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  1. Mark Webb

    Positioning a tank

    Thanks for that James.
  2. Mark Webb

    Positioning a tank

    I am intending to reposition my tank but the ideal place is adjacent to a West facing window and the side of the tank will receive sunlight in the afternoon. Is this a no no or could I get away with it?
  3. Mark Webb

    Moving a Tank

    I will be moving house soon and intend to move my 240 litre tank. Is it possible to move the tank and leave the substrate with water to cover, or will the weight stress the tank? How long will the bacteria be ok for in the filters if they are not running?
  4. Mark Webb

    "Fifty Shades of Green" - (1600 Litre Sanjarami)

    Only just seen this sanj, tanks are exquisite sanj - well done.
  5. Mark Webb

    New look ukaps forum and website

    Excellent job - well done.
  6. Mark Webb

    350 Gallon iphone pics(updated 10/01/2012)

    Stunning tank Tom. I would be interested to know how much CO2 it uses?
  7. Mark Webb

    Regulator recommendations

    Can you suggest a supplier for the Parker Metering Valve?
  8. Mark Webb

    From CO² to Non CO²

    Thanks Ollie
  9. Mark Webb

    From CO² to Non CO²

    I have decided to discontinue using CO². Any tips for the transition would be welcome. I am using Akadama substrate, has anyone else been successful with the transition using Akadama? I have been doing weekly 50% water changes so should I stop this immediately or reduce the frequency gradually?
  10. Mark Webb

    giant tank for killis

    + 2 :thumbup:
  11. Mark Webb

    Corydoras Sterbae

    Interesting Dave. My LFS has replaced them for a different batch so will be interesting to see how they fare.
  12. Mark Webb

    Corydoras Sterbae

    Anyone know if this species are sensitive to any particular water conditions? I added 3 recently and they all looked healthy but have all died within 5 days with no visible symptoms. 35 other fish in the tank with no problems so this is a bit of a mystery?
  13. Mark Webb

    CO2 Refills...

    Yes absolutely, they are good for nothing unless they are retested which I dont think is viable.
  14. Mark Webb

    CO2 Refills...

    Try calling fire protection companies who service Extinguishers and ask if they have any out of date cylinders.
  15. Mark Webb

    "Fifty Shades of Green" - (1600 Litre Sanjarami)

    Looking great sanj
  16. Mark Webb

    iPod - No longer supported by Apple

    I agree, I also think that Apple have been very smart in making changing batteries a big mystery and a big no no, trying to make it necessary to return to them for replacement and when they are no longer willing to do it, force upgrades on consumers, it only took me 10 minutes.
  17. Mark Webb

    iPod - No longer supported by Apple

    This may be of use to those of you that have early iPods. I have a Third Generation iPod - almost Retro now! I recently found that the battery died so took it along to an Apple Store to have a battery replacement. I was told that this model was no longer supported but they would kindly offer me...
  18. Mark Webb

    1000 litre Low Maintenance

    Update at 62 days Plant growth has been considerable despite not having achieved pale green on the drop checker. CO² is now lasting longer but impossible to achieve a controlled level as the bubbles are streaming so fast its impossible to count them. The only way is to use 2 bottles in order to...
  19. Mark Webb

    1000 litre Low Maintenance

    Thanks for the tip, glass is 10mm. I have the Vortech running and its working very well. Only using 75% of max and giving very good circulation.
  20. Mark Webb

    1000 litre Low Maintenance

    Thanks Paulo
  21. Mark Webb

    CO² Regulator Problem

    Thanks SC, Yes I have done that. I wasn't around yesterday when gas fired up but I was today and it started up okay and has remained at a steady level, so I will see how it goes tomorrow.
  22. Mark Webb

    CO² Regulator Problem

    Thank you for asking. I havent been able to change the pressure. I have emailed the supplier but not much help so far. Surely the guage pressure must be adjustable?
  23. Mark Webb

    CO² Regulator Problem

    Many thanks for your help.
  24. Mark Webb

    CO² Regulator Problem

    Okay, unscrewed okay but no difference. Having taken off the nut there is a spring and spigot inside. It would appear that screwed in (as it was initially) fully is minimum pressure. Would you agree?
  25. Mark Webb

    CO² Regulator Problem

    Thanks I will. It is VERY tight.
  26. Mark Webb

    CO² Regulator Problem

    Thank you for this. There is a screw into the side just where your arrow is. I have tried it both ways but it is not changing the bottle pressure? If I undo the screw gas starts to escape from it. I dont think the large nut on top is an adjustment?? This is a new regulator, bought a year ago...
  27. Mark Webb

