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  1. Kosh42-EFG

    London Riots

    If must be said, the seismic shift to the right in this country is putting East Anglia in serious danger of ending up below sea level...
  2. Kosh42-EFG

    London Riots

    People who want a new 42" TV and pair of designer trainers that thier dole (welfare) money won't stretch to, who also turn down jobs that are less that £x per hour in favour of watching trashy daytime TV drinking beer, while complaining foreigners (ie legal immigrants with a good work ethic who...
  3. Kosh42-EFG

    London Riots

    Pretty spot on with every point... Well said...
  4. Kosh42-EFG

    London Riots

    Trying to control a demonstration at the G20 summit, the police push a man to the ground who later dies. Police get flack from all sides: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/7989027.stm Two weeks after a simultaneous attacks on London's transport network a man wearing a heavy jacket in the height of...
  5. Kosh42-EFG

    Kosh's New Tank - 3 x 2 x 2 with sump (low tech)

    Didn't splash out for the lacquered, though did see the prototype when I visited the shop. Very nice. Finished off the sump pipework tonight and all tested and OK so far. Pics to follow...
  6. Kosh42-EFG

    First aquascape- The Nano

    This what you were trying to do?
  7. Kosh42-EFG

    New opti-white setup

    It came from Coventry Aquatics, part of thier Godiva range: http://bit.ly/mxA7Eb May seem a little pricey, but bear in mind that the price is the tank, sump, cabinet, pelmet, tank background, weir and all pipework delivered to your door and carried into your living room. I also got to choose...
  8. Kosh42-EFG

    New opti-white setup

    Can we suggest non-Sponsors? I know somewhere that can make them any spec you like, tank and cabinet. My new tank and cabinet were delivered within four weeks of ordering, and were both built to my specifications. They also have standard lines, and you can upgrade any piece of glass for an...
  9. Kosh42-EFG

    Kosh's New Tank - 3 x 2 x 2 with sump (low tech)

    Well my new tank arrived last week, and I'm currently in the throws of setting it up. The tank is a 3 x 2 x 2 (supplied by a non-sponsor's Godiva range: http://bit.ly/k25XiW) with Optiwhite glass on the front and left side. It comes with a wier in the back corner that drains to a 36 x 15 x 15...
  10. Kosh42-EFG

    Newbie planted 150 x 40 x60 (Planted pics pg2 27/04)

    Re: Newbie planted 150 x 40 x60 (Updated 14/04) Nice looking tank. Keep us updated...
  11. Kosh42-EFG

    taskent

    Very nice, but I agree that the lines in the rock need to go the same way...
  12. Kosh42-EFG

    Cat litter

    Until it doesn't smell any more and runs clear... Where it is fairly light it is easy to wash out of the bucket if you get too vigorous with the hose, though...
  13. Kosh42-EFG

    Cat litter

    I've used this one in a temporary tank, and am so impressed I plan to use it in my new 3 x 2 x 2 as well:
  14. Kosh42-EFG

    "Out Of Sight" - Cat litter/Osmocote temp tank

    Cat litter seems to have settled down a bit, I am now only having trouble with the plants with smaller root systems floating off should you happen to brush past them. I'm thinking of testing to see what the levels are like, but then another part of me says why not let it bed in more and the...
  15. Kosh42-EFG

    treetrunktank

    Wow! That is all.
  16. Kosh42-EFG

    From Reef to Planted

    Problem I can see with this is that you would end up with a higher and higher RO content in the tank without re-mineralising it. Especially with adding CO2, this is asking for a pH crash... I do like the idea, though... May get the sump in my new tank drilled and add a run off to waste... Will...
  17. Kosh42-EFG

    Where do you have yours?

    The new one is in a three foot by six foot cupboard. Not great for viewing, but will be a temporary home while the old tank is decommissioned and the new one bought...
  18. Kosh42-EFG

    Right amount of water changed?

