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    Does anyone know?

    Haha Gill, i went to Hilltop Garden Centre today and got 30 slate rocks for £21 :D Quite happy with my haul. Nevermind though, atleast i finally found some slate i'm happy to use in my tank.
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    Does anyone know?

    Black Slate, or something to similar effect. For a visual representation of what i would like, or am trying to find its closest possible match here is a link. At 0:06 of this 1:18 long video it shows black slate. Where the devil do i find such slate. I myself am in the Coventry area of the West...
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    T5 or T8s - whats best for me

    Lol how wrong was i, nevermind :)
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    T5 or T8s - whats best for me

    After some quick scouting around i've found some Hagen GLO T5HO x2 39W (91cm) light units for about £65-70. Even without the bulbs the pricing is about right so it looks like i've found my light unit. One or two members on another forum (TFF) have brought up the issue of algae in my tank under...
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    T5 or T8s - whats best for me

    That T5 unit looks the same as my 2ft Hagen GLO x2 24W T5, is it the same jsut a bigger version. The rpcie throws me off, obviously its without the bulbs which i'll have to add and that'll bump the price up a little...but it still seems aloit cheaper than if i was to buy a 4ft Hagen GLO T5HO...
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    T5 or T8s - whats best for me

    Thank you George, coming from you that is very convincing to hear :) Being a Jack Dempsey tank its only going to be a shallow sand bedding, so naturally i'm a little concerned any swords i have may have some difficulty rooting in properly. Although i have an existing mature running filter +...
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    T5 or T8s - whats best for me

    Basically thats the dilema, do i go with T5's or T8's over my tank. The tank is a custom built ND Aquatics 4ft 61G. Measurements are 48"x22"x16" (LxHxW). The tank itself will be home to my breeding Jack Dempsey cichlids with the male being the Electric Blue strain. I plan on this being a South...
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    3ft Bogwood + Anubias tank

    Ha! How i never thought of boiling water i'll never know. Genious :) I got so caught up in thinking "Oh god this BBA is bad i need overkill" i completely overlooked the simple things. Thanks, thats put me at ease being reminded of the simpple + safe option.
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    3ft Bogwood + Anubias tank

    Might sound daft. Any particular technique to apply the bleach onto the wood? Sounds daft even typing that but with bleach i'm really quite terrified. Bleach gives me the heebijeebies :P I'm thinking bleach+water solution 1:10 ratio applied with either a pippete, small brush, or just pour it in...
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    3ft Bogwood + Anubias tank

    Anyone got any suggestions as to removing BBA on wood safely?
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    Q40

    You mentioned Shirley said Earlswood has a better selection of shrimp? How is your HC faring? Is it still sending out runners or reaching for the light?
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    Crypts deformed ?

    I would say CO2 for the reason being mine grew small and shrivelled without any injected into the tank, then a week or two after i started dosing ferts and CO2 it doubled in size height and width, with the leaves being stunningly vibrant colour. They look almost leathery :)
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    How to prepair a planted tank for a while on holiday?

    I've only tried low tech set-ups so i can't speak from experience to well here but the most troublefree solution i would suggest is have a well informed neighbour/family member carry out your usual routine. Being advisable to have the routine written down near the tank simply too :) Whenever i...
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    First planted tank NEWBIE

    Reading up through this forum you'll find most of the information you need already archived from years of repition :) But to get you on your way quicker perhaps post the simple stuff first. Such as; tank dimensions, lighting specs, lighting period, CO2 y/n. Many things have to be taken into...
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    apple snails and planted tanks

    Think i';; bear that in mind next time i pop out to a LFS :) Previously over looked snails as algae eaters
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    Jewel Rio 180 Maiden Planted tank - New photos 21/10

    Pictures never did quite follow did they ha? Almost 12 months down the line :lol:
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    Superman's Replant - 180l - Crypt's Causeway

    Just browsing through old threads i've posted on and spotted the wood. Don't know if it caught my eye the same way last time isaw it but thats a fantastic piece of wood. The possibilities on how it coould be used/placed/planted are endless. I can picture it with Anubias all over it :) Rather...
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    3ft Bogwood + Anubias tank

