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  1. Egmel

    Fire extinguisher CO2

    There's a list/map of places which do refills here http://www.ukaps.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=4612 let me know in that thread if you find anything out of date. :)
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    Stainless Steel Diffuser Rusts

    Cheers for the suggestions guys, I'll have a closer look this weekend and see if I can work out which bit has actually corroded. I fear it may be the inside of the tube though, I think the problem is that in the high acidic environment caused by the CO2 the corrosion is amplified so any...
  3. Egmel

    Stainless Steel Diffuser Rusts

    I bought a stainless steel diffuser off ebay a couple of weeks back thinking it would be the answer to me breaking so many glass ones. It arrived and was lovely, looked good, ok quality and the replaceable ceramic discs were a plus! I got it all installed and it produced beautiful little...
  4. Egmel

    Where to get CO2 Cannisters and Refills

    Thanks for the updated costs, I've changed the info in the post and on the map :)
  5. Egmel

    Re-using a bath...

    It's a steel bath so I think it'll be fine, the enamel might give up eventually but I'm not that worried about cosmetics! I like the idea of a rockery bit in the bath, hadn't thought of that, might have to see what I can do, though I don't want to do too much as it will reduce the volume...
  6. Egmel

    Where to get CO2 Cannisters and Refills

    Oooh, that's very useful info, I'll ad that to the main post.
  7. Egmel

    The upgrade!

    Ok, so I'm still alive, I'm still keeping fish and I still have a high tech tank... sort of! We're in the process of renovating the kitchen diner so the tank has moved to the only other space in the flat - the bathroom. Poorly taken, with water spots all over and cucumber fishing lines but...
  8. Egmel

    Where to get CO2 Cannisters and Refills

    Hi Geaves, I work at a uni and BOC were my backup plan if I couldn't find an option locally. In the end I didn't investigate them fully as I get mine from calor gas as it's easier on an ad-hoc basis and not that expensive. It'd be good to know if anyone does contact them as they might be an...
  9. Egmel

    Where to get CO2 Cannisters and Refills

    Okey doke, I've updated it to say he wont accept FEs Added thanks and sorry for the delay :)
  10. Egmel

    Re-using a bath...

    It wasn't actually a typo, from all I'd read I'd been under the impression that if I wanted to pump the water out, up and back in again it would have to be quite a substantial. Maybe I've done some calcs wrong though...
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    Re-using a bath...

    I've come to the conclusion that I'll need a pump which can work dry/inline, connect to 40mm pipes and shift about 2000lph at a head of about 30cm! Oh, and it'd be nice if it didn't cost me the earth to run! Any suggestions gratefully accepted, I'm still searching as I've not really seen...
  12. Egmel

    Where to get CO2 Cannisters and Refills

    Hiya, the map suggest that the closest tried and tested to you is Peterborough, if you find anything more local then be sure to let us know so we can add it here :)
  13. Egmel

    Re-using a bath...

    Super post Martin, very helpful. I guess a balancing pond is what my parents and sister have (parents have a bath sister has an old water tank). Ok, the plan was to pump a waterfall made from the sink with it probably going via a filter. So if I put the sink above the bath at the opposite...
  14. Egmel

    Unknown Invert ID required

    :D Excellent, that's exactly what they are, there was I hoping I had baby mussels! Right, now I know they're safe I can put some cherry shrimp across into this tank. :)
  15. Egmel

    Unknown Invert ID required

    About 2mm long these guys have a hard shell and small antennae from one end. They are independent movers, sometimes by picking up the current other times in a more determined manner but I've as yet to work out how. Other occupants in the tank are some Malaysian trumpet snails, some tubifex worms...
  16. Egmel

    Where to get CO2 Cannisters and Refills

    @Stu, Done :)
  17. Egmel

    Re-using a bath...

    Ok, I figured that taking the water from the bottom would be easiest, but now you mention it, there'll be less head from the overflow and I'll be able to use a smaller pump. I'm still not sure what size/type of pump to use, there's just so many and many of them are huge!
  18. Egmel

    Where to get CO2 Cannisters and Refills

    Done, thanks for the update :)
  19. Egmel

    Where to get CO2 Cannisters and Refills

    Well I put these all onto a google map when they first came out and I update it when I change the post so the info is all there. I'm not sure that putting everything on one map is a good idea. For a start the more cluttered the map the more difficult it is to find what you're looking for...
  20. Egmel

    Re-using a bath...

