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  1. Stickleback

    Moving my 500L ratchet strapped tank from Jakarta to Saigon (video)

    Hi. I pop up here every few years. I'm currently living in Jakarta, but moving back to Vietnam. I have a really great tank and cabinet to take with me, so I thought I would document the move here. The sealant went on the tank a while ago, so I used a ratchet strap to hold the thing together...
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    My Aquarium in an Earthquake (video)

    Hi Apologies for the terrible quality of the video, but thought you lot might be interested in this. We just had a big quake in Jakarta (6.4) and I live on the 41st floor, so it gets very swayey. The first thing I noticed was the water really sloshing about in my open topped aquarium. A lot...
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    Removing snails safely

    I have dwarf puffer fish that keep the snail population in check. Do they also eat shrimp? Not sure.
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    Any top tips for growing Glosso in a low tech tank?

    I have had a number of low tech tanks and have had brief success with Glossostigma elatinoides. It would spread out across the substrate, but subsequently would melt. It is rumoured that glosso can be grown in a low tech no CO2 environment. So I was just wondering if anyone has any top tips to...
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    GH Boost

    I have just setup a tank in Jakarta. I would assume we have very soft water. It was a while before I could get any GH boost. I setup the tank anyway and things were mostly fine. However after a while the snail shells tend to go paler and almost transparent. I am now dosing GH boost and expect to...
  6. Stickleback

    Adjustable LED lighting

    Does this apply to domestic LEDs too? I have just put some fill in lights above my tank for aesthetic lighting, but would they also provide growth?
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    Using Untreated Teak Wood

    Yeah great to be back ;) Yup it's another low tech and hopefully natural light. However it might need some supplementary light. Heres the latest build, it's going to have quit a few emergent plants growing on top of the wood.
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    Using Untreated Teak Wood

    I'll let you know in a few weeks...
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    Is my windowsill vase doomed?

    Hi, sorry just looking back at my post and it must have been autocorrected to immersive, I meant emmersive, as it growing above water but with the roots below water.
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    Using Untreated Teak Wood

    Hi Everyone. I'm back again after being away for a few years. Setting a tank up in Jakarta this time. I found this amazing teak wood in the Indonesian countryside. Pretty big, the large one is about 130cm wide. Only cost £20 for both so pretty chuffed on that. I was just wondering if anyone...
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    Is my windowsill vase doomed?

    I have had a few tanks that catch full sunlight. I have always found the best solution is to have as many immersive plants as possible. It really makes a huge difference. I have a plant pot pond on my balcony that catches hours of full equatorial sun and have managed to get rid of the algae just...
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    Any way to fix a seized pump impeller

    Hi. Yeah I did try soaking it for a long time, but the impeller is just totally stuck. I am away at the moment, but will try the heating and ice thing, but I think it ran dry and was left on for a considerable amount of time so basically welded itself in place. I will try some WD40 maybe. I have...
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    Any way to fix a seized pump impeller

    Hi Guys Not posted for a while. I had to leave my last tank unattended for a while and the external water pumps ran dry. The impeller is completely seized up. I was just wondering if there is anyway this can be recovered. It's one Eheim and one Tunze pump. Would be annoying to have to throw...
  14. Stickleback

    The Kraken Archipelago of Vietnamesia

    Sadly, I have no idea. I have never seen it before, only in Vietnam. Maybe someone else can help....
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    The Kraken Archipelago of Vietnamesia

    More old pics
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    The Kraken Archipelago of Vietnamesia

    Hi Faizal, sorry, hadn’t realised I had given so little detail, here it is: Aquarium Details Location: Vietnam Size: L140 x W80 x H60cm 15mm glass Lighting is just from natural light, I have planted that small jungle behind it to stop too much light getting through. It also makes a great...
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    The Kraken Archipelago of Vietnamesia

    Hi Guys Thanks for the comments. I am not actually sure of the plant or animal species because here in vietnam everything is obviously labeled in vietnamese. Some of the plants and fish I have caught in the wild including the needle fish I have shown below. Many of the emersed plants are...
  18. Stickleback

    Ants/Termites eating my wood.

    Sorry, this is a ridiculously specific problem: I have an outdoor aquarium on my balcony in Vietnam. I have a lot of wood protruding from the tank and a lot of plants etc on the wood. It attracts a lot of fauna, most of which I welcome. A few ants, or they may be termites, made it their home...
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    The Kraken Archipelago of Vietnamesia

    I have finally started a journal. I'll start it off with a little video...
  20. Stickleback

    NAMIBIA TIME-LAPSE

    Hi Guys This is totally off topic, but I would like to see what you guys think. This is a video I recently shot in Namibia. I have been developing some new photography techniques, hope you like.
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    Fish Tank in a Submarine

    I was just watching Crimson Tide. In the crews quarters in the sub they had a fish tank. The concept blows my tiny little mind.
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    Can you disassemble an aquarium?

