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  1. spaldingaquatics

    Washing hands before putting them in the tank!

    As long as you rinse your hands then there's not going to be enough residue to cause problems.
  2. spaldingaquatics

    Plant ID

    looks like Ceratopteris thalictroides. Have a look on the tropica website to see what you think
  3. spaldingaquatics

    Hot tap water, deadly to shrimp?

    It's not good. Use boiling water from a kettle to take the chill off cold tap water
  4. spaldingaquatics

    Should I add MTS?? - Yeay or Nay?

    You're fired from my snail sales team :lol: :wink:
  5. spaldingaquatics

    Should I add MTS?? - Yeay or Nay?

    I have a tank just for MTS :D Nothing wrong with them, you can get a pretty fancy snail but the MTS is the solid trusted backbone of aquarium snails :wink: Free if you want some? :D
  6. spaldingaquatics

    What critters do you have in your tank(s)?

    I have a fair few critters in my shrimp tank, Tadpole snails Ramshorn ect Sand shrimp I have a tank just for trumpet snails aswell All are free if you'd like any :D
  7. spaldingaquatics

    Paypal Verification.

    That's the std verification for allowing £650 or something like that to be withdrawn from your paypal into your bank account. you'll then have to upgade once that limit is reached to allow more funds to be withdrawn into your bank. change your password every month.
  8. spaldingaquatics

    CO2 refills in Peterborough

    Thanks Dan, I'm that - close to adding CO2, good to know of them cheers mate
  9. spaldingaquatics

    Shrimp tank re done and some thanks as well

    Why didn't I think of that! :shock: I've got the same kit and used both peices and it doesn't look all that great, the thought of securing it to one piece is such a good idea! :D
  10. spaldingaquatics

    Shrimp tank re done and some thanks as well

    Hi, just looking at your snail stock, are they trumpet?
  11. spaldingaquatics

    ebay

    True, but what if the seller has closed down their paypal account though?
  12. spaldingaquatics

    ebay

    It's gone, along with your money. The only hope is that you paid by paypal? and if so hope that they still have their paypal active. Otherwise they've completley had you :? Sadly, it's full of scams and many people using loads of stolen accounts to do things like that.
  13. spaldingaquatics

    Signature

    Hi, How do you make a signature into a clickable link? thanks Adam
  14. spaldingaquatics

    TDI's Blyxa-Blyxa Journal

    I never thought you'd make it look that good! 8) not that I ever doubted you :lol: Brilliant Dan I'd love to have a tank that well planted
  15. spaldingaquatics

    Creating a Free Forum

    www.freeforumit.com :D
  16. spaldingaquatics

    Nano Natural Garden - Anentome helena (Assassin Snail)

    Re: Shrimps Natural Garden - 14.08.08 . Layout's Change Are you going to be adding a moss wall?
  17. spaldingaquatics

    Discus playground tank - rescape

    Re: Discuss playground tank - rescape Part 2 was excellent and yes ,Echinodorus Ozelot, was the plant displayed. Not that I'm an expert but it's im my tank :D
  18. spaldingaquatics

    Tropica

    thank you george, gives a good idea of avg costing :D
  19. spaldingaquatics

    Amano shrimps going crazy!!

    Mine zip around all day then hang upside down on the dwarf ricca, they're in with cherry who do the same thing :D
  20. spaldingaquatics

    Tropica

    Yeah I have to admit it was abit annoying looking through the tropica book and seeing their plants price group/pot number. Great. But means nothing as each retailer sells them to whichever price point they feel like :(
  21. spaldingaquatics

    Discus playground tank - rescape

    Re: Discuss playground tank - rescape I like the journals that are detailed, this one is great so far :D
  22. spaldingaquatics

    blackout raise temp of tank??

    Personal choice. :wink: :D The same as I refuse to clean any filter media with tap water. I'm sure it's been proved that it has no harm but I'm set in my ways with methods that have always worked for my setups. I have nothing as against blackouts Dave, I just wouldn't use that method by...
  23. spaldingaquatics

    blackout raise temp of tank??

    agreed :D
  24. spaldingaquatics

    blackout raise temp of tank??