    CO² Regulator Problem

    Thanks guys. The left hand guage is the bottle pressure and the top is line pressure. The only possible adjustment is the large chrome nut on top, but that doesn't look like it adjusts to me?
  28. Mark Webb

    CO² Regulator Problem

    Neil, thanks very much for taking the time to write that detailed explanation, it makes sense but not sure if it can be overcome? Paul the regulator is a Sunwell. And I have now noticed that there is an increase in the regulator pressure when the solenoid switches off. Its running at 30psi and...
  29. Mark Webb

    CO² Regulator Problem

    Many thanks for that. I'll give it a try.
  30. Mark Webb

    CO² Regulator Problem

    Still running at a great rate!
  31. Mark Webb

    "Dutch something or the other" 120 Gal

    I somehow missed this Tom - beautiful scape and the Fire Shrimp are stunning! Are they real :lol:
  32. Mark Webb

    CO² Regulator Problem

    So could the problem be caused by the low pressure? I didn't realise it could be adjusted? My mistake, guage is actually reading 30psi (didn't look properly divisions are 5's and not 1's)
  33. Mark Webb

    CO² Regulator Problem

    Thank you. When I looked today this was 20 minutes after start up. The pressure is set to 26psi or 2kg/cm². Not sure what this converts to in bar?
  34. Mark Webb

    CO² Regulator Problem

    Every day I set my regulator up just right and it runs for the few hours for the remainder of the day at the same level and switches off on the timed solenoid. The following day when the solenoid switches on, CO² is belting out at a high level in the bubble counter and it needs resetting again...
  35. Mark Webb

    EI DOSING USING DRY SALTS

    Many thanks.
  36. Mark Webb

    EI DOSING USING DRY SALTS

    Many thanks Clive. Can you please tell me what the plants are at the back of your full tank shot of page 1 on this thread? That is one stunning tank :thumbup:
  37. Mark Webb

    EI DOSING USING DRY SALTS

    I am currently dosing KH2PO4, KNO3 + Trace. I read that we should dose Magnesium Sulphate if Magnesium is at a low level in tap water but what is considered a low level? Current level in my supply is 10.0mg/l so would my plants benefit from adding Magnesium?
  38. Mark Webb

    Shrimp no longer breeding

    Thanks Dane, what water change regime do you have?
  39. Mark Webb

    Shrimp no longer breeding

    Yes thanks, I have now done 3 x 50% water changes and parameters are now PH6.6, KH1, and GH5. Whether or not the CRS start to breed now remains to be seen. They are all mature adults.
  40. Mark Webb

    1st Generation iPod Nano

    How long did Apple take to send out a new one to you? I returned mine a week before xmas but no show yet.
  41. Mark Webb

    Yellow Fire Neons - homes required soon.....

    Interested when you get some more
  42. Mark Webb

    1000 litre Low Maintenance

    I have now removed all media from the AM1000 but there isn't much noticeable difference in flow. I will need to run at least one powerhead on this tank to ensure better CO² distribution. I have tried one of the Tunze heads now that the plants are established, but it ruins the tranquility of the...
  43. Mark Webb

    Congo Tetras in planted tank

    Thanks Andy thats useful.
  44. Mark Webb

    Congo Tetras in planted tank

    Will Congo Tetras munch on plants?
  45. Mark Webb

    Shrimp no longer breeding

    Many thanks for your help and interest. Can you maybe suggest a remineraliser which wont increase the PH?
  46. Mark Webb

    Shrimp no longer breeding

    Many thanks.
  47. Mark Webb

    Shrimp no longer breeding

    Calibrated about 5 weeks ago but again this morning. RO Water is reading PH6, the CRS Tank PH7.4 and the Red Cherry PH6.8. I guess that maybe the JBL is increasing the PH?
  48. Mark Webb

    Shrimp no longer breeding

    Using a Vitalsine PH Meter and Nutrafin KH/GH test kit
  49. Mark Webb

    Shrimp no longer breeding

    Using JBL Aquadur Plus to remineralise
  50. Mark Webb

    Shrimp no longer breeding

    Thanks for asking - Back to using RO since 4 December, but PH is still high at 7.5 despite adding Almond leaves (courtesy of Gill). KH is now 3 with GH at 6. Should I add more Almond Leaves than the 2 I currently have? Parameters are better in the newly setup tank with Akadama for Red Cherry...
  51. Mark Webb

