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    keeping Vallis under control

    I recently purchasd a some Vallis from my local aquatic store. I'm not sure which variety this is but it is growing very fast, about 24-30 inches in length and it is starting taking my 90 ltr tank over. I would like know if I can trim back the length of the plant leaves to regain some surface...
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    King British WS3

    I am trying to find out if WS3 White Spot treatmant is safe to use in my planted aquarium before I purcahse it. Protozin hasn't been totally successful so I'm looking to other remedies. Please advise accordingly. Regards: Peter
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    BBA and Flourish Excel

    I have started to reach the point of no return with frustration, after many months trying to fight all types of algae in my tank and removing it. I have now had a breakout of BBA, despite all my efforts and following advice. Without going into the finer details again, I have maxed out on CO2 and...
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    Help! Brown Algae Returns?

    Yes, I am using the bucket method but can easily increase the volume of my water changes. I clean the external filter approximately every two weeks. Regards: Peter
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    Help! Brown Algae Returns?

    It has been some weeks since I last posted an update on my algae problem. However, I can say it is still continuing to plague me. Co2 has been pushed to the point where it starts to upset the fish. I am continuing to dose Tropica + 10mls per day. Water flow around the tank has been maintained...
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    Water Flow

    I am currently just using the return pipe from my external power filter to return water back into my tank. There seems to be an adequate flow around the tank but I'm wondering if the use of a spray bar at one end of the tank will improve the flow and distribution of nutrients to the plants. I...
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    Help! Brown Algae Returns?

    An updated shot of my tank. I am still fighting with the brown algae but I think I am beginning to win the battle. Regards: Peter
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    Help! Brown Algae Returns?

    Further to my previous posts regarding this algae problem. I am pleased to say the attack has not increased in its vigour. However, a status quo seems to exist. I am still feeding Tropica Nutrition at 5mls per day and TN+ on alternate days. (Please see my prevoius post seeking dosing rates)...
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    Help! Brown Algae Returns?

    Please can you give me some guidence on my dosing rates. From the previous posts you know I am using Tropica Nutrition and Nutrion + (with phosphates) The manufacturers recommended rate for both products is 5ml per 50 ltr's per week. Currently I am cotinuing to dose 5mls of Tropica Nutrition...
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    Help! Brown Algae Returns?

    Chris/Clive, I have been thinking long and hard about the questions you gave me to reflect on. As a result I started doing some detective work on the aquarium. 1. Yes the biomass has increased dramatically. 2. Had I incresed the C02 rate to compensate, no. 3. On closer inspection I found the...
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    Help! Brown Algae Returns?

    I am running a 180 litre heavily planted tank. The tank has been set up for over two months and has already passed through the brown algae stage for new tanks. However, after approximately five weeks of the brown algae being absent it has returned! Lighting, C02 and water changes have been...
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    Microsorum Windelov

    Has anyone had experience or know why Microsorum Windelov leaf tips go brown in colour and seem to die back before new growth appears, on some of the plant leaves? I would like to know if the brown marks could be a result alage growth, a natural phenomena or lack of nutrients? I have also...
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    Water GH Concern !

    Re: GH Concern ! Ed, Thanks for the prompt reply. Regards: Peter
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    Water GH Concern !

    I have two tanks that I monitor water quality on a regualr basis. However, I have just noticed that one of the tanks GH has dramatically changed to 180PPM from 40 PPM . The only difference about the tank in question is C02 injection and regular dosing with Tropica fertilisers. Both have the same...
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    My Newly Planted Tank (4weeks old)

    Mark, It's not a question of trying to fool anyone, as you will see from one of my previous posts I am totally new to aquascaping. Hence the amount of posts I have made requesting advice. However, I have been keeping fish for over thirty years. I am in the process of adding more plants to...
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    My Newly Planted Tank (4weeks old)

    Mark, yes that is correct. The background gives a very good depth and feel. I only support the background top and bottom and don't worry about it being close to the glass, I think this adds to the realism. Regards: Peter
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    My Newly Planted Tank (4weeks old)

    Dan, The tank is a Juwel Rio 180 (litres) with T5 lighting. Filter is an Eheim external 2324 Pro (thermo filter). C02 is D and D 100 bubbles per minute giving around 20 ppm. Plants are Tropica with Tropica capsules embedded at the roots where appropriate. Plant feed Tropica Nutrition Liquid 5...
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    My Newly Planted Tank (4weeks old)

    Thanks for the information. However. I am still a little confused. I can see the changes you have made to the URL to make it work. How should I do this in the future, do I have to manually change the URL address to match yours? Of course with a different JPEG. Regards: Peter
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    Juwel rio 180 filteration