    Another thing to consider is the chemistry of the water you're putting into the tank compared to what it settles at? I top up with filtered mains water. Due to the hight CO2 content of this, it meant that if I do a 50% change in one go, the pH drops by over 1.2 and takes most of a day to reach...
  19. Kosh42-EFG

    Cat litter

    Using Tesco cat litter in the new tank. I like the appearance, but the plants come out very easily if you touch them, and when you try and replant you end up pulling half of the tank out :(
  20. Kosh42-EFG

    Naturesoil V John Innes

    I have Westland Topsoil in my 3 x 2 tank with gravel on top. Worked fine to start with but the soil is now depleted so the plant growth has really slowed up. WOrked really well for the firts 18 months,though. Also,the two layers mixed within a few weeks, and have been ever since. New tank is...
  21. Kosh42-EFG

    My tanks from 2009-2010

    Awakening is also my favourite, but they are all stunning...
  22. Kosh42-EFG

    White Balance

    Is it a Fuji camera? If so, the "fish mode" is likely the underwater mode for use in a housing. This does alter the WB a lot as the water filters out a lot of the sunlight. In our shallow tanks, it's not needed though and just makes them look odd. I usually use auto WB for the tank, and then...
  23. Kosh42-EFG

    "Out Of Sight" - Cat litter/Osmocote temp tank

    It's part of my old RO system. The carbon filter is used to remove the chlorine before it goes to the RO membrane as it can damage it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_filtering
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    "Out Of Sight" - Cat litter/Osmocote temp tank

    Right, new bulks arrived so it was time to cobble together a lighting rig for the tank. I got a 24W Growlux and 24W Phillips 880 from Lamp Specs. Not pretty but does the job. Slightly worried it may be too much on the tank (30 x 12 x 15) but I already had the starter and lamp leads, so it...
  25. Kosh42-EFG

    can you help me on first planted tank

    I've used them and got OK plants. The even didn't send me one plant I ordered and credited me as the stock they got in was up to scratch. However, I agree that you get what you pay for. Bought some from The Green Machine before and they were top class.
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    "Out Of Sight" - Cat litter/Osmocote temp tank

    Did a 50% water change today, although it had all settled out. Just in case. Am concerned by the pH swing water changes bring about. It's a shade over 7 from the tap, but after a day in the tank reads over 8. Not sure if it's something in the cat litter, or just the CO2 in the water from the...
  27. Kosh42-EFG

    "Out Of Sight" - Cat litter/Osmocote temp tank

    Well, as soon as my window's are done the living room will be redecorated, which also means new tank time! So in the lead up to then I've taken the opportunity to set up a small, temporary tank in the front shed of my house. This will be the home for my live stock during the transfer, and I'm...
  28. Kosh42-EFG

    From Reef to Planted

    Currently I am running this lamp at night when the main tank lights are off in order to reduce pH swings. The idea is that the plants growing in the sump will absorb some of the CO2 being produced by the tank inhabitants and bacteria which would otherwise during the day be absorbed by...
  29. Kosh42-EFG

    Aquascaping article on Daily Mail site

    They didn't insult anyone, stereotype anyone, or make baseless accusations. You sure it's a Daily Mail article ;) Seriously, nice to see the hobby get some press. Kosh
  30. Kosh42-EFG

    Cat litter

    Hi all, Just wondered if anyone had tried this product yet? If not, I will take the plunge and be the guinea pig. Cheers, Kosh
  31. Kosh42-EFG

    From Reef to River bed

    Another reef deserter... I had a 6 x 3 x 2 reef tank a few years ago... As you say, the electricity bills were just ridiculous, and I found that topping up kalk, re-filling the calcium reactor, mixing salt for water changes, etc made it more of a chore than a pleasurable hobby... I always...
  32. Kosh42-EFG

    saintly's big ask!