    1000 litre Low Maintenance

    Thanks Alastair, so do you not have any media at all in your AM1000? I must say I reckon the Siporax reduces the flow dratically. Thanks sanj, I am sure you are right, although the drop checker has never been a really pale green :? If I cant reduce the CO² consumption by a considerable...
  52. Mark Webb

    1000 litre Low Maintenance

    Re: Thanks Bill.
  53. Mark Webb

    1000 litre Low Maintenance

    Thanks Mike. I am not sure what you mean when you suggest that bubbles may be escaping the reactor? I have the infeed at the top and the outfeed return at the bottom and I do have the spray bars pointing downwards, although there isn't a great flow from the Eheim 1262 as there are several holes...
  54. Mark Webb

    1000 litre Low Maintenance

    All seems to be okay with the CO² setup, including the air line which I have checked for leaks. I am using an AM1000 reactor. Would a diffuser be more efficient? Have exhausted all possibilities for cheap CO² locally. I contacted BOC and they are more expensive than the extinguishers I buy.
  55. Mark Webb

    1000 litre Low Maintenance

    CO² consumption is looking grim. I have now used 2 x 5kg's in a month and @ £20 each its not looking viable unless I can find a better source. Any suggestions would be welcome.
  56. Mark Webb

    Akadama - A cheap substrate

    I got it here http://www.lvbonsai.co.uk/soil.asp I called a couple of weeks ago and they do have it but under a different name I believe.
  57. Mark Webb

    Akadama - A cheap substrate

    Thanks. In an attempt to avoid the UGF blocking I placed some filter media over it before adding the Akadama, so hopefully that will delay that.
  58. Mark Webb

    Akadama - A cheap substrate

    I have just setup this Shrimp tank using Akadama and used it without any rinsing. Using an undergravel filter powered by a cannister filter and the water is gin clear.
  59. Mark Webb

    1000 litre Low Maintenance

    Tank at 34 days. Have to say that not having grown stems before I am astonished at the rate of growth. Sadly algae is taking a hold and many of the plants have a coating of algae on the leaves, but hopefully this will pass as the tank matures. I have done 6 x 50% water changes since start up.
  60. Mark Webb

    Shrimp no longer breeding

    I am using a remineriliser.
  61. Mark Webb

    Shrimp no longer breeding

    Okay, I am back on RO now. I have stripped out the tank in which the CRS stopped breeding and moved them into another 10L tank with Flora Base substrate and sponge filter. I have done several water changes with RO and although I added 2 large Almond leaves on 12 December (thanks again Gill) PH...
  62. Mark Webb

    Salicylic acid

    I might have to, my stems are growing so fast I wont know what to do with them :lol:
  63. Mark Webb

    Salicylic acid

    What dosage should we use for vinegar?
  64. Mark Webb

    Essex & Suffolk Water

    Interesting ....
  65. Mark Webb

    1000 litre Low Maintenance

    Heteranthea is certainly taking hold :jawdrop
  66. Mark Webb

    1000 litre Low Maintenance

    Thanks guys. I will be adding mixed water on next change. Re the CO2 drop, I checked the regulator and bubble count had dropped right down on its own for some reason.
  67. Mark Webb

    1000 litre Low Maintenance

    Thanks for the tips sanj. good to know I have the right Crossocheilus. They certainly seem to be constantly nibbling. Strangely enough I bought a Hozelock fitting for my mixer taps a couple of days ago. After the first 50% water change the temp dropped to 15 degrees C which I felt was a bit...
  68. Mark Webb

    1000 litre Low Maintenance

    Thanks Simon. Sorry to hear your tank is taking up so much of your time :lol:
  69. Mark Webb

    1000 litre Low Maintenance

    Planted at last! Most of the original plan has now changed, particularly with the planting. Initially I have gone for fast growing plants to achieve balance as quickly as possible. I cycled the tank with household ammonia and Ammonia was at zero before plants went in. Plant list as follows...
  70. Mark Webb

    Red Shrimp Wanted

    Yes, thats what I am looking for.
  71. Mark Webb

    How awesome are torpedo barbs?

    sanj, what size air stone do you use? I am thinking of maybe a 30cm or 60cm air curtain to kick in when CO2 is off. Or would this be overkill?
  72. Mark Webb

    [CONTEST] UKAPS @ Aquatics Live, Olympia

    Nice job on the photos Stu :clap:
  73. Mark Webb

    How awesome are torpedo barbs?