    In the example Jaycat set would the heat source not be the room temp? in this case 30c, so if the tank is naturally a couple of degrees below room temp then that's not too bad, but he was saying would wrapping the tank up not increase the temp of the tank?, so I suppose with the heat not...
  25. spaldingaquatics

    Water change practice

    About half an hour to 45 mintues, I use the w/c time to inspect the tank, sort out problems, replant uprooted plants, syphon gravel ect, so I don't mind that it takes so long because I get to make sure the tank is in perfect order and, well...hey, it's fun! :D The wifes kettle gets a hammering...
  26. spaldingaquatics

    Water change practice

    I feel left out here..... I change 25% of my 230l once a week I remove the 25% with a jug, replace with buckets that have each been dosed with a dechlor solution and topped off with boiling water from the kettle to take off the 'chill' of tap water. I have a 40l and 20l that I change about...
  27. spaldingaquatics

    My First Planted Tank (The End) Juwel Rio 125

    Re: My First Planted Tank - Juwel Rio 125 Looks brilliant mate! :D
  28. spaldingaquatics

    AN OLD CHESTNUT I'M SURE - FILTERS!

    Hi Ade, Why avoid fluval as ext, is it an issue with flow rate? Adam
  29. spaldingaquatics

    fish from zoostock - ebay??

    Just give Kevan a leaving card before he goes, I'm sure he'd sort a bit of cut price ordering :wink: Have you seen the new plants he's got from their new german supplier? look really good
  30. spaldingaquatics

    Diana Walstead style tanks

    Glad to hear they're settled in mate :D The diana Walstead method is new to me, but as you know the stage my largest tank is at anything is a possibility for converting it to, I've had a look at the link and I'm amazed at how straight forward and cost effective the method is , it is tempting I...
  31. spaldingaquatics

    UKAPS Calender 2009

    agree. any progress?
  32. spaldingaquatics

    Surface Scum - Keeps Coming Back

    Sorry if you've already said but do you have sand as a substrate?
  33. spaldingaquatics

    Diana Walstead style tanks

    Hi Brendan I forgot to ask yesterday but what would be the required light level for this type of setup? thanks Adam
  34. spaldingaquatics

    Trumpet snail prob

    [FOR SALE] TOP QUALITY NERITE SNAILS :lol: only joking :D so it looks like it's the nerite egg theory then Dan? although whatever it is, I've checked on some that aren't dug in yet and it's not spreading I'll see what he says :D
  35. spaldingaquatics

    fish from zoostock - ebay??

    My judgement was based on the comments of the seller to their customers that had problems :wink:
  36. spaldingaquatics

    Sat nav recommendations

    Hi John, How you getting on with your choice?
  37. spaldingaquatics

    Trumpet snail prob

    No, they're just solid :( the snails are acting normal, digging in the day, invading the glass on mass at night, so it doesn't seem to be anything other than some sort of bacteria on the shell? Is there a non copper med for snails?
  38. spaldingaquatics

    CO2 FE What to say when getting one?

    :lol: Never fails
  39. spaldingaquatics

    Trumpet snail prob

    it's just the mts in there :( I've just taken 2 more pictures I don't know if these are any clearer?
  40. spaldingaquatics

    Cheap Tropica Pogostemon Helferi

    Doesn't suprise me :lol:
  41. spaldingaquatics

    Trumpet snail prob

    wow, you've got a keen eye :wink: they sure are ulster, but the reason for that is that every time I try to get a close up of anything be it fish, snail or....anything, if it's behind glass the camera just will not focus :( so I snapped that snail over the top, but sadly many more look the...
  42. spaldingaquatics

    saintlys sumatradriftwood scape

    If that's L.Sessiliflora like mine in that rena then the constant cutting back would be a hassle :wink: both tanks looking great btw
  43. spaldingaquatics

    Trumpet snail prob

    Is there a med safe for snails? :?
  44. spaldingaquatics

    fish from zoostock - ebay??

