bit of hose... I'm sure I have seen a 3ft length of spraybar somewhere (but cant find it now!) or does anyone know where...
  67. M

    Fluval for Eheim Spray

    Dont eheim make a 3ft spray bar?
  68. M

    Boyu Vs Up Aqua In-Line Diffusors - Quick Review

    thanks for the link....quick question! can this added to the outlet pipe then be added to your spray bar
  69. M

    Boyu Vs Up Aqua In-Line Diffusors - Quick Review

    Silly question but where can I get hold of a Up Aqua in line diffusor?
  70. M

    Invert Deaths

    That's just a fantastic idea!! :D
  71. M

    Invert Deaths

    Anyone suggest any Algae eating snails, that would not take over the tank and are easier to look after.
  72. M

    Invert Deaths

    scratch that.... KH= between 0 and 3 not at great deal of difference in the green colour on the tester
  73. M

    Invert Deaths

    Water Cl2 =0 PH between 6.4 and 6.8 KH =0 GH between 8d and 16d NO2 =0 NO3 =25 Ferts: Potassium Nitrate & Potassium Phosphate (SAME BOTTLE) Potassium Nitrate 39g to 500ml for the solution Potassium Phosphate 30g to 500ml for the solution dosage = 50ml 3 times per week Trace 18g to 500ml for...
  74. M

    Invert Deaths

    Tank is 4ft 240L
  75. M

    Invert Deaths

    I am kind of puzzled as to what it is I am doing wrong....I have bought 3 nerite snails at a time on three occasions now...they seem to be ok and then after a week or so they die, my latest 3 lasted a little longer this time but it looks like I'm down to my last one. Could it be too much co2...
  76. M

    Fish ID please

    There is no dispute about the quality of the fish, it was simply an ID thread and the fact that they were not what I wanted or paid for. After Paypal got involved they gave me a full refund
  77. M

    Fish ID please

    Well suprise suprise...requests were sent asking for a refund but two days later all my emails have been ignored. I made my payment through Paypal and have asked them to seek a refund. Now I am sure some of you will find their website very good and some of you will have had orders from them...
  78. M

    Fish ID please

    I have asked for a refund from http://www.directtropicals.co.uk/ We shall see!
  79. M

    Fish ID please

    No I think thats you on your own there :)
  80. M

    Fish ID please

    Thanks guy's....its just a shame the people at http://www.directtropicals.co.uk/ dont know what they are selling...I will have a read of the fish's info and see if I can keep them
  81. M

    Fish ID please

    Ok just to show the difference in the fish This is my otto This is the second batch which I need to identify
  82. M

    Fish ID please

    Well my guess is it is a catfish but its behaviour is definitely not that of an Otto....I will get a better photo when the lights come on, I dont want to go messing with my timers. I really want a possitve ID so I can say to http://directtropicals.co.uk/ what it is they are selling that is not...
  83. M

    Fish ID please

    I will put a better photo on later, but these are not attempting to go anywhere near the plants or glass, swiming with the Tetra's
  84. M

    Fish ID please

    Bought my second lot of Otto's from the internet, first lot arrived and are looking great and eating away. The second lot arrived looking nothing like the first batch....any idea what these are?
  85. M

    570l tank - 2 weeks old. Latest photos added

    Re: 570l tank - what was I thinking? If after a few times opening that lid you start finding some sawdust on top of your glass, change the screws in the hinges!!! I have a smaller one of these tanks with the same hood and all the back screws came/fell out.
  86. M

    Fresh Start

    left and right
  87. M

    Fresh Start

    Lot of Diatoms, Brown Algae visible on the moss and some of the plant leaves....Otto added and have started to clean the leaves sorry about photo...mobile phone!
  88. M

    UPDATED: Eheim Pro 3 2075 Review

    Re: Eheim Pro 3 2075 Review just put Eheim Pro 3 2075 in google image search
  89. M

    Y Splitter for CO2 Systems

    Just to point out that Aqua Esstials are still tops! they did send me an email first thing, saying I could keep the conector and they are posting the correct one out to me!!!
  90. M

    Y Splitter for CO2 Systems

    I still want them to send me the one I paid for! Will give this a go when the other needle valve arrives...one of the forum members has kindly said they have a spare and are going to send me it :)
  91. M

    Y Splitter for CO2 Systems

    Well I ordered the Y Splitter but they sent me the Y connector. Apart from feeling ripped off because of the difference in price with it do the same job?? http://www.aquaessentials.co.uk/ae-design-y-connector-p-1938.html
  92. M

    Shrimp Bedfellows

    thanks Mr Luke will update the list :)
  93. M

    eheim pro 2080

    Ahhhhhh now I get it!!! Bit thick me at times....20 mins looking at it when I was setting up LOL!
  94. M

    Shrimp Bedfellows

    Interested to see what happens should the rams breed as they get very territorial
  95. M

    Shrimp Bedfellows

    list updated keep them coming! What do you think about rams....blue/german although water temp may rule these out anyway
  96. M

    Narrow timers

    Tower socket with 5 plugs on either side should do the trick
  97. M

    My Private Island - 240l tank

    Re: 240l tank rescape (name coming later) This is a thing of beauty!
  98. M

    Help with ID's please. Bacopa, M umbrosum.....

    number 3 Didplis diandra....possibly
  99. M

    Shrimp Bedfellows

    Now thats the info I want.....So Rainbows are a big no no!
  100. M

    Shrimp Bedfellows

    No I wasn't thinking of large numbers, if so I would set up a shrimp tank, what I was thinking about was putting them in a community tank...I read that they are great for algae control and then I read dont have them with certain fish :crazy:
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