    Righto in the next month or two (finances permitting) I shall be crashing my 3ft tank as it is and starting afresh due to serious neglect and BBA issues over last 12 months. Now my life is freeing up a little bit again i have time to rededicate myself back to my breeding Dempseys and i shall be...
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    apple snails and planted tanks

    I've had my apple snails in with my plants for just over a year now and they've been fine. As for algae they're useless in my tank xD
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    HC Cuba & Apple Snails

    I've put this here because i want the HC to thrive, not so much the snails. I've tried with this plant before and failed but on a recent visit to a LFS i decided to give it a go again. So far so good, new shoots and crawling growth over the bottom after 6 days. However alot of singular small...
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    Lincsflier Build

    This is certainly going to be a tank to keep tabs on. Very much looking forward to updates.
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    I've got massive wood!

    Fantastic video. I don't even know what areas in the UK to even begin thinking about going to. I'm off to north-west wales next thursday to stay with some friends who live on 4 acres of land with a stream/river running the length of their oddly shaped 4 acres. Hope to source some good rocks/wood...
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    BBA overhaul on Anubias

    I tried a bleach solution in a 2L container. 1L bleach, 1L water so 50:50. I left the entire rhyzome completely submerged inside for roughly 2-3 minutes. Then rinsed off thoroughly and placed in a new algae free tank. So far the algae has gone red and nothing more. Its been 3 days since doing so...
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    Aaron's 216l journal!

    Stunning tank and a truely great choice in tankmates. Where you've tied your Microsorum Pteropus to the wood have you taken one small piece of rhyzome and attatched it, or 2? Can't tell from the pictures.
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    BBA overhaul on Anubias

    So to "cut" a long story short, my 3ft tank has gone through some 12 months of slight neglect. By this i mean to say i have had a light bulb blow out which is yet to be replaced, the remaining one is more than probably running on half power. I removed my inconsistent CO2 dispenser and transfered...
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    How often do you get a flash of inspiration?

    I get flashes of inspiration daily too. Quite often when i'm trudging around the warehouse at Tesco's where i work i'll be thinking to myself ideas of plants, rocks, fish. Often getting so excited i cant wait for the shift to end so i can get home and research plants and other such trivial...
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    Contolling direction of " Runners "

    When i had E Tenellus i planted it about 1-2cm apart. Growth was slow and it slowly filled in. The runners i had went every which way, there was no curbing its enthusiasm to spread. I eventually got rid of it because at the time i didnt have time to control the plant growth. Seems nowadays i...
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    Microsorum Pteropus

    Just wanted to get some tips on how to plant it when creating a bunch on the end of the branch tip. I'm setting up a low light Anubias, Microsorum and bogwood tank and i want to create 3 or 4 nice "bunches" of Microsorum Pteropus on the end of a few branch tips around the tank. Just wanted to...
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    Microsorum Windelov

    Sounds to me like your leaf tips that are browning are basically being over-exposed to light in your tank. This is a common problem with any of the Microsorum's. It certainly explains why your shaded leaves arent affected. Either lower your light, or if you can't do this due to other plants...
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    Fire extinguisher CO2

    Quick summary of what i need to go out and buy then; Reg (solenoid right?) bubble counter check valve ceramic glass diffuser tubing and an FE obviously. Nothing else i'm missing right? Complete novice at this, read through most the pages trying to find info i'm after. Easier just to have it...
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    Lusty Glaze (Inspired by nature)

    update update. Planter, i cant remember your nickname on aquaticquotient.com, but i'm sure its you is it not? Sure i've seen this scape somewhere else before :)
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    Jewel Rio 180 Maiden Planted tank - New photos 21/10

    Re: Jewel Rio 180 Maiden Planted tank Someone else who uses pins for holding down plants on wood, fanatastic! I thought i was the only one who thought of this. Wool/thread is too fidlly for me. I'm not the most gracious with my fingers so i just bash in pins and lightly press them either side...
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    Oto + Brush Algae advice