    When I'm chosing an ebay seller to give my hard earned (in short supply) money to, I always check the negative and neutral feedback comments and more importantly the replies to the comments from the seller. I think it's fair to say that if anyone checked the neg and neutral for zoostock, they...
  45. spaldingaquatics

    Trumpet snail prob

    That would explain why after 2 weeks there are no eggs on the Java fern I put in the tank for them That was going to be a future question, thanks ulster :D So it's looking like it's a bacteria on their shells?
  46. spaldingaquatics

    Trumpet snail prob

    Hope they are, I only said ulcer because that was the only comparison I could think of. There's roughly 200 ish in their own tank (long story, DAN!! :twisted: ) :lol: anyway, I've never had them before so I really don't know, do baby snails leave the egg jelly and cling to a snail?
  47. spaldingaquatics

    Trumpet snail prob

    Hi, I don't know a lot about them so this could turn out to be a stupid question, but it has got me thinking what it could be............. :? What are the ulcer like things on their shells, only a few have them, some have 1, others up to 4...they're spread over the shells in various locations.
  48. spaldingaquatics

    Torrevieja.

    I don't know how hot it is right now anywhere else but at this point in time that reservoir looks very appealing! :wink:
  49. spaldingaquatics

    Surface Scum - Keeps Coming Back

    I haven't run an airstone yet because it's a plant only tank so I wasn't too worried about clearing excess CO2, but if it means that it'll clear the film off the surface then there's no harm in an hour once the lights have gone out. :D I'll try it tonight, I just didn't know if I'd have to do...
  50. spaldingaquatics

    arowana... euwww. Would anyone pay £58000 for this fish?

    mmmm....pay my wifes credit card bill after a days shopping or buy a big fish? :? do they deliver? :lol:
  51. spaldingaquatics

    Hi & Help!

    I think maybe in time I might give discus keeping a go, it'll take me 5 years of nagging/begging/tricking the wife into letting me setup yet another tank :lol: Still, they do look good :D
  52. spaldingaquatics

    Hi & Help!

    Hi Mick Thanks for posting the pics, your tank looks great and those discus are stunning! :D I was looking at what our MA had yesterday (just for entertainment, I could never keep them :( ) and I don't know much about them but I'm guessing you've either got a far higher quality of discus or...
  53. spaldingaquatics

    Surface Scum - Keeps Coming Back

    I've got the same on my 40l, do you have to run the airstone everyday to stop it forming again? or did just one night stop it completely?
  54. spaldingaquatics

    Greenline Closing Down

    Where's the best online source to buy them from now?
  55. spaldingaquatics

    Anybody else have this problem?

    Control that green eyed monster John :wink: All you had to do was ask and I would have sent you some :D It was my wifes choice because it was pretty :( It was the only way I was aloud to get the tank, but it's all changed now :D
  56. spaldingaquatics

    Anybody else have this problem?

    and I've got a son called Eheim :wink: no only joking...that would be going a bit too far....I only just got away with Hagen for the cat, the other option was 'fluffy'..wasn't much competition really :lol:
  57. spaldingaquatics

    Scaping help needed please - VOTE NOW!

    :lol: I like your varient b of the 'Terraced' The extra wood will stop it being lost, if you know what I mean? Whilst trying to picture each option planted I just feel that the originol 'Terraced' would end up with the wood being hidden Thanks Adam
  58. spaldingaquatics

    AquaSoil Leeching

    That's why I stopped using it
  59. spaldingaquatics

    id moss

    It certainly looks like xmas moss, I've got Java in the same tank and they do seem to be different when you see that piece next to it :D
  60. spaldingaquatics

    Shrimp Tank - Juwel Rekord 60

    Re: Shrimp Only Tank - Juwel Rekord 60 Hi LD, Well done on the crs that's great news, People like you who breed them with the intention of supplying to increase the availability without making a huge proifit deserve a big shout out, most people breed to make a huge profit but I respect...
  61. spaldingaquatics

    id moss

    I would hope it's xmass moss as that's what you sold it to me as, from that exact picture.
  62. spaldingaquatics