    My parents have had a pond in a bath tub for years and when I gutted my bathroom I thought it'd be fun to do the same thing. The basic idea is that the bath will be semi-sunk but mainly proud of the ground with earth/rocks banked up round it. Partly for insulation but also so I can plant it...
  21. Egmel

    Where to get CO2 Cannisters and Refills

    I think at the moment the closest we've got on the list are Manchester and Sheffield :( I would say that when you find somewhere can you let me know so I can add it to the list. Also, if anyone uses someone off the list, or finds that one of them no longer exists can you please make a note...
  22. Egmel

    Where to get CO2 Cannisters and Refills

    Cheers Sam, it should also mean it gets more updates, I may not always get to them immediately so people should feel free to prod me via PM if they're feeling neglected ;)
  23. Egmel

    DIY Project DIY Water Changer, No more buckets!!

    I use a dedicated hose but it's just a bog standard hose. I also make sure I empty all the water out of it after I'm done with it otherwise it'll stagnate, probably wouldn't do any harm, but just in case.
  24. Egmel

    Akadama - A cheap substrate

    *Remembers the day all the hydrocela carefully chosen as a substrate in her tank floated to the surface as she filled it with water...* :lol:
  25. Egmel

    Where to get CO2 Cannisters and Refills

    You're probably best off contacting the supplier to double check this - I have to admit I'm not even certain which supplier you're referring to! ( :oops: my geography is useless, I have to look all the addresses up on Google to find out which region they fit into!) Updates all done, keep them...
  26. Egmel

    Where to get CO2 Cannisters and Refills

    Sorry for the delay people, these have now been added :)
  27. Egmel

    Where to get CO2 Cannisters and Refills

    I'm afraid not, the nearest on the list at the moment is Kendel! Try calling your local calor gas depot, they've been quite good for me in Guildford. Alternatively you'll have to turn to your local listings. If you do find anywhere then please do let me know so I can add it to the list. :)
  28. Egmel

    Where to get CO2 Cannisters and Refills

    Not sure, I had a quick look round Guildford for FE replacements but they all turned out more than I was prepared to pay. I'm afraid I can't remember who I contacted, I just googled for fire service people in the area.
  29. Egmel

    Where to get CO2 Cannisters and Refills

    Right, sorry for the delay guys, I've been so busy this last month or so! Think I've updated everything. Interesting to see that Euro Fire Protection have put their prices up by £5 on the 2Kg refill. Tony, I'm confused, your bottle sounds the same size as mine but I could have sworn mine was...
  30. Egmel

    DIY Project DIY Reactor - pictures, assembly and testing

    So long as it does the job it sounds fine by me :)
  31. Egmel

    Where to get CO2 Cannisters and Refills

    Added, thank you :)
  32. Egmel

    Where to get CO2 Cannisters and Refills

    Added both of those, thanks guys :)
  33. Egmel

    Apple snails

    I find mine float to the surface if there's food up there, they don't like having to wait for it to sink down!
  34. Egmel

    DIY Project DIY Water Changer, No more buckets!!

    On the copper front... I've read many opinions on this over the years but the ones which strike me as scientifically valid are: -New copper piping will leach more copper than old piping. This is because as the copper oxidises inside the pipes so a protective barrier is formed to stop copper...
  35. Egmel

    Tragedy in CRS tank

    This isn't always the case, my MA always has nice and fat little ottos, mine came from there and they've all been fine :) I think it depends on the staff in any store, you may find your odds are better in a non-chain store but I wouldn't say that it's the best indicator. The best way to...
  36. Egmel

    Tragedy in CRS tank

    Hmmm, I think there are 2 problems here, the first is that the fish were not in good nick when you got them. The second was that you added them directly to a tank with expensive livestock. We've all done it, a quarantine tank is a hassle to set up, but if you intend to keep expensive stock...
  37. Egmel

    UKAPS Secret Santa 2009!

    Got mine too :D A Madagascan Lace plant and chocolate... what more could a girl ask for :D
  38. Egmel

    UKAPS Secret Santa 2009!

    You better hope it's not got plants in it then!
  39. Egmel

    Happy Birthday

    Happy Birthday Dan :D , and Happy belated Birthday to all that I've missed, really ought to check this thread more regularly! :oops:
  40. Egmel

    Where to get CO2 Cannisters and Refills

    Thanks, I've changed the updated date :o)
  41. Egmel

    UKAPS Secret Santa 2009!

    rawr aaronnorth SteveUK aquaticmaniac amy4342 Clint24 Egmel Count me in :) Last year was cool so I'm fully for it this year :D
  42. Egmel

    UKAPS @ Interzoo 2010, Germany

    Re: UKAPS @ Interzoo 2010 Excellent.... the plans for world domination are underway ;) Seriously though this is great news and while I probably wont be able to offer much to the aquascaping I'm definitely there on the support front! :thumbup: Loving the idea of a live feed and gabbly, would...
  43. Egmel

    Conundrum... Inverts Dying - Water Parameters?

