Sorry about the dark pictures had to use my phone.
It's obviously not finished yet. Need the stems to grow and add some more moss to the front. Will be planting some form of low growing plant in front of the stone on the right.
As for the HOB the peace lilly only went in 2 days ago as did the...
I'm in London but have friends in Brighton so I'm down there quite a bit. Sometimes head to the Witterings to go camping.
They weren't especially colourful so I'd imagine it's pretty much the same as Eastbourne!
Yes there is that but tbh I didn't really want the hassle of re-ordering and so on. I have ordered from them before and the plants have been fine. They send everything out on the monday and mine were received the next day, the state of the plants couldn't have been from just spending a night in...
Fair enough. It was Plants Alive. The plants were not alive, they were brown and largely leafless. The envelope had flattened the plants and a brown goo leaked out when I opened it, no doubt dead plant matter.
It's not as steep now so hopefully it will hold! :o
Had a complete disaster with the shrimp, they were sucked into the filter, not the inlet but at the very top where the wire enters there's some suction. Didn't realise until it was too late. Absolutely gutted. Have now replaced the filter...
I'd strongly advise going with a pump for water circulation.
Other than that it's fairly simple. Massive amounts of planting and minimal livestock. Stick with stems and root feeders with a fertile substrate, that way you won't need to dose the water column.
White Cloud Mountain Minnows seem...
I'm thinking of using Lilaeopsis brasiliensis as a foreground plant but unsure how well it will do with just liquid carbon? Have decided against pressurised as I quite simply don't have the money for a regulator.
I rinsed mine constantly for a few days. Making sure I got my hands well in there to turn over all the cat litter and get it all thoroughly rinsed. When I added it to the tank there was still a fair bit of colour but it cleared up within 3/4 days.
It's a bit monotonous but keep at it :thumbup:
Just read in the journal section it will raise hardness. I never thought they'd have that much of an effect!
How much will they typically raise hardness levels? I'm using rainwater so it's fairly soft to begin with. I was looking at keeping RCS and was hoping they'd be ok. It's around 2kg of...
I'd just throw them both in and accept you'll have a brown fragrant tank for a while. There'll be no fish so what's the difference between using your tank and the bath? The smell might go after a week but you'll still be left with a bit of colour from the cat litter, it will be gone soon enough...
Sorry for the lack of update, spent all my money on a trip to Bulgaria. Tanks a right state as I left the filter off while away. Been cleaning and planting today, hopefully some pics when everything clears up!
Re: A Chocolate Puddle Now with Chocolates and licorice
Love this tank! It's just my favourite style by far. Working with an emersed section is way more fun than a regular planted aquarium. Everyone should try it.
You don't need to use EI it just makes dosing a lot easier. Mark Evans doesn't use EI.
You don't have to do large water changes with CO2 per se. Large water changes are needed because of fast plant growth. Yes, injection of CO2 will usually lead to a much faster growth rate but it's the waste...
Just tested my rain water, assume yours would be similar so hope this helps.
Tap water (Britta filtered)
GH Off the chart!
So it looks like using a Britta was a complete waste of time, aside from dropping the PH. Straight out of the tap it's...
I was going to but worried about pollution. I'd use the prefilter above and possibly run a UV filter for a bit before adding to the tank. I have a water butt and it's absolutely full of bloodworms (or similar) so unsure how clean it is.
Because my tank is only 30L I'm just running tap water...
Does anyone know where I can pick up a co2 diffusor? I've just dug out my co2 system and discovered it's not there. Would like to get it up and running asap as I've already added some plants to my new scape. Don't really want to wait for delivery and I've no idea of any shop that sells co2...
Cat litter is virtually ready, a slight smell left but I'm just going to leave it for now. Added a ton of dry ferts to the water and osmocote to the substrate. On holiday at the end of the month so won't be adding any livestock until I'm back.
Removed the large stone at the front, might even...
Re: 30cm OptiWhite Cube
Yeah I will try a few different stones at the front when I pick them up, these 3 were all I had in the house.
San-ho-zay you're right. I guess they're not optiwhite, just assumed they were because they're the PAH cubes!
I went to purchase the smaller tank but the 30cm cube was £5 off and only £24 with the filter so thought why not? I had planned on just having a little emersed setup but I really can't wait any longer for a full scape so here goes!
Threw in some tescos cat litter and some seiru stones I already...
It can be done cheaply if you have the knowledge. Unfortunately if you've just entered the hobby the first place you'll look is at your LFS or some of the big online retailers and these aren't the best places if you want to cut costs.
Wood or rocks? Collect your own.
Tanks? Ebay or find a...