    I have no idea, you tell me. L140 W80 H60cm 15mm glass, single sheet base, braceless. S
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    Can you disassemble an aquarium?

    I will be shipping stuff anyway, so the extra will cost very little. Once you have paid for the first cubic meter each additional one is not so expensive. Cheers S
  24. Stickleback

    Can you disassemble an aquarium?

    I have had an amazing braceless aquarium and cabinet made for me out here in Vietnam. I could never afford the same in the U.K. At some point I will be heading back to the U.K. The trouble is the tank takes at least 4 people to move it, but if i could simply take it back as the 5 sheets of...
  25. Stickleback

    Jump from the edge of space

    Here's the video of the jump: http://youtu.be/yFU774q6eVM Amazing!
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    Do Geckos Really Eat Fish?

    I have an outdoor aquarium set up in Vietnam. It is all going really well, but I have quite a few fish going missing. I told someone at work and they said it is the geckos fishing for them, wiggling the end of their tail in the water to lure the fish. To be honest I dismissed it as rubbish...
  27. Stickleback

    ITS FRIDAY: Joke of the Day

    A couple more I'm using guinea pigs as guinea pigs to see if I like guinea pigs. Last night my girlfriend said to me, "Did you know, butterflies only live for two days?" I said, "Honey, I think that's a myth." "No," she replied, "it's definitely a butterfly." Cats have nine lives. Which...
  28. Stickleback

    Celestial Pearl Danio Photos

    How much do they cost in the U.K? Out here in Vietnam they will set you back 50,000 Dong (£1.50) each. People at my work were shocked that I spent that much on a fish.
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    ITS FRIDAY: Joke of the Day

    The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
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    Certain fish without heating??

    Why not try STICKLEBACKS! Far more interesting than those tropical tarts (they build nests ffs). I have kept them for years in indoor room temperature tanks. Not only that, they have a great deal down your local stream at the moment, they are currently FREE*. *Terms and conditions apply...
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    What's your most useful piece of kit? (aquascapin that is!)

    Re: What's your most useful piece of kit? (aquascapin that i Really useful for all sorts of general house keeping jobs.
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    A Few Photos of My Fish Bowl

    Cheers Guys Yeah it's great huh. The leaves are really jewel like. Unfortunately it is just something I found in a stall at the side of the road, so I have no idea of the name. S
  33. Stickleback

    A Few Photos of My Fish Bowl

    Been playing with my camera. Hope you like.
  34. Stickleback

    Members Backgrounds

    Two jobs and somehow find time to run a tank. VFX https://vimeo.com/32114777 Time Lapse Photography https://vimeo.com/11779501 Keeps me off the streets. S
  35. Stickleback

    Outdoor Planted Tank. (Vietnam) Possible? **Pics Page 4**

    Re: Outdoor Planted Tank. (Vietnam) Possible? **Pics Page 4* Hi Would there be any point in adding dried sphagnum moss (not peat) in to the mix? S
  36. Stickleback

    Outdoor Planted Tank. (Vietnam) Possible? **Pics Page 4**

    Re: Outdoor Planted Tank. (Vietnam) Possible? **Pics Page 4* Great, thanks for help guys. So I think I will ditch the fertilized soil. The more I think about it the more I worry about what dodgy additives it may contain. Vietnam is definitely not going down the organic route at the moment. I...
  37. Stickleback

    Outdoor Planted Tank. (Vietnam) Possible? **Pics Page 4**

    Re: Outdoor Planted Tank. (Vietnam) Possible? **Pics Page 4* Hi This is specifically a question for Troi, but I would also be very interested in anyone else's opinion. The Sphagnum moss peat didn't quite arrive as expected. So I have a limited and imperfect set of ingredients for my...
  38. Stickleback

    DIY Project DIY Lighting Rig (new photos added)

    Where did you get the tank made? The glass is so clear! :lol:
  39. Stickleback

    The Soil Substrate or Dirted Planted Tank - A How to Guide

    Re: Zen and an Introduction to the Art of Underwater Gardeni Congrats on the article, that's great news and well deserved. Would love to see more people going the low energy route. Those journals are a great source of info, not as concise as the Zen article, but interesting to see it all...
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    Outdoor Planted Tank. (Vietnam) Possible? **Pics Page 4**