    Greenline Closing Down

    Just to add, this is only my personal opinion and probably means nothing, but greenline charged the most for P+P which wasn't a problem because they gave an excellent service for packing and care with keeping plants fresh
  63. spaldingaquatics

    Greenline Closing Down

    I'd go for it Dacious, I was a bit confused though as they'd been preping customers for weeks about a part shut down of the nursery for heating work and then suddenly it's all over, It's still worth grabbing what you can whilst you can. Thanks Adam
  64. spaldingaquatics

    Greenline Closing Down

    Can't believe it! :( I spent ages trying to find a reliable online source for plants and now the only one I trust is going :(
  65. spaldingaquatics

    Hi & Help!

    Hi Mick, Just had a look at the link and unless I've done something wrong It looks like the only way to view is to be a member could you post a couple of pics on this thread? judging by your description of your tank and the BIDKA members reactions they sound really good :D Thanks Adam
  66. spaldingaquatics

    Open Top Lighting

    I've recently bought a lunminaire for roughly the same size tank from ebay, didn't cost much and delivered in 2 days!, adjusted to fit perfectly, It was 2nd hand though and not new from an ebay shop but even so it's in great condition...the seller had it up for bidding but a quick offer later...
  67. spaldingaquatics

    Rescaped my 54L today

    Looking good :D , have you got any up to date pics? be good to see your set up illuminated Thanks Adam
  68. spaldingaquatics

    Hi & Help!

    yeah you're right, not that great it must have been the light from my tanks :lol:
  69. spaldingaquatics

    Hi & Help!

    Welcome to UKAPS!!!!! nice to see someone else from sunny S.Lincs :D
  70. spaldingaquatics

    Photos of your tanks from around the UK

    awww why does george have to live in Lincolnshire, how am I suppose to compete with him :( :D How many pictures are you planning to have on the stand Dan?, are you just using one persons tank from each county or just as many as you get sent? Thanks Adam
  71. spaldingaquatics

    Set up for crayfish

    Thanks LD I'll watch out for the rock problem, I hadn't thought about them digging under before but it makes sense, I'll change the layout I had in mind just to make sure. What size tank and water conditions did you have yours in?
  72. spaldingaquatics

    Anybody else have this problem?

    It's already been in the aqua cube, I'd only got about 5-6ltrs in it thankfully, but it messed all the sand up that until that point I'd managed to carefuly keep without exploding up into the water :| I now use the glass cover :D
  73. spaldingaquatics

    Destruction of a Dennerle tank

    I recognise those bags of gravel! :D Thanks again mate :wink:
  74. spaldingaquatics

    Small prob with FX5

    As has been said the FX5 does this as a matter of design, no part of the filter is at risk. :D
  75. spaldingaquatics

    Set up for crayfish

    Has anyone kept crayfish before? I'm only wanting one on its own because I'm not intending to breed them, but I'm just wondering if anyone has experience of keeping them and could share a few tips. I've read the books ect but can someone give an opinion based on their experience for the best...
  76. spaldingaquatics

    Glossostigma Elatinoides

    I found this to be helpful for using a f/e http://ukaps.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=266
  77. spaldingaquatics

    Amsterdam Aquarium shops??

    Shame they're not aquatic, with all our high power lights, reflectors ect we'd be on a high success rate of growth :wink:
  78. spaldingaquatics

    Which would you rather have? large aquarium or large pond?

    I'd have the pond, only so I could use it for a bit of fishing, it would be small enough to always catch something and wouldn't cost me the £12 plus day ticket for the pleasure! :D (and I'd know that there was something worthwhile in it to catch! :wink: )
  79. spaldingaquatics

    First Attempt!

    Nice! is that an online package?
  80. spaldingaquatics

    First Attempt!

    Must admit garuf you are sharp with the drawings, even at 2.30 in the morning! :D
  81. spaldingaquatics

    Anybody else have this problem?

    I thought it was cute until it started scratching the glass, it seems to want to eat the angel fish :( Although I suspect given half the chance the angels would eat the cat if they could, they eat everything else! :lol:
  82. spaldingaquatics

    Light Levels

    That's true, everyone has a different opinion based on their experience, good to get a overview from lots of people
  83. spaldingaquatics

    Anybody else have this problem?

