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  1. O'Neil

    Dutchi-gumi

    Cheers Ady, it's good to back.
  2. O'Neil

    Dutchi-gumi

    Cheers james i do love those black lava rocks, thing is tho they are only active when the lights are off, but they are quite easy to propogate if you provide a balaced nutritious substrate, they also eat hair algae, lol. I did like the way i had originally but I thought the scape was starting...
  3. O'Neil

    Dutchi-gumi

    Sorry guys that picture came out small
  4. O'Neil

    Dutchi-gumi

    Hey guys, An update for this tank is long overdue. As you can see from the picture below my scape has evolved a little.
  5. O'Neil

    Eheim external - when to renew media?

    I do know that jointing compounds that contain oil used in the plumbing industry cannot be used with plastic or rubbers as the oils they contain will slowly eat away at it. The may or may not be true for vaseline. As suggested above silicon grease will be safe, I would get it from a plumbing...
  6. O'Neil

    Aqauoak 200L escapade..

    ebay is your friend, just make sure it's the rigid tube.
  7. O'Neil

    Aqauoak 200L escapade..

    Might stand out less if you run the airline down the left hand rear corner behind the vallis
  8. O'Neil

    Aqauoak 200L escapade..

    Thats almost exactly how my community tank started out, it has changed over the years now mine is mostly java fern.
  9. O'Neil

    Aqauoak 200L escapade..

    Cool i look forward to seeing it.
  10. O'Neil

    Aqauoak 200L escapade..

    Any ideas for what type of plants your wanting to grow?
  11. O'Neil

    From Tranquility Island to A Dutch Touch [200L]

    Just have to say this is probably my fav tank, absolutely stunning!
  12. O'Neil

    Unnamed

    I have to admit when I started reading the journal I didn't expect to see such an impressive recovery. I love this tank.
  13. O'Neil

    Roots and Lava

    Love this drop checker :)
  14. O'Neil

    Elatine hydropiper aka Micranthemum sp. "Monte Carlo"

    Lol i thought they were viks tanks.
  15. O'Neil

    Elatine hydropiper aka Micranthemum sp. "Monte Carlo"

    Wow thanks vic' also the two tanks look awesome, i need to buy some better rocks, only got lava rock atm. Would love to do a nice iwagumi.
  16. O'Neil

    Elatine hydropiper aka Micranthemum sp. "Monte Carlo"

    Thanks mate I think I'll give this plant a try soon
  17. O'Neil

    Elatine hydropiper aka Micranthemum sp. "Monte Carlo"

    Thanks Mick I might give this plant a try it looks amazing in Georges journal.
  18. O'Neil

    Elatine hydropiper aka Micranthemum sp. "Monte Carlo"

    Hey guys, Do any of you know if the plant in Georges most recent scape tries to lift from the substrate like HC (cuba) or is it more firmly rooted? Thanks
  19. O'Neil

    George's One-Pot Iwagumi Challenge

    George does this plant require mechanical retardation like HC?
  20. O'Neil

    Back to my roots

    Nice one cheers Ian.
  21. O'Neil

    Back to my roots

    What screws did use for this, brass? I might have a go with some of my own driftwood.
  22. O'Neil

    Back to my roots

    I really like that piece of driftwood Ian. I have a fluval roma 200, which is a basic planted tank, really nothing special at all. It's about 95% java fern, but i love it. It hasn't changed for over a year now and think it's time for an update, but nothing too drastic. I'm wanting to try new...
  23. O'Neil

    The Forsaken World (Final photo.. scape now ended)

    This is a stunning tank and a very detailed journal, congrats and thanks for sharing.
  24. O'Neil

    Wild west aquascape on you tube

    I found this quite amusing, funny yet original and very well done. enjoy
  25. O'Neil

    Natural environment / Biotopes

    I aim to please, lol
  26. O'Neil

    Natural environment / Biotopes

    Let us know how it goes if any of you get them, I'd like to know what they are like. They are a cool looking fish.
  27. O'Neil

    Natural environment / Biotopes

    I've never seen those in the fish trade, probably never will either. lol
  28. O'Neil

    Natural environment / Biotopes

    Thanks Mark watching this one now.
  29. O'Neil

    Natural environment / Biotopes

    lol thanks Henry, I'm quite chuffed at finding it.
  30. O'Neil

    Natural environment / Biotopes

    Nice one cheers Mark
  31. O'Neil

    Natural environment / Biotopes

    Here's the Killifish one Yeah I'd buy the series mate, lol.
  32. O'Neil

    Natural environment / Biotopes

    I think I also found that one, there was interesting one about killifish aswell, I'll have to try and find that one. This guy has a few videos, he must be something like the venezuelan Attenborough.
  33. O'Neil