    On removing BBA i have found the following product of particular (so far) good use; eSHa PROTALON -707 Anti Algae Treatment. I've had it for a few years now. First used about 2 years ago when i had major issues with thread algae and green spot algae everywhere, this cleared it up then in...
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    saintly's "Autumn Blush"

    Re: saintly's son try's his hand If you were to say whats the closest to a naturally arranged tank you can get without it looking artificial i'd officially have to say imagine a 3 year old kid placing rocks and wood within the 4 walls of your tank and this will be it. A little expert tweaking...
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    90cm/150litre - "Patience"

    Been silently sat waiting for an update on this tank :) Looking forward to when you post some more pictures of how its coming along. What substrate did you say you were using again?
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    Group shipping buy for Manzanita driftwood from Tom Barr

    I can't really afford this any time soon myself. I actually have to postpone completely redoing my tank aswell and possibly my planned holiday to dominican republic currently. Such is the case with my finances. If this doesnt happen for a little while or is something that can be re-done in a...
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    Red Eye Tetras - anyone keep them

    I had 10 in a 3 ft tank along with Clown Loach, Bristlenoses and Ram Cichlids and they were an absolute nightmare. Not with the other fish, with each other! They never shoaled, they each took a section of tank and just swam about. If one ventured into anothers space it was war. For about a week...
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    South American Biotope

    Mexico, its neither North nor South in my eyes, but you have me there :) I was aiming for the Honduras set-up ideally :P Either way, i think i have my set-up. Sand, rocks (unknown) with DW (possibly manzanitan instead?) with Vallis and one or two Echi's. I think this will suffice for myself...
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    Group shipping buy for Manzanita driftwood from Tom Barr

    Although the UK isnt exactly a vast place in comparison to many other countries (such as the USA) its still going to be odd all the wood going to one place and then being distributed out to others further afield. I have no doubts about the 'fairness' in how its done, i don't doubt this at all...
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    Group shipping buy for Manzanita driftwood from Tom Barr

    Not to sure how this system is working, and how i'll get "my" wood or how payment is going to come about, but i'm in!
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    all planted,just hoping it grows.(need a name now)

    Re: heres hoping If its not to much trouble i think it would be better if you tie the Anubias to the wood, rather than on slate chips. Reason being theuy don't actually grow very high and it'll look far better seeing the plant grasp hold of the wood and slowly creep along the length of your...
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    How/Where did you hear about Ukaps.org?????

    I was guided here by a kind soul from Aquaticquotient.com, a forum based in Singapore :) After establishing myself within their community i hope to do just that here :wink:
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    all planted,just hoping it grows.(need a name now)

    Re: heres hoping It certainly does look like mondo grass. I was sold this my a LFS near me completely unaware by both me and the shop (i hope!) that it was non-aquatic. Sure enough it didnt last more than two weeks, rotted away slowly and generally messed up my tank water. Best to remove. The...
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    South American Biotope

    Yes i suppose you have a point about the plants, but for a South American biotope i hope to ahieve a decent hardscape for my Dempseys whilst having a couple of Echi's growing here and there. Perhaps two or three varieties :) Planted still, just minimal. I'm saving my plants for my 2ft iwagumi...
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    South American Biotope

    What rocks are native to South American river systems that are typically available in the UK? I don't mean to hijack the thread its just i too am interested in a South American biotope set-up for my Jack Dempsey cichlids. I have similar aspirations for my 3ft tank. Rocks with wood and minimal...
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    saintly's "Prairie Lands"

    Re: saintly's 120cm iwagumi Fantastic tank. Coming along nicely. Does anyone else have problems with rummynose eating plants? I've had them the last 4 years in my 3ft and they ate all my HC and E. Tenellus. I've heard other reports of rummynose's eating plants too occasionally. Hope you don't...
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    Loaches / Bristlenose in a planted tank

    Theres nothing more i would love to do but have my Rio 180 as a planted tank which i can show off, but unfortunately my choice of fauna when i initially started out prevents me from achieving this. I've tried a few times but the fact of the matter is i have two bristlenose' that just love to...
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    Superman's Replant - 180l - Crypt's Causeway

