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    Money no Object – Space is

    this is a worry, answering my own post if i reduce to 1 filter thereby making the scaping a little eaiser with my drilled preference, its just a case of which filter ? I was going for Tetratec EX 1200 External Filter x 2 So now i need filter which is up to the job ? Looking around how about...
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    Money no Object – Space is

    I am still quite keen on drilled mainly because of my space limitations, novice ?, in terms of some folk, yes indeed, its my second tank, my first was a touch larger see here So if i purse drilled I do need help on postiioning and any extra kit required ? Regards
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    Money no Object – Space is

    To much flow, not enough etc, so I've read and re read and am going for Tetratec EX 1200 External Filter x 2 they will fit nicely in the cabinet and I will have space for the the External Heater and the inline CO2 Feed So now I've finally decided I'm still looking to have drilled as I have no...
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    Money no Object – Space is

    Thanks for this, its godo to get the differing opinions. So ive looked at the TetraTec EX external filter - EX1200 which seems fine and I can see advantages to haveing two filters. So taking this futher rather than then connecting an external inlien heater I could simply get two filters with...
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    Money no Object – Space is

    thanks, feel a bit happier now, as im going to have the tank drilled, is there an obvious location for the inlets x 2 and outlest x 2 (i will aquascape of course to hide them) Regards John B
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    Money no Object – Space is

    hm so 1700ltr per hour is insuffcient ?, I assuemed that as it has two inlets and 2 outlets I could have the strategically placed and that would be fine, I guess not so i need two filters - anyone suggest which two ? Regards John B
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    Money no Object – Space is

    Re: Money no Object – Space is AquaEl External uni Max 700 After yet more research Im thinking of a singel AquaEl External uni Max 700 for filtrations, apparently it has 2 in and 2 out flows so these can be spread round the tank for max circulation. As a reminder here is the size and...
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    Money no Object – Space is

    Progress but as always thoughts apprecaited Tank: Opti White High Clarity Tank 75x45x45cm (158 ltrs) Lighting: Arcadia Series 4 Pendant 70cm - 1x150w 5200K+ 2x24w So filter, I have a new unused Rena XP4 - I think thats up to the job ? I will use an extenal heater and inline CO2 Im thinking...
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    Money no Object – Space is

    Lighting I have found this: http://www.rocketaquatics.co.uk/classica-150w-double-metal-halide-pendant-with-moonlight-freshwater-p-1749.html Depending upon the width this seems ideal, does any member have one ? John B
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    Money no Object – Space is

    Thanks for the help so far, im looking for hight tech so CO2 and lighting will be crucial. However as filtration etc will all depend on volume so im thinking 75cm Wide, and say 45 cm deep and 50 cms High - 37 Gallons (UK) OR 44 us OR 140 Ltrs so using 2.5wpg i need 140 watt (I think) as...
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    Money no Object – Space is

    Hi Time for a new planted tank, price is no object so that’s good, however space is, the gap it needs to fit into is 79cms wide. So im think to maximise the internal space in need an external filter heater Im after planted but am not sure if I need to inject CO2 ?, if I do then im thinking...
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    So many tanks - which one

    As some of you may be aware I was 2 months in with my Rena 200 Planted tank all was going well and I moved, tank could not come with me as it would not fit – such is life, however I learn a lot. I will have a new space shortly (once the floor is done) so I’m off again. I have a space...
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    Johns 717l / 157G Tank

    Im moving and it wont fit ? Hi Im moving and it wont fit (eek) Please see http://ukaps.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=1678 A sad day John B
  14. J

    Johns 717l / 157G Tank

    A full shot, not sure my photographic skills are that great (but im getting there) Regards John Berman
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    Johns 717l / 157G Tank

    Hi Growth does not seem to be an issue. See what I mean Regards John B The plants are a bit greener in real life, my photo skills seem to lighten everything a touch
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    Johns 717l / 157G Tank

    Hi Sorry for the slow reply (had to seek advice) its: Heteranthera Zosterfolia Regards JohnB
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    Johns 717l / 157G Tank

    Afternoon Well things seem to be going from strength to strength I’m on 25% bi weekly water changes (it’s a slick routine now), water testing shows that all is well, I’m using Tropica with N and P and the plants seem to be flourishing and the algae has stopped producing now (I take more...
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    Rock only setups ?