    Does anybody have a cat who always does this? This is my wifes new kitten called 'Hagen' , no, that's right she didn't pick the name :D
  84. spaldingaquatics

    Rio 180 replacement

    :lol: no no no :lol: I agree with clive on the point that a filter media can't be destroyed by washing with tap water. my point was just that tap water does kill bacteria even if it's only a small amount and 'none' is better than 'some' :D
  85. spaldingaquatics

    Rio 180 replacement

    Sorry clive, I was just refering to the fact that washing with tap water does kill bacteria on filter media, which from the above I asume it does? but just not in enough quantities to cause major damage, which I agree with. I understand that larger equipment may need to be cleaned with tap water...
  86. spaldingaquatics

    Rio 180 replacement

    Don't agree clive, why in that case do we use chlorine removers in our water changes if tap water does not harm bacteria? I've made the mistake of rinsing with tap water many years ago, and it did make a difference, I never did it again.
  87. spaldingaquatics

    Rio 180 replacement

    Always tank water, the chlorine and other heavy metals in tap water kill bacteria
  88. spaldingaquatics

    Rio 180 replacement

    We know that the answer is noooooooooooo tap water, but I must admit I was suprised to sit down and watch a proffesional Hagen presentation telling me to kill my vital bacteria every time I maintain my filters, does anyone know WHY? Hagen have instructed thousands of people to do this? :? Edit...
  89. spaldingaquatics

    40cm - Javanese Paradise

    Sorry I can't help you there, I think it's excellent! :D wish I had your skills, my tanks end up looking like the aquatic version of a picasso (and I don't mean the car!) :(
  90. spaldingaquatics

    CAU planted tanks!!!! (seizure warning)

    They're all great, 'fairy valley' and 'island of glory' are the best for me :D
  91. spaldingaquatics

    Funny e-mail

    Brilliant! and true! :lol:
  92. spaldingaquatics

    Best light tubes to use together

    damnit!!! :evil: there was about 10 mins left on it and I didn't want to miss out so I bought it before you posted :( (removed the link now because it comes up with paypal stuff) The curse of ebay, no wonder they're so rich :|
  93. spaldingaquatics

    Best light tubes to use together

    Thanks garuf, would this be suitable? 11w gls fluorescent bulb
  94. spaldingaquatics

    Best light tubes to use together

    I'm not being sarcastic here, this is a serious question based on what's been said because I haven't got to grips with understanding the scale properly but would I be able to get away with using a desktop lamp over a small 30cm tank as all the 'clamp on' lamps I've found have a 9 or 11w bulb...
  95. spaldingaquatics

    Fred away in Africa for a month

    Sounds like the experience of a life time Fred! enjoy! :D check out the local streams/rivers, find a new species of fish!!!!!!!!
  96. spaldingaquatics

    blue33 13g first planted tank

    I like tanks like that, looks really good :D
  97. spaldingaquatics

    Plecos

    This must be my forum tonight! :wink: Bristlenose will eat anything with large leaves (amazon sword) they try to clear any signs of algae that they can find but they strip the leaves of surface 'skin', you'll find patterns on the leaves untill they finally make a hole in them. Not just amazon...
  98. spaldingaquatics

    Plecos

    I don't know the L46, but if it's anything of the size of the common then it'll need a padded cell! (just a figure of speech, fish welfare is of the upmost importance :D ) They have a habit of laying on plants, then snapping the stems with their tails then leaving waste products all over the...
  99. spaldingaquatics

    Anyone selling Blyxa Japonica?

    Java, not good :(
  100. spaldingaquatics

    Novice Looking For Advice - On a tight budget

    I've just finished setting up my 2x 2ltr drinks bottle set up connected to a 3rd smaller bottle for protection from liquids coming in contact with each other. My tank is 230l, I'll never get a completely stable co2 level with a yeast system but I've got low light levels so I've got a bit of room...
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