    Yes, the filter does still come with the spray bar etc. I am unable to hear the filter running, only the CO2 when it switches on. I hope this is some indication of how quiet it is. I purchased mine from the web for £118. contact me if you require more info. Regards: Peter
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    My Newly Planted Tank (4weeks old)

    Thanks for the comments. Regards: Peter
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    My Newly Planted Tank (4weeks old)

    I have been trying to upload an image, I hope this has worked! Regards: Peter
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    Eheim 2324 Pro filter

    Mark, The Ecco filter was an early version, the only complaint i have about it was the handle broke at the locking mechanisum. However, parts are easily available and it was repaired for about six pounds. The new version has a a re-designed handle that I have now fiitted. A very quite filter...
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    Eheim 2324 Pro filter

    I have just upgraded to an Eheim pro 2324 external filter. I removed all the filter media/sponges from my existing Ecco filter and filled 50% of the new filter with it the remainder of the new filter was filled with new media. How long should I wait before I can remove the old filter media for...
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    Juwel rio 180 filteration

    I also have a Rio 180 from day one I removed the internal filter and replaced it with an existing Eheim Eco 2321. However, I have decided there wasn't enough flow for the size of tank. So I have just upgraded to an Eheim 2324 pro thermo filter which is providing enough flow and enabled me to...
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    Plant Deficiences And Diagnosis

    I have noticed some of my plants are developing brown spots on their leaves. On closer examination they could be pin holes that grow bigger into brown rusty looking marks. This is happening on the older leaves but is also noticeable on some of the new growth of Amazon Swords. There is also...
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    Cal Aqua Drop Checker

    I have just purchased a Cal Aqua drop checker, reference solution (4dkh) and indicator solution. When I half fill the drop checker with ref solution and add 2-3 drops of idicator solution the miture turns Green. Should this happen ? After one hour in the tank it is still Green. From what I...
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    Co2 Injection Rate

    Steve, Thanks for the reply and reassurance.
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    Co2 Injection Rate

    I have recently just added a D&D CO2 systrem to my 180 LTR tank. I am finding I need around 60 bubbles per min to achieve 10 PPM . With the regulator set to 1bar. Using the calculation prvided by D&D for the size of the tank. I expected 14 bubbles per min to be satisfactory. However, I suspect...
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    CO2 Measurements And Duration

    Thanks for the advice, I will add another timer for the CO2. Regards: Peter
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    CO2 Measurements And Duration

    Please advise the optimun duration my CO2 should be on? At present it is switched on and off with the lighting timer = Six hours per day. Is there a benefit in having the CO2 on before lights on and off after lights off? Also, I have read conflicting information regarding drop checker...
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    Green Spot Algae

    I have just started to notice Green Spot algae appearing on some of my plants in a newly heavily planted tank that is three weeks old. Tropica Plant Nutrition fertilizer has also been added weekly. However, I am aware my Co2 dosing is not sufficient, this is being addressed by introducing a...
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    Hydor CO2 System Reviews

    I have the room under the tank, the refill is the problem, anything I buy has to be mail order! Regards: Peter
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    Hydor CO2 System Reviews

    Has anyone had any experiences using a Hydor C02 kit. At present I am using a Hagen yeast reactor. I require more CO2 for new 180 litre tank and the Hydor seems to fit the bill. I am restricted to a throw away bottle as I am unable to get a CO2 refill locally. You thoughts and comments on the...
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    New Aquarium Diatom Algae !

    Paul. The tank has been set up for 24 days. Regards: Peter
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    New Aquarium Diatom Algae !

    I have a new 90ltr heavily planted tank that has cycled. I am using a yeast based C02 system and external power filter. The lighting is one Power Glow and one Aqua Glow that are on 6-8hrs per day. I have just noticed what I believe to be Diatom algae coating the plants (it wipes off very...
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    Substrate Containment

    Steve, Thanks for the advice. This is a new build so I am seeking information before I start. Regards: Peter
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    Substrate Containment

    I am looking for advice on substrate containment. I wish to plant in dedicated areas of the tank and wonder how this is best done. I have been told nylons/stockings can be filled and placed accordingly and then covered with gravel and planted above, has anyone tried this method? My substrate is...
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    Red Sea Flora Base

    I have been undecided on which substrate to use but finally purchased Red Sea Flora Base. However, after reading some of the reviews I have some concerns. I have read this substrate will need replacement after a year, is this true if the aquarium is regularly dosed with fertiliser and CO2 is...
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