    Natural environment / Biotopes

    Hey guys, Been a while since I've been on here. I've been looking for videos or documentaries of the fish we see in our pet stores in their natural habitats for years and finally stumbled across Ivan Dalmar Mikolji.
  34. O'Neil

    ISTA External CO2 Ceramic Diffuser

    Cheers for the reply mate, but I did manage to get an UP atomiser off ebay, it is probably a cheap chinese copy but so far it works perfectly. :)
  35. O'Neil

    Dutchi-gumi

    Only development this week is I have increased photoperiod by 1 hour and keeping ferts at the same level. Just done a big clean and removed some leaves, will post a more detailed update next weekend with pictures.
  36. O'Neil

    Dutchi-gumi

    Thanks mate, Hmmmm could that be why I had holes in some leaves? I think I read something by "the ceg" along the lines of (holes in leaves always co2) not really sure tbh, I may have made that up, lol. I hadn't noticed the shrimp but they do seem more vibrant, I'm hoping they breed and fill...
  37. O'Neil

    Dutchi-gumi

    Cheers Ady. The new Alternanthera has almost doubled in a week, I think the issue was light. I had a look around in a pet shop and found that you can buy bulbs for this tank from the manufacturer "for plants". I then had a bit of a google and found that the ones I had in, had almost no red...
  38. O'Neil

    Dutchi-gumi

    Got the Up Atomiser fitted over the weekend :D I did get a small amount of fine green algae so I've dialled back on the ferts slightly till the plants get bigger. Considering adding more Eleocharis sp 'mini' to help it fill in a bit faster but beyond that I'm happy with how things are going...
  39. O'Neil

    Dutchi-gumi

    Yeah I'm looking forward to that, mainly so I can remove the ugly white tubing. I'll have to learn patience, lol.
  40. O'Neil

    Dutchi-gumi

    Thanks Tim, I wish they'd grow already, lol.
  41. O'Neil

    AGA 2011 3rd Place 60-120L!! 60cm iwagumi scape

    This is stunning mate!
  42. O'Neil

    Dutchi-gumi

    3 week update. Lights The new APS light system is now up and running, I'm only using two of the four lights and a 7 hour photoperiod. I know how much we all love pics so I took this one for you (sorry about the photo quality) Ferts I have gone from dosing 10mil of macro and trace to...
  43. O'Neil

    Dutchi-gumi

    Got an over tank light unit and a black background, just waiting for my up atomiser to arrive. Will do a proper update once it's all set up.
  44. O'Neil

    "Dutch something or the other" 120 Gal

    If theres a way to "put my foot in it".......I'll find it, lol.
  45. O'Neil

    "Dutch something or the other" 120 Gal

    Am I right in thinking that you don't use Co2 in this tank?
  46. O'Neil

    APS 600mm Thin Four tubes Lighting System

    Hey Guys, have any of you bought one of these? 60cm T5 Aquarium Lighting Four Tubes System - All Pond Solutions I have my tank up and running and was thinking of getting this to make it look a bit more "posh" and so I can try more light demanding plants at some point without having to buy...
  47. O'Neil

    1000L of worry

    I wish this was my tank >< Good luck mate
  48. O'Neil

    Dutchi-gumi

    All of the Nymphoides Leaves have melted away, but i'm not too concerned as there is new growth at the base already. I think it may be down to the Easy Carbo but I have no real evidence to support my theory other than they were thriving till I used it, so fingers crossed. The Alternanthera...
  49. O'Neil

    ISTA External CO2 Ceramic Diffuser

    Did anyone ever try the ISTA External diffuser? If so are they any good? Been trying to get hold of an Up Atomiser but can't seem to find them anywhere.
  50. O'Neil

    Probably Crazy Long Distance CO2 Idea

    Nice one mate, happy to help.
  51. O'Neil

    Probably Crazy Long Distance CO2 Idea

    Look at the picture at the bottom, thats not even remotely complex. I didn't suggest he copy mine it was mearly to show him what I had, there is always more than one of doing the same thing. Remember.......KISS ; )
  52. O'Neil

    Dutchi-gumi

    Breif update will upload pics tomorrow. The Nymphoides was thriving and now it has started melting, The only thing I can think of is that it may be sensitive to liquid Co2 afterall. I also stumbled accross a thread on this forum discussing Nymphoides sp Taiwan and liquid carbon. Deficiancy...
  53. O'Neil

    Probably Crazy Long Distance CO2 Idea

    Sorry for the time it's taken me to do this, it's been one of those days. This is far from finished, just don't have the time to sort it out at the moment. My regulator connects into a gas valve, I installed this so I could isolate the supply with out fiddling with my settings, the first...
  54. O'Neil

    Probably Crazy Long Distance CO2 Idea

    PS the plug on the solenoid is easily rewired and only needs a 3 amp fuse.
  55. O'Neil