    I agree. These Barbs are among my favourite fish. I am intending to buy a few but dissapointed to learn of high mortality and liking for munching on plants. sanj, do you think the high mortality could be due to CO2?
  74. Mark Webb

    580l with sump - newbie reef conversion

    It would be good to see current pics Andy. How do you deal with water changes now?
  75. Mark Webb

    275 litre - Angels (lazy journal)

    Very nice George. Love it :thumbup:
  76. Mark Webb

    Red Shrimp Wanted

    Thanks Joe.
  77. Mark Webb

    Red Shrimp Wanted

    okay callum taht would be good. Looking for a red like the one in my avatar.
  78. Mark Webb

    Flying Fox or Siamese Algae Eater?

    Interesting.....thanks
  79. Mark Webb

    Red Shrimp Wanted

    Thanks Callum but I am looking for freshwater. Red Cherries with deep colour or Sakura.
  80. Mark Webb

    Flying Fox or Siamese Algae Eater?

    George, do you think Siamese Algae eaters are best bet for my tank? I considered Bristlenose but I believe they eat plants.
  81. Mark Webb

    Flying Fox or Siamese Algae Eater?

    Thanks George.
  82. Mark Webb

    Flying Fox or Siamese Algae Eater?

    I intend to add some algae eaters into my newly planted tank and Siamese Algae Eater is my first choice but cant find any in local suppliers. Is the Flying Fox as effective at eating algae?
  83. Mark Webb

    A few of my Rainbowfish...

    All stunners sanj. Interesting to see your success in breeding. Clearly patience is the key with Rainbows as most are almost colourless when young. What temp do you keep your tank at?
  84. Mark Webb

    Akadama in Shrimp Tank

    Thanks. Is a high kh a problem? I have added Sera mineraliser and kh has gone up to 7.
  85. Mark Webb

    Buenos Aires Tetras

    Fantastic. Thanks George.
  86. Mark Webb

    Red Shrimp Wanted

    Looking for some blood red shrimps if anyone has some for sale?
  87. Mark Webb

    Buenos Aires Tetras

    Thanks Darrel, sounds like a no no for a planted tank then.
  88. Mark Webb

    Buenos Aires Tetras

    Anybody had experience keeping this species in a planted tank. I read they are prone to munching plants?
  89. Mark Webb

    Using RO for Shrimp

    What readings should I aim for when the ro is remineralised to ensure optimum quality?
  90. Mark Webb

    Using RO for Shrimp

    If I were to use RO for shrimp is it fair to say that if I just add Calcium and Magnesium to adjust GH this would provide correct water quality? I know that some add a percentage of straight tap water but I would rather avoid that so as not to re introduce any impurities that I have filtered out.
  91. Mark Webb

    Shrimp no longer breeding

    What would cause a high KH? I dont use RO but I did when they were breeding well.
  92. Mark Webb

    Shrimp no longer breeding

    KH is 4. Shrimp stopped breeding about 1 year ago.
  93. Mark Webb

    Akadama in Shrimp Tank

    I want to replace existing substrate in my shrimp tank for Akadama. Are there any potential chemistry issues that may arise if I introduce the shrimp immediately. I will be running the matured cannister filter with the new substrate.
  94. Mark Webb

    A few of my Rainbowfish...

    Thanks sanj.
  95. Mark Webb

    Shrimp no longer breeding

    Thats very kind of you but my LFS is very good so I'll ask them. Thats great I would like to try some Gill. Let me know the cost?
  96. Mark Webb

    Shrimp no longer breeding

    Should I chnage substrate. Started with ADA Aquasoil which is now 26 months old?
  97. Mark Webb

    Shrimp no longer breeding

    No dont have one. I will get one to check it.
  98. Mark Webb

    Shrimp no longer breeding

    Thanks Basil. Can I avoid using RO if I reduce the ph using the indian almond leaves? Shrimp are in a 60litre.
  99. Mark Webb

    Shrimp no longer breeding

    Thanks Mike. I switched because of the waste with RO and also the cost of remineralising for my 260 litre. Which parameters shall I check?
  100. Mark Webb

    Shrimp no longer breeding

    I setup my shrimp tank back in Sept 09 with 6 CRS. All settled in nicely and they started breeding until I eventually had about 300! Along the way I added a few Cherries and they eventually multiplied well. However, now neither are breeding at all and numbers are dwindling. I setup another tank...
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