    Depends if you are trying to capture "the spirit of a storm" as an aquascape, or actually what an aquatic habitat would be like during a storm? The former is beyond me (I'm just happy if stuff in my tank stays alive), but for the latter I'd say you need a drip plate above the surface of the...
  33. Kosh42-EFG

    Auto Dosing EI with a dosing pump (diagram and calculations)

    Re: Auto Dosing EI with a dosing pump (diagram and calculati I tried that... The problem in mine was the motor... After a few months of use it didn't have enough 'oomph' to compress the tubing any more, even after replacing it with a new one...
  34. Kosh42-EFG

    Ammonia spike with new Akadama substrate, help!

    Hmm... In terms of scientific language "deactivates" sounds slightly woolly to me... But after reading this book (highly recommended read) I am sceptical of a lot of pseudo-scientific claims...
  35. Kosh42-EFG

    Tropica plant catalogue

    I only got myself the 2007 one a couple of weeks back :(
  36. Kosh42-EFG

    Best place to buy wood

    TGM have some lovely big bits of Redmoor Root on their website, with pictures of each piece (so you get the bit in the picture as it were, not just a bit like it)... I have a lovely bit from them I am planning my next tank around... Link here: http://www.thegreenmachineaquatics.com/ ... t%2520Wood
  37. Kosh42-EFG

    Has anyone used this plant supplier?

    Mine look fresh cut then rolled in foam and a lead strip. Looks like the extra £1 was for the pot :shock:
  38. Kosh42-EFG

    Has anyone used this plant supplier?

    Forgot to mention the brilliant communications... Got e-mails to confirm my order, to say it had been sent to the overseas supplier, to say the plants had cleared UK customs, then finally that they had been posted to me... Very impressed...
  39. Kosh42-EFG

    Has anyone used this plant supplier?

    Just to say my order turned up today. Very well packed and all labeled up. Only thing is the leaves have come off the lotus, but to be honest I was expecting them sans-leaves anyway... Particularly impressed with my 99p lace plant... Will post a photo later... Tonight I shall be mainly trying...
  40. Kosh42-EFG

    Ebay items not arrived

    Just an FYI - Just got a full Paypal refund on an item that never turned up. Value was £25. So it is possible, but I'm slightly surprised as last time they were pants and I never saw a penny of the £200 I was conned for...
  41. Kosh42-EFG

    Switching to Low-tech

    The Sainsbury's were embossed smidgen, pinch and dash which are 1/32nd, 1/16th and 1/8th of a teaspoon the same as those here: http://www.fluidsensoronline.com/zen/in ... cts_id=230
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    Switching to Low-tech

    Try Sainsburys for the spoons... Saw a set in there identical to some I purchased online at four times the price...
  43. Kosh42-EFG

    Shrimp Tank - Juwel Rekord 60

    Right, got to the end at last... Sorry to hear the substrate is causing you headaches again... What a bummer... Note to self, use dark, inert sand for shrimp tank... Loving the Fissidens carpet... Very attractive... May be a carpet to consider my new low tech main tank as it seems to work well...
  44. Kosh42-EFG

    Shrimp Tank - Juwel Rekord 60

    Hi, Just reading through this thread as a nice looking and successful shrimp tank looking for ideas and info as I'm hoping to turn by Garuf cube into a shrimp tank, and I noticed this: Is that wire mesh you have the moss attached to in the shot? Is it from here and the 316L stuff? Also, nice...
  45. Kosh42-EFG

    Pre-order acrylic 12" cubes for sale

    No probs... Is it too late to ask for a black backing on my tank? Not to worry if not...
  46. Kosh42-EFG

    Fertcicles, addign nutrients to sediment in an established p

    Re: Fertcicles, addign nutrients to sediment in an establish Nice idea... Don't think it'll work with my ice cube bags though, so must invest in a tray ;)
  47. Kosh42-EFG

    Pre-order acrylic 12" cubes for sale

    Cool... Now I need to source myself lights and filters...
  48. Kosh42-EFG

    iPhone Apps

    My work's systems are fire walled to the hilt... Wouldn't be able to sync them... The one thing I do have that seems to have gone under their radar is a Google app that runs on the laptop and sync's the Outlook calendar with your Google calander...
  49. Kosh42-EFG

    "Weird" avatars?