    Hi Been looking round and cant see any rock only setups ?, I was just wondering if any has such a setup, im getting an urge for tank number 2 Regards John B
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    Johns 717l / 157G Tank

    Daniel I have no idea ?, the closest thing I can find online is here http://www.theplantedtank.co.uk/algae.htm I think its Rhizoclonium ? Description Strands of fine green or brownish threads which are soft and slimy. Cause Low CO2. Low nutrient levels. General lack of maintenance. Removal...
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    Johns 717l / 157G Tank

    Thanks for the Media tips. I have been manually removing the algae on water change days, its not the simplest job, I found a bottle brush does the job best, sort of twist it round the algae and it collects loads. Ive noticed since Im using the Tropica with N and P that its starting to decrease...
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    Johns 717l / 157G Tank

    Hi all Well it will be 5 weeks this coming Wednesday and Its all going well so far?, I do have a bit of an algae issue but its dying down, yes there is a lot left but compared to a week ago its so much better. I was doing weekly with Tropica, since swapping to Tropica + which contains N and P...
  22. J

    Vacuum Cleaner ?

    Thanks for the response's I was not thinking of anything on such a large scale, i dont want to remove the contents of the tank, but rather some gentle hovering to clear up bits and bobs John B
  23. J

    Vacuum Cleaner ?

    Hi Can anyone recomend a decent Vacuum Cleaner, tank is Dimensions: 201cm W x 51cm x D 70,5 cm H so i need something thats flexibel, just to help clean out the various debri that collects (eEpecially after cutting the grass) Regards John B
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    I hope Webcams come under Photography ?

    Hi Just a general enquiry, have any members had any dealings with webcams and fish tanks, would eb interested to hear from them if they have. John
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    Johns 717l / 157G Tank

    Well it’s been a while since I have posted an update. The tank has been running for two and a half weeks now. Overall I think things are going well, plants are all growing, I pruned quite hard a week ago, damm they grow fast. Cutting grass underwater was an interesting experience, collecting...
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    Inlet \ Outlet postition

    This may be obvious but if I don’t ask ? The tank is a: Rena Aqualife 200 x 50 Dimensions: 201cm W x 51cm x D 70,5 cm H And I have two FLUVAL FX5 Canister Filters I currently have 1 setup at each end of the tank, in an identical way ? The inlet filter is at the bottom about 1 inch above...
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    Johns 717l / 157G Tank

    Evening all It’s been a while so an update (with the odd question), sorry no pics as camera has died So it was two weeks on Saturday, overall things are going well I think, I have been doing a weekly change of 50% and 25% in the middle of the week, all the plants are growing like crazy and I...
  28. J

    Johns 717l / 157G Tank

    Hi Well did my first tank change today and changed 50%, quite a painless exercise (god forbid when I get a water meter) Everything is growing well and pearling a treat now – I noticed more pearling once the filters were turned off. So im refilling via the tap, does it matter when the...
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    Johns 717l / 157G Tank

    CO2 Update So I installed a drop checker, here is progress 10.00 am Drop checker installed, colour Blue 11.00 am CO2 Comes on 12.00 am Lights come on 12.30 pm Pearling seems to start 14.30 Pearling well Drop checker now a greenish color ? I think overall with the amount of plants etc im on the...
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    Johns 717l / 157G Tank

    Thanks to all for the helpful comments. IVe installed a drop checker as advised. I can see some of the plants pearling which is good, but only some of them, do all plants do this or are some more prolific than others ? John B
  31. J

    Johns 717l / 157G Tank

    Well got some plants in, im no aquatic gardener, however I like it, im aware that it wont be long and I shall be pruning but we will see how it goes The pictures are below, I have planted; Limnophilla aromatica Rotala wallichii Hygrophilla corymbosa Hygrophila rosae australis Heteranthera...
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    Johns 717l / 157G Tank

    Some progress so here is an update. Received a further 9 bags of eco-complete today adding them to the existing 4 makes a total of 13 bags (20lbs bags) so I have had a go at scaping, deliberately avoided keeping everything square, so eco added and wood positioned and rocks. Added the Hydro 300w...
  33. J

    Johns 717l / 157G Tank

    It was all me, a proper lokk and it fits no problem. Thanks John B
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    Community creator - 600 Neon Tetras

    Hi Has anybody read this : http://www.thinkfish.co.uk/article/Stocking_Levels It talks about the community creator and how its all worked out, now i know its a guide and there are many factors involved but it seems a little optimistic ? My tanks measurements ( reduced the height by 5cms to...
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    Johns 717l / 157G Tank

    Noted, I have other media, leaving the foam till after next week when i add another 200lbs of substrate, then i will put the real media in Nope have to stand on cofee table, floor to top of tank is 58 inches Yes im planning two feeds (got 2 cylinders from BOC) Well thats what i thought ...
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    Johns 717l / 157G Tank

    Hi So after receiving so much assistance so far thought I would start a journal and see how it goes The aim is for a planted community tank, the setup is: Tank Rena Aqualife 200 x 50 Volume in litres: 717 Tank Volume in imperial gallons: 157 Water Volume in imperial gallons: 146 Filtration...
  37. J

