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  1. ojustaboo

    Wondering which fish apart from blue tetra will look good?

    My new scape is doing great, added amino and fire cherry shrimp last week, soon be time to add some fish. I’m looking for a single shoal. I like the blue neon/cardinal tetras as with a tank thats mainly green, on the many YouTube vids, they stand out well. Chatting to the local guy I got my...
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    Algae problems 2 week old scape

    Hi all, it was all going so well until I messed up. Monday I moved wiring around inside cabinet, and it's possible (although I don't recall doing it) needle valve on CO2 got knocked, On Tuesday, the day before my two weeks of 75% water changes were up, I was too ill to do a change, Just...
  3. ojustaboo

    What do do during first few weeks/months of new aquascape

    There appears to be tons of advice and YouTube clips out there on the web, on setting up an aquarium and on maintaining an established one. There seems to be little advice on what the beginner should be doing to the plants (if anything) on a daily/weekly basis for a newly setup tank. Someone...
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    Feedback Very very impressed

    I spoke to Dave at the beginning of January and he spent ages discussing various hard scape options with me. Once hardscape was set up, I sent AG a pic asking if they could recommend plants for me. Dave returned the pic with his suggestions (pic attached). I was also very pleased that when I...
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    Ends of plants going brown, new aquascape

    Hi all. my new aquascape has been up and running since Wednesday, last night I noticed the tips of a few plants going brown. 126 litre (lidded) aquarium, 80cm wide, 45cm high and 35cm deep. Substrate volcanic ash, Tropica aquarium soil, Tropica aquarium soil powder. Oase Biomaster Thermo...
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    Critique my hardscape Gluing wood harder than I thought, A ton of plants arriving tomorrow, its go time

    Nothing ever goes exactly to plan :) Have had my wood soaking for a few weeks waiting for the plants to be in stock, finally at go time, so yesterday cleaned wood and let it dry, today I glued it in place. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get it like my original plan (had tons of pics...
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    Glassware (or Stainless steel) for lidded aquarium?

    Hi all, having spent a LOT of money (for me) on plants/hardscape/aquarium, I really don't want the plastic inlet/outlet pipes if I can avoid them. My aquarium is the Eheim Vivaline LED 126, the lid is comprised of two sliding pieces as shown in the attached pic (haven't taken protective...
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    Critique my hardscape In need of huge help :( Cant get it looking nice

    Hi all, I'm one of those people who can fix almost anything, make almost anything, but when it comes to designing something myself, my brain tends to rebel. I spoke to Dave at Aquarium Gardens, he was very helpful in picking me out hardscape to use in my new tank , we decided on a triangle...
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    6,500k, 1120 lm, 10.6 w ok for 80cm w, 45cm high tank?

    Hi all New Eheim Vivaline LED 126, the LED it comes with is a daylight bulb with 6,500k, 1120 lm, 10.6 w Still in the process of setting up, hardscape arriving Tuesday. Plants about another week away. Just set the LED up to test it, it's a simple on off one. I notice in the Eheim manual a...
  10. ojustaboo

    Plastic missing off of front of guage

    I've just dug out my co2 regulator and the plastic is missing from the front of one of the gauges. Will this still be OK to use? I'm presuming the CO2 doesn't reach the front of the gauge hence will be totally fine, just wanted to check first. thanks
  11. ojustaboo

    What to use to shim new fish tank stand

    Hi, just built the stand for my Eheim Vivaline 126 and put in position. The tops level, the floor isn't. It has 6 feet on the tank,. the middle ones you can slide a piece of printer paper underneath and it's just touching, but slides around easily. Whats the best thing to shim this sort of...
  12. ojustaboo

    Is a 67cm high space big enough for a 48cm high filter (JBL 1502) (and other advice please)

    New 126 lt aquarium (Eheim Vivaline LED 126), looking to get a new external to go with it. ( Width) 80.00 cm (Height) 45.00 cm (Depth) 35.00 cm Will have a shoal of either tetra or guppies, not yet decided on which plants but it will be planted, and it wont have CO2 I've read a load of...
  13. ojustaboo

    Volcano mineral out of stock everywhere in uk?