    Probably Crazy Long Distance CO2 Idea

    These are just examples of what I used there are different items available. There are loads of regulators out there that you can use, I personally use a welding regulator it was all I could afford at the time. My Reg looks like this one: CO2 Single Stage side entry welders Regulator Female...
  56. O'Neil

    Distilled / Deionised Water

    Got it sorted now mate just gonna use the boiled water method and mite set up a water butt in the back garden, but thats good advice. Cheers mate.
  57. O'Neil

    Distilled / Deionised Water

    It doesn't matter mate my questions have been answered, thanks to all of you.
  58. O'Neil

    Distilled / Deionised Water

    Cheers mate thats awesome!
  59. O'Neil

    Distilled / Deionised Water

    Mainly pharmaceuticals but not sure if thats a good or bad thing.
  60. O'Neil

    Distilled / Deionised Water

    Thanks for that Darrel, I'll just wait for it to click off then dump it into a cup or bowl. Would living next to a factory factor into collecting rainwater or am I overthinking it?
  61. O'Neil

    Distilled / Deionised Water

    Haha nah mate bought some rather sensitive scales a while back, they only cost a tenner too ;)
  62. O'Neil

    Distilled / Deionised Water

    Ah right just hadn't heard that term in a while.
  63. O'Neil

    Distilled / Deionised Water

    Thanks Ian having a bit of a dumb moment. After reading Alastairs post there was much facepalming, I must have read it a million times on this forum in past. "KISS" - are you ex military by any chance?
  64. O'Neil

    Distilled / Deionised Water

    Alastair your a freaking Genious!!! If I can use that for my EI mix that saves alot of hassle, I must have been thinking about topping of an SW or something, lol.
  65. O'Neil

    Distilled / Deionised Water

    Haha thanks mate but Scotch Corner is a fair drive from newcastle plus I'll have nowhere to put the stuff. Was looking at the 5 litre bottle at halfords as that would last a while
  66. O'Neil

    Tonys 200l "Horatio's Cave" - #175 IAPLC 2013

    Stunning tank mate.
  67. O'Neil

    Distilled / Deionised Water

    From what I've managed to find out so far distilling and deionising water are simply two different methods of achieving the same result. My question is, do you think deionised water from halfords would be ok for me to mix my EI ferts?
  68. O'Neil

    Probably Crazy Long Distance CO2 Idea

    Dunno what happened there with the quotes but nevermind.
  69. O'Neil

    Probably Crazy Long Distance CO2 Idea

    Gas would not be wasted, it will be going into the tank, to be used by plants. I do agree with that but I'd still do it the other way round mate, but that's personal pref' I guess. It's major fluctuations that cause issues and over a couple of days. I once ran for a couple of days with no...
  70. O'Neil

    Probably Crazy Long Distance CO2 Idea

    Nah mate I know the difference. If the solenoid was at the start of his run, the gas left in the main line would continue to gas off into the tank until the pressure became low enough to stop pushing thru the diffuser, thus wasting that gas unless unless you had a control at the other end to...
  71. O'Neil

    Probably Crazy Long Distance CO2 Idea

    I understand regulators regulating etc, i was thinking about expansion and contraction and if he would have to adjust his flow in winter/summer.
  72. O'Neil

    Probably Crazy Long Distance CO2 Idea

    Waste of co2 imo mate
  73. O'Neil

    Roma 200 filtration

    Or two APS 2000EF and spares are cheaper...........not a APS rep I promise, haha
  74. O'Neil

    Probably Crazy Long Distance CO2 Idea

    I'd have a check valve at either end of the run, 2 inline flow valves and solenoid as close to the tank as possible. This way when the Co2 shuts off at night the main line would remain pressurised, plus if the solenoid was in the shed it would take an age for the bubbles to stop while the main...
  75. O'Neil

    is it that simple?

    You may have to fiddle with it again when you put in your hardscape as items such as logs and rocks could impede flow. On the tank on the tank I've just started I did run the Co2 system before I put anything in but that was only to ensure everything was working as it should and had no leaks...
  76. O'Neil

    70 Gal Manzigumi take 2

    Tom is that the Eleocharis sp 'mini' you gave to Tropica?
  77. O'Neil

    Dutchi-gumi

    It won't mate don't u worry >< Yeah that is another name for a ---bleep--- but it was a unique one at the time, lol
  78. O'Neil

    Roma 200 filtration

    Sorry mate didn't mean to imply that you were cutting corners, I'm just not very articulate, haha. I understand wanting to cut costs tho, I want to do the same. Unfortunately my only external filter experience is with the APS filter I have now
  79. O'Neil

    Calm river

    Very nice mate +1 from me.
  80. O'Neil

    Peisaj (landscape)