    My iPhone bar code reader fails to focus on them properly on the laptop screen... I was trying it out the other day...
  50. Kosh42-EFG

    iPhone Apps

    My wife loves her iPhone. Easy to use, looks pretty, etc... I'm a tinkerer so am looking forward to a bit more freedom as LondonDragon says... Also the Google integration (mail, calendar, maps, buzz, etc) seems to be better in Android... Google does own most of my online life...
  51. Kosh42-EFG

    first tank above 100l (70x40x40)

    Looking good.
  52. Kosh42-EFG

    T5 Reflectors

    They do? Then I feel bad posting a link to a non-sponsor :oops:
  53. Kosh42-EFG

    iPhone Apps

    The main thing driving me away from my iPhone is iTunes... I hate it with a passion but you can't have one without the other...
  54. Kosh42-EFG

    T5 Reflectors

    http://www.aquaristic.net/shop.php/sid/ ... RO%20Line/
  55. Kosh42-EFG

    Saintly's 240L 'savannah dreaming' scape finished

    Re: Saintly's 'savannah dreaming' @ 7 weeks And in a nut shell, that's why I'm going low-tech ;)
  56. Kosh42-EFG

    T5 lights - 10000K white - can I use them?

    I have no idea where the perspex from my Arcadia luminaire is... Took it out the day I got it and never put it back... Think it was because I was still in reef mentality... Nothing comes between bulb and water... Seems to not cause me any problems... I'd be interested in how you get on with...
  57. Kosh42-EFG

    iPhone Apps

    My handset is due for upgrade next month... I fancy myself an HTC Desire or Google Nexus One, depending how negotiations in the phone shop go...
  58. Kosh42-EFG

    Saintly's 240L 'savannah dreaming' scape finished

    Re: Saintly's 'savannah dreaming' @ 7 weeks I've said it before but will again, an Osmolator makes life easy in an open top tank...
  59. Kosh42-EFG

    Evaporation prevention (and lighting) - idiot newbit questio

    Re: Evaporation prevention (and lighting) - idiot newbit que Hi, Am a bit rusty on my RO, but they need to be plumber into the mains. As the fittings are push-fit, it can be removed for storage is need be. I had (and intend to do the same this time) mine plumbed in with a solenoid on a timer...
  60. Kosh42-EFG

    UKAPS @ Interzoo 2010

    Re: Interzoo Report (New!!) The planted tanks really look amazing... Those marine tanks are a bit of a poor show though, but the LED lighting units on them do look fantastic...
  61. Kosh42-EFG

    iPhone Apps

    I have used Flashlight many times in a scrape... Including dropping my wedding ring under seats in the cinema as I was playing with it during a girlie file :shock: Without flashlight I would never have found it...
  62. Kosh42-EFG

    would this silicone be safe

    Aquarium silicone can be bought for under £9 a tube online, so I wouldn't risk it myself... You're going to be putting a lot of high value flora and fauna in the tank, so is saving a couple of quid on a tube of silicone worth the risk? Just my 2p worth...
  63. Kosh42-EFG

    Evaporation prevention (and lighting) - idiot newbit questio

    Re: Evaporation prevention (and lighting) - idiot newbit que I used to have an open top 6ft x 3ft x 2ft reef tank with a kilowatt of light over it... I used to have an extractor fan in the wall behind it for when the temperature rose but still used to have condensation issues on my double and...
  64. Kosh42-EFG

    Saintly's 240L 'savannah dreaming' scape finished

    Re: Saintly's 'savannah dreaming' @ 7 weeks No... If I were to go that route I may well as go back to my reef tank... I know myself and what I want from a tank, and I need one that's low maintenance and can be ignored for a few weeks at a time with no ill effects... But to go back on topic...
  65. Kosh42-EFG

    Saintly's 240L 'savannah dreaming' scape finished

    Re: Saintly's 'savannah dreaming' @ 7 weeks This tank is stunning... Almost enough to tempt me down a high tech route... I must resist...
  66. Kosh42-EFG

    Need help setting up a low-tech shrimp only nano tank

    As above... I think HC is considered a touch plant, so doubt it would do well without CO2 and ferts... I have HC for an emersed project I am setting up, but wouldn't consider it in my low tech tank... Rest of the setup sounds good, though...
  67. Kosh42-EFG

    Has anyone used this plant supplier?