    I wanted Jbl volcano mineral for my new tank but the entire UK seems to be out of stock? Is this COVID related or is there some other reason why no one has it? Is there something I could use instead? Last tank had soil/peat covered in netting covered in sand. Today I watched one of the...
  14. ojustaboo

    OK, time for some photos and advice please

    Hi First of all, I do know I've planted these in a really rubbish fashion, it was more an experiment to see how well my plants would do, before I consider trying to aquascape properly. They have been in for 4 weeks now. On the whole, most seem to be doing OK in that they are growing, however...
  15. ojustaboo

    Question about cleaning filter media

    Like we're always told, I use water from the fish tank whenever I need to wash my external filter media. But it got me thinking. As when I've cleaned my filters, I put them back empty, and then suck the outlet hose to fill the filter from the fish tank (before I do a water change), is it...
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    Amyone know where I can get long suction cup clips from please?

    Hi all I have a few long suction cup clips, I have no idea where I got them from. I would like to get some more, but no matter what I google for, I always end up with the normal ones. Here is a pic I just took, I'm after the longer one on the left (for 12mm pipe) Has anyone any idea where...
  17. ojustaboo

    Whats the current popular (best) inline diffuser?

    I'm thinking about replacing my up atomizer, not because I've had a problem with it, more because my new filter has 12/16 pipe and my up atomizer 16/22. Will do some tests first to see what the output is like using the 16/22 up atomiser and 16/22 spraybar (zeus gave me good advice in another...
  18. ojustaboo

    Anyone found an alternative to Eheim quick release taps yet?

    I need both a 16/22 and 12/18 quick release tap. The 12/16 is about £14 with postage and the 16/22 about £24 £38 for a couple of on off quick release taps seems very expensive to me. I could try something like two of these for a total of £11.65 for the 16/22, with a small piece of pipe in...
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    Hmm a little concerned about my new (second hand) Eheim 2317 filter.

    Am in the process of installing it, the lead was miles too long, and as it was joined in the middle, decided that was a good point to cut it. I then went to take the plug off the end and found the (13 amp) fuse was wrapped in silver foil (see attached) Will see what happens with a proper fuse...
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    Got my new (to me) filter, do I need to buy smaller spray bars?

    My 2317 filter has turned up. I currently use 16/22 spraybar on my existing filter. My new filter has 16/22 into it but only 12/16 out. Am I right in presuming I need to get 12/16 spraybars rather than heat up and force 12/16 pipe onto my existing 16/22 spraybar? I presume at it comes out...
  21. ojustaboo

    Does PH test solution expire?

    Hi, I have a API multi test kit that's 7 years old, I also have an additional PH test kit that's about 5 years old. I have 4dkh solution. I had my CO2 on from 1pm until 7pm. I initially had my drop checker on the side of the tank, using 4dkh and a few drops from my 5 year old kit. It stayed...
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    I presume the Eheim eco pro are useless compared to the classic?

    As per title :) Looking for a cheap 2217 but none around on ebay at the moment. But have seen the eco pro. I realise the eco pro 300 is 750 lph compared to the 2217 1000lph, but I run two filters, already have one 2217 and was looking to replace my useless pro 3 with something similar. (only...
  23. ojustaboo

    Regulator washer between reg and thread convertor

    Hi all. I stupidly took off my thread adapter today and the washer in the reg is ruined. It's a bowl shaped washer if that makes any sense. 12 mm edge to edge with a 6mm hole in the middle. Could I use an o-ring or a load of ptfe? the reg has MIGNON on the front and K1 N 081819 110 BAR RH...
  24. ojustaboo

    Giving up on my Eheim Pro3 350

    The classic filter is superb. But stupidly a few years ago I fell for the hype and got the new pro 3. I hadn't had it that long when the bit the hoses connects to that plugs into the top of the filter, stooped working, lever would hardly move. I broke the lever getting it off. This was...
  25. ojustaboo

    Well my dirty tank is now on second attempt :)

    I'd read Tim Harrisons dirty tank tutorial and I was rearing to go. I had everything I need, stripped down tank and cleaned it thoroughly (fish are in a temporary tank). Pinched some of my wifes stockings and filled bits with gravel to make a couple of hills. Covered with 2cm soil. Covered...
  26. ojustaboo

    Will sand wash away?