    Can't stop looking at this tank, it's awesome!!! lol
  81. O'Neil

    Roma 200 filtration

    You'll have to forgive the Ceg, but I gotta back him up the man really knows his shizzle, I tried to cut corners in the past and it resulted in two very frustrating failures. I'm currently using an All Pond Solutions 1400EF for a 100 ltr tank tank I started, doing everything right this time...
  82. O'Neil

    Dutchi-gumi

    Lol, sorry for the slow reply mate, got the message this morning on tapatalk but didn't have good enough reception to reply, lol. It's my old online gaming name for Call of Duty, it was deliberately ridiculous so that those that got spanked by me would remember when they saw me again.....it...
  83. O'Neil

    Dutchi-gumi

    I'm quite pleased with it myself, it's great watching something you've thought about and planned for a long time coming together. I now have 3 addictions coffee, nicotine and aquascaping, lol. Thanks for all your time, help and advice mate. I hope to one day return the favour. Finally if Mr...
  84. O'Neil

    Dutchi-gumi

    Quick update. Been discussing the above on another thread in the Inverts section, trying not to clutter this thread up too much but will link it incase it helps someone else in the future. HELP !!!! Amano shrimp eating plants | UK Aquatic Plant Society Apart from the problem with the...
  85. O'Neil

    HELP !!!! Amano shrimp eating plants

    Followed Your advice Ady and reverted back to the single T5 and original photoperiod, will wait and see what happens. I will also be paying attention to flow in the tank and think of ways to improve it, in the meantime I have started dosing easy carbo according to the bottle instructions and...
  86. O'Neil

    HELP !!!! Amano shrimp eating plants

    The standard spray bar is 't quite long enough to span the full length of the tank, although that is what i was wanting to do at the start. I have it on the left hand side of the tank facing to the right and only very slightly pointing upwards to the surface to minimise gas exchange. Thats...
  87. O'Neil

    HELP !!!! Amano shrimp eating plants

    Hey Ady i've increased the lighting intensity as i'm not sure i had enough to begin with. Ideally i want the absolute minimum light i can get away with. I did however reduce the photoperiod from 6 hours to 5.5 hours, do you think this was a wise decision? The co2 is also as high as i dare go...
  88. O'Neil

    HELP !!!! Amano shrimp eating plants

    Quick update, I've Increased the lighting and started dosing early but in very small amounts, Co2 is at sitting at a nice lime green colour. Will increase the frequency of water changes a bit and see how things go, it may recover so fingers crossed and I'll post updates in my journal.
  89. O'Neil

    Fluval Studio 900. Sticks and Stones.

    It's not you mate that is a very poor explanation, lol What I should have said is this "I'm seeking an alternative to Estimative Index when I scape the 200ltr tank as the position of the tank would make lots of water changes a nightmare" EI is what I'm doing for the Black Lava Rock scape. I...
  90. O'Neil

    Fluval Studio 900. Sticks and Stones.

    That's probably where I made the connection between you and George. Seen loads of his 'scapes, must have recognised it subconsciously or something, lol. Yeah I'm looking forward to getting the Roma going, but still got alot of working out to do, I won't be doing EI on a 200Ltr tank tho because...
  91. O'Neil

    Fluval Studio 900. Sticks and Stones.

    Nice one Ady you've done it again. How do you and George always find such interesting pieces of wood, is it just a gamble or do you seek it out? I plan to give a wood scape a go in my 200 once I upgrade the lighting, but thats gonna wait till my current project matures.
  92. O'Neil

    Help! - Orange Slimy Matter Growing On All Surfaces

    Actually I think you got that bang on!
  93. O'Neil

    Help! - Orange Slimy Matter Growing On All Surfaces

    I wouldn't have thought that the salt would have an effect on the heater, unless it was undissolved salt. Have you tried boiling the sand?
  94. O'Neil

    Peisaj (landscape)

    You definately have a talent for it.
  95. O'Neil

    HELP !!!! Amano shrimp eating plants

    Aha been sitting watching them and it appears that tyhe plant is not doing well and when the Amanos are trying to feed off the biofilm, they are accidenatlly pulling the leaves off. Didn't spot it sooner as it all collected behind the spray bar so wasn't floating around the tank. Just need...
  96. O'Neil

    HELP !!!! Amano shrimp eating plants

    I'll just have to wait it out and see what happens, thank for you help tonight tho, it's greatly appreciated.
  97. O'Neil

    HELP !!!! Amano shrimp eating plants

    I'm a noob myself, I know bit's about everything but not an expert on any of it. My water parameters are simlar to yours, temp 25c, PH 7.4 ( I know thats quite a big difference, Log scale an all that ) and my water is moderately hard. I wonder if I should up the lighting, 48w is never going to...
  98. O'Neil

    HELP !!!! Amano shrimp eating plants

    Did you lose leaves in the beginning? some of mine are just stalks now.
  99. O'Neil

    HELP !!!! Amano shrimp eating plants

    3 days ago
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