    Hi Luis, The L Aromatica is under £1 if you go bunched... But the shrimps are all priced £0.00... So either they are free :thumbup: or the site is broken :thumbdown:
  68. Kosh42-EFG

    Has anyone used this plant supplier?

    For 99p I'm taking a flyer on a Aponogeton Madagascariensis (Madagascar Lace Plant)... The Tropica version, while no doubt probably bigger and better quality, is £13... I'm not confident it will survive and wouldn't want to spend £13 on a punt... For 99p, there's not much to lose...
  69. Kosh42-EFG

    Has anyone used this plant supplier?

    Oddly enough I stumbled on their site earlier... They were cheap, the postage was not a rip off, so I placed a small order... Didn't realise we got discount... I could have saved a whole £0.70!!! I did say it was a small order ;)
  70. Kosh42-EFG

    Base Layer: Tropica Aquacare or ADA Powersand special?

    I'm sure its meant to be a tiny amount... Something like 5g per square foot... I could be wrong...
  71. Kosh42-EFG

    Welcome :) Tell us about yourself

    Welcome Ocean-Wonders! I used to keep marines myself before turning to the dark side ;) Plenty of knowledge and good advice on here.... I would recommend you check out the UKAPS articles as a good starter...
  72. Kosh42-EFG

    where NOT to buy shrimp............

    Amano :text-+1:
  73. Kosh42-EFG

    Interzoo BABY!

    According to the Tropica site, its very slow growing but also low light, low CO2, etc... May make a nice carpet in a low tech but may also broke you when you have to buy hundreds to put in the tank, though... May start a thread in the plants section about this...
  74. Kosh42-EFG

    Andyh's 190l Lounge tank (update 20-09-11)

    Re: Andyh's New 170l Lounge tank I know what you mean about the shimmer created by a point source of light... Looks amazing... One problem I would have to overcome with MH is light spill... I used to get it in the neck from Mrs Kosh as the marine tank halides used to blind you when trying to...
  75. Kosh42-EFG

    Experimental DIY Moss Wall

    Hi All, As per my comments in this thread, it looked to me if the moss wall kits you can buy on E-bay were simply bonsai potting mesh, some airline suction cups and some small cable ties... As I had the mesh and the cable ties, I splashed out a whole £2.50 on ten airline suction cups and...
  76. Kosh42-EFG

    Andyh's 190l Lounge tank (update 20-09-11)

    Re: Andyh's New 170l Lounge tank I used to use halides on my reef tank, where it was common practice to suspend a 400W halide six inches above the water line and have one every couple of feet... How high would you reckon on having a halide to cover a three foot tank like this one? Also, many...
  77. Kosh42-EFG

    What to put under inert substrate?

    My tank started with topsoil topped by gravel. Now it is mainly gravel topped with topsoil :( My next tank is going to be one substrate only (except for a scattering of Osmocote at the very bottom)...
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    Interzoo BABY!

    That's teasing... We want to see the other half of the tank too ;)
  79. Kosh42-EFG

    Holiday Destinations

    What's your budget per person? I love this place, and in the winter months you can get it for about £500 per person per week: http://www.longwoodholidays.co.uk/updat ... 0/P132.pdf I usually book through Jetline Travel (0844 493 4600) who always beat the brochure price by £20 to £50 per...
  80. Kosh42-EFG

    LED direct replacment for tubes

    Looks interesting... Pity they are only in four foot T8's...
  81. Kosh42-EFG

    What to put under inert substrate?

    Surely trying to put sand over something like Akadama is only going to end up in a mess?
  82. Kosh42-EFG

    Beginnings - Help needed!