    Hopefully everything should be here tomorrow for me to start my dirty tank setup. One question. Using pool sand on top of soil, if I have the soil going uphill at the back left, if I cover this with sand, won't the sand wash/move down the hill (when I say hill, I mean about 5cm higher than the...
  27. ojustaboo

    Cant find 6/14 silica sand 25kg anywhere?

    In the dirty tank tutorial he recommends using 6/14 silica sand (approx 3mm grain size). There's a link to ebay but that companies no longer selling it and all the others are selling sand that's too fine. Any suggestions on where to buy or other sand I can use as an alternative please? (at a...
  28. ojustaboo

    Hood or no hood?

    Hi all. I'm in the process of giving plants another go, and I have a Juwel Vision 180 with T8 lights. I'm still deciding whether it's worth upgrading to LED's as some are a stupidly high price, and those that are reasonable (but still about £150 only seem to give about a 3 year warranty and if...
  29. ojustaboo

    FE nut keeps coming loose

    Been using a FE for quite a while now, every time I refill it, I replace the fibre washer with a new one (all from the same batch). The previous refill, it was on the tank for about a month, when I heard a hissing sound, and had to tighten the main regulator nut onto the FE. I thought it was...
  30. ojustaboo

    Still struggling with CO2

    Hi guys. Have replaced my home made reactor with an up atomizer but still seem to be struggling to get a decent amount of CO2 into my tank. I took a PH reading at just before 2pm before CO2 was on. it was 7.2 After 2 hrs with about 3 bubbles a second I took another PH reading, this time it...
  31. ojustaboo

    fire extinguisher leaking

    Hi all Today I went to get my fire extinguisher refilled and as it was 12 years old, they wouldn't do it. Long story short, I brought a reconditioned replacement. As far as I can remember, there was no washer between my D-D thread converter and the fire extinguisher. No matter how tight I...
  32. ojustaboo

    up atomizer placement

    Hi all. Have taken the plunge and decided to replace my home made reactor with the up atomizer. Does it matter where I position it on the outlet pipe? For instance, can I position it a few inches after the pipe leaves the filter, and have it simply dangling (well dangling is the wrong word...
  33. ojustaboo

    I THINK I have flow problems

    Hi all Following on from all the helpful advice I got in my algae nightmare thread viewtopic.php?f=19&t=16355 I think I'm now having flow problems (Juwel Trigon corner tank) A kind member sent me some floating plants. 95% of these are now in the right hand corner, the other 5% have attached...
  34. ojustaboo

    EI Newbie, totally confused lol

    Hi all Have read through the stickies and loads of other posts and the more I read, the more confused I get (nothing new there). 190Lt corner tank. Pressurised CO2 I asked the waterboard what my GH is and they tell me that my water is hard and It's 16.1 degrees German. My tap water PH...
  35. ojustaboo

    Having algae nightmares :(

    Hi all, hope your all doing well and have less algae problems than I do. My tank details are as follows. Juwel 190Lt Corner tank T5 lighting, 2x28w Pressurised CO2 system, about 3 bubbles per sec (external reactor connected to filter output) on 1hr before lights come on and off 1 hr before...
  36. ojustaboo

    inline reactor not connected to ext filter suggestions

    Hi all, title not making it clear at all. I built a home made reactor a couple of months ago that's connected to the output of my external filter. It seems to be working reasonably well. I have 2 problems, both I THINK I have the answer to, but am not sure what I need. 1) The first problem...
  37. ojustaboo

    Not convinced my CO2 system is working correctly :(

    Hi all, me yet again. Last night I finally got my reg leak free and everything set up and working, using my home made reactor as per my thread viewtopic.php?f=20&t=15107 I've got it set up as follows. Regulator output into one way valve. One way valve into bubble counter. Bubble counter into...
  38. ojustaboo

    problem assembling my new D-D CO2 reg

    Hi all My local FS had a saltwater D-D on sale reduced from £131 to £70, think it was old stock they were getting rid of. Brand new. D-D's faq said the only difference was it also came with a high pressure gauge and no diffuser. Not a problem, I've built a reactor. It was on display on the...
  39. ojustaboo

    DIY Reactor

    Hi all cant believe I've only just found this forum :) I have a Juwel 190 lt corner tank and have struggled to keep my plants alive. I've since spent time learning about what I'm supposed to be doing, now have a decent substrate, the correct lighting (I hope) etc. I was about to try a DIY CO2...
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