    Connecting the Cal Aqua Inline CO2 Diffuser Fitting

    Hi I have 2 Cal Aqua Inline CO2 Diffuser's the idea being for them to be connected to the FX5 External Filters of which there are 2. I did not consider the actuall mechanics of taking the outflow pipe and connecting Diffuser which of course is a different size, thought on the best way to do...
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    Will there be enough O2

    Hi Rena Aqualife 200 x 50 Dimensions: 201cm W x 51cm x D 70,5 cm H 80 x 20 x 27 Volume in litres: 717 Tank Volume in imperial gallons: 157 Water Volume in imperial gallons: 146 Filtration FLUVAL FX5 Canister Filter x 2 Co2 via an external diffuser into the outflow of the FX5. Will I need to...
  39. J

    FLUVAL FX5 Canister Filter - Noise

    Hi My FLUVAL FX5 Canister Filter (two of them) now does anyone have any of these and if so are they noisy ? I can put them in the stand or in the shed attached to the living room wall and simply run the pipework out there, just not sure of the noise these things are going to make (they are...
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    FLUVAL FX5 Canister Filter Medai

    thanks thats perfect, I will start a journal next weekas the kit all arrives so members can see how i have benefited from their help. I was inspired by a journal, hopefullyothers will be. Regards John B
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    Eco-Complete – approx 250lbs

    Hi Anyone recommend where i can get soem 250lbs of Eco-Complete, im Croydon based and quite happy to drive out to collect - if not any recommended online supplier Regards John B
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    FLUVAL FX5 Canister Filter Medai

    Hi I have a FLUVAL FX5 Canister Filter and planned to have the following media Ceramic Filter Rings Biological Filter Foam BB Bio Filter Balls Carbon Filter Floss now finding the items is not that easy becaue there is so much to chosse from - am i looking for media with a code Thanks...
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    New Tank - Harware Final Review

    Thanks for the feedback quite happy to get a couple of FX5's As for CO2 more than happy to invest but its a nightmare, all the bits etc - im happy to pay for the right kit but which one ? John B
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    New Tank - Harware Final Review

    Hi Well Ive had loads of help in these forums and I think im finally sorted on the hardware (barring any last minute suggestions \ coments) Im aiming for a good planted tank with community fish at the the top\middle and bottom. Within reason im happy to spend quite a bit to get it right. So...
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    Lighting Advice pse

    Thanks for the feed back so far for filters im planning two Tetratec EX 1200 External Filter giving me approc 2400 lph I have posted elsewere about CO2 and will be addressing that Im nearly ready to place an order so want to get the lighting right, im investing a lot of money so dont want to...
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    Ammonia, Bio Starter etc

    Hi Im having a planted tank and plan on a fishless cycle whilst i get the plants going, there is a whole range of products advertised Ammonia, Bio starters (must be hundreds of them) Im lookng for a plain simple method. Regards John B
  47. J

    Mopani v Bogwood

    Hi Are there pros and cons when looking at Mopani and Bogwood John B
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    Lighting Advice pse

    I have Tank Rena Aqualife 200 x 50 Dimensions: 201cm W x 51cm x D 70,5 cm H Volume in litres: 717 Volume in imperial gallons: 157 And its going to be planted etc. By default it comes with 4 x 58W (232w) I’m looking at least 2wpg so need a minimum of 314w So im looking at Metal Halide...
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    Planted Tank - open to sugestion

    CO2 - there is a lot to it ? Thanks for the CO2 info -i did not realise there was so much to i, now im lazy and really want to buy all in one if i can - I found this Dennerle Classic CO2 Exclusive 600L http://www.aquaticbiotope.co.uk/Scripts ... oduct=1009 They do have the next versio but...
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    Planted Tank - open to sugestion

    Thanks ok so so cant do all in one (such is life) Im not new to fish but am new to CO2 im unsure what bits I actually need, is there an idiots guide here to which bits I need ? or better still based on tank size can someone recommend ? Regards John B
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    Planted Tank - open to sugestion

    So which CO2 Thanks for all the advice, finally im getting there (i hope) I am struggling to find the right CO2 system and all the bits I may need, regulator etc, now im not say money is no object but I dont want to skimp on this and am happy to pay for the right kit. So ideally I want to by...
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    Planted Tank - open to sugestion

    Hi This is my tank setup (buying in mid march) Tank Rena Aqualife 200 x 50 Dimensions: 201cm W x 51cm x D 70,5 cm H Volume in litres: 717 Volume in imperial gallons: 157 Heating 2x300W Heater / thermostat Filtration 1550 l/h External Filter Rena Filstar xP4 Media - Coarse Sponge, Fine...
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