    I do indeed, I'm currently using seachem prime, I don't know if it has a chelator or not.
  44. Egmel

    DIY amazon root

    Ahhh, it's because you were talking about buying lots of substrat-Pro and planting vallis that I assumed there would be other plants. My bad, as they say assumption is the mother of the biggest mistakes ;)
  45. Egmel

    New Traces from Aqua Essentials

    Excellent to see the speed at which this feedback was taken on board, good job guys :)
  46. Egmel

    DIY amazon root

    Nice and atmospheric, can't wait to see it with all the plants in. I like the roots dangling down, it's a different effect from the usual and means you can play around with the plants rising to meet them. It might be more difficult to scape this way than the other but that's half the fun of...
  47. Egmel

    Clown Loach Question

    Reduce the amount you feed and squash them on sight. While you can get predators such as assassin snails or small loaches they only deal with the symptoms and not the cause. I've not kept assassin snails but my understanding is that they wouldn't be able to get into a crab so they're probably...
  48. Egmel

    Where to get CO2 Cannisters and Refills

    Updated ;)
  49. Egmel

    Where to get CO2 Cannisters and Refills

    Thanks, I've added it under a new heading of 'online' since it might also be useful for people who don't have a local source.
  50. Egmel

    Akadama - A cheap substrate

    That's where I got mine from, arrived quickly and is exactly as described. Will start soaking it as soon as I have an exchange date ;)
  51. Egmel

    Conundrum... Inverts Dying - Water Parameters?

    Damn those reply stealing gremlins. :evil: It may sound stupid but have you tried the back button in your browser, sometimes that magically remembers what was typed in text boxes. *EDIT* just noticed the time difference between these last two posts, probably a bit late for the back button :oops:
  52. Egmel

    What is the best substrate when on a budget?

    Seriously, I really wish I had videoed the look on my face when the clay balls I bought all floated up to the top of my tank through the sand... must have been priceless :oops: sounds good, if you don't want much then akadama is on ebay (just do a search and look for the stuff like James used...
  53. Egmel

    What is the best substrate when on a budget?

    Right, going to shove my 2p in here as I've been doing this on the cheap since I started and I've made some interesting mistakes along the way :o) Ignore TPN+ it's really expensive for what it is and James has helpfully calculated the recipe for how to make it. Have a look at it hereand then...
  54. Egmel

    Happy Birthday

    Awww, thanks Clark. :) (only just found this thread :oops: ) Theoretically I postponed my birthday until I have time to celebrate it properly, but I've made a few exceptions and this can be one of them :D
  55. Egmel

    Conundrum... Inverts Dying - Water Parameters?

    I noted those too Clive, makes me laugh slightly as I always used a filter in my old place and haven't since I moved because the water tastes better. :shock: Beginning to wish it wasn't in storage so I could use it now... however it is parts per billion and well within allowable limits so it...
  56. Egmel

    Conundrum... Inverts Dying - Water Parameters?

    Re: Conundrum... Well the shrimps are fine with 20°C so that shouldn't be a problem for them. I don't know about nerites but most snails will survive the temp difference of a couple of degrees for at least while, they do get posted after all! Lower temperatures should cause the water to be...
  57. Egmel

    Conundrum... Inverts Dying - Water Parameters?

    Re: Conundrum... Well if she's using tap water in her tanks with no pre-treatment (other than de-chlor) then that rules out the tap water hypothesis.
  58. Egmel

    Conundrum... Inverts Dying - Water Parameters?

    Re: Conundrum... Ok so from those 2 reports here are the similarities (both in current standing and change to that standing), if we could get a couple more examples we might get somewhere. Helen Element New | Old ------------------------------------|-------- Sodium...
  59. Egmel

    What is the active ingredient in SnailStrong?

    They're suffering quite a lot of pitting since I've moved house, inverts in my tank are generally not doing well (see this thread for details) so while I never needed it before, it appears to help a little now. They don't get many greens but they do have a varied diet along with my fish so I...
  60. Egmel

    Conundrum... Inverts Dying - Water Parameters?