    I'd move those to the right more to the right to create a valley type effect... But I am no champion aquascaper...
  83. Kosh42-EFG

    Interzoo BABY!

    Tell Saxby that Eco System is the way forward... The days of Deltec are gone ;)
  84. Kosh42-EFG

    Akadama and loaches

    I have corydoras in a tank with a topsoil substrate... The routing around does kick up a small cloud, but this quickly goes... May be to do with the biofilms that form on mature substrate and stick it together?
  85. Kosh42-EFG

    Switching to Low-tech

    I have one of these. Best auto-feeder I have ever had. Especially as they provide you with velcro to secure it to the brace bar. Most of my old ones stopped working after a swim :thumbdown:
  86. Kosh42-EFG

    Planted "open bottom" tank.

    I'm not sure that second one works on the bell principle you know... Looks to me like and open top, brace-less cube (admittedly filled with water to the brim) stood in a shallow tank for effect...
  87. Kosh42-EFG

    Switching to Low-tech

    I have a spare tank in a cupboard that I fill with tap water, leave for a day with a heater in it, then use it for the top up... Putting an air stone in it would make it more efficient by breaking the surface during this standing time... I tend not to do water changes... Only once did a spell...
  88. Kosh42-EFG

    A Shady Glen - The Recovery - Photographs

    Re: Aqua Journal May 2010 - A Shady Glen Long but nice and comprehensive journal... I like the idea of using the egg crate to make a rock wall... Maybe you could attach a moss wall to the exposed egg crate at the top to cover it up? Also, where did you get the egg crate that cheap? Cheapest I...
  89. Kosh42-EFG

    Dinner?

    I've had a red fighter take exception to the red bellies of neons before and gut them...
  90. Kosh42-EFG

    Switching to Low-tech

    It does say the CO2 in tap water is responsible for the algae trigger... So I would imagine that if you let it stand before using it the CO2 will gas off until it reaches equilibrium with the atmosphere?
  91. Kosh42-EFG

    Beginnings - Help needed!

    Egg crate on E-Bay: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk//EGG-CRATE-REEF-M ... 27fff10658
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    Saintly's 240L 'savannah dreaming' scape finished

    Re: Saintly's 'savannah dreaming' @ 6 weeks Stunning as ever...
  93. Kosh42-EFG

    Switching to Low-tech

    I'd agree that EI is not the way to go unless you have high light and CO2 addition... Try this thread that was posted up earlier by quengmel for low tech dosing advice: http://www.sudeepmandal.com/hobbies/pla ... fertilizer (This is based on various Barr Report threads)
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    newie needs advice

    I'd check out the board sponsors for supplies... Those I have used have been reasonably priced and offered great service... I'd say the filter would be matured as long as you can keep it running (sounds odd, but the bacteria in the filter can die if they don't get a constant supply of...
  95. Kosh42-EFG

    how many shrimp?

    I bought 20 cherry shrimp from a certain auction site for about £25 delivered... So much cheaper than my LFS... Difficult to tell in my tank but I'm sure there's more than 20 in there now...
  96. Kosh42-EFG

    newie needs advice

    That looks an interesting site... Will bookmark it to read through later... Nice find... In terms of test kits, the generally held view on the forum is that hobby grade test kits are so unreliable and prone to error they are not worth worrying about... Most people go on using the health of the...
  97. Kosh42-EFG

    newie needs advice

    I have a low tank 240l at the minute with 80W of light... I have a variety of plants (I bought a £15 selection from an online retailer and saw what grew and what didn't) and only add minimal dry ferts (I spent £25 with a board sponsor and now have enough ferts for a few years) once every week...
  98. Kosh42-EFG

    Planted "open bottom" tank.

    I like the first one as an idea and can see how it works... My worry would be the seal at top of the tower goes (how much weight do the sides support?), it loses vaccum, and you have a big mess... Looks nice and unique, though... The second one I really like, but can't get the image out of my...
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