    Re: Outdoor Planted Tank. (Vietnam) Possible? **Pics Page 4* Great thanks for that Troi. Amazingly I have managed to source Sphagnum moss peat in Vietnam (Love google translate) so I will hopefully be following your technique fairly closely. Thanks everyone else for the kind comments...
  41. Stickleback

    Outdoor Planted Tank. (Vietnam) Possible? **Pics Page 4**

    Re: Outdoor Planted Tank. (Vietnam) Possible? Here she is... Just working on the scape now.
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    The Soil Substrate or Dirted Planted Tank - A How to Guide

    Re: Zen and an Introduction to the Art of Underwater Gardeni Bump I'm setting up my tank tomorrow. i could really do with the great info that was in this article. Please repost it. S
  43. Stickleback

    Which video editing? Adobe Premiere vs Powerdirector

    Sorry, should really qualify my previous post. Premier is great I love it. I have used a few and that is my current fav. However it is a pro program so expect the learning curve to be steeper. The other program looks much more lightweight but as you mentioned will be easier to use. That sort of...
  44. Stickleback

    Low-tech but Hi-light

    As far as I understand, dosing excel requires you do a weekly water change.
  45. Stickleback

    Low-tech but Hi-light

    Hi Lee I am in a similar situation, but in my case it is too much sunlight. Here is a thread with a few useful replies that you might find helpful. http://ukaps.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=21406 Good luck, keep us updated. S
  46. Stickleback

    Show Your Pets

    This is Estee Lauder from Malaysia. She is an Indian Mynah I rescued as a tiny chick and hand reared. I fell in love with her and amazingly I was able to bring her back to the UK with me. I have now moved to Vietnam so she will soon be packing her bags again.
  47. Stickleback

    WOOD PORN. Depraved photos of contorted shapes. (Pic heavy)

    Having moved to Vietnam a few months ago, I am now setting up a planted tank. I thought I would share a few pics from the wood supplier out here. F.Y.I. The prices range from £6 for the smaller bits to £45 for the largest piece which is 2m in length (see first photo).
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    Melaneotania Bosemani 'Aytinjo' Paradise

    That is an awesome tank. :D You must be doing something wrong though because that plant is clearly flipping you off.
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    Outdoor Planted Tank. (Vietnam) Possible? **Pics Page 4**

    Re: Outdoor Planted Tank. Possible? I have just been in to see my tank for the first time at the shop. Massive. Just a question for anyone who has kindly bothered to read this far. What fert routine would you go for in this scenario? Here's a reminder of the setup details: Low tech (no CO2...
  50. Stickleback

    Aquarium specific photography tips

    If you really want to do it right shoot on film. Digital still can't get that chlorophyll green quite right in my opinion. Take the link below as a cross section of good digital tank photography. The highlights of the greens always look electric...
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    The Karoo Dream

    Great piece of wood. Reminds me of Cthulhu!
  52. Stickleback

    Which is your favorite terrestrial plant?

    Mine Platycerium grande
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    Outdoor Planted Tank. (Vietnam) Possible? **Pics Page 4**

    Re: Outdoor Planted Tank. Possible? Hi Luis I never said no ferts. It will be well fertilised, but no CO2 or liquid carbon. I do see where you are coming from, there is a dichotomy in the planted tank world. However I think your (assumed) prognosis that I should go down the CO2 route is...
  54. Stickleback

    Outdoor Planted Tank. (Vietnam) Possible? **Pics Page 4**

    Re: Outdoor Planted Tank. Possible? Yeah, I'm really in to asian hardscape. :lol:
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    Outdoor Planted Tank. (Vietnam) Possible? **Pics Page 4**

    Re: Outdoor Planted Tank. Possible? Thanks CEG that's great info. So light is going to be my number one issue I guess. Unfortunately a large branch came down a couple of days ago, from a nearby shading tree, further exacerbating the problem. The tank will stand free from the walls so I am...
  56. Stickleback

    Outdoor Planted Tank. (Vietnam) Possible? **Pics Page 4**

    Re: Outdoor Planted Tank. Possible? Thanks for all the replies and advice, will take it all on board. So I have decided to go ahead and do it. The tank is being made now. I will definitely start a journal. I think the fish should be O.K. all the aquarium shops here open out on to the street...
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    The Soil Substrate or Dirted Planted Tank - A How to Guide

    Re: Zen and an Introduction to the Art of Underwater Gardeni AAAAAAAHHHHHHH I need it! Please repost soon. This article is great, and I am just about to use the technique for a new tank. Many thanks for putting it together. S
  58. Stickleback