    Re: Conundrum... ok, well I asked the new water company for a report and I've compared it to the one I had from my previous company, there are several differences, I've listed them below. (Note all values are mean values) Element New | Old...
  61. Egmel

    Conundrum... Inverts Dying - Water Parameters?

    Re: Conundrum... Hi Chris, They were fully acclimatised over several hours and I bought about quarter of a tank of water with me in a jerry can (with 'fish water only' written on it :lol: ) so I don't think it was the change in water. Also it wouldn't account for my MTS which are much less...
  62. Egmel

    What is the active ingredient in SnailStrong?

    And then the inevitable add on question, is there a cheaper alternative?! *edit* Suddenly realised that people might not have a clue what I was talking about - see here.
  63. Egmel

    Conundrum... Inverts Dying - Water Parameters?

    Since moving to my sisters I have lost all of my shrimp (more than I could count even during the move) and all of my Malaysian Trumpet snails. However my apple snails and all my fish are fine :? The only thing which has changed with the move is the water as she's with a different supplier...
  64. Egmel

    Hallowe’en UKAPS Meeting

    Especially if you've gone for the zombie/axe murderer/mad surgeon type outfit ;)
  65. Egmel

    Akadama - A cheap substrate

    Thanks James, the reason I was going to soak it in advance was to reduce the need to do the water changes on the tank. This strip down will be coinciding with my new house purchase/move and (sod's law) the submission deadline of my PhD thesis so I wanted to make it as painless as possible. The...
  66. Egmel

    Akadama - A cheap substrate

    Hi all, just ordered 28L of this and I'm looking to pre-treat it. My theory is that I'll do a week long soak in ferts and calcium carbonate (will this be ok?) then a week of daily water changes in a trug bucket. Any idea on how much I'll need to use of everything? James used the following...
  67. Egmel

    Where to get CO2 Cannisters and Refills

    Thanks I've added them :)
  68. Egmel

    peristaltic dosing pump

    Looking good. :clap: The one comment I would make is that you should probably raise your plugs away from the floor of your cabinet, that way if something does leak you wont short out all the electronics. :thumbup:
  69. Egmel

    Big fish, little fish cardboard box?

    Hmm, difficult one, nice little fishies shoaling, big plec with lots of character or a cardboard box and the possibilities of goodies within... I think it's going to have to be the big fish.... but I've no idea where to put him as I've only got a 3 footer!
  70. Egmel

    what clean up crew can I have?

    They're the good ones, my green tank will attest to that... However I'm not sure how long they'll survive with the loaches, but maybe they'll breed and and provide a live food source for your loaches.
  71. Egmel

    Mirror Glass Tank

    Hi Sunny, If it's only when you look at the tank at certain angles then it's perfectly normal, as Chmura alluded to, it's to do with the interaction of light when it hits a boundary (in this case glass/water). It's unlikely that your fish are actually seeing a mirror (look from one end of the...
  72. Egmel

    Where to get CO2 Cannisters and Refills

    Thank you, I've updated the entry to reflect the new prices :thumbup:
  73. Egmel

    Where to get CO2 Cannisters and Refills

    Thanks B4M, added :)
  74. Egmel

    Where to get CO2 Cannisters and Refills

    Honestly I don't know. There are different grades of CO2 and the stuff I use is food grade as I have the same cannisters as pubs use, I don't know at what grade it would become fish unsafe. Probably worth searching the CO2 forum and asking there if you don't find anything.
  75. Egmel

    2009 Festival of Fishkeeping Pictures

    Agreed Steve, looks fab. Ditto on the wishing I could be there but unfortunately work has got in the way. Where can I get me one of those funky plastic ukaps holders, they're a really nifty idea!
  76. Egmel

    Where to get CO2 Cannisters and Refills

    Thanks for that update. If there's no-one else near you on the list then calor gas often sell and replace CO2 cannisters if that's of any help. Otherwise you can try local places which service FE's, though many of them won't just refill, they'll want to do a full service which can be more...
  77. Egmel

    CO2 refill/price

    Hi guys, if the places you use for refills aren't on the refill list then can you add them to the thread for me (and anyone else in your area who might like to make use of them) viewtopic.php?f=4&t=4612 Cheers Helen
  78. Egmel

    Who fancies helping at FOF this year?

    Depends on thesis progress. If I can get another chapter finished by Friday then I'll pop down on the Saturday for a bit to say hello. (Though I'll have to baggsie the car as my bike's been nicked :roll: ) Would be good to see everyone again.
  79. Egmel

    The upgrade!