    Crypt parva is painfully slow growing. I swear mine looks the same today as it did 2 years ago :shock: Certainly interested to see how a possible rescape goes trying Oliver Knotts substrate. Tempted to try it myself.
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    saintly's "Prairie Lands"

    Re: saintly's 120cm iwagumi Hopefully once the tank fills out to its true potential the shrimp will be too preocupied with the rest of your tank to keep covering your HC. Stunning tank, i've skipped through a few pages and don't recall seeing what lighting specs your using
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    Reccommended CO2 set

    Currently asking around people i know with connections to see if i can get hold of a FE on the super cheap real easy. If not, then eBay :D I'm seemingly convinced on this idea now. Its seems so easily do-able. The fittings for the solenoid/regulators to attach to, is there much variation...
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    90cm/150litre - "Patience"

    Ok, i thought i left it late to learn to drive. Lets say the next number i hit is 20 :shock: Haha, by all means when i get road active and i'm going cruising to aquatic shops youd be more than welcome to hop along :D Thats a few months off yet though. I'll be a regular on here soon enough, and...
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    Reccommended CO2 set

    Certainly the way to go. Especially if i can get it refilled in near Walsgrave hospital. I live on the estate in Walsgrave between the Hospital and Tesco on the other side :D Definately an easy choice and certainly what i'd call on my doorstep 8)
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    90cm/150litre - "Patience"

    I'm pretty much in a similar boat to you then. Don't drive jsut yet, although my test is May 14th :D So soon i'll be able to ferry myself around. I have bad experiences with Coventry Aquatics, they sold me none aquatics plants on two occasions when i was starting out. Really peeved me off to...
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    Reccommended CO2 set

    Funny you should mention the fire-extinguisher method. It certainly would be cheaper but i'm concerned at the fact its a fire-extinguisher. I did read the thread on making one yourself just yesterday and it looks damn simple enough. It would last a hell of a lot longer than most CO2 units so its...
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    90cm/150litre - "Patience"

    Indeed the planted tank is a poison that takes over. I'm yet to try my hand at an actual planted tank, preparations are in place for a 2ft first experience tank soon to come. I hope to start a journal on here when i finally do so, depending how badly or well it does :lol: Do you have a Rio...
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    Reccommended CO2 set

    Been researching CO2 sets online and in local retail outlets. Just wondered if people here have any that come with good experiences and ease of use. Places i've looked online are aquaspotworld.com (singapore based), aquaressentials.co.uk. Not really to fussed about pricing currently, i'm in the...
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    90cm/150litre - "Patience"

    Fantastic tank there. Exactly the concept i was hoping to achieve with my Rio 180 when i re-did my tank. Then i got two dempseys and so plans changed :P Shall be keeping an on eye on this tank as each update comes :) I see your from Coventry too :)
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    1600 Gallon 5 meters long planted behemoth

    Been following this tanks progress on aquaticquotoient.com. Seems funny to follow it here too now :D Absolutely stunning tank
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    Surface Scum - Keeps Coming Back

    I knew my plant care at the moment is poor, but this fits the bill exactly. Thanks. If you don't mind i'm going to copy and paste what you put in that post and save it to my computer as a reference in future if i have further difficulties. It makes for a great little reminder. Thanks again.
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    Explain this...

    Tom, are you referring to adding carbon into the filter? Or removal of? Just to clarify, i always thought carbon was advisable to remove, as i've been led to believe.
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    Surface Scum - Keeps Coming Back

    Has anyone actually narrowed it down to what causes it? Other than reading someone says its an algae does anyone know what encourages it to form, and also what discourages it? I've had this on and off over the last 12 months, and the only thing i've found to get rid of it was to add a power...
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    Once upon a time at the riverbank - Final update

    Re: Once upon a time at the riverbank 125Ltr Wait am i reading this right from the first post. You used super glue to attach your ferns? Is this practical? If it is i know what i'll be doing from now on, can it also be used for Anubias species on wood :twisted: Its a pet hate of mine attaching...
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