    Outdoor Planted Tank. (Vietnam) Possible? **Pics Page 4**

    Re: Outdoor Planted Tank. Possible? Probably true, but with CO2 I would also be in trouble because of the inconsistency of the light and the long daylight hours right?
  59. Stickleback

    Outdoor Planted Tank. (Vietnam) Possible? **Pics Page 4**

    Hi Everyone. I would really appreciate some input in to this little project. I have just moved out to Vietnam. I am setting up a planted tank at work and I have a brilliant spot for it on my balcony. I was just wondering what the consensus is on outdoor aquariums and their viability. I will...
  60. Stickleback

    Are lily pipes possible with an fx5?

    I ended up using steel pipes designed for car exhaust parts. They never rusted and worked very well. If you like the industrial look then good, but not very Amano. You can see them in the tank in my Signature. S
  61. Stickleback

    Are my tank dimensions safe? Opinions please.

    Great thanks for that. Do you think I should ask for a double base? S
  62. Stickleback

    New iwagumi fan

    Good luck and enjoy. I am a VFX artist and just about to install a tank next to me at work too. Something to do whilst waiting for the render huh. Watch out though cos it's very time consuming and needs patience, which as a 3D artist you already know all about. S
  63. Stickleback

    Are my tank dimensions safe? Opinions please.

    Hi Guys Have recently left the U.K. and moved to Vietnam (will stick with UKAPS rather than VAPS for now though). Shipped all my filters here (was interesting getting those through customs) and am now setting up a planted tank in Nam. I have just had a quote for my tank, but I wanted to have...
  64. Stickleback

    The Banyan Forests of Stickleback Island

    Cheers. The trailing plant was Creeping fig - Ficus pumila. It grew really well with just the roots dangling in the aquarium, in fact I started it as a large cutting with the stump in the water. It is also supposedly very good for improving the water quality although I'm not sure in what way. I...
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    The Banyan Forests of Stickleback Island

    Cheers guys, very kind of you. Had to take the tank down though cos I have moved to Vietnam. Have just got here and in the process of setting myself up with a pad with a balcony so I can set up a tank. They love aquariums out here and they have some great planted tank shops. I have shipped all...
  66. Stickleback

    Scuba Diving in a Fresh Water Lake.

    Hi Guys I am about to move to Vietnam! Between finishing here and starting there I have a few weeks away from the grindstone. I want to go on a dive trip and was wondering whether anyone here knew of any good fresh water dive sites. Someone suggested Lake Malawi. That looks amazing, but in...
  67. Stickleback

    Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

    Anyone know any good shops in Ho Chi Minh? I have a job interview out there and would love to see what there is to see? Many Thanks R
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    Let's talk aquascaping "the future"

    I think the other problem I have with the above scapes is that they look so clinical. They look like farmed plants rather that a natural environment. In nature you rarely see such clumps of the same species, there is almost always a diversity of plants in any given area. I think this tank is a...
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    Let's talk aquascaping "the future"

    I personally would like to see more wild and natural looking scapes. The above examples are beautiful but have an air of the formal garden about them. They are more cut flowers in a vase than wild plants. If we want to do something different we would do well taking British woodland as...
  70. Stickleback

    The Banyan Forests of Stickleback Island

    The bird is a Indian Mynah that I rescued and hand reared in when I was living in Malaysia. I brought her back legally, in the middle of the bird flu crises! The tank is a couple of year old now and yeah the wood is really settling in. I will try and get some macro shots of it cos the moss is...
  71. Stickleback

    The Banyan Forests of Stickleback Island

    Some old pics I found of the setup.
  72. Stickleback

    When Algae looks Good.

    This is my very low tech, sunlight only tank and, as is usual in summer, the algae really goes for it. I quite like it. I'm sure many will disagree and I welcome their comments. Anyone else got any pics or opinions of when algae looks good.
  73. Stickleback

    Would you fancy a evening at ADC in London? 30th June

    Re: Would you fancy a evening at ADC in London? Added to list
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    Would you fancy a evening at ADC in London? 30th June

    Re: Would you fancy a evening at ADC in London? I am up for coming too if i can make it. R
  75. Stickleback

    Our mad crazy hobby!

    Biology field trip/birthday party, to stock my tank. Stickleback
  76. Stickleback

    Anyone into vintage photography?

    Check this out.... http://www.re35.net/ Shame it was an april fool, great concept. Here's some kodachrome shot on a Pentax K1000 of my friends to helping me stock my tank. :D This ones digital but worth posting
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    Our mad crazy hobby!