    Not far but it is a different water company which is why I suspect that. Some of my snails have also kicked it so it might be copper in the supply. As I say, I'm just keeping on top of maintenance, the fish seem fine so I don't think it's a nitrate/nitrite/ammonia problem, though I haven't...
  80. Egmel

    CO2 Refills Teesside very cheap

    Got it thanks!
  81. Egmel

    The upgrade!

    Well life is nice and busy at the moment, I'm in the final throws of thesis writing and buying my first house. In the meantime I've moved into my sister's and I took the chance to re-scape the tank. :) When I move into my new place I'm going to replace the sand with akadama and probably...
  82. Egmel

    Where to get CO2 Cannisters and Refills

    Sorry, if it's not on the list on the first page of this thread then I've not come across one. You can try your local calor gas place, they wont refill a FE but they quite often have cannisters.
  83. Egmel

    Where to get CO2 Cannisters and Refills

    Cheers for that I've made the changes :)
  84. Egmel

    How/Where did you hear about Ukaps.org?????

    That has to be the most randomly brilliant arrival yet! :lol:
  85. Egmel

    Introducing cherry shimp to my main tank

    I found that the bottle necks were too big in my original DIY ones and I caught fish as well as shrimp. All of the fish I caught then passed on, I wont be using that method again, next time I'll be making sure the entry holes are only big enough for the shrimp.
  86. Egmel

    CO2 MEASUREMENT USING A DROP CHECKER

    TDS = Total Dissolved Solids?
  87. Egmel

    Bubble counters... Who uses them???? [POLL]

    This is my main use of it too. It's just an easy indicator as to how much you're putting in. When you make any adjustments it gives you an instant reading of how much you've changed the CO2 levels by unlike the DC which takes a while to catch up. I don't think I've ever counted mine, it's...
  88. Egmel

    CO2 MEASUREMENT USING A DROP CHECKER

    I too live in a hard water area (pH is around 8, 16.5DH, I can't remember the GH off hand and Thames Water don't give a rating for that on their site) but I've kept Rummy Nose tetras for the last couple of years without any problems. I've never used buffers, the general gist is that stable pH...
  89. Egmel

    Fire extinguisher CO2

    Alternatively I'll just grab the info from here and add it in ;) consider it done :D
  90. Egmel

    Where to get CO2 Cannisters and Refills

    Thanks mr.luke I've updated that :)
  91. Egmel

    Ebay Regulators

    Seems like that's a new one on the market. The ebay feedback is low but that from others who have purchased it seems ok so you might get it in one piece. It's a good price but I'm not sure how good the customer service would be. Saying that AZOO is a proper trade name that's been around for...
  92. Egmel

    Where to get CO2 Cannisters and Refills

    Yeah, I was looking at http://openlayers.org/ because then we could have a local copy, with a form that people could fill in... it'd take more work but would give a nicer result I think. lol, it' the weight of the CO2 not the weight of the cannister in total. It may well be like the 3.9Kg ones...
  93. Egmel

    Combining filters.

    Thanks Dan, That's just what I needed to hear; 'don't try it, it's not as straightforward as it sounds'. I'll get my hacksaw out instead ;)
  94. Egmel

    Where to get CO2 Cannisters and Refills

    Thanks Sam, I've added that one. One day I'll put these all on an interactive map so you can find the one closest too you more easily. One day, when I have some time! :lol:
  95. Egmel

    Combining filters.

    I asked this a while ago and the general consensus was that I should keep my 2 external filters (both eheim classics a 2213 and a 2217) separate. However there really isn't room in the hood to have all the pipes running in neatly and they're getting kinked/squashed and it's damaging the flow...
  96. Egmel

    How/Where did you hear about Ukaps.org?????

    FOF 2009 thread :D
  97. Egmel

    Where to get CO2 Cannisters and Refills

    Added. Interesting to see how different the 2 calor gas places are, mine didn't ask for a deposit or anything, just sold me the full cannister for £15 ish. How big is a 10l cannister? I've had a look on the web but can't find any definitive answer. I'm used to dealing with kgs and I can't...
  98. Egmel

    Where to get CO2 Cannisters and Refills

    Thank you, all added :)
  99. Egmel

    Shrimps and Snails

    Snails are also a no-go if you're using any flubendazole based wormer, it sticks around in the water for ages, I tried what you're suggesting and kept my MTS out for a couple of weeks, they all died when I added them back in :(
  100. Egmel

    Pictus cats and amano shrimp

    I'd stick with the nerites, even larger shrimp have tasty legs/antenna :(
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