    To make sense, I have to start off by telling you I am 33 and not a dad... I keep Minnows and Sticlkebacks that I catch from rivers. I was going back the car with a jamjar full near the sea in Cornwall when a bloke about my age came up and asked what I had in the Jamjar. I let him look and told...
  78. Stickleback

    Top Tips

    Your top tip in one paragraph. I'll kick it off with... Use your water change water to water your plants, they will love you for it.
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    Himalayas Showreel and a Timelapse of my Tank.

    Cheers. The first shot was shot from a plane window and then stabilised. The rest were shot on a tripod and digitally manipulated to recreate to motion parallax of a camera move. Here are some more with the same technique. R P.S. UKAPS I am loving the new video options. Works really well.
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    Himalayas Showreel and a Timelapse of my Tank.

    Hi Here's some stuff I have done recently: Himalayas Showreel Timelapse of my tank. Hope you like. R
  81. Stickleback

    New bike advice

    Good Luck. Hope it Rules! We have a tube strike down here on Monday. Yet again the bike is king! R
  82. Stickleback

    A interesting bubble counter

    Saw this on ebay and though someone here might like it. http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Gas-Apparatus-Che ... 500wt_1156
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    New bike advice

    I like Surly http://www.surlybikes.com/bikes/ Especially the Pacer. http://surlybikes.com/bikes/pacer_complete/
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    Super Shallow Iwagumi

    Very Dartmoor. :thumbup:
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    Decent bog wood

    ebay Here's a couple of good ones: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Driftwood-Aquariu ... _500wt_922 http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Driftwood-Centerp ... _668wt_907 IME cheaper and much better selection on ebay than any single supplier. R
  86. Stickleback

    54L Fire Amongst Green (final photos, scape completed)

    Re: 50L Green and Green That's a beautiful tank.
  87. Stickleback

    English woodland Long overdue update

    Re: English woodland FISH IDEA,S NEEDED PLSE English Woodland? Surely there's only one fish to chose... Stickleback :wave:
  88. Stickleback

    My Aquarium Just Got 9 Grand Cheaper.

    Sam I absolutely 100% do. That category includes many of my friends including my brother and his girlfriend. When we look back in a few years time we will realise we all got screwed one way or another. Rufus
  89. Stickleback

    My Aquarium Just Got 9 Grand Cheaper.

    Sorry I know this is well off topic and probably quite controversial. But imagine we were all looking to buy our first aquarium but had been priced out of the market by older aquarists who once buying their aquariums had put restrictions on how many new aquariums could be built. They bought as...
  90. Stickleback

    How often d'yer wash yer balls?

    Hi How often do you rinse you bio balls, or whichever bio media you are using? How often do you replace your bio media? Does anyone else use their old bio media as mechanical media. I have just started doing this as I have 3 filters and media is quite expensive. Seems like a sensible idea in...
  91. Stickleback

    Show me your tidy cabinet! (Now piccies of my tidy cabinet!

    Re: Show me your tidy cabinet! (Now piccies of my tidy cabi Journal here: http://ukaps.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=12557
  92. Stickleback

    Halides, Big tank, Co2?

    I got bored of the weekly water changes. A week comes around very quickly and changing 175 litres is a hassle, (not to mention wasteful). The tank looks so much better without an light above it. Also the fertiliser routine makes it more of a monoculture agribusiness than a ecosystem.
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    Halides, Big tank, Co2?

    Fair enough. I like to put those links out there because I started out high tech with a tank of a similar size to yours. I got bored of certain aspects of the high tech setup and eventually just switched everything off and let the sun do the work and have never looked back. If I had just gone...
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    Halides, Big tank, Co2?

    You could go for the more low tech approach. Here's some useful info. Non CO2: http://www.barrreport.com/showthread.ph ... O2-methods Non CO2 natural light only: http://www.tuncalik.com/2009/09/biotope-in-my-study/ http://www.tuncalik.com/2010/01/indoor- ... aquariums/
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    Help on a layout!!!!!!

    You could go for the more low tech approach. Here's some useful info. Non CO2: http://www.barrreport.com/showthread.ph ... O2-methods Non CO2 natural light only: http://www.tuncalik.com/2009/09/biotope-in-my-study/ http://www.tuncalik.com/2010/01/indoor- ... aquariums/
  96. Stickleback

    The Banyan Forests of Stickleback Island

    Re: Stickleback Island There isn't really a back. It is viewed from 3 sides and the other is where the light comes in. It makes it quite hard to figure out the right way to plant it. Here it is looking murky after a clean. R
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